December 11, 2013Saina starts on a losing note in BWF Superseries Final
Indian ace Saina Nehwal's poor form in the international arena continued as she lost to Japan's Minatsu Mitani 21-19, 22-24, 19-21 in a hard-fought three-game battle in her opening match of the BWF Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur.
Chhetri stars as Bengaluru down Mohammedan Sporting
A third consecutive brace from India captain Sunil Chhetri inspired Bengaluru FC to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Mohammedan Sporting in a Round 14 clash of the Airtel I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Lee first to use badminton's video line-call review
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei welcomed the decision to use video reviews of disputed line calls after the world number one became the first in badminton to use the technology on Wednesday.
Ministry welcomes IOC's softening of stand on IOA
The Sports Ministry welcomed the International Olympic Committee's decision to revoke India's suspension if the IOA holds its polls next year, saying that its own efforts have had a role to play in the world body's new stand.
Spot-fixing not widespread in England: Football Association
English football's governing body has insisted match-fixing was not widespread. The comments from the Football Association came as chiefs from major sports held talks with the government on tackling the problem together.
'God of vault' flips out after school drops his sport
Olympic champion Yang Hak-seon, who vaulted South Korea gymnastics into the limelight by winning gold at the 2012 London Games, has flipped out at plans by Hanyang University to disband its gymnastics team, fearing it could harm the sport's growth.
Dhyan Chand deserved Bharat Ratna before anyone else: Milkha
Legendary track and field sprinter Milkha Singh says hockey legend Dhyan Chand deserved the Bharat Ratna honour 'before anyone else', even as he proposed that cricket great Sachin Tendulkar be made the country's sports minister.
City win at Bayern fails to add up for Pellegrini
Manchester City's memorable Champions League win over holders Bayern Munich still failed to add up for manager Manuel Pellegrini after he revealed his poor grasp of simple mathematics.
IOA's compliance major step towards lifting ban: IOC
A last-minute decision by the banned Indian Olympic Association to comply with IOC orders is a good first step for the country's gradual return to the Olympic fold, IOC president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday.
Former heavyweight champion Tyson barred from Britain
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has been banned from entering Britain to promote his book due to changes in the country's immigration laws, British media reported on Tuesday.
Barcelona to let fans decide on the new Camp Nou
Barcelona will ask their fans to decide on whether the club should rebuild their CampNou stadium or move to a new site, vice-president Javier Faus told local radio on Tuesday.
December 10, 2013Jr hockey World Cup: Seungju You's 'trick' puts India out of reckoning
India's hopes of making it to the quarter-finals of the Junior Hockey World Cup were dashed after they were held 3-3 by Korea in their must-win third and final Group C match, at the Dhyan Chand stadium, in Delhi, on Tuesday. A brilliant hat-trick by Seungju You saw the Koreans rally from 1-3 down and snatch a place in the last eight stage.
Moyes takes 'complete responsibility' for Manchester United's showing
David Moyes said Manchester United's players are hurting after consecutive Premier League defeats at Old Trafford but he is 'responsible' for the club's poor start to the season.
Ribery is French Player Of The Year
Franck Ribery, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious FIFA-Ballon d'Or award, was named French Player of the Year on Tuesday by France Football magazine.
Formula One to award double points for final race
Formula One is to award double points for the last race of the season in a controversial attempt to keep championships undecided to the very end after four years of Red Bull domination.
EPL: Unlikely scorers as Swansea draw with Hull
Two unlikely goalscorers lifted a largely dull mid-table Premier League clash between Swansea City and Hull City who shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.
Actor DiCaprio involved with Formula E team
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be involved in the new Formula E electric racing series as a co-founder of the Monaco-based Venturi team that has secured the 10th and final entry.
December 09, 2013Jr Hockey WC: Malaysia finish atop Pool D, New Zealand finish 2nd
An impressive Malaysia scored two goals on either side of the break to shut the door on England with a 4-2 win in their last league encounter at the Junior Men's Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, in New Delhi on Monday.
Indoor archery World Cup: India come home with medals
India bagged a silver and a bronze medal in the men's recurve section at the Indoor Archery World Cup in Singapore on Monday.
Kenyan fan commits suicide after Man Utd's loss to Newcastle
A Kenyan soccer fan unable to cope with Manchester United's loss to northern rival Newcastle United committed suicide over the weekend, a senior Kenyan police official said on Monday.
Messi, Ribery, Ronaldo shortlisted for Ballon d'Or
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are the three final contenders for the 2013 Ballon d'Or award.
India to bid for 2015 and 2016 Club World Cup football: AIFF
Buoyed after the country was awarded the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup'S hosting rights, the All India Football Federation is set to bid for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Club World Championships.
Blackburn striker Campbell held in match-fixing probe
Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a match-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.
Jr World Cup hockey: Do-or-die for India against Korea
India have their backs to the wall and no other option but beat Korea in Tuesday's do-or-die final Pool C match to progress to the quarter-finals of the Hero Junior Men's Hockey World Cup in Delhi.
Bopanna-Qureshi to participate in Chennai Open doubles event
Pakistan's tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi is to start his 2014 season along with his former partner Rohan Bopanna by appearing in the Aircel Chennai Open to be started from December 30, according to reports.
Drogba, Eboue face sanctions for Mandela homage
The Turkish Football Federation has summoned Ivorian internationals Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue for paying homage to Nelson Mandela after a league game.
Sports minister happy with IOA's constitution amendment
Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh expressed satisfaction over IOA' decision to bar charge-framed individuals from contesting its elections by bringing in a constitutional amendment.
Ultra competitive Johnson outduels Tiger at Sherwood
Zach Johnson prides himself on his competitive spirit and he came up with the goods in triumphant style after going head-to-head with Tiger Woods at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge on Sunday.
Moyes insists United won't 'panic buy' in January
Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted that he will not plunge into the transfer market next month despite the club's title crisis, according to reports.
Shocking fan violence mars end of Brazil championship
Dozens of fans fought a savage battle on the terraces at a Brazilian championship match on Sunday, interrupting play for more than one hour and leaving at least three people reportedly hospitalised in serious condition.
Spain's Casillas finds 2014 FIFA World Cup draw odd
Spain captain Iker Casillas has said he finds it strange that the format of the draw for the World Cup finals allowed the holders to be placed in the same group as Netherlands, the team they beat in the final in 2010.
Arsenal drawn with Tottenham in FA Cup 3rd round
Premier League leaders Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the standout tie in the draw for the third round of the FA Cup made on Sunday.
EPL: Everton's Delofeu scores equaliser to hold Arsenal
Gerard Delofeu's late goal earned Everton a deserved 1-1 draw at Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday after Mesut Ozil's strike seemed set to seal three points for the home side.
December 08, 2013Inspirational Gervinho helps Roma to win over Fiorentina
Serie A title challengers AS Roma ended a run of four successive draws with an enthralling 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, helped by an inspirational display from Gervinho who set up both their goals.
EPL: Fulham end losing streak with win over Villa
Goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov helped Fulham end a six-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Golf: Kapur, Lahiri finish 12th at HK Open
Indian golfer Shiv Kapur collapsed in the final round and signed a disappointing card of three-over 73 to finish tied 12th after being in a position of contention at the $1.3 million Hong Kong Open in Hong Kong on Sunday.
Junior Hockey WC: Australia, France march into quarters
Australia and France made the quarter-finals of the Hero FIH Junior Men's World Cup after registering contrasting victories in their respective Pool B matches today at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.
British police to probe new claims of football match-fixing
The British police have opened a second investigation into allegations of match-fixing after claims emerged that a player rigged a Championship game for cash.
India finally toes IOC line to get Olympic ban overturned
The defiant Indian Olympic Association (IOA) finally slammed its door on corrupt officials on Sunday in a precariously late act of compliance to get the country's Olympic ban overturned.
Napoli in six-goal thriller, Balotelli saves Milan
Two goals in three minutes from Napoli's Goran Pandev were not enough to secure victory as his side threw away a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 at home to Udinese in an end-to-end Serie A thriller on Saturday.
December 07, 2013Ribery double as Bayern romp to 7-0 away win
Bayern Munich humiliated former Bundesliga powerhouses Werder Bremen 7-0 on Saturday, Franck Ribery scoring twice and setting up another as the champions kept up their seemingly unstoppable march towards another title.
FIFA changes World Cup kickoff times in hottest venues
World soccer body FIFA has revised kick-off times for seven group matches at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil, including four in the hottest venues.
Matlala, champion who counted Mandela among fans, dies
South African boxer Jacob 'Baby Jake' Matlala, the shortest world champion whose fortunes were closely followed by Nelson Mandela, died on Saturday at the age of 51, local media reported.
India bring campaign back on track by beating Canada 3-2
India kept themselves in the hunt for the knock-out stage after eking out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Canada in a Pool C match of the Hero FIH Junior Men's hockey World Cup in New Delhi.
United and Chelsea beaten as Liverpool go second
Champions Manchester United's hopes of retaining their English Premier League title suffered another major setback on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford by a composed Newcastle United.
Rosler appointed Wigan Athletic manager
English FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic appointed former Manchester City and East Germany striker Uwe Rosler as manager of the Championship club on Saturday.
Kubica wins FIA personality award
Poland's ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica has won the inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year' award after a successful season in rallying.
Van Persie to leave Manchester United?
Robin van Persie may have handed in a transfer request at Manchester United, according to ex-Liverpool player and pundit Mark Lawrenson.
Kubica wins FIA personality award
Poland's ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica has won the inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year' award after a successful season in rallying.
IOA to amend constitution, to end impasse with IOC
Left cornered after being served an ultimatum by the International Olympic Committee, the Indian Olympic Association is all set to amend its constitution in a general body meeting in New Delhi on Sunday to bar charge-framed contestants from its elections.
FIFA World Cup: Socceroos fearless, Japan and Korea quietly confident
Clubbed in a veritable group of death for next year's World Cup, Australia believe they can spring a surprise while fellow Asian qualifiers Japan, South Korea and Iran were more cautious with their optimism despite being dealt kinder draws.
Hong Kong Squash Open: Indian challenge ends
India's Joshna Chinappa put up a valiant fight against Alison Waters but the World No 4 eventually managed to tame the unseeded Indian 3-1 in the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Open Open on Saturday.
2014 World Cup: What's in store for the 32 finalists
At least two of the eight first-round groups of four produced tough obstacles for their participants to progress to the knockout rounds.
December 06, 2013FIFA 2014 World Cup: Spain, Netherlands drawn together
The draw for the eight groups for the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be played from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil, was just held in Costa do Sauípe near Salvador de Bahia.
Jr World Cup hockey: India lose to Netherlands
India put up a gallant fight before going down 2-3 to the Netherlands in their opening match of the Hero FIH Junior hockey World Cup, in Delhi, on Friday.
I-League: Mohun Bagan hammer United SC 4-0
Summary of I-League football matches played across India on Friday.
Todt re-elected president of FIA
Jean Todt was unanimously re-elected as president of motorsport's world governing body by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) general assembly on Friday. The Frenchman had stood unopposed after British rival David Ward withdrew his candidacy last month.
Joshna charges into maiden World Series quarter-finals
India's Joshna Chinappa pulled off a sensational second successive upset in the Women's Hong Kong Open to claim her first ever quarter-final berth in a WSA World Series event.
Three accused plead guilty in Australian fixing scandal
A Malaysian national and two English players pleaded guilty to fixing soccer matches in Australia's second tier Victorian Premier League on Friday.
Platini calls for sin bins to replace yellow cards
European soccer chief Michel Platini wants yellow cards to be replaced by a rugby-style system of sin bins.
Soccer body FIFA orders flags at half mast for Mandela
World soccer body FIFA ordered flags to be flown at half mast and a minute's silence to be held before the next round of international matches after the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday.
December 05, 2013India wins right to host 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup
India will host the FIFA Under-17 World Cup football in 2017 with the world governing body awarding the right to host the prestigious tournament to the country in its executive committee meeting in Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.
Bayern's Robben out for six weeks with deep laceration of knee
Arjen Robben is out for six weeks with a knee injury sustained in Bayern Munich's 2-0 victory at Augsburg in the last 16 of the German Cup, the European champions said on Thursday.
Record entries, increased prize-money for Mumbai Marathon
A record 39,510 runners have registered for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on January 19, 2014.
Politicians causing harm by heading sports bodies: SC
Politicians and businessmen are causing harm by heading sports bodies, said Supreme Court on Thursday, which while expressing concern over the standard of hockey falling to an 'abysmal low' in the country.
India, New Jersey, Mexico, S Korea off 2014 F1 calendar
Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea were dropped from Formula One's official 2014 calendar on Wednesday, with the season remaining at 19 races instead of a record 22.
Tiger motivated by Snead, Nicklaus and kids
As Tiger Woods eyes the twilight of a remarkable career, he has his sights on records posted by Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead and a growing pleasure that his children are starting to understand what he does on the course.
December 04, 2013United States intends to bid for 2024 Olympic Games
Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, San Diego and Tulsa have expressed varying degrees of interest in hosting the sporting extravaganza.
Italy want drink breaks to counter World Cup heat
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called for the introduction of drink breaks during next year's World Cup finals in Brazil to counter the debilitating effects of heat and humidity at venues in the tropical northeast.
Adidas unveil Brazuca ball for Brazil World Cup finals
The product of a two-and-half-year testing process involving some of the world's biggest stars was on view as Adidas on Tuesday night unveiled the Brazuca, the official match ball for next summer's World Cup.
Tomic links up with Croatian coach during dad's ban
Australian number one Bernard Tomic has appointed Croatian Velimir Zovko as his new co-coach while his father John serves the remainder of a ban for assaulting his former training partner.
2014 Rio World Cup prize money set for huge increase
The prize money at next year's World Cup finals will be increased by at least a third from that on offer in South Africa in 2010, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday.
Maradona to play 'Match for Peace' in Cuba
Diego Maradona has been invited by Colombia's FARC to play for their team in a soccer 'Game for Peace' during talks in Cuba between the rebels and the Colombian government looking to settle a decades-old conflict.
Pot luck: FIFA to go ahead with controversial WC draw procedure
FIFA will go ahead with its controversial decision to stage World Cup matches at midday in tropical venues, president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday as soccer's governing body announced a bafflingly complex procedure for Friday's draw.
Injury-Hit Dortmund in German Cup quarters
Depleted Borussia Dortmund shrugged off the absence of more than half a dozen starting players to ease into the German Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win at third-tier Saarbruecken on Tuesday.
EPL: Chamakh shines in Palace win over West Ham
CrystalPalace striker Marouane Chamakh ended an 11-game barren streak to help them beat fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham United 1-0 in manager Tony Pulis's home debut on Tuesday.
December 03, 2013Nico Hulkenberg returns to Force India for 2014
German Nico Hulkenberg will drive for Force India next season, the British-based Formula One team said on Tuesday.
Robin van Persie could return for Man United against Everton
Robin van Persie could return from injury for Manchester United's Premier League game with Everton on Wednesday, manager David Moyes said on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho wants to restore Chelsea's title-winning habit
Jose Mourinho made winning titles a habit for Chelsea's players when he first arrived in 2004 and three months into his second stint at Stamford Bridge he is urging them to rediscover it.
Celebrating fans cause minor earthquake in US football game
Seattle football fans erupted in cheers so raucous early in the Monday night match-up against the New Orleans Saints that their jumping up and down registered as a minor earthquake, local media reported.
Manan Chandra shines on mixed day for Indian cueists
Manan Chandra continued his impressive run at the IBSF World Snooker Championships with another comfortable victory even as other Indian cueists enjoyed a mixed day in Daugavpils (Latvia) on Tuesday.
Arsenal in loan deal for Real Madrid striker Morata?
Arsenal are set to bolster their attack with reports suggesting that Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata is on his way to the Emirates.
Higuain brace revives Napoli as goals flow in Serie A
Gonzalo Higuain netted twice, the first a superb individual effort, to give Napoli a 4-2 win at Lazio while Fiorentina beat Hellas Verona 4-3 in a Serie A scoring spree on Monday.
Mexico confirm Herrera as World Cup finals coach
Mexico have confirmed Miguel 'Piojo' Herrera will coach the national squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.
Messi continues recovery from thigh strain in Argentina
Lionel Messi began the second phase of recovery from the injury that has sidelined the Barcelona forward until next month with a physiotherapy session at Argentina's training complex on Monday.
Brazil to probe FIFA in racism case ahead of World Cup draw
Just four days before the draw for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA faced yet another embarrassment when a Sao Paulo prosecutor opened an investigation into possible racism by soccer's world governing body.
World Cup draw like a box of chocolates, says Hodgson
England manager Roy Hodgson borrowed a line from the hit movie Forrest Gump on Monday when he described his thoughts ahead of this week's draw for the World Cup.
December 02, 2013Real Madrid's Ronaldo injury free and ready to return to action
Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a muscle strain and is ready to return to action, the Real Madrid and Portugal forward said on Monday.
Race of Champions called off due to Thai protests
This month's Race of Champions motorsport event in Bangkok has been called off due to political upheaval in the Thai capital, organisers said on Monday.
Lauda expects Brawn to return to F1
Niki Lauda expects departing Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn to return to Formula One in some capacity once he has gone fishing and taken time out.
Airline misplaces Nedunchezhiyan's bag ahead of Senegal ITF event
Former National champion Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan is going through a torrid time in Senegal as the airline on which he travelled there has misplaced his bag.
La Liga: Barca need quick answers after second straight loss
Barcelona's 2-1 loss at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last week was down to a lack of intensity while Sunday's 1-0 reverse at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga exposed their relative physical frailty.
Bhullar moves up to 4th in Asian Tour Order of Merit
Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar on Monday moved up to fourth in the latest Order of Merit after his fifth Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open.
EPL: Jol sacked by Fulham after six defeats in a row
Martin Jol's two-year spell as Fulham manager ended on Sunday after the Dutchman proved unable to reverse the club's sinking fortunes.
December 01, 2013EPL: Rooney rescues United, Hull stun Liverpool
Wayne Rooney scored twice to help Manchester United stretch their unbeaten run to 12 games in an entertaining 2-2 Premier League draw at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool were upset 3-1 at HullCity on Sunday.
Liverpool's Sturridge sidelined for up to eight weeks
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Sunday as he ruled the player out of a crucial period of the season.
Balotelli helps Milan end chaotic week with win at Catania
Mario Balotelli rifled in a second-half free kick to help troubled AC Milan to a 3-1 win at bottom club Catania in Serie A on Sunday, ending a chaotic week for the seven-times European champions.
I-League: Chhetri double strike helps Bengaluru beat Shillong
Skipper Sunil Chhetri struck twice to help Bengaluru FC beat Shillong Lajong 2-1 in a thrilling 12th round match of the Airtel I-League in Bangalore on Sunday.
Bhullar bags fifth Asian Tour title with win in Indonesia
India's Gaganjeet Bhullar was in his element as he carded 16-under-268 for the week to lift his fifth Asian Tour title with victory at the Indonesia Open, in Jakarta on Sunday.
Parma's Cassano nets 100th Serie A goal in draw
Parma's Antonio Cassano grabbed his 100th Serie A goal with a stunning volley in a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Bologna while Genoa's Davide Biondini secured the same result in an equally enthralling clash with Torino on Saturday.
Ghosal climbs to career-high 15 in squash rankings
Saurav Ghosal's good show in the World Championship propelled him to a career-high 15 in the men's world rankings published today by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
'Ethiopia is to marathon what Brazil is to football'
Ethiopia is to marathon what Brazil is to football, said the Ethiopian country coordinator Aberu Zewede as the athletes from the African nation ran away with all the top places at the 28th Pune International Marathon on Sunday.
Robben double gives Bayern another win
Arjen Robben scored two first-half goals to give Bundesliga leaders and titleholders Bayern Munich a predictable 2-0 win at home to bottom club Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
Doriano Romboni dies at Simoncelli tribute event
Italian racer Doriano Romboni died on Saturday after being struck by another rider's bike at an event in memory of late compatriot Marco Simoncelli, who was killed in a similar fashion two years ago.
Australian Open: Rory McIlroy overhauls Scott to win
Rory McIlroy won his first title of the year at the Australian Open by a single shot on Sunday after home favourite Adam Scott bogeyed the final hole to lose a tournament he had dominated since the opening day.
November 30, 2013EPL: Ramsey's brace helps Arsenal go seven clear
Aaron Ramsey indulged his new goalscoring habit on his return to his boyhood club as Arsenal opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on Saturday.
Sanam, Vishnu reach quarter-finals of Asian Tennis C'ship
India's Sanam Singh and Vishnu Vardhan have made their way into the quarter-finals of the Toyota Asian Tennis Championship at Bangkok, Thailand.
'Doping battle must be more cost efficient'
The fight against doping costs $300-400 million a year and sporting medical experts at a conference hosted by FIFA on Friday questioned whether it was value for money.
Galliani to quit as Milan chief executive
AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani is to quit after 27 years at the Serie A club, he told the ANSA news agency on Friday.
I joined Everton on loan because I needed to play: Lukaku
In-form striker Romelu Lukaku said he chose to join Everton on loan for the season from Chelsea because he needed to play regularly and not because he was not wanted at Stamford Bridge.
November 29, 2013Dipika Pallikal gets engaged to Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik
Cricketer Dinesh Kathik has found his match in star squash player Dipika Pallikal as they got engaged in a private ceremony at a city hotel in Chennai.
Nadal-Djokovic French Open semis 'Best Slam Match of Year'
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has recognized the French Open semi-final encounter between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the "Best Grand Slam Match of the Year".
FIH chief Negre wants India to win Jr World Cup
International Hockey Federation president Leandro Negre expects India to be a force to reckon with in the upcoming Junior World Cup, but said it won't be easy for the hosts to win the tournament, in Delhi, from December 6-15.
Europa: Lazio through in Warsaw tie marred by crowd trouble
Lazio won 2-0 at Legia Warsaw on Thursday to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after a tie marred by violence when Italian fans fought with Polish police on the way to the stadium.
Austria questions 20 players over match-fixing
Twenty current and former footballers in the Austrian league are being treated as suspects over match-fixing and up to 17 first and second division matches could have been manipulated in the last seven years, criminal investigators said on Thursday.
Chandhok aims for Mahindra Formula E drive
Mahindra Racing will enter the new Formula E electric racing series next year with ex-Formula One racer Karun Chandhok set to drive for what will be the only Indian team on the grid.
November 28, 2013Bhullar sizzles for two-shot lead at Indonesia Open
Gaganjeet Bhullar charged into a two-shot lead at the Indonesia Open after an opening seven-under-par 64 on Thursday.
FIFA confirms South Africa's friendly win over Spain
South Africa's friendly win over Spain last week will be considered a full international despite the world and European champions fielding more than the permitted number of substitutes, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Thursday.
Brawn stands down as Mercedes F1 principal
Ross Brawn will stand down as principal and leave the Mercedes Formula One team at the end of the year, Mercedes said in a statement on Thursday.
Three people killed in World Cup stadium's roof collapse
A part of the stadium which was scheduled to host the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil had reportedly collapsed, killing three people and causing substantial damages.
Three footballers among six arrested over fixing allegations
Six people, including three footballers, have reportedly been arrested in England on suspicion of fixing football games in the country, sending shockwaves through the entire British football fraternity.
Goal frenzy as Real, United and PSG seal last 16 berths
(Reuters) - Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris St Germain reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday on a night when the goals flowed all over Europe with United the highest scorers in a 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Champions League: Bayern ease past CSKA, record 10th straight win
Holders Bayern Munich eased past CSKA Moscow 3-1 on Wednesday to set a Champions League record with their 10th straight victory and underline their ambitions to become the first team to successfully defend the title.
November 27, 2013United's Van Persie, Vidic ruled out against Leverkusen
Manchester United will be without defender Nemanja Vidic and striker Robin van Persie when they attempt to book a Champions League knockout stage spot at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Manchester United plane aborts landing in Germany
Manchester United's plane had to abort its landing seconds from touchdown as the squad flew to Germany for Wednesday's Champions League match with Bayer Leverkusen, British media reported.
Chelsea qualify despite losing to Basel; Barca beaten
Chelsea reached the Champions League knock-out stage on Tuesday despite a 1-0 defeat by Basel in Group E after a late Mohamed Salah goal shocked the 2012 title winners, with Jose Mourinho saying they deserved to lose. Barcelona, without Lionel Messi but already into the last 16, went two goals down in Amsterdam but looked a different side in the second half after Ajax's Joel Veltman was sent off.
November 26, 2013Luger Keshavan finishes 27th at World Cup
He gained a valuable point for the Olympic qualification criteria taking his overall points to three and placing him at the 33rd position in the Olympic rankings.
Aston Villa rally from 0-2 down to hold West Brom
Aston Villa fought back after conceding two goals in the opening 11 minutes to grab a 2-2 draw at Midlands derby rivals West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday.
November 25, 2013Bayern's Franck Ribery confident of winning Ballon d'Or
Franck Ribery said he was confident of winning the World Player of the Year award because he "made the difference" and "set defences on fire".
Manchester United great Foulkes dies aged 81
Former Manchester United central defender Bill Foulkes, a survivor of the 1958 Munich air crash, has died aged 81, the club announced on Monday.
Sania to partner Horia Tecau at Aus Open
In her quest to win a third Grand Slam title, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza will continue to partner Romanian Horia Tecau in the mixed doubles until at least next season's first Grand Slam -- the Australian Open.
Ronaldo doubtful for Galatasaray clash
Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's Champions League match against Galatasaray on Wednesday after doctors confirmed he has a hamstring strain.
Keshavan eyes gold at 2014 Winter Olympics! Support him
While India's Summer Olympic athletes have the privilege of government funding, Shiva Keshavan's efforts have been largely ignored.
Man City put six past hapless Spurs, United held
Rampant Manchester City shredded the Premier League's meanest defence with a 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday while Manchester United's surge up the table stalled after a 2-2 draw at Cardiff City.
Vettel takes record ninth win in a row
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row, and 13th of the Formula One season.
November 24, 2013Xavi back, Adriano out of Barca's game at Ajax
Barcelona will have Xavi back for Tuesday's Champions League Group H match at Ajax Amsterdam but full back Adriano is out with an ankle injury, the La Liga club said on Sunday.
'This is the end,' tweets Balotelli after penalty miss
Mario Balotelli confounded his followers again on Sunday by tweeting "this is the end" hours after missing a penalty in AC Milan's 1-1 draw against Genoa.
Day shares World Cup joy with grieving family
Jason Day plans a few celebratory drinks after winning the $8 million World Cup of Golf on home soil on Sunday before turning his efforts to raising awareness for the devastated Philippines where eight of his relatives were killed by Typhoon Haiyan.
Pacquiao beats Rios by unanimous decision
Filipino great Manny Pacquiao scored a decisive, unanimous decision victory against American Brandon Rios on Sunday to end a two-fight losing streak and win the vacant WBO International welterweight title.
November 23, 2013Indian Olympic Association calls general body meeting on December 8
Left with no other choice but to fall in line after International Olympic Committee served an ultimatum to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections or face de-recognition, Indian Olympic Association on Saturday called its general body meeting On December 8.
'Role model' Tendulkar deserves Bharat Ratna, says Milkha Singh
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh said that despite being such a phenomenally successful cricketer, Tendulkar remained grounded as a man of immense humility and that sets him apart from other great sportspersons.
Philippines great Pacquiao fights for devastated homeland
Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao will carry the weight of a nation in mourning when he enters the ring on Sunday in the first major international fight to be held in the gambling capital of Macau.
Bolt targeting to smash own 200 m world record
World's fastest man Usain Bolt has said that he wants to break his own 200m World record of 19.19 seconds in 2014.
World Chess C'ship results show powerful role of computers
The World Championship battle between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, where the youngster was crowned new champion, has witnessed computers pushing the game of chess to new heights, according to a report.
Torres to miss Chelsea's derby at West Ham
Chelsea will be without striker Fernando Torres as they try to get their Premier League title challenge back into gear with victory at struggling West Ham United on Saturday.
Yuki loses in Aus Open play-off semis
Yuki Bhambri created enough chances for himself but failed to cash in on as he bowed out of the Australian Open wild card play-off tournament following a semi-final defeat in Shenzhen on Saturday.
November 22, 2013Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 10, World Chess Championship
World No 1 and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 6.5-3.5 after Game 10 ended in a draw at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on Friday. Following are the moves of Game 10, with analysis and quotes.
I-League: Pune FC rally to hold Salgaocar to a 1-1 draw
Pune FC came from behind to hold Salgaocar to a 1-1 draw in the Airtel I-League played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa in Duler, Goa.
Carlsen beats Anand for World chess crown after Game 10 is drawn
World No.1 and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway beat defending champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 6.5-3.5 after Game 10 ended in a draw at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chennai on Friday.
Alonso considered pulling out of US Grand Prix
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he is fully fit to race in Sunday's Formula One season-ender in Brazil after considering pulling out of last weekend's US Grand Prix in Austin due to back pains.
Yuki enters semis of Aus Open play-off tournament
Yuki Bhambri inched closer to a wild entry in the Australian Open, not only in singles but also doubles, after easy victories in the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off tournament, in Shenzhen, China, on Friday.
Lahiri learns lessons after battling 70 at World Cup of Golf
India's Anirban Lahiri was kicking himself after a sloppy finish as he settled for a one-under-par 70 in the second round of the US $8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Friday.
Ecclestone says Horner could succeed him
Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone has named Red Bull team boss Christian Horner as the ideal candidate to succeed him when he finally relinquishes his grip on the sport, British media reported on Friday.
Vettel says he has learned a lot from Webber
Quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel says Mark Webber's retirement after Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix will be a loss for both him and Red Bull despite their frequently frosty relationship.
Groeneveld is Maria Sharapova's new coach
Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her new coach for the 2014 season.
November 21, 2013Dhyanchand also deserves Bharat Ratna: Milkha Singh
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh said Dhyanchand also deserves the Bharat Ratna and that the government should honour the hockey legend.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 9, World Chess Championship
The moves in Game 9 of the World Chess Championship, between Viswanathan Anand and Magnis Carlsen, with analysis and quotes.
Carlsen in sight of World crown after beating Anand in Game 9
Magnus Carlsen moved within half a point of the World Chess Championship crown after beating defending champion Viswanathan Anand after 28 moves in the ninth game, in Chennai, on Thursday.
'Serena's insatiable desire helped her crawl back to No 1'
The coach of American tennis ace Serena Williams has hailed her motivation for work as the main reason behind her impressive comeback to the sport after sinking to 175 in world and losing in the 2012 French Open first round.
India's campaign in Hong Kong Open ends as Saina, Ajay lose
Saina Nehwal's poor run this season continued, as she crashed out of the women's singles after losing to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand in the second round of the Hong Kong Super Series badminton tournament in Kowloon on Thursday. The seventh seeded Indian, who climbed a rung to sixth in the world rankings earlier in the day, lost 17-21, 21-9, 15-21 to Porntip, who rose three places to world No 10.
Vanishing spray to be used at World Club Cup: FIFA
A vanishing spray which has been used in South America for several years to stop defensive walls creeping forward at free kicks will feature at next month's World Club Cup, FIFA said on Wednesday.
Chennai gears up to serve ATP World Tour tennis event
Chennai termed India's tennis capital and is gearing up to host South Asia's only ATP World Tour tennis event.
Armstrong settles $3 million lawsuit over bonuses
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with an insurance company over $3 million in performance bonuses paid to him from 1999 to 2001, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
Tiger Woods girlfriend Lindsey Vonn wounded
Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn partially tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and suffered a mild strain to her right knee after crashing during training on Tuesday, US ski officials said on Wednesday.
Ceni ties Pele mark, but Ponte Preta ruin his day
Rogerio Ceni tied Pele's mark for most appearances at a Brazilian club on Wednesday but his 1,115th game in goal for Sao Paulo was not one to savour as his side went down 3-1 to Ponte Preta in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-final.
Barcelona keeper Valdes out till end of year
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is likely to be out of action until the end of the year after suffering a calf strain during Spain's surprise defeat by South Africa on Tuesday, the club said in a statement on their website.
2014 World Cup: Uruguay book place at finals
Uruguay sealed their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals after a goalless draw at home to Jordan in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday saw them advance 5-0 on aggregate.
November 20, 2013Yuki in quarter-finals of Aus Open play-off tournament
Yuki Bhambri cleared the first hurdle in his quest to get a wild card for the 2014 Australian Open by beating Michael Venus 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in his opening round of the play-off tournament, in Shenzhen, china, on Wednesday.
Hong Kong Open: Saina wins first round; Kashyap, Sindhu exit
Saina Nehwal advanced to the second round with an easy victory, but it was a disappointing day for Indians overall, as Parupalli Kashyap and P V Sindhu failed to cross the opening round in the Hong Kong Super Series on Wednesday. Looking for her first title this season, world No 7 Saina hardly broke a sweat as she outplayed Indonesia's Bellaetrix Manuputty 21-14, 21-16 in 34 minutes.
Sandhu retained India's chief boxing coach till 2016 Olympics
Gurbax Singh Sandhu has been retained national coach of the men's boxing team till the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
AITA says TNTA must pay royalty on Chennai Open
The All India Tennis Association says it will not waive 'royalty' of around US $40,000 on the Chennai Open unless the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association proves that the tournament is a loss-making venture.
Peralta's 'trick' takes Mexico past NZ to World Cup
Oribe Peralta bagged a first-half hat-trick to help Mexicobook their passage to the 2014 World Cup finals with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Wednesday.
Former coach Baskaran to assist India hockey chief coach Walsh
Hockey India appointed former Olympic gold-medallist V Baskaran as a coach of the men's national team on Wednesday and he will work under the recently-appointed chief coach Terry Walsh.
'Chile Killer' Robinho gives Brazil 2-1 win
Robinho came off the bench to head home the winner in Brazil's 2-1 victory over Chile on Tuesday, taking his personal tally to nine against their South American rivals and boosting his chances of playing at next year's World Cup finals.
Asian Cup qualifiers: Iran, Qatar book berth; China wait
Three-times champions Iran cruised into the 2015 Asian Cup finals after thrashing Lebanon 4-1 on Tuesday, but China missed the chance to join them and face a nerve-jangling final qualifier after being held to a goalless draw by Saudi Arabia.
World Chess Game 8: Title slipping out of grip as Anand scores another draw
The 22-year-old Carlsen leads 5-3 and needs to score another 1.5 points in the next four games to wrest the title away.
Friendlies: Spain lose to South Africa, England go down against Germany
Qualifiers Spain and the United States suffered blows in friendlies, the world champions beaten 1-0 by eliminated South Africa on the SoccerCity pitch where they clinched their 2010 crown and the Americans losing 1-0 away to lowly Austria.
November 19, 2013Chhetri becomes India's all-time leading scorer in win over Nepal
A goal each half gave India a 2-0 victory over Nepal, and made Sunil Chhetri the country's all-time leading goal-scorer, in Tuesday's friendly at the Kanchenjunga stadium in Siliguri.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 8, World Chess Championship
World champion Viswanathan Anand, playing black, was involved in another draw with challenger Magnus Carlsen in the eighth game of the World Chess Championship, in Chennai, on Tuesday. The sharing of points enabled the Norwegian retain the lead at 5-3, with four games still to play in the 12-games match. Following are the moves in the eighth round, with analysis and quotes.
IOC to retest frozen samples using new method
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will retest frozen samples from previous Games after an improved testing method led to hundreds of positive cases that went undetected, according to a German television channel.
Erratic Lakers eagerly await return of ace closer Bryant
While the Los Angeles Lakers have made a better start to this season than many had expected in the absence of Kobe Bryant, there is no question that their 15-time All-Star shooting guard has been sorely missed.
Publishers to refund reader for errors in Ferguson's autobiography!
Publishers of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography have agreed to refund a customer after multiple inaccuracies were found in the book.
World Chess: Carlsen holds the edge after Game 7
Instead of starting an aggressive attack, Anand played very positionally, seeking a small advantage
Moscow laboratory faces WADA ban before Sochi Games
A Moscow anti-doping laboratory which was to be used during next year's Sochi Winter Olympics will have its accreditation suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unless it improves the way it operates by December 1.
Fabregas returns to Barcelona training following recovery
Cesc Fabregas has returned to training as the Barcelona midfielder continues his recovery from a knee injury, the La Liga leaders said on Monday.
Aguero brace gives Argentina 2-0 win over Bosnia
Striker Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Argentina a 2-0 win over fellow World Cup finalists Bosnia in a friendly at the Busch baseball stadium in St Louis, Missouri on Monday.
Ameobi scores blinder as Nigeria draw with Italy
Italy and Nigeria played out a thrilling 2-2 draw which included a goal-of-the-season contender from Shola Ameobi in an entertaining friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Monday.
Lance Armstrong doping suit likely to proceed
A federal judge said on Monday he likely will allow a lawsuit to move forward accusing cyclist Lance Armstrong and his business partners of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service of endorsement money through Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs.
November 18, 2013Real Madrid not planning to buy Sami Khedira replacement
Real Madrid are not planning to seek a replacement for injured Germany midfielder Sami Khedira in the January transfer window, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 7, World Chess Championship
Following are the moves in the seventh round of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen in Chennai on Monday with analysis.
Anand draws Game 7; Carlsen stays two points ahead
The King is wounded but not dead. Defending champion Viswanathan Anand bounced back with a draw against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.
Italian soccer in dire state as television weighs options
When Italy's cash-strapped soccer clubs meet on Monday to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be coloured by the unhappy knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.
Subrata set to join Danish Superliga side FC Vestsjaelland
National football team goalkeeper Subrata Paul is set to become the first Indian player to join a first division side in Europe as he has been offered a six-month contract by Danish top tier club FC Vestsjaelland.
World No 8 Wawrinka to play at Chennai Open
World No 8 Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka confirmed, on Monday, his participation in the 19th edition of the Aircel Chennai Open, India's only ATP World Tour tennis event, starting December 30.
David Haye advised to retire after shoulder surgery
Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has been advised by doctors to consider retiring after undergoing shoulder surgery, the Briton said on Sunday.
Keane indicates Fergie has told lies in 'new autobiography'
Former Manchester United skipper Roy Keane has re-ignited his feud with Sir Alex Ferguson, calling claims in his former boss's recently published autobiography "lies".
Makoun brace helps Cameroon qualify for 2014 World Cup
Midfielder Jean Makoun scored twice as Cameroon qualified for the World Cup finals after beating Tunisia 4-1 in Yaounde on Sunday to win their two-legged playoff tie and book their place in Brazil next year.
FIFA World Cup: 'Qatar's migrant labourers treated like cattle'
Qatar's construction industry is rife with abuse of migrant workers who are "treated like cattle" and live in squalid accommodation exposed to overflowing sewage, Amnesty International said in a report on Sunday.
Vettel sets record with US Grand Prix win
Red Bull's quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel won the US Grand Prix on Sunday to become the first Formula One driver to take eight consecutive victories in a single season. Starting from pole, the 26-year-old German was again in a class of his own, taking the chequered flag 6.2 seconds clear of Frenchman Romain Grosjean in a Lotus.
Stepanek guides Czechs to another Davis Cup triumph
The Czech Republic retained their Davis Cup title after Radek Stepanek ruthlessly exploited the inexperience of Dusan Lajovic in the decisive rubber to seal a 3-2 final victory over Novak Djokovic's Serbia on Sunday.
November 17, 2013Djokovic beats Berdych to level Davis Cup final
Serbian world number two Novak Djokovic forced the Davis Cup final against holders Czech Republic into a decisive fifth rubber on Sunday with a 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Tomas Berdych in the opening reverse singles.
Bolt says Jamaican doping issues costing him money
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt said on Saturday that controversy over Jamaica's anti-doping programme is scaring off potential sponsors and costing him money.
Stenson wins maiden European Order of Merit title
World No 3 Henrik Stenson blasted a final round 64 to clinch the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, also topping Europe's money list for 2013 after his six-stroke victory in the desert finale.
Football Friendlies: Spain cruise to win in Equatorial Guinea
A second-string Spain celebrated coach Vicente del Bosque's two-year contract extension with a 2-1 away win over Equatorial Guinea in a friendly on Saturday that was marred by an injury to Xabi Alonso.
World Cup: Dutch survived Japan fright, says Van der Vaart
Netherlands may be among the favourites to win the World Cup but they suffered a scare on Saturday when they narrowly avoided defeat by Japan in their first match since completing qualification for next year's finals.
Khedira surgery a success, Germany upbeat on World Cup
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has had successful surgery on torn knee ligaments and he may be available for the World Cup, according to Germany team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt.
Ivory Coast get past Senegal to reach World Cup
Ivory Coast qualified for a third straight World Cup after weathering Senegal's late onslaught in a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their playoff on Saturday to progress 4-2 on aggregate.
Adam Scott wins 'Ugly' to defend Australian Masters
World No 2 Adam Scott stood firm in the face of a fierce charge from Matt Kuchar to defend his home Australian Masters by two strokes on Sunday as the American's challenge crumbled over the closing holes.
Bolt, Fraser-Pryce win 2013 World Athlete Awards
Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were crowned male and female World Athletes of the Year for 2013 by the sport's governing IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.
Czechs win doubles to take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup final
Holders Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead over hosts Serbia in the Davis Cup final after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek romped to a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in Saturday's doubles.
Vettel set for record win after US GP pole
Red Bull's quadruple World champion Sebastian Vettel seized pole position on Saturday for a US Grand Prix that could see him celebrate a record eighth successive win of the Formula One season.
November 16, 2013Nigeria qualify for 2014 Rio World Cup
Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for next year's World Cup finals after a 2-0 home win over Ethiopia in their playoff in Calabar on Saturday.
Vettel fastest in final U.S. Grand Prix practice
Quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace at the U.S. Formula One Grand Prix, topping the final practice time sheets in another Red Bull one-two on Saturday.
Anand feeling the heat after successive defeats
Having suffered back-to-back defeats in the World Chess Championship, defending champion Viswanathan Anand was left a bit nervy if the press conference after the sixth game is anything to go by.
Djokovic out of Davis Cup final doubles
Serbia's World No 2 Novak Djokovic has been left out of Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final against holders CzechRepublic, with Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac named to play against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.
World Chess Championship: Anand loses again; trails 2-4
World champion Viswanathan Anand struggled once again with his white pieces and suffered a painful defeat against challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the sixth game of the World Chess Championship in Chennai on Saturday.
'Anand also deserved Bharat Ratna'
India's second Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua welcomed the government's decision to bestow the Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar but added that five-time World chess champion
Injury could rule Germany's Khedira out of World Cup
Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira's World Cup hopes hang in the balance after he was ruled out for around six months with a torn cruciate ligament suffered in Friday's 1-1 draw against Italy, team doctors said on Saturday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 5, World Chess Championship
The moves in the fifth round of the World Chess Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, with analysis and quotes.
Ronaldo edges Portugal towards WC finals; France in danger
France's hopes of reaching the World Cup finals are hanging by a thread after a 2-0 first-leg defeat away to Ukraine in their playoff on Friday while Cristiano Ronaldo's late winner gave Portugal the edge against Sweden.
Serbia, Czech Republic share opening singles in Davis Cup final
Roared on by 17,000 partisan fans Novak Djokovic fired Serbia ahead in the Davis Cup final on Friday but Tomas Berdych hit back for the Czech Republic to leave the tie delicately poised going into the weekend.
November 15, 2013Carlsen wins Game 5 after Anand falters
With seven games to come in the 12-game World Chess Championship match, Magnus Carlsen leads 3-2, drawing first blood in his trademark style.
Del Bosque to stay on as Spain coach until 2016
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has agreed a two-year contract extension with the world and European champions which ties him until the 2016 European championship in France, the 62-year-old said on Friday.
Messi marks 10th anniversary of Barca first-team debut
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Lionel Messi's first-team debut with Barcelona, when the Argentine came on as a 16-year-old substitute during a friendly against Porto in Portugal.
Bans doubled under new World Anti-Doping code
A revised World Anti-Doping Code, doubling the bans for cheats in sport, was adopted on Friday.
Perez shocked by McLaren decision to drop him
Sergio Perez expressed his shock at McLaren's decision to drop him on Thursday and hoped he would find another Formula One drive for next season despite time being against him.
November 14, 2013Armstrong's urge to tell all is "a little late": USADA
Lance Armstrong's promise to come clean about doping is "a little late", the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday, accusing the disgraced cyclist of trying to use events to "gain advantage".
Saina, Kashyap crash out of China Open
Indian shuttlers endured a disappointing day at the China Open Super Series Premier with star player Saina Nehwal going down in the women's singles second round while Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the men's singles competition in Shanghai.
Five-star Uruguay crush Jordan in World Cup tie
Uruguay are all but assured of a place at the 2014 World Cup finals after Edinson Cavani led the twice champions to a 5-0 away rout of Jordan in the first leg of their qualifying playoff on Wednesday.
David Beckham back in Miami eyeing a Major League Soccer team
Retired English soccer star David Beckham toured potential stadium sites in Miami on Wednesday, signalling he is forging ahead with his interest in owning a new Major League franchise in the United States.
November 13, 2013Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 4, World Chess Championship
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen played out a fourth successive draw in the World Chess Championship in Chennai on Tuesday after 64 moves.
Anand battles from lost position to draw fourth game
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen played out a fourth successive draw in the World Chess Championship in Chennai on Tuesday after 64 moves.
China Open: Saina, Kashyap have it easy in first round
Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the second round of the China Super Series Premier after straight-game victories in the women's and men's singles respectively, in Shanghai, on Wednesday.
IOC President Bach calls for new dope testing methods
The need for new and innovative thinking around testing should become a priority to strengthen the fight against doping in sport, the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Wednesday as he compared drug cheating to terrorism.
Tyson reveals being drugged during bouts; using fake penis to fool drug-testers
Tyson confessed in his new book Undisputed Truth that he used a fake penis to fool drug-testers and fought on cocaine.
Messi pledges to work 'full time' on recovery
Lionel Messi will be working "full time" to shake off the hamstring injury sustained on Sunday that will sideline him for six to eight weeks, Barcelona's Argentine World Player of the Year said on Tuesday.
Olympian Steve Redgrave inaugurates rowing academy in Lavasa
The former British rower and five times gold medalist Sir Steve Redgrave said on Tuesday that India has the potential to nurture Olympic rowers, who can also be medals contenders.
FIFA bans 26 players worldwide over Italian match-fixing row
Twenty-six players and one official have had their Italian match-fixing bans extended worldwide, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Tuesday.
November 12, 2013FIFA warn World Cup could be targeted by protests
The World Cup could be targeted again next year for demonstrations in Brazil against graft and poor public services but FIFA should not be held responsible or made a scapegoat, general secretary Jerome Valcke warned on Tuesday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 3, World Chess Championship
The third game in the World Chess Championship, between defending champion Viswanathan Anand and Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen on Tuesday ended in a draw after 51 moves. Following are the moves, with analysis and quotes.
Anand gives Carlsen a scare as third game too is drawn
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand gave Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen a scare despite playing with black pieces even though the third game in the World Chess Championship ended in a long-grinding draw in Chennai on Tuesday. The third game today turned out to be a hard-fought affair lasting 51 moves after a rather sedate start that had seen the first two games ending in draws without any real excitement.
Only a "miracle" would reopen Armstrong case, says Fahey
Disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong would need "something close to a miracle" to get his lifetime ban from cycling re-examined, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said on Tuesday.
Hero to be title sponsor of Junior Hockey World Cup
Two-wheeler manufacturing giant Hero Motocorp Limited announced its association with the Junior Hockey World Cup, to be held next month, as the title sponsor.
'Lightning quick' Rookie Magnussen set to replace Perez at McLaren
McLaren are set to replace Mexican Sergio Perez with Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen for next season, media reports said on Monday.
Australia concerns over Brazil World Cup security
Australia have concerns over security at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil because of the civil unrest in the South American country, Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said on Tuesday.
Spanish tennis player Vives gets 2-year ban for doping
Spanish tennis player Nuria Llagostera Vives, doubles winner at the 2009 WTA tour championships, has been banned for two years after testing positive for d-methamphetamine, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday.
Error-prone Nadal not let down despite Tour Finals loss
Rafael Nadal refused to let a good old-fashioned beating at the hands of fierce rival Novak Djokovic on Monday take the gloss off a sensational year.
Spanish duo upset Bryan brothers in London finale
Spain's Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero, the sixth seeds, upset the favourites 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-7 as the title went to a Spanish pair for the second successive year following the triumph of Marcel Granollers and Mark Lopez 12 months ago.
Djokovic crushes Nadal to retain Tour Finals title
The Serb easily beat the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 at the O2 Arena.
November 11, 2013Injured Messi out for up to eight weeks, confirm Barcelona
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be out for between six and eight weeks with a hamstring injury, the La Liga leaders said on Monday.
Armstrong says he will testify with 100 percent honesty
Disgraced former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he will testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" at any independent inquiry into doping in cycling but wants assurances he will be treated fairly.
Heena Sidhu wins pistol gold in World Cup shooting
Woman shooter Heena Sidhu created history by becoming the first pistol exponent from India to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup finals in Munich, Germany.
Bendtner 'incredibly disappointed' to stay at Arsenal
Denmark striker Niklas Bendtner has criticised Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger for not selling him in the summer and said it will be a "miracle" if he stays at the Premier League club.
International space crew returns Olympic torch to earth
A Soyuz capsule carried an International Space Station crew of three back to Earth on Monday along with an Olympic torch that was displayed in open space as part of Russia's preparations for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Ferrari pay tribute to departing Massa
Felipe Massa said farewell to thousands of Ferrari fans in Italy on Sunday and received a trophy nearly as tall as him to celebrate his time with the Formula One team.
Munich 2022 Games bid ruled out by referendum loss
Munich will not bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics after failing to win the support of the local population in a referendum on whether to bid for the Games.
EPL: Van Persie goal sinks Arsenal at Old Trafford
Champions Manchester United beat Premier League leaders Arsenal 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday with Robin van Persie once again tormenting his former team mates with a soaring first half header.
November 10, 2013Rookie Marquez becomes youngest world champion
Spanish rookie Marc Marquez became the youngest ever MotoGP world champion at the age of 20 when he finished third in the 18th and final race of the season in Valencia on Sunday.
Moves: Anand vs Carlsen, Game 2, World Chess Championship
The moves in the second game of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between India's Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen of Norway in Chennai, on Sunday.
China Super Series: Saina eyes season's 1st title, top-5 return
Star shuttler and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal of India will begin the hunt for her first title of the season and also eye a return to the top-5 when the China Open Super Series Premier starts with the qualifiers in Shanghai from Tuesday.
World chess: Anand plays out tame draw with white pieces against Carlsen
orld champion Viswanathan Anand held World No 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway to yet another draw in quick time in the second game of the World chess championship in Chennai, on Sunday.
Formula One: Kimi Raikkonen to miss last two races of season
Kimi Raikkonen will miss the last two races of the Formula One season in Texas and Brazil after deciding to have back surgery next week, the Lotus driver's manager said on Sunday.
India finish fifth at Men's Asian Champions Trophy hockey
Akashdeep Singh scored three goals as India thrashed Oman 6-1 to finish fifth in the third Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Sunday.
Referee calls off match after getting stung by angry bees!
A football referee in the Peruvian Premier League called off a match after being stung by angry bees, in what promised to be a crunch clash.
Cardozo helps Benfica to Cup win over Sporting
Benfica's Oscar Cardozo scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 extra-time win over Lisbon rivals Sporting in the Portuguese Cup last 32 on Saturday with Luisao grabbing the winner after a blunder by visiting keeper Rui Patricio.
Inter's beat Livorno in Zanetti's comeback
Inter Milan earned a 2-0 victory over Livorno thanks to a howler from visiting goalkeeper Francesco Bardi, who is on loan from the San Siro club, and a late Yuto Nagatomo strike in Serie A on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic hat-trick puts PSG four points clear
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again in a class of his own as the striker's hat-trick earned a 3-1 win against Nice and a four-point lead in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Goal line row as Nuremberg denied
The Bundesliga was hit by another ball-over-the-line controversy on Saturday after Nuremberg were disallowed a goal in their 3-1 defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
November 09, 2013ATP Challengers: Sanam, Divij-Raja bow out
India's Sanam Singh lost to Peter Polanski for the second time in two months and crashed out of the ATP Knoxville Challenger event in the United States.
Asian Champions Trophy: Indian women bag silver after losing to Japan
Indian hockey had something to cheer about as Indian women's hockey team bagged a silver medal in third Asian Champions Trophy after losing to hosts Japan by a solitary goal in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday.
Blatter rules out January World Cup in Qatar
FIFA president Sepp Blatter ruled out a January World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and said on Friday November/December was the only alternative to a summer tournament.
Nigeria crush Mexico to win record fourth under-17 title
Nigeria won the World under-17 championship for a record fourth time on Friday, overpowering holders Mexico 3-0 in the final in Abu Dhabi, helped by two defensive mistakes.
November 08, 2013Wawrinka outlasts Ferrer to keep hopes alive
Stanislas Wawrinka did what he had to do with victory over a weary David Ferrer at the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday and now needs a favour from Rafael Nadal to reach the semi-finals.
Paes, Stepanek ousted from World Tour finals
Leander Paes' dream of winning ATP year-end finals remained unfulfilled as the veteran Indian crashed out of the prestigious event along with Czech partner Radek Stepanek after losing a must-win Group B match in London.
Bhullar named best pro at India Golf Awards
Ace golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has won the best pro award at the Take Solutions India Golf Awards held recently at a city hotel in Gurgaon.
World Chess Championship: Host hopes to make a smart move
The fact that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa approved an expenditure of Rs 29 crore for the World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Norway's Magnus Carlsen to be held here points to the significance the event has for the state government.
Sanam reaches quarters of Knoxville Challenger
Sanam Singh knocked out fifth seed Donald Young in straight sets to move to the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Knoxville Challenger event in the United States.
Webber eyes Le Mans after life at Formula One
Mark Webber has no intention of coasting when he calls time on his 12-year career in Formula One at the end of the season and is determined to put Porsche back on top of the podium at Le Mans sooner rather than later.
'Player payment still a stubborn issue in football'
Non-payment of players is still a significant problem in football and not enough is being done about it, the international union FIFPro said on Thursday.
India to host men's hockey World Cup in 2018
India has been awarded the 2018 men's hockey World Cup, the second time in a span of eight years the country will be hosting the mega event.
Formula One chief Ecclestone flags own value to business
Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone said much of the motor sport's value before the sale of a major stake to private equity group CVC was down to his running of the business.
Woods six back as Casey shares lead in Turkey
Former World No 3 Paul Casey was among a trio of players sharing the lead and Tiger Woods trailed six shots off the pace when darkness fell in the rain-hit Turkish Airlines Open first round on Thursday.
Brazil-born Costa gets Spain call-up for friendlies
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa into his squad for the first time for this month's friendlies away to Equatorial Guinea and South Africa.
Europa: Fiorentina win but Pandurii's Periera shines with scissors-kick goal
Fiorentina fell behind to a spectacular scissors-kick goal from Pandurii's Eric Pereira before hitting back in the last five minutes to win 2-1 on Thursday and lead a charge of teams into the Europa League knockout stages.
Federer defends doping procedures, demands more testing
Roger Federer said he trusts the anti-doping procedures in tennis despite rival Novak Djokovic's claim that fellow Serb's Victor Troicki's one-year ban was the result of negligence by the authorities.
Armstrong says life ban unjustified, reckons he was singled out
Lance Armstrong believes he was treated unfairly and singled out for punishment by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after being banned for life for doping.
November 07, 2013World Tour finals: Federer keeps semis hopes alive with win over Gasquet
A razor-sharp Roger Federer got back to winning ways at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Thursday to keep his last-four chances alive.
Anand to open with black pieces in World Chess Championship
Defending champion Viswanathan Anand will start his campaign with black pieces against Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the first game of the 12-round World Chess Championship in Chennai on Saturday. After declaring the 'FIDE World Championship Match-2013' open, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa picked the photograph of Anand from the first bowl and a 'black piece' from the other during the draw of lots for the match, to be held at Hyatt Regency hotel.
Asian CT Hockey: Inexperienced India go down fighting to Pakistan
An inexperienced Indian men's hockey team fought hard before going down to arch-rivals Pakistan 4-5 and slumping to their third defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan on Thursday.
Korean women's soccer in row over gender issue
Seoul City Amazones jumped to the defence of forward Park Eun-seon on Thursday after rival managers in the South Korean women's top flight threatened to boycott the league unless she takes a gender test.
Champions League: Napoli down Marseille, move to 2nd in group
Italian side Napoli has moved into second place in their Champions League Group F on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over French side Marseille at Sao Paolo.
Mixed results for India at ATP Challenger events
Indian qualifier Sanam Singh brushed aside the challenge of Germany's Nils Langer even as Saketh Myneni failed to recreate the magic of last week as he bowed of the ATP Challenger event in Knoxville, USA.
Eight policemen hospitalised after clash with Celtic fans
Eight police officers needed hospital treatment and more than 15 soccer fans were arrested following violent clashes ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match between Scotland's Celtic and Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday.
Australia's Stosur hires Murray's former coach Maclagan
Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur has turned to Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan to help reverse her slide down the world rankings, Tennis Australia said on Thursday.
Gay rights row: U.N. tells Russia to stop discrimination
The U.N. General Assembly called on Wednesday for an international truce during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and urged Moscow "to promote social inclusion without discrimination" amid outrage over the country's ban on gay "propaganda" among minors.
Sunderland sink Southampton, make League Cup quarters
Seb Larsson's late strike sent struggling Sunderland through to the League Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over fellow Premier League side Southampton on Wednesday.
Barcelona, Atletico sail into Champions League last 16
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins on Wednesday and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal's boat with a battling win against rocky Borussia Dortmund.
November 06, 2013Nadal fends off Wawrinka to seal year end top ranking
Rafael Nadal fought off a ferocious challenge from Stanislas Wawrinka to earn his second Group A victory at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday and guarantee ending 2013 as world number one.
Paes-Stepanek lose to Marrero-Verdasco
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek suffered their first defeat at the year-end ATP World Tour finals, losing their second Group B match to David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday.
Djokovic loses trust in anti-doping programme
Novak Djokovic says he has lost all trust in the anti-doping programme in tennis and fears he could become a victim of its 'negligence' after fellow Serb Victor Troicki failed to have his doping ban overturned on Tuesday.
Champions Bayern, Man City in Champions League last 16
European champions Bayern Munich led the charge into the last 16 of the Champions League when they beat Viktoria Plzen 1-0 to chalk up a record-equalling ninth straight victory in the competition on Tuesday.
November 05, 2013Djokovic douses Federer's fire, Nadal crushes Ferrer
Roger Federer showed flashes of his best but Novak Djokovic exposed the Swiss maestro's fading powers with a three-set victory at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.
Troicki doping ban cut to 12 months from 18
Serbia's Viktor Troicki's suspension for violating doping regulations has been cut from 18 months to 12 months after his appeal was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), it was announced on Tuesday.
Paes-Stepanek make winning start at World Tour finals
The seventh seeded pair beat the Austria-Brazilian combination of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 in an hour and 42 minutes.
Fraser-Pryce shortlisted for award after triple gold
Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was shortlisted alongside shot putter Valerie Adams and hurdler Zuzana Hejnova for the female Athlete of the Year award on Tuesday.
O'Neill to be new Irish boss, Keane assistant
Ireland is set to appoint Martin O'Neill as manager and Roy Keane as his assistant, more than a decade after the former captain walked out on the team at the 2002 World Cup, FAI chief executive John Delaney said on Tuesday.
UK players want lighter penalties for recreational drugs
A union representing British sportsmen and women has launched legal action in Switzerland to try to ensure more sympathetic treatment for athletes caught using recreational drugs.
India beat Oman for first win in Asian Champions hockey
The Indian men's hockey team beat Oman 3-0 to register their first victory in the third Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan, on Tuesday.
Putin critic and chess champ Kasparov seeks Latvian citizenship
Former World chess champion turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov has asked Latvian politicians to grant him citizenship to help him pursue his political activities in Russia.
Djokovic claims Federer 'noticeably slower' than last year
Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has said that he thinks former World No.1 Roger Federer, who he faces on Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals, is noticeably slower on court.
FA hits Riether with retrospective charge for stamping Januzaj
Fulham defender Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA with violent conduct for a challenge on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj which was not seen by the match officials after the incident was dealt with under a new scheme.
Champions League: United's Evans, Rafael sidelined for Sociedad tie
Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Rafael will miss Tuesday's Champions League match at Real Sociedad due to injury, manager David Moyes said on the eve of the Group A game.
Bolt, Farah in line for Athlete of the Year
A big prize is up for grabs and competition in fierce in the world of athletics as Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, joined world high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko and double Olympic and world 10,000 and 5,000 metres champion Mo Farah in the shortlist for the male Athlete of the Year award announced on Monday.
La Liga: Villarreal tighten go to fourth spot with late win at Elche
Villarreal tightened their grip on fourth place in La Liga when Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche's last-gasp strike snatched a 1-0 win at fellow promoted side Elche on Monday.
Arsenal's Wilshere, Gibbs doubtful for Dortmund trip
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs are doubtful for the Champions League Group F trip to last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund with coach Arsene Wenger eager to make amends for last month's loss to the Germans.
AIFF extend coach Koevermans's contract
Indian football team coach Wim Koevermans's contract will be extended till the end of next year's Asian Games in October, the AIFF's technical committee, headed by former captain Bhaichung Bhutia, decided in New Delhi on Monday.
CL: In-form Bayern eye final 16 berth with win over Plzen
An in-form Bayern Munich will be looking to notch up their fourth straight win in the Champions League group stage and seal a spot in the final 16 when the Bundesliga champions face Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.
November 04, 2013Carlsen arrives in Chennai for World Chess Championship
World No 1 and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway arrived on Monday to a grand reception by FIDE and All India Chess Federation officials for the much-awaited November 9-28 World Chess Championship against Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.
Squad for football friendlies: Gouramangi, Paul left out
National football team coach Wim Koevermans has announced his squad of 21 players for India's two international friendlies which are scheduled to be held this month.
Champions League: Mourinho plans to make changes for Schalke match
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who said he made "11 mistakes" in his team selection after Chelsea lost to Newcastle United on Saturday, will not want to get it wrong again when Schalke 04 visit StamfordBridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Spurs criticised for letting Lloris play on after head injury
Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has been criticised for allowing France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on despite briefly losing consciousness against Everton on Sunday.
Bayern Munich boss Hoeness to be tried for tax evasion
Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness will stand trial for tax evasion in March, a German court said on Monday, but his club wants him to stay on in his current role.
Indian women march into Asian Champions Trophy final
The Indian women's hockey team continued their impressive show at the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament as they spanked Malaysia 5-1 to secure their place in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara, Japan on Monday.
Skiing demands opposition to 2022 soccer winter World Cup
The international skiing federation (FIS) has called on all winter sports governing bodies to oppose any plan to stage the 2022 soccer World Cup in the winter, fearing it will damage their own competitions.
Rankings: Yuki up to 204 in singles; Paes in 9th spot in doubles
Following his title win at the Traralgon Challenger event, Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri leapfrogged 73 places to 204 in the singles rankings on Monday even as Rohan Bopanna dropped out of the top-10 in the doubles chart.
Mutai, Jeptoo win New York Marathon in Kenyan sweep
Defending champion Geoffrey Mutai and Priscah Jeptoo won the men's and women's races at the New York City Marathon on Sunday for a Kenyan sweep in chilly, windy conditions through the city's five boroughs.
Alonso cleared after precautionary checks
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso had precautionary checks in hospital after hurting his back on a heavy jolt over the kerbs at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.
Yuki claims Traralgon Challenger title in rain-hit final
Yuki Bhambri won his first ATP Challenger level singles title of the season and second of his career on Monday after humbling top seed American Bradely Klahn (ranked 123) in the rain-hit summit clash of the Traralgon event in Australia.
China's Olympic champ Sun Yang to be detained after car crash
Chinese Olympics swimming champion Sun Yang will spend seven days in detention, state media said on Monday, after a car he was driving without a licence collided with a bus in the latest incident to taint the reputation of the world record holder.
Cardiff win Welsh derby; Everton, Spurs in goalless draw
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur both missed the chance to move up to second place in the Premier League after they shared a battling 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday. The day's other game ended in a 1-0 win for Cardiff City over arch-rivals Swansea City in the first ever Welsh derby played in the English top flight.
November 03, 2013Abu Dhabi GP: Di Resta finishes sixth, Sutil 10th
Force India had something to cheer about. Paul Di Resta delivered a great result for Sahara Force India by finishing sixth, his second-best of the season, while Adrian Sutil came 10th in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
Shiv Kapur wins Dubai City Challenge, gets European tour card
Shiv Kapur played an extremely steady and solid final round of two-under 70 without any bogeys to claim the season-ending Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final at the Al Badia Golf Club.
EPL: Everton block Spurs path to second place with 0-0 draw
Everton thwarted Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of moving up to second in the Premier League when the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.
India qualify for hockey World Cup
Indian men's hockey team on Sunday officially qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED), according to the latest release issued by the FIH.
ATP World Tour Finals: No respite for Federer as Djokovic clash looms
There is no let-up for Roger Federer as he prepares for his 12th consecutive appearance at the ATP's season-ending extravaganza.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Vettel chalks up seventh win in a row
Red Bull's four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up his seventh successive victory and equal the longest winning streak in the modern era of Formula One.
Mexico and New Jersey races unlikely: Ecclestone
ormula One races in Mexico and New Jersey are unlikely to happen next year, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.
Asian Champions Trophy: Indian men lose 1-2 to Japan
In the absence of skipper Sardara Singh, the Indian men's hockey team suffered another defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy.
Ruthless Errani secures Fed Cup for Italy
Sara Errani romped to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alisa Kleybanova in Cagliari to hand Italy an unassailable 3-0 lead over Russia and their third Fed Cup title in five years on Sunday.
Australian Olympic medallist kayaker arrested after drug bust
Australian dual Olympic silver medal-winning kayaker Nathan Baggaley has been arrested following a drug bust, local media reported on Sunday.
Del Potro robbed at Paris train station en route to London
Argentine tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro has revealed that he was robbed at a Paris railway station with thieves getting away with his cherished rosary that was blessed by Pope Francis.
Hart needs a rest says Pellegrini
England goalkeeper Joe Hart paid the price for a series of recent errors when Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini left him out of the team for their Premier League match against Norwich City on Saturday.
Ecclestone says door is open for India return
A deal has been done for India to return to the Formula One calendar in 2015 and for six years beyond that if tax problems with the country's authorities can be overcome, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday.
World Tour Finals: Nadal drawn with Ferrer, Djokovic with Federer
World number one Rafael Nadal will face compatriot David Ferrer at next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London, with last year's champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Roger Federer drawn in the second group on Saturday.
Arsenal beat Liverpool to open gap atop EPL
Arsenal maintained their challenge for a first trophy in nine seasons when they beat Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to open up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.
Ferrer ousts Nadal, meets Djokovic in Paris Masters final
Spaniard David Ferrer produced one of his finest performances to edge world number one and compatriot Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5 in the Paris Masters semi-final on Saturday and keep alive his hope of retaining his crown.
November 02, 2013EPL: City and United serve up Manchester win double
ManchesterCity and Manchester United scored 10 goals between them and boosted their title aspirations with convincing wins over NorwichCity and Fulham respectively on an eventful afternoon in the Premier League on Saturday.
India finish second in Asia Archery Championship
India clinched one gold and one bronze in the recurve section to finish second behind Korea with six medals in the Asian Archery Championship that concluded in Chinese Taipei on Saturday.
Webber keeps Vettel off Abu Dhabi pole
Mark Webber seized pole position for the floodlit Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday with Red Bull team-mate and quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel making a rare error and having to settle for second best.
Paris Masters: Bopanna-Edouard lose; Indian challenge ends
Indian challenge ended at the ATP Paris Masters when Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edourad Roger-Vasselin lost their quarter-final against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
Asian Champions Trophy Hockey: Indian women stun China 4-2; men lose
Indian hockey had something to cheer about. Poonam Rani struck twice as India scored an upset victory over higher-ranked China 4-2 in their opening match of the third Asian Women Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Saturday.
Challenger Tour: Yuki in final of the Traralgon event
Yuki Bhambri avenged his last week's defeat against James Duckworth by knocking out the home favourite Australian from the Traralgon event and earned himself a shot at his second title on the Challenger Tour on Saturday.
Indian billiards missed Pankaj Advani at World Championships
India's poster boy of cue sports, Pankaj Advani, an eight-time world champion, had to miss the event due to his qualification for the 'International Championship', one of the most prestigious major ranking snooker events.
Lewandowski hat-trick helps Dortmund crush Stuttgart
Striker Robert Lewandowski scored a second-half hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with an awe-inspiring 6-1 demolition of VfB Stuttgart on Friday.
Messi draws another blank but Barca win derby
Barcelona extended their near-perfect start to the season when Alexis Sanchez tapped in at the far post from Neymar's clever assist to secure a 1-0 win at home to city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Friday.
Classy Federer sets up Paris Masters semi-final with Djokovic
Former world number one Roger Federer looked like his old self when he beat Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the Paris Masters on Friday to set up a semi-final clash with Novak Djokovic. Top seed Rafa Nadal destroyed local favourite Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-1 as he stepped up his bid for a record sixth Masters Series crown in the same season.
November 01, 2013ATP Paris Masters: Djokovic crushes Wawrinka to reach semis
World number two Novak Djokovic hammered Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 to reach the Paris Masters semi-finals on Friday.
Golf: Shiv Kapur rises to second in Dubai
Shiv Kapur took a definite step towards sealing his European Tour berth for 2014 with a sizzling eagle finish that saw him card a six-under 66 in Round 2 and rise to second in the season-ending Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final in Dubai.
I-League: Salgaocar weather East Bengal fightback to stay atop
Salgaocar consolidated their position atop the I-League table with a thrilling 3-2 victory over East Bengal in a Round 8 match in Kalyani on Friday.
'It's Anand's experience vs Carlsen's dynamism'
It would be a battle between Viswanathan Anand's wealth of experience and Magnus Carlsen's ability to play in any position when the two greats of the game face-off in the much-anticipated World Chess Championship beginning this month, feel a majority of Indian Grand Masters.
Russian PM guarantees security at Sochi Olympics
The Russian government and security services will overcome security threats and can guarantee safety at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Jwala-Ashwini lose in Bitburger Open
India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday after suffering a straight-game defeat against the Malaysian pair of Hui Ern Ng and Hui Lin Ng in the second round in Saarbrucken, Germany.
Ashour ends Ghosal's dream run at squash World Championships
Saurav Ghosal's dream run in the World Squash Championship came to an end when he suffered a straight-game defeat against defending champion and world number one Ramy Ashour from Egypt in their quarter-final in Manchester.
ATP Challenger: Yuki in semis, Somdev and Myneni in quarters
Indian players enjoyed a good day on the ATP Challenger tour as Yuki Bhambri reached the singles semifinals of the Traralgon event in Australia while Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni reached the quarter-finals of the Charlottesville event in the United States.
Roma set record with 10th straight Serie A win
AS Roma became the first team to win their opening 10 Serie A games of the season when they overcame bottom side Chievo 1-0 thanks to Marco Boriello's late header on Thursday.
Murray will only return if fully fit to win Australian Open
Andy Murray will only play at next year's Australian Open if his back has recovered enough for him to win the title.
La Liga: Costa, Villa help Atletico march ahead of Real
Atletico Madrid kept pace with leaders Barcelona and restored their five-point lead over third-placed city rivals Real when Diego Costa and David Villa each scored a penalty in a 2-1 win at Granada in La Liga on Thursday.
October 31, 2013All possible assistance extended to Jwala: Sports minister
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh responded to his senior colleague in the government Veerappa Moily's letter to him in connection with Jwala Gutta's ongoing impasse with the BAI, saying that he will examine her case and see how he can extend support to her.
Paris Masters: Bopanna-Vasselin advance to quarters; Paes-Nestor out
Fifth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin booked a quarter-final berth in the ATP Paris Masters but Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor were ousted after a straight sets defeat, in Paris.
Yuki enters quarter-finals of Traralgon Challenger
Yuki Bhambri recovered well from a poor start to beat New Zealand's Michael Venus in a three-setter and advance to the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Challenger event in Traralgon, Australia.
Badminton rankings: Saina slips to seventh
Indian badminton ace, Saina Nehwal continued her downward slide in the rankings falling to No 7 in the list.
Jwala-Ashwini win, Thulasi loses in Bitburger Open
India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa started their campaign with a dominating straight-game win in the opening round of the Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold in Saarbrucken, Germany.
Beckham confirms interest in buying Miami MLS team
Retired England soccer star David Beckham told a live online Facebook event in London on Wednesday that he is "very interested" in launching a Major League Soccer team in Miami, appearing to confirm media reports he had chosen the Florida city over other destinations.
NBA: Raptors beat Celtics in opening match
The Toronto Raptors finally sent an opening night crowd home with a smile and a win when they held on to beat the Boston Celtics 93-87 to raise the curtain on a new National Basketball Association season on Wednesday.
Ecclestone rejects German firm's claims of corrupt F1 sale
A firm's claim for more than $100 million in damages from Bernie Ecclestone is far-fetched and relies on confessions from a jailed banker who is a "fantasist", a lawyer for the Formula One boss argued on Wednesday.
Partial stadium closure for CSKA over Toure racism
CSKA Moscow must close part of their stadium for their next Champions League home game following the racist abuse hurled at ManchesterCity's Yaya Toure by the Russian club's fans last week, UEFA said on Wednesday.
Serie A: Kaka scores as Milan held to a draw by Lazio
Brazil playmaker Kaka scored his first goal, a delightful curling shot, since his return to AC Milan at the start of the season but his struggling team were held 1-1 at home by Lazio in Serie A on Wednesday.
Squash: Ghosal creates history, makes World C'ship quarters
Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian squash player to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championships, after rallying against Henrik Mustonen in a keenly-contested match of the sport's biggest event of the year at the National Centre in Manchester on Wednesday.
Ronaldo tricks, Bale scores first as Real Madrid crush Sevilla
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Gareth Bale became the fifth British player to score for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in La Liga when he struck twice in an action-packed 7-3 win over Sevilla on Wednesday.
League Cup: City edge Newcastle, Spurs down Hull in shootout
ManchesterCity reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup after they finally broke down a resilient Newcastle United to win 2-0 after extra time on Wednesday, while Tottenham Hotspur needed penalties to get past Hull City.
Federer advances in Paris; books 12th Tour Finals spot
Roger Federer booked his place in the ATP World Tour Finals for a record-tying 12th consecutive year when he dismissed South African Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.
October 30, 2013Alok, Shandilya beaten in World billiards semis
It was a case of so near yet so far for veteran Indian cueists Alok Kumar and Ashok Shandilya. Both fell just before the final hurdle in the World Billiards Championship in Leeds.
Now, Oz Winter Olympians face booze ban at Sochi Games
Australia's Winter Olympic athletes will also be subjected to an alcohol ban in the Sochi athletes' village along with the Summer Games counterparts.
Ecclestone accused of making `corrupt deal` to secure future as F1 chief
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone had made a corrupt agreement in an attempt to stay in charge of the sport, according to claims by German media company Constantin Medien.
Spain, Brazil federations fight over La Liga top-scorer Costa
Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward Diego Costa has signed a formal letter stating his wish to play for adopted country Spain, ending a tug-of-war between the two powerhouses over the in-form 25-year-old.
NBA: Heat burn down Bulls in season-opening win
The Miami Heat got their NBA championship rings, watched a video tribute to last season's record-setting campaign and then went out and showed why they are still the team to beat.
Beckham picks Miami for new Major League Soccer team?
Retired England soccer star David Beckham has chosen Miami for a new U.S. Major League Soccer expansion team, a source familiar with the negotiations said on Tuesday.
Pistorius to face additional gun charges in murder trial
South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend due to start in March next year, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Paris Masters: Gasquet inches closer to Tour Finals; Tsonga out
Richard Gasquet kept his ATP World Tour finals hopes alive when he overcame Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3 to reach the Paris Masters third round as fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out of the race on Tuesday.
La Liga: Barca go four points clear after 3-0 win at Celta
Barcelona followed up Saturday's win over Real Madrid with another victory when Alexis Sanchez set the champions on their way to a 3-0 success at Celta Vigo on Tuesday that put them four points clear at the top of La Liga.
League Cup: Chelsea down Arsenal to reach quarters
Jose Mourinho got the better of old adversary Arsene Wenger once again as Chelsea showed their strength-in-depth by reaching the League Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over London rivals Arsenal on Tuesday.
October 29, 2013World billiards: Rupesh Shah upsets Sethi, enters into pre-quarters
Rupesh Shah caused a major upset at the World Billiards Championship when he defeated seven-time World champion and compatriot Geet Sethi in the 'Long up' format and advanced into the pre-quarters of the event, in Leeds, on Tuesday.
Advani, Aditya suffer first round defeats in China
Indian Open finalist Aditya Mehta went down 3-6 to England's Rod Lawler, who top scored with 103, while eight-time World champion Pankaj Advani suffered from food poisoning just minutes before his opening game against Englishman Dave Harold, who defeated the 27-year-old cueist 6-4 in the US $950,000 event.
Formula One: Why does Vettel get booed on podiums?
German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel has said that he believed boos were coming from people who did not want to see one team and driver winning so much.
Bale, Ozil in Ballon d'Or shortlist; Mourinho for coach of the year
Real Madrid's Welsh winger Gareth Bale has joined Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for FIFA's Ballon d'Or award.
McIlroy edges out Woods in lucrative shootout in China
World number six Rory McIlroy produced some dazzling golf on the back nine to overcome a sniffling Tiger Woods by one shot in their lucrative 'Match at Mission Hills' in China.
Gay people welcome at Sochi Winter Olympics, says Russia's Putin
Triggering angry criticism from the West and even calls to boycott the Sochi games, Russia adopted in June a ban on homosexual "propaganda" among minors, a law denounced by critics as discriminatory and aimed at stifling dissent.
Man United can still defend EPL title despite bad start: Ferguson
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that the Old Trafford club can overturn a poor start to win the league title, despite being eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
India GP: Lotus apologise for using bad language against Raikkonen
Lotus apologised on Monday for bad language in a heated exchange with their driver Kimi Raikkonen during Sunday's Indian Formula One Grand Prix.
Cilic happy as a kid on return after doping ban
After four months away from the courts following a doping ban, Marin Cilic felt like a kid playing for the first time at the Paris Masters on Monday.
La Liga: Bilbao halt Getafe charge, move up to fifth
Athletic Bilbao ended Getafe's run of four straight wins and climbed above them into fifth place in La Liga when Aymeric Laporte's early bullet header secured a 1-0 win at the Coliseum in Madrid on Monday.
Juventus sanctioned over anti-Naples chanting
Serie A champions Juventus became on Monday the latest team to be sanctioned for anti-Naples chanting by their fans during a game, the Serie A league said in a statement.
October 28, 2013I-League: Shillong Lajong force Churchill Brothers to split points
Churchill Brothers FC and Shillong Lajong FC on Monday shared a point each after playing a 2-2 draw in their 6th round play-off in I-League at the J N Stadium in Shillong on Monday.
Hart howler turns spotlight back on England goalkeeper
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart generated some more negative headlines after a last minute mix-up with Matija Nastasic allowed Chelsea's Fernando Torres to score a late winner in a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Paris Masters: Paes, Bopanna advance
India's tennis legend Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna moved to the pre-quarterfinals of the ATP BNP Paribas Masters with their respective partners after getting byes in their first rounds in Paris.
Sardara rested, Manpreet to lead India at Asian Hockey CT
Skipper Sardara Singh has been rested for third Asian Champions Trophy. In his absence, Hockey India said, midfielder Manpreet Singh will lead India's 18-member squad for the tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan, from November 2-10.
Beaten Alonso congratulates champion Vettel
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso congratulated Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on his fourth successive Formula One world title on Sunday but reserved judgement on where the German stood among the greats.
Russia will stage World Cup despite racist incidents: FIFA
Russia will still stage the 2018 World Cup finals despite the continuing blight of racism in the country's soccer, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sunday.
Toure meets FIFA official over racism claim
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure met a top official with soccer's governing body on Sunday to discuss allegations that he was the victim of racial abuse from fans during a match in Russia in midweek.
Youzhny downs Ferrer to clinch Valencia Open title
Unseeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny denied top seed and defending champion David Ferrer a fourth Valencia Open title when he beat the world number three 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Spaniard's home event on Sunday.
Africa, South America need more representation at World Cup: Platini
UEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented.
Serena ends dominant year with WTA Championship crown
Serena Williams capped off a season to remember by capturing her fourth WTA Championship title with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over Li Na on Sunday.
EPL: City coach Pellegrini snubs Mourinho after loss
ManchesterCity manager Manuel Pellegrini walked straight down the players' tunnel without shaking hands with counterpart Jose Mourinho after Chelsea snatched a 90th-minute winner on Sunday.
October 27, 2013Shiv Kapur finishes tied 16th in Kuala Lumpur
Shiv Kapur failed to nail any of the birdie putts that came his way but the Indian golfer still managed to turn in an even par 72 that saw him finish tied 16th at the US$ 7 million CIMB Classic, an event jointly sanctioned by Asian and PGA Tours, in Kuala Lumpur.
IOA proposes to refer charge-framed cases to Ethics Commission
he Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Sunday yet again sought to dilute International Olympic Committee's directive to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections and instead decided to refer such cases to the Ethics Commission of the IOA to take a decision.
MotoGP: Lorenzo's Japan win keeps Marquez waiting
World champion Jorge Lorenzo won the Japanese Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez to ensure the MotoGP title race goes down to the final round of the season at Valencia next month.
David, Brooklyn Beckham involved in a car crash
David Beckham and his son Brooklyn met with an accident after the former soccer star crashed into another car as he pulled out of his Beverly Hills home.
Federer strengthens bid for Tour finals with Pospisil win
Roger Federer took a big step towards securing his endangered place in the ATP World Tour Finals by overcoming rising Canadian talent Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5 in the Basel Open semi-finals on Saturday.
China's Li to meet Williams in first WTA final
China's Li Na will meet Serena Williams in the final of the WTA championships after beating Czech Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday, becoming the highest-ranked player ever from an Asian country.
La Liga: Neymar shines as Barcelona down Real Madrid
Neymar stole the show from the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale when the Brazilian's strike set Barcelona on the way to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in Saturday's 'Clasico' at the Nou Camp.
October 26, 2013Suarez hat-trick keeps Liverpool on Arsenal's tail
Luis Suarez struck a clinical hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed West Bromwich Albion 4-1 at Anfield to keep pace with Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.
Vettel no fan of Formula E
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel gave a planned new electric series a firm thumbs-down on Saturday, saying silent motor racing left him cold.
EPL: Arteta scores, then sent off as Arsenal beat Crystal Palace
Mikel Arteta scored Premier League leaders Arsenal's first goal in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday but was later sent off in the early kickoff in south London.
Toure fallout: UEFA calls for inquiry on non-adherence of racism protocol
European football's governing body UEFA is reportedly seeking an internal inquiry on why UEFA guidelines on dealing with racism in football were not followed during Wednesday''s Champions League game between ManchesterCity and CSKA Moscow.
Atwal aims to swing it his way at Indian Open
Winning his first national championship 14 years ago is one memory which Arjun Atwal will never forget and the veteran golfer said he can't wait to tee up again at the 50th Hero Indian Open next month as this was the title that made him the star that he is today.
F1: Vettel takes 7th pole of the season at India GP
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position for a fourth successive Formula One title after lapping the Indian Grand Prix circuit faster than any driver ever before on Saturday.
Mallya promises to nurse Daruvala into becoming F1 driver
India has no Formula One driver and there will be no Grand Prix here next year but Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya believes he has unearthed the country's next driving talent in a Mumbai teenager.
New director for Jamaican doping body
The under-fire Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has appointed a new executive director just three days before the start of a World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) audit of its operations, the Jamaican government said on Friday.
India GP: Vettel dominates practice with hat-trick
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel completed a practice hat-trick on Saturday with the fastest time in a smog-shortened final session before qualifying for a race expected to bring him a fourth successive Formula One title.
Football is force for good, says Prince William
Soccer is a force for good around the world, according to FA president Prince William who will lead the organisation's 150th birthday celebrations on Saturday.
Ferrer beats Janowicz to set up semi-final with Almagro in Valencia
World No. 3 David Ferrer has reached the semi-finals of the Valencia Open for the fourth consecutive year with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over fifth seed Jerzy Janowicz.
Court reduces Cilic's doping suspension
The doping suspension of Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic has reportedly been reduced from nine months to four months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), making him eligible to return to playing from October 26 this year.
I'm no ruthless parasite, Blatter tells Oxford students
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has hit back at his critics, saying he was no "ruthless parasite sucking the lifeblood out of football" and arguing the profits his organisation earn are ploughed back into the global game.
India GP: Final practice delayed due to smog
Final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix was twice delayed on Saturday due to smog shrouding the circuit and preventing the medical helicopter from operating.
Improving Stuttgart up to sixth after draw with Nuremberg
VfB Stuttgart continued their unbeaten run under new coach Thomas Schneider on Friday, climbing to sixth with a 1-1 home draw against Nuremberg who are still looking for their first Bundesliga win of the season.
Li Earns hat-trick of wins against injured Azarenka
China's Li Na made it a hat-trick of White Group victories, overpowering back-injury victim Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to march through to the semi-finals of the WTA Championship.
Federer beats Dimitrov, closes in on ATP Tour Finals berth
Roger Federer ended Grigor Dimitrov's seven-match winning streak and showed the Bulgarian he has some way to go to live up to his 'Baby Federer' tag with a 6-3 7-6 (2) quarter-final victory at the Basel Open on Friday.
Can't rule out Ferguson return: Wenger
Alex Ferguson could return to a job in football management despite his retirement at the end of last season, according to his old Arsenal adversary Arsene Wenger.
An appeal to the organisers of the Indian Grand Prix
With empty stands greeting the Indian F1 Grand Prix during the first two practice session, Raja Sen begs the organisers to open the gates and bring in the junta. 'At least, Formula One will feel compelled to bring its mega budget circus back to India at the soonest'.
October 25, 2013Alok Kumar in final of IBSF World Billiards
Alok Kumar stormed into the final of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Leeds on Friday and set up a title clash with Englishman David Causier.
Shiv Kapur tied 13th in KL; Bradley opens up four-shot lead
India's Shiv Kapur battled to a two-under-par 70 for tied 13th place at the half-way stage of the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Friday, knowing that he needs to shift into high gear to emerge as a legitimate contender. The 31-year-old, who holds one Asian Tour title under his belt, carded three birdies against a lone bogey at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club's West course where his two-day aggregate of five-under-par 139 left him eight shots behind leader Keegan Bradley of the United States.
Black players mulling 2018 Russia World Cup boycott: Toure
Black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the country does not tackle racism in the stands, ManchesterCity's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was quoted as saying on Friday.
Raikkonen fined for speeding in pit lane
Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus was fined 400 euros for speeding in the pit lane during the first practice session of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida.
Indian F1 to go ahead after court hearing delayed
Sunday's Indian Grand Prix will go ahead as scheduled after the Supreme Court deferred hearing in a case seeking its cancellation over tax issues to next week.
India GP: Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in practice
Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in Friday's first free practice for an Indian Grand Prix that looks sure to secure the German a fourth successive Formula One title.
Force India pay tribute to Tendulkar with commemorative hashtag
Indian Formula One team Sahara Force India will pay tribute to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar via a hashtag #masterblaster which has been placed on the nose of their racing cars at the upcoming Indian GP.
Del Potro cruises into Basel Open quarters
Top seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro moved a step closer to the successful defense of his Swiss Indoors title when he beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-2 for a third time this season.
Ibrahimovic escapes ban for gun gesture
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic escaped a ban on Thursday for mimicking pointing a gun at the opposition bench in a Ligue 1 game against Toulouse last month.
Toure racist abuse: UEFA slammed by players' union
The world players' union has criticised European soccer's governing body UEFA for failing to enforce its own guidelines on racism following the abuse hurled at ManchesterCity's Yaya Toure in Moscow.
WTA Championships: Serena breezes past Kvitova in Istanbul
Round-robin formats at tennis tournaments can cause confusion but Serena Williams has an easy solution, just keep winning.
Europa League: Defoe strike puts Spurs on brink of knockout phase
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe left Tottenham Hotspur on the cusp of the Europa League knockout stages as four other clubs maintained perfect starts on Thursday.
Saina, Sindhu lose in second round of French Super Series
Indian shuttlers had a bad day at the French Super Series, as Saina Nehwal and three others lost in the second round, in Paris, on Thursday.
October 24, 2013Steady Shiv Kapur six shots behind leader Moore in KL
India's Shiv Kapur shot seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch as he overcame a calamitous start for a first round three-under-par 69 at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday.
SC to hear plea against India GP F1 race on Friday
Two days ahead of the Formula 1 race in Greater Noida, a petition seeking to stay the mega event was filed before the Supreme Court on Tuesday which agreed to hear it on Friday.
No booze party for Australian Olympians at Rio
Australian Olympians will be forced to break from their tradition of wild partying in the athletes village after finishing their events at the 2016 Rio Games, with a strict alcohol ban to be enforced by the delegation's minders.
'Struggling Federer won't be thinking of quitting'
Roger Federer's struggles in 2013 are unlikely to hasten his exit from the game and the Swiss master could hit back and win next year's Australian Open, according to tennis great Rod Laver.
Federer digs deep to beat Istomin at Swiss Indoors in Basel
Swiss Roger Federer came back from a slow start to beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round at the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel.
Rooney thankful to Ferguson for clarification over transfer saga
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was glad on Wednesday former manager Alex Ferguson had now backtracked on comments that triggered months of speculation over the player's future.
Serena advances to third round in Istanbul, Jankovic shines
World No 1 Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the eighth time in eight matches to move ominously towards the semi-finals of the WTA Championships on Wednesday.
Champions League: City's Toure faces monkey chants in Moscow
ManchesterCity's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure said he was the victim of racist abuse from the stands during his side's 2-1 Champions League victory away at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo shine as goals flow in Champions League
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo come face-to-face next month when Sweden meet Portugal in a World Cup playoff and they sharpened their claws with six goals between them on a thrilling night of Champions League action on Wednesday.
October 23, 2013Indian boxers return empty-handed from World Championships
Indian boxers will return empty-handed from the World Championships for the first time in four years after none of their five quarter-finalists made it to the semi-finals in the biennial mega-event, in Almaty, Kazkakhastan, on Wednesday. After the defeats of fourth seed Shiva Thapa (56kg) and sixth seed Manoj Kumar in the afternoon, Vikash Malik (60kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) also lost their quarter-final bouts in the evening session.
Rupesh Shah on winning run in World billiards
The Indian cueist was unstoppable in the 150-up format, beating Ireland's Wayne Doyle, England's Aaron Davies, Australia's Grant Meadley and Vietnam's Long Nguyen Thanh to take the top position in Group A.
French Super Series: Saina, Sindhu advance; Jwala-Ashwini ousted
Saina Nehwal fought her way back from a game down to win her opening round match while compatriot P V Sindhu crushed her opponent to storm into the second round of the French Super Series in Paris, on Wednesday.
Australian striker Rooney steers Bengaluru FC past Dempo
A brace by Australian striker Sean Rooney steered Bengaluru FC to a 3-1 victory over former champions Dempo SC in the Airtel I-League match at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Wednesday.
Discus champ Poonia joins Congress ahead of Rajasthan Assembly polls
In the presence of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia joined the Congress at a rally in Rajasthan on Wednesday, ahead of the upcoming state Assembly elections, scheduled for December 1.
World boxing: Shiva, Manoj lose in quarters
It was a disappointing first session for Indian boxers in the World Championships quarter-finals, on Wednesday, as the seeded duo of Asian champion Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) lost, and Satish Kumar (+91kg) was declared medically unfit.
Tyson wanted to kill Holyfield during infamous ear-biting bout
Mike Tyson has revealed in his autobiography that he wanted to kill his ear-biting victim Evander Holyfield in the infamous 1997 fight.
Wilshere's ankle causes concern for Wenger
Arsene Wenger withdrew Jack Wilshere from the heat of battle against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday and said he may have to protect the midfielder from his own desire to play.
French Super Series: Ajay enters Rd 2; Kashyap, Guru lose
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a straight-game win over Japan's Kazumasa Sakai but his compatriots Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt failed to cross the first hurdle in the French Super Series.
Williams sweeps aside Kerber in WTA Championships
World No 1 Serena Williams showed her determination to defend her WTA Championships title by sweeping to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Angelique Kerber at the season-ending event on Tuesday.
Champions League: Torres, Messi on target; Atletico surge ahead
Lionel Messi marked his first start after injury with a goal in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday while Fernando Torres got two as Chelsea thumped Schalke and Atletico Madrid's charge continued.
October 22, 2013Krishna Poonia set to join Congress
Ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia is expected to join the Congress Party on Wednesday, at a rally in Rajasthan, where she is also likely to contest in the upcoming state Assembly elections, slated for December 1.
Kuwait SC prove too good for East Bengal in AFC Cup SF
East Bengal's hopes of becoming the first Indian football club to enter the AFC Cup final were dashed after they were beaten 3-0 by a far superior Kuwait Sports Club in the second leg semi-final, in Kolkata, on Tuesday.
World boxing: Vikash, Sumit, Satish in last eight
Vikash Malik (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) joined Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) in the quarter-finals, on Tuesday, making it one better than the previous best India achieved in the 2011 edition in Azerbaijan.
95 Indian players signed for HIL Mini Players auction
The Hockey India League's Mini Players auction will feature 95 Indians, including promising forwards such as Ramandeep Singh and Affan Yousuf, when it is conducted here on November 18.
WADA chief furious at Jamaica stonewalling
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief John Fahey has slammed Jamaican authorities for failing to accommodate an independent audit of their anti-doping regime until next year.
Revealed: Reasons for Federer's poor showing in 2013
World No 7 Roger Federer has admitted that serious errors in his planning have contributed to a disastrous 2013 campaign but insisted that retirement is not on his agenda.
EPL: Kasami stunner helps Fulham shock Palace
Fulham manager Martin Jol hailed Pajtim Kasami's stunning volley against CrystalPalace on Monday as better than fellow Dutchman Marco van Basten's classic in the Euro 1988 final.
La Liga: Bilbao halt 10-man Villarreal's surge
Athletic Bilbao checked promoted Villarreal's impressive early-season run when they beat the team with the distinctive canary-yellow strip 2-0 at their new San Mames stadium in La Liga on Monday.
EPL: Chelsea's Mourinho courts controversy, charged by FA
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during a Premier League game against CardiffCity, the FA said on Monday.
Federer's prepares World Tour Final qualification with easy win in Basel
Roger Federer's late bid to secure his customary place in the season-ending ATP World Tour finals began with a routine opening round win over Adrian Mannarino in his home town tournament in Basel on Monday.
October 21, 2013Yorke, Crespo roped in for Indian Super League football
The much-anticipated IPL-style football league to be held early next year will be christened as the Indian Super League even as the organisers IMG-Reliance disclosed the roping in of four more big international stars.
Sania back in top 10 of women's doubles
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza is back in the top 10 of the women's doubles ranking after rising two places to ninth.
World Boxing Championships: Shiva, Manoj in quarters, Nanao beaten
Rising Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar(64kg) endured draining contests but came out triumphant to enter the quarterfinals on a bitter-sweet day for India in the World Boxing Championships in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on Monday.
Ferguson calls managing England 'worst job in football'
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said that managing the England national soccer team is the worst job in football and even though he was linked with it because of his success, he would never opt for it being a ''nightmare''.
Tanvi finishes runners-up at Swiss International
Sixth seed Tanvi Lad finished runners-up at the Swiss International Challenge badminton tournament after suffering a straight-game defeat against USA's Beiwen Zhang in the women's singles competition at Yverdon-Ies-Bains, Switzerland.
Ferdinand added to FA Commission after diversity criticism
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was added to a commission set up by the English Football Association to improve the national team on Sunday after it was criticised by an FA board member for lacking diversity.
Late arrival Vidal fined and benched by Juventus
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was dropped by coach Antonio Conte on Sunday and is also likely to be fined after returning late from a World Cup qualifier with Chile.
Tommy Haas shows no signs of slowing down as he trumps Haase
Tommy Haas kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for next month's ATP World Tour Finals when he edged past near namesake Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to lift his 15th career title at the Vienna Open on Sunday.
Boxing World C'ships: Sumit, Vikash in pre-quarters, Mandeep bows out
Olympian Sumit Sangwan (81kg) and Vikash Malik (60kg) fought through intense bouts to enter the pre-quarterfinals but Mandeep Jangra (69kg) bowed out after a stiff second-round contest on a mixed day for India in the World Boxing Championships in Almaty on Sunday.
Dimitrov upsets Ferrer to win maiden tour title
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov won his first ATP tour title by fighting back to upset Spanish top seed David Ferrer 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday.
Serie A: Rossi's hat-trick helps Fiorentina stun champions Juventus
Giuseppe Rossi continued his remarkable comeback with a 15-minute hat-trick as Fiorentina recovered from two goals down to defeat previously unbeaten title-holders Juventus 4-2 in Serie A on Sunday.
EPL: Townsend, Soldado lift Tottenham Hotspur up to fifth
Andros Townsend prospered in the glare of the spotlight as he netted his first Premier League goal in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday to continue what he called the best few weeks of his life.
October 20, 2013Dipika Pallikal stuns Rachael Grinham to win Macau Open title
Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal notched up a stunning victory against former World number one Rachael Grinham of Australia to clinch the Macau Open title on Sunday.
Macau Open: Anirban Lahiri equals course record, finishes second
Anirban Lahiri equalled the course record with a sensational nine-under 62 at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club to finish second at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday.
Doubles for Ibrahimovic and Cavani as PSG hammer Bastia
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani each scored twice in a 4-0 win over Bastia as their reshuffled side opened up a three-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Indo-Pak Express of Bopanna, Qureshi is back!
Indian tennis star Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have decided to reunite for the 2014 season.
October 19, 2013Sporting Clube add to Mohun Bagan's nightmares
Mohun Bagan's winless streak stretched to four matches as Sporting Clube de Goa rode on a Boima Karpeh double for a 2-1 win in the I-League at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Saturday.
Liverpool's Gerrard in 100 goals club!
Gerrard is now in a league of extraordinary footballers. The Liverpool veteran struck his 100th Premier League goal for the Reds.
Wenger has silenced Arsenal critics: Bergkamp
Manager Arsene Wenger has silenced his critics with Arsenal's rip-roaring start to the season, club great Dennis Bergkamp said on Friday.
Vijender out of World C'ships; Shiva, Nanao in pre-quarters
India's top boxer Vijender Singh was knocked out after an intense second-round contest on a day of mixed fortunes for India that saw Shiva Thapa and comeback-man Nanao Singh punch their way in to the pre-quarters at the World Boxing Championships in Almaty. Kazakhstan.
Januzaj signs five-year deal at United
Adnan Januzaj has signed a five-year contract with Premier League champions Manchester United.
Bale should play for Real on Saturday: Ancelotti
Gareth Bale is likely to play against Malaga on Saturday as Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is eager to have the Wales winger in form for the Champions League tie against Juventus and the game with La Liga leaders Barcelona over the following week.
October 18, 2013Sung Ji Hyun puts defending champ Saina out of Denmark Open
Defending champion Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Denmark Super Series Premier after a shock defeat to Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in the quarter-finals of the women's singles in Odense on Friday.
Duffy scores twice as Salgaocar end Mumbai FC's unbeaten run
Mumbai FC's unbeaten run came to an end after they slumped to a 1-3 home defeat to Salgaocar FC in an I-League Round-5 encounter at the Balewadi Sports Complex, in Pune, on Friday. A second half brace from striker Darryl Duffy (66th and 72nd minute), and a late goal by winger Gilbert Oliviera (90th) handed the visitors three points. Substitute Jayesh Rane pulled one back for the hosts in the 85th minute.
Aditya Mehta goes down tamely to Junhui in final
After becoming the first Indian to reach the final of a major ranking event, it was a sad end to Aditya Mehta's winning streak at the Indian Open World Snooker Championship, as he went down tamely to China's Ding Junhui in the summit clash in Delhi on Friday night.
Manpreet, Manoj in last 16 at World Boxing Championships
Indian boxers continued to pack a mighty punch at the World Championships, as Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) entered the pre-quarter-finals with contrasting victories in their respective second round bouts, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday.
Salary cap for youngsters would help English soccer: Campbell
Former England international defender Sol Campbell says English soccer would benefit from a salary cap for youth players which would make academies less attractive for overseas talent.
Louis Saha roped in for IPL-style league
ormer Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha became the first international big star to be roped in for the much-anticipated IPL-style football league to be organised by IMG-Reliance early next year.
Oltmans to be named Hockey India's High Performance Director
The Government of India is set to appoint Hockey India's Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans as Chief Coordinator and High Performance Director for Indian Hockey.
Murray honoured with OBE
Briton's Andy Murray was awarded an OBE by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.
Roland Garros centre court to get retractable roof
The French Tennis Federation has welcomed the decision of a French tribunal to lift the suspension of plans to expand Roland Garros, the home of the French Open tournament.
EPL: Johnson, Cissokho fit for Liverpool's visit to Newcastle
Liverpool will take their strongest squad of the season to Newcastle United on Saturday, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday.
Mexico coach Vucetich gets the boot
Mexico's national coach Victor Vucetich says he has been notified by the country's soccer federation that he is no longer in the job, according to an interview posted on Thursday night on ESPN.com.
Saina storms into quarters, Kashyap crashes out
Defending champion Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Denmark Super Series Premier with a straight-game thrashing of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour in the second round of the women's singles.
Mehta creates history; beats Advani to enter semis of Indian Open
India's leading cueist Aditya Mehta's dream run in the Indian Open snooker tournament continues. The 28-year-old from Mumbai beat compatriot Pankaj Advani 4-3 to enter the semi-finals, in New Delhi, on Thursday night.
October 17, 2013India 'A' boys, China girls win Reliance India Jr and Cadet Open TT
Third seeds China won the junior girls' title with an upset victory over India 'A', while top seeds India 'A' won the junior boys' crown, in the US $8000 Reliance India Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championships, at the NSCI-Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
I-League: Dempo outplay East Bengal for first victory
AFC Cup semi-finalists East Bengal suffered a jolt ahead of their big match next week as they were beaten by former champions Dempo 3-1 in Kalyani on Thursday.
Swiss among World Cup seeds, Italy miss out
Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December after they leapt to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings announced on Thursday, while Italy were edged out.
Vijender romps through World C'ship opener despite viral fever
Vijender Singh (75kg) turned in a solid showing despite being down with viral fever to beat Sweden's Hampus Henriksson in his opening bout at the World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Thursday.
Mehta to meet Advani in Indian Open snooker quarter-finals
Aditya Mehta set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against compatriot Pankaj Advani after ending the challenge of double World champion Mark Williams in the Indian Open snooker tournament in Delhi on Thursday. Mehta became only the second Indian cueist, after Advani, to reach the quarter-final of a world ranking snooker event with a 4-2 victory over the world No 18.
Two French tennis players charged with gang rape
Two professional French tennis players were reportedly charged along with five other men with the gang rape of an American woman tennis player during a tournament in Greece.
World Cup doubts creep in for Italy amid rankings slip
After qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with two games to spare everything looked positive for Italy but doubts are creeping in after two poor displays mean they are set to miss out on a place among the top seeds in Brazil.
Bale back in Real training before Malaga clash
Gareth Bale returned to full training with his Real Madrid team mates on Wednesday as he continued his recovery from a muscle injury, suggesting the Wales winger may play a part in Saturday's La Liga clash at Malaga.
Adam Scott wins Grand Slam title with sizzling finish
Masters champion Adam Scott stormed back from four shots behind with 10 holes remaining to clinch the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two strokes with a scintillating finish in Bermuda on Wednesday.
October 16, 2013Bhowmick returns to Churchill as Technical Director
Subhash Bhowmick, who guided Churchill Brothers to their second I-League title last season as Technical Director, is back in the team fold after Sukhwinder Singh announced his resignation.
Denmark Super Series: Saina, Kashyap reach second round
Top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap along with two other Indians sailed into the second round of the Denmark Super Series Premier with contrasting wins in the opening round, but it was curtains for P V Sindhu in Odense on Wednesday.
Hockey India League to conduct mini auction next month
The Hero Hockey India League will conduct a mini players auction (closed bid) featuring over 150 players from around the world here on November 18, nearly two months ahead of the second season of the franchise-based event.
Chile, Ecuador book World Cup berth, Uruguay to playoff
Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 in their closing South American qualifier in Santiago on Tuesday as both went through automatically to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Honduras qualifies For World Cup, Mexico to playoff
Honduras qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil on Tuesday by clinching the last of the automatic qualifying spots in North and Central America and the Caribbean, while Mexico stayed in contention by claiming the playoff spot after Panama suffered a heartbreaking loss to the United States.
First-timers Bosnia join Spain, England and Russia at World Cup
First-timers Bosnia joined holders Spain, England and Russia in grabbing Europe's remaining automatic spots for the 2014 World Cup finals on Tuesday as the last round of group matches ended in joy, despair and shattered nerves.
October 15, 2013Pawar qualifies for main draw of Denmark Open badminton
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar powered his way to the main draw of the men's singles competition with a straight-game victory over German's Dieter Domke in the Denmark Super Series Premier tournament.
Higgins thrashes Walker to enter 2nd round of Indian Open Snooker
Four-time world champion John Higgins of Scotland reigned supreme on the green baize as he thrashed England's Joel Walker 4-0 to enter the second round of the Indian Open World Ranking Snooker tournament in New Delhi.
Real Madrid could bid for Radamel Falcao next year: Perez
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hinted the world's richest club by income could buy Monaco's Colombia striker Radamel Falcao next year.
British driver Edwards dies in crash while coaching
British racing driver Sean Edwards has been killed in a crash at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.
EPL: With WC in sight, Vermaelen likely to quit Arsenal
Central defender Thomas Vermaelen is mulling the prospect of leaving Arsenal in January to boost his chances of playing for Belgium in the World Cup finals.
German broadcasters jailed for filming Qatar WCup labourers' plight
Two German broadcasters have reportedly alleged that they were detained and imprisoned by Qatari Police while they tried to investigate the plight of migrant labourers working in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Mo Farah backs Wilshere over national eligibility comments
British athlete Mo Farah, who is a big Arsenal fan, has joined football player Jack Wilshere in opposing the practice of sportsmen switching nationality to compete under a flag of convenience. Wilshere had provoked a fierce debate by saying the only people who should play for England are English people.
Jamaican athletes were rarely tested before 2012 Olympics?
The World Anti-Doping Agency expressed its frustration after plans to launch an ''extraordinary'' audit into allegations that Jamaica's athletes were rarely drug-tested before the London 2012 Games were pushed back until 2014.
Button has signed one-year extension deal with McLaren?
Formula One driver Jenson Button had reportedly signed a deal with McLaren for one more year, months ago, and the announcement is set to be made soon.
Woods set to pass Nicklaus before swing change, Player Says
Golf legend Gary Player believes Tiger Woods, before he changed his swing, was on target to smash Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championship victories.
Iniesta back where it all began for Georgia qualifier
Andres Iniesta will always have a special place in the hearts of Spanish soccer fans for scoring the dramatic extra-time goal that secured the Iberian nation's first world title in South Africa in 2010.
Maverick Balotelli tired of being in 'eye of cyclone'
Mario Balotelli is tired of being in the eye of a hurricane, the president of the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) said on Monday after the maverick international became embroiled in another row.
Argentina to face Uruguay without Di Maria and Aguero
Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero will miss Argentina's final South American World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Tuesday as the team who have already booked their place at next year's finals prepare to field yet more reserves.
Barca forward Messi back in training after injury
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi returned to training with his team mates on Monday as he continues his recovery from a thigh strain sustained in a La Liga match at Almeria at the end of last month.
October 14, 2013Walsh to take over as Indian men's hockey head coach
Australian Terry Walsh is set to be appointed as head coach of the Indian men's hockey team after the Sports Authority of India recommended his name to the Sports Ministry.
World Boxing C'ships: Madan goes down in 1st round
India's campaign at the World Boxing Championships got off to a disappointing start as Madan Lal (52kg) went down in the first round itself in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Monday.
France to lodge complaint over unfair WC playoff seeding
France believe the seeding system is unfair for the World Cup playoffs in November and plan to ask football's ruling body FIFA to review it ahead of next week's draw.
China regrets denying Indian archers entry into the country
China said on Monday it regretted that two Indian athletes were blocked last week from going to China but defended measures it has put in place in response to a border dispute which led to the ban on the pair travelling.
WC qualifiers: Cameroon keeper rescues team in draw vs Tunisia
Cameroon goalkeeper Charles Itandje made several sparkling saves to help his side force a 0-0 draw in Tunisia on Sunday in the first leg of their World Cup playoff.
American Walker wins PGA Tour's season opener
American Jimmy Walker took advantage of a late collapse by overnight leader Brooks Koepka to win his first PGA Tour title by two shots at the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California on Sunday.
Linz Open: German Kerber defeats Ivanovic, grabs title
German top-seed Angelique Kerber claimed her first title of 2013 with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Ana Ivanovic at the Linz Open in Austria on Sunday.
Manager shot at by gunmen, say Libyan team
Egyptian coach Hossam Al Badri was shot at in Libya on Saturday, hours after his team Al Ahli Tripoli had drawn a league match.
October 13, 2013Force India returns pointless at Japanese Grand Prix
Sahara Force India returned pointless for the second consecutive time as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished a disappointing 11th and 14th, respectively at the Japanese Grand Prix Formula One Race in Suzuka on Sunday.
2014 CWG: QBR goes to Qutub Minar, India leg ends
The Queen's Baton of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was showcashed at the historic Qutub Minar as the QBR's India leg ended on the second day of its stop in New Delhi on Sunday.
Asian Youth badminton: Indias bring home 2 gold, 2 bronze
Indian shuttlers bagged the Asian Youth badminton championship titles in both Under-15 and Under-17 categories to wrap up the tournament with two gold and two bronze, their best ever performance at the competition, in Kudus, Indonesia, on Sunday.
Golf: Randhawa finishes second in Korea
Jyoti Randhawa, who took time off to work on his game, showed that he made a wise decision as he registered his first top-10 finish in more than two years in the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi in Yeoju, Korea on Sunday.
Formula One: 'Indian GP will return in 2015'
The future of Indian Grand Prix might be uncertain after this year's race but host Jaypee Sports International Limited's CEO Sameer Gaur says the country will not lose the Formula One event and will surely have two more races.
IBF Prez KO'd: 'Matoria not part of Rajasthan Boxing Association'
A year after he took over as the Indian Boxing Federation's President, which was followed by its international suspension, Abhishek Matoria's election for the top post has been challenged by the very body he claimed to represent in the controversial polls.
Stosur rallies past Bouchard to clinch Japan title
Australia's Sam Stosur fought back from a set down to claim the Japan Open for a second time on Sunday and deny Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard her first WTA title.
Motorsport: Miguel and Mahindra make history at Malaysia
Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira made history for India's first and only motorcycle constructor in international motorcycle racing today, fighting back from a weak start to claim a first-ever top-three podium finish for Mahindra's MGP3O Moto3 racer.
Djokovic masters Del Potro to retain Shanghai crown
World No 2 Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday.
Federer looks for change, splits with coach Annacone
Roger Federer is looking for a change of fortune. And in that direction, the former World No 1 split from his American coach Paul Annacone on Saturday.
October 12, 2013Neymar scores stunner as Brazil beat South Korea
Brazil star Neymar scored a stunning free-kick as he led the World Cup hosts to a 2-0 friendly win over South Korea in Seoul on Saturday.
IOA to hold Special GBM to pick dates for electing new officials
Indian Olympic Association will hold its special General Body Meeting in New Delhi on October 27 to decide on the date of elections as per the directives of the International Olympic Committee.
CWG 2014: Queen's Baton showcased at India Gate
The Queen's Baton of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games was taken at the historic India Gate by the country's top sportspersons in a low-key event on the first day of its India stop on Saturday.
WC qualifier: Was Ronaldo's Portugal booking deliberate?
Cristiano Ronaldo criticised Portugal's display in the 1-1 draw with Israel and was tight-lipped on claims he deliberately got himself booked to ensure his availability for next month's World Cup qualifying playoffs.
Serbian footballer Stankovic bids farewell with Japan win
Supported by his sons and receiving a standing ovation from a 12,000-strong crowd, Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic entered retirement as his country's most capped player with a 2-0 victory over Japan in a friendly on Friday.
F1 drivers to honour De Villota at Suzuka
Formula One drivers will hold a minute's silence at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and dedicate the winner's podium to the late Marussia test driver Maria De Villota, they said on Saturday.
Di Resta in P12 at Suzuka qualifying, Sutil 17
Sahara Force India had mixed results in the qualifying for Japanese Grand Prix as Paul Di Resta qualified in 12th place while Adrian Sutil secured P17 but was pushed back to 20th on the grid following a grid-penalty.
Alonso says his focus is Mercedes, not Vettel
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is sure to win this year's Formula One title and Ferrari's focus is now on finishing ahead of Mercedes in the constructors' championship, Fernando Alonso said on Saturday.
Kerber seals final spot at WTA Tour year-ender
Germany's Angelique Kerber has clinched the eighth and final spot at the WTA's season-ending championships in Istanbul later this month after reaching the semi-finals of the Linz Open.
Outspoken means life ban? Jwala Gutta to BAI
Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta said the national federation should not construe her "suggestions" as criticism since she had nothing against them and imposition of a life ban because of her blunt talking would be "silly".
2014 CWG Queen's Baton makes low-key entry into India
The Baton, which will stay in India for two days on October 12 and 13, will not, however, be taken in a relay by sportspersons, as is done normally, following IOA's decision to curtail the events here as there will not be adeqaute security arrangements in view of the Dussehra festival.
October 11, 2013Djokovic, Nadal reach Shanghai semis
Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic rallied to see off Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4 in the Shanghai Open quarter-finals on Friday and world number one Rafa Nadal also booked his place in the last four.
Jwala slams BAI, says playing badminton her only aim in life
Jwala Gutta launched a verbal tirade against the Badminton Association of India on Friday, saying the decision to recommend a life ban on her has only made it a laughing stock.
Raja-Sharan enter Tashkent Challenger final
The second seeded Indian pair of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan scored a 5-7, 6-3, 13-11 victory over the Israeli pair of Dudi Sela and Amir Weintraub to enter the doubles final in the fifth edition of the $125000 Tashkent Challenger, at the Olympic Tennis School Tennis Complex in Tashkent, on Friday.
Goalline technology to debut at 2014 World Cup
Referees at next year's World Cup will use goalline technology for the first time to settle some of the disputes that have marred past tournaments.
Former F1 test driver De Villota found dead
Spanish Formula One test driver Maria de Villota, one of the few women to come near to competing at the top of the sport, has been found dead in a hotel in the southern Spanish city of Seville, a police spokeswoman said on Friday.
Revealed! Singer Sheryl Crow saw ex-boyfriend Armstrong dope
Grammy Award-winning musician Sheryl Crow watched disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong get an illicit blood transfusion and later told federal investigators about what she had seen, according to a new book.
Football: Demand for 2014 World Cup tickets crosses six million
More than six million requests for World Cup tickets were made during the first sales period that ended on Thursday.
Torres bemoans overreaction to 'Blue' days at Chelsea
Fernando Torres knows he needs to do more to justify his British record transfer fee although he feels there has been an exaggerated reaction to the bad moments he has endured since joining Chelsea in January 2011.
WC qualifier: Bulgaria team get abused in Armenia
Objects were thrown and a tirade of abuse from dozens of local fans was chanted when Bulgaria arrived at YerevanAirport ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Armenia.
Japanese GP: Vettel fastest in Suzuka practice
Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel limbered up for a Japanese Grand Prix that could bring him a fourth successive title on Sunday with the fastest time in Friday practice.
October 10, 2013AFC U-29: Uzbekistan too good for India
Abdiev Asliddin scored in each half as Uzbekistan beat India 3-0 in a crucial Group A encounter of the AFC U-29 Championship (Qualifiers) at the Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Thursday. Abdiev scored at the end of first half and beginning of the second, and set up another goal to hand his side three important points.
Arvind Bhat in quarter-finals of Dutch Open
Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat entered the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open Badminton Championships, beating Sweden's Gabriel Ulldahl in straight games in a third round encounter on Thursday.
I-League: Rangdajied United hold champions Churchill Brothers
Rangdajied United FC turned in an impressive display but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with defending champions Churchill Brothers in the I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in Shillong, on Thursday.
Federer dumped out of Shanghai Open by Monfils
Fifth seed Roger Federer was dumped out of the Shanghai Open, losing to Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 in the third round on Thursday.
Will continue to fight and comeback stronger: Jwala
Facing a life ban threat from the Badminton Association of India (BAI), embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta vowed to continue her fight against injustice and come back stronger.
Delhi HC passes stay-order against life-ban on Jwala Gutta
The Delhi high court, on Thursday, passed a stay-order against the life-ban imposed on Jwala Gutta by the Badminton Association of India.
World Cup Qualifiers: Injury threatens van Persie's participation
A toe injury threatens to rule Robin van Persie out of the Netherlands' World Cup qualifier against Hungary in Amsterdam on Friday.
Benzema hits out at 'unfair' criticism over poor work ethic
France striker Karim Benzema hit out at those who questioned his work ethic as he tried to play down Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelloti's suggestion that he shies away from hard work.
Security tightened for Chicago marathon after Boston attack
Increased security will be in effect for Sunday's Chicago Marathon, the first major marathon staged in the United States since the tragic April bombing at the Boston race, organizers and police said.
October 09, 2013Djokovic canters as Federer makes winning return
Top seed Novak Djokovic launched his Shanghai Open title defence in fine style, breezing past Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-0 on Wednesday. Later Roger Federer, playing his first singles match since a fourth-round exit at the US Open, made a brisk return to winning ways, beating Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3.
I-League: East Bengal trounce Lajong FC
East Bengal began their I-League campaign in style, thrashing Shillong Lajong FC 4-0 in a one-sided match in Shillong on Wednesday. In Goa, Dempo fought back from a goal down to hold Salgaocar 1-1.
Rathore's son bags bronze, Manavjeet leads medal haul
Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's teenaged son Manavaditya clinched a bronze as Indian shooters dished out an impressive performance, winning seven medals, including two gold, at the ongoing third Asian Shotgun Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Jwala moves court over BAI's life ban threat
Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta moved the Delhi high court on Wednesday against the Badminton Association of India after its disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on her for an alleged code of conduct breach in the Indian Badminton League.
'Will intervene in Jwala issue if she approaches'
In what would come as some relief for embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta, who is facing a life ban for alleged disciplinary breach, Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said he can look into her dispute with the Badminton Association of India if she approaches him.
Prince Ali criticises FIFA over Middle East treatment
FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has criticised soccer's world governing body FIFA for banning Iraq from hosting home internationals and called upon the organisation to do more for supporters in the Middle East.
Olympic hurdles champion Pearson splits with coach
Australia's Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has split with her coach Sharon Hannan after 14 years, citing a need for a fresh start.
Protesters disrupt FIFA World Cup visit
A small group of protesters demanding more spending on health and education disrupted a visit by FIFA officials to the 2014 World Cup stadium under construction in Cuiaba on Tuesday.
October 08, 2013Milan to play behind closed doors over abusive chants
Italy's football authorities have ordered AC Milan to play its next game behind closed doors and fined the club 50,000 euros ($67,900) following abusive chants by supporters against southern club Napoli.
Sunderland sign Uruguyanan Poyet as new manager
English Premier League club Sunderland have appointed Gustavo Poyet as manager on Tuesday. The 45 year-old has agreed a two year contract at the Stadium of Light and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
England defender Cole to miss Montenegro qualifier
England left back Ashley Cole will miss Friday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro with a rib injury and will be replaced in the squad by Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs, the FA said on Monday.
Injured Sharapova out of WTA Championship
World No 3 Maria Sharapova withdrew on Monday from the end-of-season WTA Championship in Istanbul due to the shoulder injury that also kept her out of the US Open.
October 07, 2013Faiaz's late strike drives India to victory
SK Faiaz proved to be a super substitute for team India. The youngster scripted a well-deserved victory against Nepal in India's second Group A match of the AFC U-19 Championship (Qualifiers) at the Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Sunday night.
My risky tactics paid off, says Chelsea's Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gave himself the credit as his substitutions paid off with Eden Hazard and Willian scoring late to grab a 3-1 win at Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.
October 06, 2013China Open: Serena powers to 10th title of the year
World No 1 Serena Williams bagged her 10th title of the year with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Jelena Jankovic in the final of the China Open on Sunday.
I-League: Bengaluru FC beat United SC, top table
first-half strike by John Johnson helped Bengaluru FC beat United Sports Club by a solitary goal in their third round match of the I-League at the Bengaluru Football Stadium. The win propelled them to the top of the points table with seven points from three matches.
Squash: Ghosal loses in Montreal Open semis
India's Saurav Ghosal went down in straight games against top seed Spaniard Borja Golan in the semi-final of the Financière Banque Nationale Montreal Open squash tournament, on Sunday.
IBF state units to write to AIBA over re-election among other issues
More than half of the suspended Indian Boxing Federation's state units met in an "informal conclave" in New Delhi on Sunday and decided to write to the international body, seeking the appointment of an interim committee to run the sport in the country, besides conducting a "free and fair" re-election.
Force India drivers apologise on bad day for team
Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta made their apologies to rivals and colleagues on Sunday after a disappointing Korean Grand Prix for the Formula One team.
Del Potro wins Japan Open title
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Canada's Milos Raonic in the battle of big-servers on Sunday to bag the Japan Open title and boost his chances of qualifying for the end-of-season ATP World Tour finals in London.
Djokovic thumps Nadal to claim fourth China Open crown
Novak Djokovic won his fourth China Open title in five years on Sunday, prevailing 6-3, 6-4 in the final against Rafael Nadal who will replace him as the men's new world number one on Monday.
Bayern go top after Dortmund suffer first defeat
Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga with a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday as rivals Borussia Dortmund slumped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 reverse at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
October 05, 2013Indian archers disappoint at World Championships
The Indian archery team ended their campaign in the World Championships without any medal after the compound mixed team lost to United States in the bronze medal play-off at Belek, Turkey on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Gladbach stun Dortmund 2-0 with late goals
Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock first defeat of the season, letting in two late goals to slump to a 2-0 loss at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
Narain records another win in Auto GP
Narain Karthikeyan shrugged off the qualifying issues to record a superb win in the penultimate race of the AutoGP season, taking the championship fight the final race.
Serena thumps Radwanska to set up final date with Jankovic
World No 1 Serena Williams and Serbian eighth seed Jelena Jankovic set up a final showdown in the China Open after their contrasting victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.
I-League: Mumbai FC stun Churchill Brothers
Churchill Brothers paid dearly for a missed penalty in the first half as Mumbai FC struck twice in the second half to score their first win in the third round of the Airtel I-League in Mapusa on Saturday.
Korea GP: Sutil to start at 14th on grid, Di Resta one place behind
Sahara Force India missed out on Q3 yet again as Adrian Sutil, on Saturday, qualified 14th just ahead of teammate Paul di Resta for Sunday's Korean Grand Prix, in Yeongam.
Sania-Cara clinch China Open title
Sania Mirza won her second title in a row as she lifted the China Open trophy with Cara Black, demolishing the challenge of Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets, in Beijing on Saturday.
U.S. stay one point in front of Internationals
Tiger Woods remained unbeaten at this week's Presidents Cup as the United States maintained a one-point lead over the Internationals after the weather-delayed foursomes ended on Saturday morning.
EPL: Negredo, Aguero score as City beat Everton
Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero combined to help ManchesterCity bounce back from their Bayern Munich mauling by beating Everton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
Paes-Nestor lose in China Open semi-final
India's Leander Paes and Canada's Daniel Nestor have lost to Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 in their semi-final of the ATP China Open tournament in Beijing.
Del Potro sets up final clash with Raonic in Tokyo
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6(7), 7-6(1) in the semi-final of the Japan Open on Saturday to set up a title clash with big-serving Milos Raonic of Canada.
BAI recommends life ban for Jwala Gutta over IBL controversy
The Badminton Association of India's disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on top Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League.
Korean GP: Alonso criticises Pirelli F1 tyres
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso criticised Pirelli's Formula One tyres on Saturday, saying they could not even last a fast lap of the Korean Grand Prix in qualifying without their performance dropping off.
Coach Dunga sacked by Brazil's Internacional
Former Brazil coach Dunga has been sacked by Internacional after a fourth successive defeat in the Brazilian Championship, the club from the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul said on Friday.
AFC U-19 Championship Qualifier: Qatar beat India 2-0
India began their AFC U-19 Championship qualifying campaign on a disappointing note as they lost 0-2 in their opening group match against Qatar in Doha.
October 04, 2013Dinamo Zagreb fans arrested in Sofia after violence
Bulgarian police detained 45 fans of Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb for acts of violence before their team's Europa League match against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets on Thursday.
Nadal overcomes Fognini scare, on brink of return to No 1 spot
Rafael Nadal is one victory away from returning to the top of the world rankings after surviving a huge scare to beat Italian Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals of the China Open on Friday.
Bopanna-Vasselin enter Japan Open final
India's Rohan Bopanna and France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin have reached the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships by beating Philippines' Treat Conrad Huey and England's Dominic Inglot 6-4, 7-6.
Mirza-Black shock Errani-Vinci to reach China Open final
India's Sania Mirza and Zimbabwe's Cara Black entered the final of the WTA China Open, shocking top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. In doing do they extended their unbeaten run to eight matches, and Sania put herself in line for her fifth title of the season.
EPL: Hughes admits mistake in leaving Fulham
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he made a mistake when he resigned as Fulham boss in 2011.
Spain won't renew Corretja's Davis Cup contract
The Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Thursday it had decided not to extend the contract of Davis Cup captain Alex Corretja when it expires at the end of this year but has yet to name a successor.
Russia bars FIFA's Garcia over human rights abuse
Russia made clear on Thursday that FIFA's chief investigator Michael Garcia is barred from entering the country because he is one of the Americans blacklisted in a bitter dispute with the United States over human rights.
Qatar 2022: Get set for a winter World Cup!
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that if Qatar was denied hosting rights because of the weather, the next step could be snatching rights from a nation because of arbitrary and discriminatory reasons, and he was not a party to this but moving the World Cup to winter was definitely needed.
Europa League: Tottenham inflict double pain on depleted Anzhi
Tottenham Hotspur exposed the weaknesses in Anzhi Makhachkala's star-shorn squad, winning 2-0 in Moscow to maintain their perfect start in the second round of Europa League group stage matches on Thursday.
Record 22 races in 2014 'beyond limit' for F1 teams
Formula One's record 22 race calendar for 2014 is 'beyond the limit' for teams but looks likely to be trimmed before it becomes definitive, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
Wig wearing South Africans win at Presidents Cup
Not even a visit to an overzealous barber could stop Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel from winning one of the key match-ups on the opening day of the Presidents Cup on Thursday.
Norwich manager Hughton probed for alleged racist abuse
Police and NorwichCity are investigating an alleged racist message posted about the club's manager Chris Hughton on an unofficial Facebook page.
Hamilton turns up pace in Korea practice; Kimi rams into tyre wall
Lewis Hamilton kept championship leader Sebastian Vettel off the top of the timesheets in both Friday practice sessions for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix while Kimi Raikkonen slammed his Lotus into a tyre wall.
October 03, 2013Indian athletes won't get to run with 2014 CWG Baton in Delhi
Indian sportspersons will be deprived of a chance to hold the Queen's Baton of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and run in the relay on October 12-13 in a solemn ceremony as Indian Olympic Association on Thursday decided to make the ceremony a low-key affair due to lack of security arrangements.
Paes, Sania in semi-finals of China Open
Leander Paes and Canada's Daniel Nestor beat the Spanish combination of Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6(10-8), 6-3 in 83 minutes, while Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black beat Chinese Taipei's Yung-Jan Chan and Jie Zheng.
Deepika crashes out as Indian archers disappoint at World Championships
Ace Indian archer Deepika Kumari crashed out of the World Championships as India's campaign in both recurve and compound individual events ended on Thursday on a disappointing note in Belek.
Qatar happy to accommodate change in World Cup dates
Host nation Qatar is happy to accommodate a change in the dates for the 2022 World Cup, while insisting it can still stage the tournament in summer.
Chelsea striker Torres ruled out for three weeks
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will be out for three weeks after suffering a knee injury in the 4-0 Champions League Group E victory over Steaua Bucharest in Romania, the club said on Wednesday.
Real's Bale to return in 15 days, says coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid's Wales winger and record signing Gareth Bale should have recovered from a muscle strain in his left thigh in around 15 days, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Wednesday.
Lance Armstrong finally returns Olympic bronze medal to IOC
Disgraced retired cyclist Lance Armstrong's Sydney 2000 Olympic medal is back with the International Olympic Committee.
Jamaica's Campbell-Brown escapes ban for positive dope test
Jamaica's twice 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has escaped with a public warning by the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association for her use of a banned substance.
October 02, 2013Delhi uncertain to host Queen's Baton Relay for 2014 CWG
Uncertainty loomed large over Delhi hosting the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as the Indian Olympic Association has sought the deferment of the event from October 12-13 because of security issues.
Injured Torres will not join Spain squad: Mourinho
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not be fit to join the Spain squad next week after injuring his knee during the Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest, manager Jose Mourinho has said.
AFC Cup: Kuwait SC too good for East Bengal
A spirited fight back in the second half was not enough for East Bengal as the Indian club went down 2-4 to defending champions Kuwait SC in the first leg semi-final of the AFC Cup football tournament in Kuwait.
Nalbandian announces retirement from tennis
Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian has reportedly announced his retirement from professional tennis due to a shoulder injury.
No Australian Open ticket for banned John Tomic
John Tomic, father and coach of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, will be barred from the Australian Open as he continues his suspension from the ATP tour for assaulting his son's former training partner.
Australian Open prize money upped to A$33 million
The Australian Open will hike total prizemoney 10 percent in 2014 to A$33 million, organisers said on Wednesday, offsetting a depreciation in the local currency.
Ozil inspires Arsenal to victory over Napoli
Mesut Ozil guided Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Napoli while a late Cesc Fabregas header gave Barcelona a laboured 1-0 win at 10-man Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday.
October 01, 20132022 World Cup: Was corruption involved in making Qatar hosts?
Despite widespread speculation that FIFA will vote to switch the dates of the 2022 World Cup on Friday, soccer's world governing body will probably delay making a decision and instead set up a task force to analyse the huge implications of moving the tournament from the searing heat of the Middle East summer.
Evergreen Giggs on brink of Champions League record
Manchester United's poor start to the season has left the club reeling and new boss David Moyes under scrutiny but Ryan Giggs will offer a reassuring presence when he reports for Champions League duty in Ukraine this week.
China Open: Djokovic, Nadal make perfect start with easy wins
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and the man who can dislodge him from the top spot by next week, Rafael Nadal, kicked off their China Open campaign with straight set victories on Tuesday.
Somdev, Bhupathi knocked out of China Open
Somdev Devvarman put up a strong fight before going down to world No 31 Fernando Verdasco, while Mahesh Bhupathi lost in the first round at the ATP China Open, in Beijing, on Thursday.
Mancini appointed new Galatasaray manager
Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been appointed as the new manager of Turkish side Galatasaray on a three-year deal.
September 30, 2013Petkovic upsets defending champion Azarenka in China
Victoria Azarenka's China Open title defence wilted in the first round when the Belarussian lost to Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Monday.
India lose to Kuwait, fail to qualify AFC U-16 C'ship
India failed to qualify for the AFC U-16 champions following their 1-2 loss to Kuwait in the Group A qualifiers in Kuwait City on Sunday.
Torres facing four-match ban for 'attack' on Vertonghen
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is set to face a four-match ban for a 'gouging' attack on Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen in a 1-1 draw between the two teams on Saturday.
Mancini in talks with Galatasaray: Turkish club
Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is in talks with Galatasaray to take over from Fatih Terim who was sacked as coach this week, the Turkish club said on Sunday.
Somdev makes China Open main draw
India's Somdev Devvarman has qualified for the ATP 500 China Open after he beat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the final qualifying round of the tournament.
September 29, 2013Suarez nets two on League return as Liverpool win
Luis Suarez marked his return to Premier League action with two goals to help Liverpool to a 3-1 win at managerless Sunderland that lifted them to second in the table on Sunday.
Costa pips favourites to win world title
Portugal's Rui Costa kept his composure in a tense finale to upset the favourites and clinch the cycling world championships road race on Sunday.
Marquez wins in Aragon as Pedrosa crashes
Spaniard Marc Marquez edged closer to the world title with a win at the Aragon MotoGP ahead of Jorge Lorenzo on Sunday, when another of his closest challengers, Dani Pedrosa, crashed out in spectacular fashion.
Dominant India thrash Malaysia to win Sultan of Johor Cup
A dominant India triumphed in the third Sultan of Johor Cup with a thumping 3-0 victory over hosts Malaysia in the title clash of the Under-21 hockey tournament Johor Baharu.
Zareen settles for silver at Youth World Boxing Championships
Reigning junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (54kg) settled for a silver medal after her winning run was finally halted at the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Albena, Bulgaria on Sunday.
Sousa seals first ATP win for Portugal
Unheralded Joao Sousa completed a fairytale run at the Malaysian Open on Sunday when he beat France's Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the final to become the first Portuguese to win an ATP Tour title.
Messi out for up to three weeks with muscle problem
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will be out of action for two to three weeks with a small hamstring problem in his right leg, the Spanish champions said in a statement on Sunday.
Raonic boosts London hopes by taking Thai title
Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic boosted his hopes of qualifying for the end-of-season ATP World Tour finals in London by downing Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 6-3 to win the Thailand Open on Sunday.
Kipsang smashes marathon world record in Berlin
Kenyan Wilson Kipsang smashed the marathon world record by 15 seconds as he stormed to the Berlin title on Sunday.
Bundesliga: Flying Dortmund, dull Bayern stay neck and neck
Borussia Dortmund steam-rollered hapless Freiburg 5-0 while Bayern Munich plodded past VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 as the two unbeaten arch-rivals remained level on points at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.
September 28, 2013EPL: United shocked at home by West Brom, City lose to Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion inflicted further misery on Manchester United, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday to condemn the champions to their worst start to a Premier League season and leave them in the bottom half of the table after six games.
EPL: Mourinho, Villas-Boas managerial battle ends in stalemate
John Terry headed a second-half equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as the managerial battle between Jose Mourinho and his former apprentice Andre Villas-Boas ended in stalemate.
Malaysia hold India in Sultan of Johor Cup
India wasted a two-goal advantage to draw 3-3 against hosts Malaysia in their last inconsequential round-robin match of The Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament in Malaysia.
Sania-Black lift Pan Pacific Open doubles title
Sania Mirza continued her impressive run as she captured her fourth title of the season and 18th overall with Cara Black of Zimbabwe, recording a come-from-behind win over Liezel Huber and Hao Ching Chan to lift the Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo.
Women's Youth World Boxing: Zareen enters final
The 17-year-old Nikhat Zareen (54kg) of India continued her winning run to enter the final of the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Albena, Bulgaria.
World Cup Qualifier: Ukraine must play Poland without fans
Ukraine have been ordered to play their next home 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Poland behind closed doors due to the racist behaviour of their fans, FIFA said on Friday.
Barca want Iniesta to end his career at the club
Barcelona want Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta to end his career at the Catalan club, coach Gerardo Martino said on the eve of Saturday's La Liga game at Almeria.
AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers: India thrash Bhutan
Rising high on Prosenjit Chakborty's hat-trick, India registered 8-1 victory against Bhutan in their third match of the U-16 AFC Qualifiers in Kuwait City on Friday night.
Chinese stamp honour for Swedish TT great Waldner
Six-times World table tennis champion and 1992 Olympic gold medallist Jan-Ove Waldner has become the first living foreigner to appear on a Chinese postage stamp.
September 27, 2013Tiger Woods named PGA Tour player of the Year
Tiger Woods was named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year for a record 11th time on Friday, with fellow-American Jordan Spieth voted rookie of the year.
India win women's Asia Cup hockey bronze
India had something to cheer about after missing out on a berth in next
Paes, Somdev lose doubles semi-finals
Paes and his Italian partner Daniele Bracciali were shown the exit at the Thailand Open, in Bangkok, while Somdev and his South African partner Rik De Voest went down fighting in their last four match at the Malaysian Open, in Kuala Lumpur.
Tokyo tears: Venus denied fastest serve in absence of technology
Venus Williams was denied a chance to better her world record for fastest serve in women's tennis in absence of proper measuring technology at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
Hingis's camp denies assault claims by ex-husband
Sources close to Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis's camp have rubbished claims by her ex-husband that the 5-time Grand Slam champion and her mother once assaulted him.
Turkey's Besiktas punished for pitch invasion
Turkey's Besiktas were ordered to play four games behind closed doors after hundreds of fans stormed the pitch and halted the Istanbul derby against Galatasaray on Sunday.
Indian boys register 1st win in junior Davis Cup
Sumit Nagal won the second singles and then combined with Sahil Deshmukh to win the doubles as India defeated Argentina 2-1 for their first win the Junior Davis Cup final, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Cambiasso inspires Inter to comeback win over Fiorentina
Esteban Cambiasso inspired a stirring fightback as Inter Milan struck twice in the last 18 minutes to record a 2-1 victory on Thursday and hand Fiorentina their first Serie A defeat of the season.
Real Madrid row: 'Referee wasn't in the right frame of mind'
The referee who awarded Real Madrid the stoppage-time penalty that secured a 2-1 La Liga win at Elche on Wednesday may not have been in the right state of mind to take charge of the game, the head of Spain's referees' committee said on Thursday.
La Liga: Quickfire opener helps Villarreal stay fourth
Villarreal continued their impressive revival after a season in the second division when Jeremy Perbet and Jonathan Pereira struck in a 2-1 win at home to Espanyol in La Liga on Thursday.
Balotelli apologises for red card vs Napoli, says he was provoked
Maverick AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli has apologised for a sending-off against Napoli which earned him a three-match ban but claimed he was provoked.
World Junior Chess: India's Vidit Gujrathi clinches bronze
Former Under-14 world champion and Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi won the bronze medal in the World Junior Chess Championship after settling for a quick draw with winner Yu Yangyi of China in the 13th and final round that concluded in Kocaeli, Turkey.
September 26, 2013Paes-Bracciali in Thailand Open semis
Leander Paes and his Italian partner Daniele Bracciali stormed into the semi-finals of the Thailand Open, in Bangkok, defeating the Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Thursday.
India rout Korea, virtually seal berth in Johor Cup final
India trounced Korea 6-1 in their penultimate round-robin match to virtually seal a place in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament, at the Taman Daya Hockey stadium in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Thursday.
India lose to Korea in women's Asia Cup semis
India's hopes of clinching a berth in next year's World Cup were dashed after a 1-2 defeat by defending champions Korea in the semi-finals of the eighth women's Asia Cup hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
IPL-style wrestling league put off again for lack of sponsors
The rising graph of the country's grapplers seems to be having no positive impact on the proposed Indian Wrestling League (IWL) as it has been postponed once again due to mild response from prospective franchises.
U-16 AFC Qualifiers: India crush Lebanon 4-1
India colts produced a clinical performance to rout Lebanon 4-1 in their second encounter of the U-16 AFC Qualifiers at the Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in KuwaitCity on Wednesday.
Mueller fires holders Bayern past Hanover in German Cup
Holders Bayern Munich crushed Hanover 96 4-1 with two goals from Thomas Mueller to reach the German Cup round of 16 On Wednesday.
Arsenal to play Chelsea in League Cup fourth round
Arsenal will reportedly play Chelsea in a fourth-round Capital One Cup match after winning 4-3 on penalties against West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday at The Hawthorns.
Nepalese workers die of 'modern day slavery` in Qatar WC preparations
Numerous Nepalese migrant labourers have reportedly died in Qatar recently and many more are enduring atrocities and labour abuses, raising questions about Qatar's preparations to host the 2022 Football World Cup.
Ligue 1: Falcao brace fires Monaco to big win over Bastia
Striker Radamel Falcao scored his sixth and seventh goals in as many Ligue 1 matches as big-spending Monaco beat Bastia 3-0 at home on Wednesday to maintain their grip at the top of Ligue 1.
Roma climb atop Serie A
AS Roma moved clear at the top of Serie A after beating Sampdoria 2-0 on Wednesday as struggling AC Milan came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in stoppage time at Bologna.
September 25, 2013HC allows Olympic medallist Rathore's plea to hold NRAI elections
Allowing the plea of 2004 Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Delhi High Court today ordered the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) to hold elections within eight weeks for four members from the category of life members in Wide Life Association.
India blank Pak 4-0 at Sultan of Johar Cup U-21 tournament
India pumped in four goals in the second session in a sizzling display of attacking hockey to post a comprehensive 4-0 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 tournament in Johor Bahru on Wednesday.
Sushil flays Home ministry's move on Bharat Ratna
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said it would have been a "disappointing and wrong decision" on the part of the government if the Home Ministry officials had their way in not awarding the India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna to sportspersons.
Barcelona defender Mascherano out for up to 2 weeks
Barcelona's injury crisis deepened on Wednesday after tests confirmed first-choice centre back Javier Mascherano will be out of action for upto 15 days after damaging a thigh muscle in Tuesday's 4-1 La Liga win at home to Real Sociedad.
Dortmund's Lewandowski eyes January transfer to Bayern
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski hopes to join Bayern Munich in January when he will be eligible to sign a new deal.
Snooker player Lee gets 12-year ban for match-fixing
British snooker player Stephen Lee was handed a 12-year ban on Wednesday after being found guilty of match-fixing.
United's Van Persie likely to miss League Cup tie vs Liverpool
Injured striker Robin van Persie is expected to miss Manchester United's Capital One Cup tie against Liverpool on Wednesday but could be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion.
Zidane compliment for Isco: 'He could be almost as good as me'
Former France and Real Madrid great Zinedine Zidane believes Spain playmaker Isco could be almost as good as him one day, club coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
Cilic cited injury at Wimbledon to hide failed test
Marin Cilic cited a knee injury at Wimbledon this year to hide the fact he had failed a dope test, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has revealed after handing the Croatian a nine-month suspension.
League Cup: City rout Wigan; Chelsea, City record easy wins
Stevan Jovetic and Jesus Navas scored their first goals for ManchesterCity who avenged last season's shock FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic with a 5-0 victory in the League Cup third round on Tuesday.
September 24, 2013India beat Malaysia, enter semis of women's Asia Cup hockey
India struck twice in the second half to beat Malaysia 2-0 and qualify for the semi-finals in the eighth women's Asia Cup hockey tournament at the Stadium Hoki Nasional, in Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday.
EPL: Player revolt triggered Di Canio sacking
Paolo Di Canio was forced out of Sunderland after a player revolt at the Italian's abrasive management style, media reported on Tuesday.
East Bengal hold Padand, enter AFC Cup semis
Kolkata's East Bengal scripted history of sorts when they secured a maiden berth in the AFC Cup semi-finals after holding Indonesia's Semen Padang 1-1, at the Agus Salim stadium in Padang, on Tuesday.
Bolt commits to Puma until after 2016 Olympics
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt renewed his long-standing sponsorship deal with Puma until after the 2016 Games in Rio, the German sportswear company said on Tuesday.
League Cup: Will 'vampire' Suarez make comeback against United?
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is 'chomping at the bit' to return for Liverpool this week after the expiry of a 10-match ban for biting, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Monday.
September 23, 2013Balotelli gets three-match ban after red card against Napoli
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been given a three-match ban for his sending-off at the end of Sunday's 2-1 home defeat by Napoli, the Italian league said in a statement on Monday.
Former India footballer Ali critical after suffering heart attack
Former India football captain Shabbir Ali suffered a massive heart attack on Monday. Brought in in critical condition, he has been kept under "artificial machine support" at a local hospital in Kolkata.
Somdev returns to top-100 in singles rankings
India's top singles player Somdev Devvarman returned to top-100 after nearly two years as he jumped three places to 98 in the latest ATP singles rankings, issued on Monday.
Johor Cup hockey: Ramandeep's brace helps India beat Argentina
India rode on Ramandeep Singh's brace to beat Argentina 3-2 and register their second consecutive victory in the Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on Monday.
Goa Lusofonia Games postponed to Jan 2014
The third Lusofonia Games, slated to be held in Goa in November, have been postponed to January due to the slow progress of infrastructure work. The Games of 'Lusophone' (Portuguese-speaking countries) will now be held from January 18 to 29, 2014.
Moyes gives Man Utd players 'hairdyer treatment' after derby loss
Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that he demands better from the club's players as the side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to local rivals Manchester City and unleashed anger at his team.
Falcao holds PSG and Ibra to frustrating draw
Radamel Falcao answered Zlatan Ibrahimovic's early opening goal for Paris St Germain with a quick equaliser for a 1-1 draw that kept Monaco top of Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Serie A: Roma win derby at last, Napoli sink Milan
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia succeeded where his three predecessors failed by taking his team to a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Lazio on Sunday and maintaining their 100 percent record in Serie A alongside Napoli who won 2-1 at AC Milan.
Webber faces 10 place penalty for 'taxi' ride
Red Bull's Mark Webber faces a 10-place grid penalty at the Korean Grand Prix after being reprimanded for hitching a lift on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari at the end of Sunday's race in Singapore.
Sunderland sack coach Di Canio after latest defeat
Premier League club Sunderland sacked head coach Paolo Di Canio on Sunday after a string of poor results culminating in a 3-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion.
Simon upsets champion Tsonga in Metz, takes title No 11
Gilles Simon defeated defending champion and compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3 in the Metz Open final on Sunday to become the joint second most successful Frenchman of the open era with an 11th ATP Tour title.
September 22, 2013Singapore GP: Sutil logs one point for Force India; Di Resta retires
Paul di Resta suffered his third retirement in a row and Adrian Sutil sneaked into the top-10 in the last lap as Sahara Force India added one point to their tally from the exciting Singapore Grand Prix, where fortunes swung like a pendulum for the Indian F1 team.
Wrestling Worlds: Sandeep scripts historic win with bronze in Greco Roman
Grappler Sandeep Tulsi Yadav created history by winning India's first-ever medal in the Greco-Roman category of the Senior World Wrestling Championships after beating Serbia's Aleksandar Maksimovic in the 66kg division in Budapest on Sunday.
Serie A: Roma end long wait for Lazio win
AS Roma ended a five-match winless run against arch-rivals Lazio with a 2-0 win on Sunday which maintained their 100 percent record after four games in Serie A.
Archer Deepika misses World Cup Final gold again
A gold medal in the prestigious World Cup Final eluded Deepika Kumari once again as she settled for her third successive silver after being pipped by Korean Olympic champion Ok-Hee Yun, in Paris on Sunday.
Asia Cup hockey: Indian women go down to China
India fought valiantly against higher-ranked China before going down by a solitary goal in their second Pool A match of the eighth Women's Asia Cup hockey tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
I-League: Glen's double helps Shillong Lajong stun Dempo 3-0
Shillong Lajong rode on Trinidad World Cupper Cornel Glen's double strike to script a shock 3-0 defeat of former champions Dempo in their lung opener of the 7th edition of the I-League in Mapusa on Sunday.
EPL: Ramsey to the party again as Arsenal rocket to top
Arsenal moved top of the Premier League with a 3-1 defeat of StokeCity with in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey again providing the spark on Sunday.
Injured Van Persie ruled out of Manchester derby
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was ruled out of Sunday's derby at Manchester City with what local media reported to be a thigh strain.
Formula One: Vettel vrooms to hat-trick win in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel cruised to a third straight Singapore Grand Prix victory on Sunday and moved closer to a fourth consecutive Formula One world title with a dominant drive under the floodlights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
I-League: Bagan survive Bengaluru FC scare
Old football warhorses Mohun Bagan managed to pull out a miraculous draw after CS Sabeeth scored a late equaliser against debutants Bengaluru FC in the first round of their I-League encounter at the Bangalore Football Stadium on Sunday.
Loyal Ranti helps United SC seal 2-0 win
Cash-strapped UnitedSC overcame all the off-field hardships as their committed players put up a well-knit effort for a 2-0 win over debutants Rangdajied United FC in their I-League opener, in Kolkata on Sunday.
Sultan of Johor Cup hockey: India edge past England in opener
India started their campaign in The Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament on a perfect note, defeating England 2-1 in their opening round-robin match in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Sunday.
Grover, Gujrathi tied third at World Junior Chess
Grandmaster Sahaj Grover failed to capitalise on his chances and played out a draw with Iranian Pouya Idani, while Vidit Gujrathi defeated Polish Marcel Kanarek to be jointly third after the eighth round of the World Junior Chess Championship in Kocaeli, Turkey.
AFC U-16 Qualifiers: Superlative India held by Tajikistan
India put up a spirited performance to eke out a 1-1 draw against Tajikistan in the opening match of the 2013 AFC U-16 Qualifiers at the Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium in Kuwait City on Saturday.
Zhang hopes Guangzhou win gives her a new start
Zhang Shuai was aware of the risks involved when she opted to "Fly Alone" two months ago but the 24-year-old Chinese now stands vindicated after winning her maiden WTA Tour title on Saturday.
EPL: Chelsea go top, Southampton end Liverpool's dream start
Chelsea put a miserable week behind them to return to the Premier League summit with a 2-0 win over Fulham as the wheels came off Liverpool's bright start in a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
India's Greco-Roman wrestlers disappoint at World Championship
India's Greco-Roman grapplers Ravinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and Hardeep crashed out in the penultimate day of the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest on Saturday.
September 21, 2013Bundesliga: Dortmund winning streak ends with 1-1 draw at Nuremberg
Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund struggled to a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg on Saturday that ended their perfect start to the season of five straight league wins.
El Salvador ban 14 internationals for life for fixing
El Salvador have banned 14 international footballers for life for match-fixing, including some of their best-known and most experienced players.
Singapore GP qualifying: Force India's Sutil 15th, Di Resta 17th
Sahara Force India continued to struggle as Adrian Sutil will start Singapore's Singapore Grand Prix from 15th position on the grid and Paul di Resta from 17th.
I-League: Mumbai FC held by Sporting Clube de Goa
Mumbai FC was held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting Clube de Goa in their opening match of the I-League football tournament at the Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, in Pune on Saturday.
Anand Amritraj named India Davis Cup captain
The AITA has appointed former Davis Cupper Anand Amritraj as the new non-playing captain of the Davis Cup team, which will take on Chinese Taipei in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie next year.
Asia Cup hockey: 'Seven star' Rani helps India hammer Hong Kong 13-0
With their eyes firmly set on a berth in next year's World Cup, Indian eves started the eighth Asia Cup hockery tournament campaign on a rollicking note, spanking minnows Hong Kong 13-0 in their opening Pool A match in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
Singapore GP: Vettel takes pole position
Sebastian Vettel continued his imperious march towards a fourth consecutive Formula One world championship by storming to pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday after dominating the two days of practice.
Boxer Dilbag Singh summoned by IBF, others warned
Two of the three Indian boxers, who had alleged manipulation in the World Championship trials, were, on Saturday, let off with warnings by the National Federation even as the third was summoned to appear before the disciplinary committee on September 30.
I-League: Defending champs Churchill Brothers go down to Salgaocar
Salgaocar Football Club stunned defending Champions Churchill Brothers with a surprise solitary goal victory in the opening match of the I-League at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Saturday.
I-League: Fabiani checks in as Pune FC rally to beat Md Sporting
A superb brace from debutant Raul Fabiani (16th and 76th minute) gave Pune FC a well earned 3-1 win over Mohammedan Sporting in their I-League opener in Kolkata on Saturday.
La Liga: Atletico are the real deal despite Falcao sale
Having absorbed the body blow of losing striker Radamel Falcao in the close season, Atletico Madrid have emerged as genuine contenders to break the title stranglehold of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Tiger cites fatigue after spectacular late collapse
Tiger Woods blamed late season fatigue for his dramatic collapse over the closing stretch at the Tour Championship on Friday after he had surged into contention with five birdies in his first 13 holes.
In-form Radwanska breezes into Korea Open final
Poland's world number four Agnieszka Radwanska breezed past Spaniard Larra Arruabarrena 6-0, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Korea Open on Saturday to set up a title clash with Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Mourinho denies crisis in Chelsea ranks
Two bad results do not make a crisis but Chelsea must break with the past and change their style of play to get back on top in the Premier League and Europe, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
I love Ferrari and I will stay there until the end: Alonso
Fernando Alonso reiterated his long-term love and loyalty to Ferrari on Friday after McLaren, the Formula One team he left in acrimonious circumstances in 2007, said they would be keen to sign him.
September 20, 2013Seven athletes tested positive at world athletics in Moscow
Ukraine's Roman Avramenko, fifth in the men's javelin, was the only finalist to test positive.
Indian men earn maiden berth in wrestling World Cup
Indian wrestling is well and truly on an all-time high as the country, in what turned out to be a double delight, on Friday earned a maiden World Cup berth on the back of its best-ever sixth-place finish in men's free-style at the World Championships in Budapest.
Platini 'not losing sleep' over FIFA presidency
UEFA president Michel Platini is not losing sleep over whether to bid for the presidency of FIFA in two years' time, he said on Friday.
Armenia, Kazakhstan among 32 nations in race to host Euro 2020
Thirty-two countries, ranging from Finland and Sweden to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Macedonia and Kazakhstan, have declared interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020 which will be staged across the continent.
Ibrahimovic signs new 12m pound PSG deal, ends Man City's hopes
French club Paris Saint-Germain's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a new 12 million-pound contract at the club.
I wanted to retire after Rio but might go one more year: Bolt
Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, may continue competing until the 2017 world championships in London, the Jamaican has told the BBC.
Andy Murray to have back surgery, set to miss rest of season
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is to undergo minor back surgery with the aim of being fully fit for the new season, his management team said in a statement on Thursday.
September 19, 2013Md Sporting create history, win Durand after 73 years
Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting created history by winning the prestigious Durand Cup Football tournament after a gap of 73 years, defeating ONGC 2-1 in the final.
Ephedrine in Maheswary's sample costs him Arjuna
The Sports Ministry has decided against conferring Renjith Maheswary the prestigious Arjuna award, as the triple jumper was found to have used a 'scheduled' substance (ephedrine) back in 2008.
Prannoy, Srikanth reach quarters in Japan; Sindhu exits
Young Indian shuttlers K Srikanth and H S Prannoy advanced to the quarter-finals of men's singles at the Japan Open, but it was curtains for teen sensation P V Sindhu in the US $200,000 Super Series event, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, on Thursday.
Former heavyweight boxing champ Ken Norton dies at 70
Ken Norton, the former heavyweight boxing champion who broke Muhammad Ali's jaw in a 1973 bout, died on Wednesday at an Arizona hospital at age 70, his manager said.
September 18, 2013India host Taipei in Davis Cup first round
India was handed an easy draw for next year's Davis Cup campaign in Asia/Oceania Group I, pitted against Chinese Taipei in their first round tie.
Indian Olympic Association should accept IOC directive: Randhir
International Olympic Committee's member in India, Randhir Singh on Wednesday asked the officials of suspended Indian Olympic Association to accept the IOC's directive to bar charge-framed persons from contesting elections or face further action from the world body.
Divij, Raja ousted from St. Petersburg Open
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja suffered their second successive first round defeat as they bowed out of the St. Petersburg Open after a 6-7(6), 4-6 defeat against Russians Victor Baluda and Konstantin Kravchuk.
Anand Pawar, Srikanth score upset wins at Japan Open
Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu entered the second round easily but it was Anand Pawar and K Srikanth who created a flutter at the Japan Open as they notched up stunning victories over their higher-ranked opponents in the men's singles competition in Tokyo.
Ill-fated Casillas injured again
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced off in the 15th minute of Tuesday's 6-1 Champions League Group B romp at Galatasaray after sustaining a rib injury in a collision with team mate Sergio Ramos.
September 17, 2013Bajrang wins bronze at World Wrestling championships
India's impressive show at the World Wrestling Championships continued as Bajrang bagged a bronze medal in the 60kg freestyle category with an overwhelming 9-2 win over Mangolia's Nyam-Ochir Enkhsaikhan, in Budapest on Tuesday.
Sueoka's goal helps East Bengal down Indonesia's Semen Padang
East Bengal rode on substitute Ryuji Sueoka's second-half strike to scrape past Semen Padang of Indonesia 1-0 in the home-leg of AFC Cup quarter-finals at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Tuesday.
FC Copenhagen fan reports club to cops over ticket snub
An FC Copenhagen fan has made a complaint to Danish police after the club cancelled Champions League tickets ordered by supporters with non-Danish sounding names.
Barca income to exceed 500 million euros for first time
Barcelona's revenue is projected to rise to 509 million euros this season, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday, making the club only the second to cross the half-billion threshold after arch rivals Real Madrid.
Poor refereeing cost me gold medal: Amit Kumar
World Championship silver medallist wrestler Amit Kumar rued that a bad umpiring decision at the end of his bout cost him a deserving gold medal in the final of the 55kg category against Iran's Hassan Farman Rahimi.
PSG management did not trust me, says Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti left his job at Paris St Germain because he felt he did not have the full trust of the management, the now Real Madrid coach said on Tuesday.
Shelvey in the spotlight as Liverpool go top
Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey took centre stage against his former club as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a 2-2 draw at the Welsh club on Monday.
Young may not change his diving ways: Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes has warned his own player Ashley Young to stop diving but said on Monday he could not guarantee the winger would change his ways.
Marin Cilic banned for nine months for doping
Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic has been banned for nine months after testing positive for the stimulant nikethamide, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has said.
Serie A: Totti, Strootman help Roma maintain perfect start
Evergreen Francesco Totti, in his 22nd season with AS Roma, scored his first goal of the new campaign to give help them to a 3-1 win at Parma which maintained their 100 percent record in Serie A.
September 16, 2013World Wrestling C'ship: Amit assured of silver medal
Asian Champion Amit Kumar assured India of at least a silver by storming into the finals of the 55kg category, on the opening day of World Wrestling Championships in Budapest on Monday.
LeBron James marries high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson
Two-time NBA champion LeBron James wed long-time girlfriend Savannah Brinson on Saturday at the exclusive Capella Chapel, at the Grand Del Mar Resort, in San Diego, California. The three-day nuptial celebrations, under a strict 'no phone or camera' policy, began with a welcome barbecue for guests on Friday, and concluded with a farewell brunch on Sunday.
Boxers Dinesh, Praveen apologise in show cause reply?
The three Indian boxers who alleged manipulation in the World Championships trials have submitted their response to the show cause notices issued to them by the national federation and a decision on their fate will be taken by September 20.
Indian-origin Perumal brain behind biggest 'fixing' in Aus football
The world's biggest match-fixer, Indian-origin Wilson Raj Perumal is suspected of masterminding the rigging of Australian professional football, the biggest in the nation's history, even while he was under Hungarian police protection in Europe.
September 15, 2013Heartbreak for Bhawanipur as Indian Navy enter Durand semis
Talismanic Brazilian Jose Ramirez Barreto struck the winning goal in the dying moments of the game but it wasn't enough to see his team Bhawanipur FC qualify for the semi-finals of the Durand Cup, in New Delhi on Sunday.
'Grandpa' Horner becomes oldest Grand Tour winner
American Chris Horner, nicknamed 'Grandpa' by his peers, created more than one landmark when he won the Tour of Spain on Sunday at the age of 41.
Paolo Di Canio said he asked to be sent off
From moments of sublime skill to crazy rushes of blood to the head, Paolo Di Canio has rarely been out of the news during his career playing and managing in England and the Italian's propensity for drama shows no sign of waning.
Serie A: Fiorentina concede late equaliser, Gomez injured
Fiorentina conceded a late goal, had David Pizarro sent off and lost their 100 percent Serie A record in a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari on Sunday, with an injury to Mario Gomez compounding their frustration.
Lorenzo wins San Marino Grand Prix
MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo won the San Marino Grand Prix for Yamaha on Sunday but Marc Marquez extended his overall lead to 34 points after finishing second.
British MP raises 2010 Delhi CWG dispute in UK Parliament
British Parliamentarian Gerry Sutcliffe has raised Rs 246 crore dispute involving a Dutch broadcaster and authorities in New Delhi related to 2010 Commonwealth Games in UK Parliament and impressed upon the need of sending a "strong message that the company has been treated badly".
Great North Run: Mo Farah finishes second
Britain's double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah finished a close second in the Great North Run to Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele.
Gujarathi, Grover scripts wins at World Junior Chess
Indian Grandmasters Vidit Gujarathi and Sahaj Grover maintained a clean slate, defeating Tomas Laurusas of Lithuania and Vyacheslav Lozhnikov of Kazakhstan respectively in the second round of the World Junior Chess Championship in Kocaeli, Turkey.
Davis Cup: Canada take lead over Serbia
Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil subdued Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-7(6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in a rip-roaring doubles on Saturday to give Canada a 2-1 lead against 2010 winners Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final.
Napoli top Serie A, Balotelli penalty saves Milan
Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon sent Napoli top of Serie A after they beat Atalanta 2-0 on Saturday while an injury-time Mario Balotelli penalty helped AC Milan come from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Torino.
Australia police smash 'multi-million dollar' match fixing ring
Australian police arrested 10 people, many of them British, across Melbourne early on Sunday as part of an operation to smash a "multi-million dollar" match fixing ring centred on the second tier Victorian Premier League.
Ronaldo extends Real Madrid contract
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a contract extension with Real Madrid, the La Liga club said on Sunday.
Masterful Mayweather defeats Alvarez to remain unbeaten
American Floyd Mayweather produced a masterclass as he outboxed Saul Canelo Alvarez to take the Mexican's WBA and WBC super welterweight titles by majority decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
September 14, 2013Md Sporting make Durand Cup semis
A new-look Mohammedan Sporting have begun their season in style as they beat another Kolkata outfit Kalighat Milaan Sangha 3-1 to reach the semi-final of the 126th Durand Cup Football tournament in New Delhi on Saturday.
EPL: Bale not missed as Eriksen on target for Spurs
Denmark international Christian Eriksen showed that Tottenham Hotspur still have plenty to look forward to following the sale of Gareth Bale with a hugely impressive debut in their 2-0 win over Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday.
Berdych-Stepanek carry Czechs into Davis Cup final
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek put defending champions CzechRepublic into the Davis Cup final by beating Argentina's Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in the doubles on Saturday.
Boateng scores first goal for Schalke; Bayern win
Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal for Schalke 04 on Saturday to earn his team a 1-0 win at Mainz 05 and champions Bayern Munich beat Hanover 96 2-0.
Manchester United stagger past 10-man Crystal Palace
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were on target as Manchester United secured a 2-0 home win over 10-man CrystalPalace on Saturday with a workmanlike display that will have done little to worry their Premier League title rivals.
French Ligue 1: Lucas ends goal wait as PSG win puts them top
Brazil forward Lucas scored his first goal for Paris St Germain to help the Ligue 1 champions snatch top spot with a 2-0 win at Girondins Bordeaux.
September 13, 2013Sanam, Vijayant in Toronto ITF Futures semis
Sanam Singh and Vijayant Mailk raised hopes of an all-Indian final at the US $15,000 ITF men's singles Futures tournament in Toronto, Canada, after winning their respective quarter-finals. Second seed Sanam beat Canadia's Braydenx Schnur 7-5, 6-1 while fourth seed Vijayant got the better of eighth seed Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa 7-6(3), 6-2.
Three Spanish athletes test positive for banned drugs
Tests conducted at the Spanish athletics championships in July returned three "adverse analytical findings", the head of the country's anti-doping agency (AEPSAD) told the lower house of parliament on Thursday.
Els applauds Shevchenko's pressure-cooker debut
Former European Footballer of the Year Andriy Shevchenko struggled on his professional golf debut in Ukraine but Ernie Els gave him 10 out of 10 for effort in what was always going to be a tough task.
September 12, 2013Belgaum schoolboy makes Guinness records list for rollerskating
A 12-year-old Indian rollerskating fanatic was among the record-breakers who made it into the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, released on Monday.
India plunge 10 places to 155 in FIFA rankings
In a major embarrassment, India have dropped a whopping 10 places to sit in 155th spot in the latest FIFA rankings, issued on Thursday.
Badminton rankings: Kashyap moves up to 13th spot
India's top shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap climbed a notch to the 13th position in the men's singles table in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.
Jr World C'ship: Indian boxers punch their way into quarters
Indian boxers continue to show their prowess on the international stage. This time it was youngsters Aditya Maan and Ashish who made the country proud at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.
Jayaram, Pawar exit China Masters
Ajay Jayaram suffered a shock first round defeat to lower-ranked Chinese Yuekun Chen in the China Masters in Changzhou on Thursday.
40-love: A decision that redefined Leander Paes' career
His US Open triumph made him, at 40, the oldest man to win a major title in the open era. believes Leander Paes's decision to switch to doubles at the peak of his singles career is the reason behind his longevity.
September 11, 2013Maheswary says under mental stress due to Arjuna Awards controversy
Triple jumper Renjith Maheswary on Wednesday said that he took part in the National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi under "mental stress" due to the uncertainty over his Arjuna Award issue but is satisfied with his silver-winning effort.
India set for another sports disaster: Cloud over Goa's Lusofonia Games
The third edition of the Lusofonia Games in Goa, scheduled to begin in November 2, is in danger of being called off due to the state government's failure to complete projects related to the event on time.
Neymar inspires Brazil to friendly win over Portugal
Brazil survived an early scare and some physical tackling to beat Portugal 3-1 in a friendly in Boston that confirmed their early status as one of the favourites to win the World Cup on home soil next year.
September 10, 2013Why Indian athletics is in shambles
The 53rd National Open Athletics Championships ended in Ranchi, on Tuesday in utter chaos with the closing ceremony, attended by state sports minister, being held in complete darkness for the entire period after a power blackout.
India among five nations to bid for 2018 Hockey World Cup
The National Associations of Australia, England, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand have all put up extremely strong cases in an attempt to lure the sport's top properties to their territory, the FIH said.
Murray seals ATP Tour finals spot; Federer struggling
Britain's Andy Murray joined world number one Novak Djokovic and newly-crowned US Open champion Rafa Nadal as definite qualifiers for the ATP World Tour finals on Tuesday, but Roger Federer faces an uphill task to make the eight-man field.
West Ham striker Carroll suffers new foot injury
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll has re-injured his right foot after returning to training, the Premier League club said on Monday.
Nadal beats Djokovic to win second US Open title
Rafael Nadal captured his second US Open title when he beat top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Monday's final. The win gave the second seeded Nadal, this year's French Open champion, his 13th Grand Slam title and first at Flushing Meadows since 2010.
September 09, 2013Army Red beat Pune FC in Durand Cup
Army Red defeated a second string Pune FC 2-0 in the opening match of the quarter-final league stage of the 126th Durand Cup Football Tournament in New Delhi on Monday.
Steeplechaser Sudha betters personal mark at National Open Athletics
National record holder Sudha Singh of Railways bettered her own meet mark while winning gold in the women's 3000m steeplechase on the third and penultimate day of the 53rd National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi on Monday.
Armstrong yet to return Sydney Olympic medal to IOC
Disgraced retired cyclist Lance Armstrong has yet to hand back his Sydney 2000 Olympic medal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nine months after he was stripped of it, officials said on Monday.
Di Resta wants to look forward to Singapore after reprimand
Sahara Force India's Paul di Resta has been handed a reprimand by the stewards for colliding with Lotus driver Romain Grosjeans on the first lap of the Italian Grand Prix, in Monza on Sunday.
SAFF Cup semis: India beat Maldives 1-0; to face Afghanistan in final
India beat Maldives 1-0 on Monday to make the SAFF Cup final for a record ninth time.
WC Qualifiers: Three England fans in hospital after clash in Kiev
Three England fans were treated in hospital on Sunday night after a fight on a cafe terrace with a group of Ukrainians in Kiev ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, police said.
Turkish PM terms Istanbul 2020 Olympics rejection unfair
The choice of Tokyo instead of Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic Games was unfair and meant the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was turning its back on the Muslim world, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Monday.
No footballer is worth 100m euros: Zidane
It was "incomprehensible" that Real Madrid paid Tottenham Hotspur 100 million euros to sign forward Gareth Bale as no player is worth that amount of money, former France striker Zinedine Zidane said on Sunday.
Serena beats Azarenka to retain US Open crown
Serena Williams retained her US Open crown by holding off a battling Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-1 in a windblown final at the Arthur Ashe stadium on Sunday.
September 08, 2013Wrestling wins IOC vote for 2020 Olympic Games
Wrestling was welcomed back into the Olympic fold on Sunday after a seven-month exile.
Paes-Stepanek clinch US Open doubles crown
Leander Paes won his eighth Grand Slam men's doubles title when he and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Rep[ublic beat the second seeded Austria-Brazil pairing of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the US Open men's doubles final 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday.
SAFF Cup: Afghanistan book final berth with 1-0 win over Nepal
Afghanistan beat hosts Nepal by a solitary goal to enter the summit clash of the SAFF Football Championship, in Kathmandu on Sunday.
IOC finances booming, reserves close to $1 billion
The International Olympic Committee's financial reserves edged close to one billion dollars in 2012 up from just $105 million (67 million pounds) when outgoing president Jacques Rogge took over 12 years ago, he said in his final report on Sunday.
Sprinter Merlin Joseph creates new national record in 100m; Dutee takes gold
Railways sprinter Merlin K Joseph smashed the 13-year-old national record in women's 100m race in the semi-finals on Sunday, but could manage only a bronze in the finals on the second day of the 53rd National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi.
Wrestling wins IOC vote for 2020 Olympic Games
Wrestling was welcomed back into the Olympic fold on Sunday after a seven-month exile.
Force India put up poor show at Italian GP as Di Resta retires, Sutil 16th
Paul di Resta retired in the first lap for the first time in his F1 career and Adrian Sutil finished 16th at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza on Sunday as Sahara Force India returned without points for the fourth time in the season.
Italian Grand Prix: Vettel reigns in Monza
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix at a canter on Sunday to move 53 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the Formula One championship after six victories from 12 races.
IOA and Abhinav Bindra should reach a compromise: KPS Gill
Calling on the IOA to sort out the administrative mess which led to India's suspension from the Olympic movement, IHF patron KPS Gill has said that the overhauling should put in place a system so clean and efficient that it becomes a model for the world to follow.
Czech pair Hlavackova-Hradecka win U.S. Open women's doubles
Czech duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka won the U.S. Open women's doubles title on Saturday with a 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4 win over Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
Nadal upset over Madrid Olympic snub
Rafael Nadal blasted the decision not to award Madrid the 2020 Olympic Games, claiming the International Olympic Committee had not treated the Spanish capital fairly.
'Local Boy' Paes chasing another U.S. Open doubles title
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek will attempt to follow their victory over the Bryan brothers by toppling the Austria-Brazil pairing of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the U.S. Open men's doubles final on Sunday.
Djokovic, Nadal to meet in US Open final after contrasting wins
World number one Novak Djokovic and number two Rafa Nadal set up a mouth-watering men's singles final at the US Open with victories in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.
Abe speech helps secure 2020 summer Olympics for Tokyo
Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had addressed the International Olympic Committee in person to allay fears over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
September 07, 2013Chautala's statement doesn't deserve reaction: Bindra
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra refused to react to the personal attack launched against him by Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Abhey Singh Chautala, saying the remarks made by the suspended body's chief do not deserve a rebuttal.
Real Madrid income climbs to 520 million euros in 2012-13
Real Madrid's revenues exceeded 500 million euros for a second consecutive season in 2012-13, rising 1.3 percent to 520.9 million (436.7 million pounds), the world's richest club by income said.
Klose equals Mueller's Germany scoring record
Miroslav Klose equalled Gerd Mueller's record of 68 goals for Germany when he scored in the 34th minute of their World Cup Group C qualifier against Austria on Friday.
Bolt shows supremacy in Brussels season finale
World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt powered away late in the race to win the 100 metres in 9.8 seconds at the season-closing Diamond League meeting in Brussels on Friday.
September 06, 2013NRAI backs Bindra after IOA president's tirade
Livid with Abhinav Bindra's sustained campaign against tainted officials in the Indian Olympic Association, the suspended body's president Abhey Singh Chautala launched a stinging personal attack on the Olympic gold-medallist shooter, saying he should first sort his house in order before commenting on others.
IOC sets IOA Oct 31 deadline to set house in order
The International Olympic Committee has told the Indian Olympic Association to sack "charge-framed" officials through constitutional amendments by October 31 and conduct fresh elections by December 15 if it wants to return to the Olympic fold.
Lambert to start for England after Sturridge ruled out
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert will lead England's attack in the World Cup qualifier against Moldova on Friday after Daniel Sturridge was ruled out through injury.
Davenport heads list of Hall of Fame nominations
Former American World No 1 Lindsay Davenport, a winner of three Grand Slam singles titles, headlined the list of nominees up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Thompson makes light of Neymar 'overrated' barb
Australia's Archie Thompson has made light of his comment that Brazilian Neymar, who recently moved to Barcelona for $74 million (47 million pounds), was overrated, putting the remark down to jetlag or mistranslation.
Football coaches want transfer window shortened
Europe's leading soccer coaches want the transfer window to be shortened, contradicting the position of their clubs.
September 05, 2013US Open: Paes-Stepanek upset Bryans, reach second straight final
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek upset defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan to move into the men's doubles final of the US Open on Thursday. The pair, seeded fourth, bested the top seeded American dup 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Manchester United's Nani signs new five-year contract
Manchester United winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions said on their website (www.manutd.com) on Thursday.
'Tired' Saina to skip Japan Open, Sindu, Kashyap to represent India
After guiding Hyderabad Hotshots to the inaugural Indian Badminton League title, Saina Nehwal has cited fatigue and will skip the Japan Open Super Series tournament.
Gutta gets show cause notice over her conduct during IBL
The Badminton Association of India will investigate doubles player Jwala Gutta's alleged role in provoking some players of her Indian Badminton League (IBL) team Krrish Delhi Smashers against playing a match versus Banga Beats.
Unconvincing India book SAFF Cup semis berth despite loss to Nepal
Defending champions India dished out yet another lacklustre performance to go down 1-2 against hosts Nepal but still managed to sail through to the semi-finals of the SAFF Football Championships in Kathmandu on Thursday.
US court orders cyclist Armstrong to reveal complete doping info
Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly been ordered to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping, including possibly his former wife and his attorneys.
Rupee slump costs India its biggest golf tournament
A currency slump and slowing economy have cost India its biggest golf tournament after sponsors pulled out of the country's only European Tour event on Thursday.
Ministry backs IOC diktat; demands IOA amend constitution
The Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has backed International Olympic Committee's decision to stick to its stand on the chargesheet clause and urged the IOA to incorporate the required amendments in its constitution so that the interest of country's sportspersons do not suffer.
India's Olympic ban to continue after IOC rejects IOA's clause
India's wait to get back to Olympic fold will be delayed further after the International Olympic Committee stuck to its stand on the chargesheet clause, clearly stating that the IOA has to adopt the above mentioned clause in order to ensure good governance.
IOC consider action over Isinbayeva gay comments
The International Olympic Committee will consider taking action against pole vault world champion Yelena Isinbayeva, a Youth Olympics ambassador, after her comments in favour of Russia's new gay law triggered a major controversy last month.
Madrid says economic crisis ending, can afford 2020 Games
Madrid's Olympic bid team said on Wednesday that Spain's debilitating economic crisis is ending and the country will have no problem covering investments and rallying support at home to host the 2020 games.
Messi makes five million euros 'corrective payment' in tax case
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father Jorge have paid five million euros (4.2 million pounds) to the Spanish authorities after they were accused in June of filing false tax returns, a court statement said on Wednesday.
US Open: Sania Mirza-Jie Zheng upset fourth seeds, enter semis
Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng moved into the semi-finals of the women's doubles with a straight sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng.
September 04, 2013US Open: Pennetta sweeps past Vinci in all-Italian quarter-final
Flavia Pennetta reached her first grand slam semi-final after beating Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1 in their all-Italian quarter-final at the US Open on Wednesday.
Paes-Stepanek fight their way into US Open doubles semis
India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the U S Open men's doubles semi-finals after a hard-fought win in the last-eight stage in New York on Tuesday.
September 03, 2013Chhetri's injury-time goal helps India hold Bangladesh
An injury-time goal by captain Sunil Chhetri saved India some embarrassment in a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their second group match at the SAFF Football Championship in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
U.S. woman swims record-breaking Cuba-to-Florida stretch without shark cage!
A 64-year-old American long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, completed a 35-year-long quest to cross the Florida Straits on Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba without a shark cage.
September 02, 2013Former heavyweight champion Morrison dies at 44
Former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, who was widely known for his power-punching style, a charismatic smile and role in the "Rocky V" movie, has died at the age of 44.
Vinci storms into US Open quarters before rain halts play
Roberta Vinci beat her opponent and the rain to storm into the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday just before a thunderstorm forced play to be suspended.
Ozil signs 40 million five-year contract with Arsenal?
German midfielder Mesut Ozil has joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in £40 million deal on Monday, it has been reported.
Nadal to make Davis Cup return for Spain
Rafa Nadal has returned to the Spain team as they seek to maintain their Davis Cup World Group status with a playoff tie against Ukraine in Madrid later this month, captain Alex Corretja said on Monday.
F1 driver Alonso to purchase cash-strapped Spanish cycling team
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has stepped in to save Spanish cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi from folding at the end of the season, sponsors said on Monday.
Liverpool adds Moses to deadline day signing
Victor Moses has become the third player to join Liverpool on Monday, with the forward signing on a season-long loan from Chelsea, the Premier League club confirmed.
Man City sign defender Demichelis from Atletico
Manchester City boosted their defensive options by signing Argentine centre back Martin Demichelis from Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
England hit by injuries ahead of World Cup qualifiers
England players Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Glen Johnson have withdrawn from the squad for the country's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine through injury, the FA said on Sunday.
Kaka to return to AC Milan
Brazilan midfielder Kaka will return to Italian club AC Milan after four years at Real Madrid, according to local media reports.
Did a bad umpiring decision cost India Asia Cup crown? Tell us!
India came back strongly after a two-goal deficit but still lost 3-4 to defending champions South Korea in the final of the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia.
September 01, 2013SAFF Cup: Misfiring India pip Pakistan 1-0 in opener
Defending champions India dished out a listless performance but still managed to beat arch-rivals Pakistan 1-0 in the opening game of the SAFF Football Championship in Kathmandu on Sunday.
EPL: Sturridge steers Liverpool to win over Manchester United
Daniel Sturridge's third goal in as many matches gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over bitter rivals Manchester United in a feisty Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday.
Korea beat India 4-3 to clinch Asia Cup Hockey crown
India made a spirited fightback in the second half but failed to earn a direct berth in next year's hockey World Cup as they lost the high-scoring summit clash 3-4 to defending champions South Korea, in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Monday.
Pakistan beat Malaysia 3-1 to win bronze in Asia Cup
Already out of next year's World Cup, Pakistan had something to cheer about as the three-time champions defeated hosts Malaysia 3-1 to win the bronze medal at the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh on Sunday.
Rooney doubtful for Liverpool clash with head injury: Report
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has suffered a head injury during training and is doubtful for Sunday's Premier League clash with bitter rivals Liverpool, according to British media reports.
Indians enjoy good outing at US Open
Indian tennis players enjoyed an all-win day at the US Open as three of them reached the men's doubles third round with their respective partners, while Sania Mirza entered the women's doubles pre-quarters.
August 31, 2013Champions League: FC Copenhagen cancels tickets for 'non-Danish' fans
FC Copenhagen fans with non-Danish sounding names had their Champions League tickets cancelled because of the club's security policy, a Danish newspaper reported.
Asia Cup Hockey: Japan finish 5th, Bangladesh avoid wooden spoon
Japan eked out a hard-fought 3-1 win over debutants Oman to finish fifth, while Bangladesh managed to avoid the wooden spoon by thrashing minnows Chinese Taipei 11-3 in the classification matches of the 9th Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia on Saturday.
Meet marathon man who can run 3 days-3 nights non-stop!
American ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnazes has revealed that he can run for three days and three nights without stopping or even getting a blister.
US Open: Somdev, Bhupathi crash out; Sania exits in mixed doubles
It was end of US Open campaign for Somdev Devvarman and Mahesh Bhupathi after they lost their respective hard-fought matches even as Rohan Bopanna had a mixed day.
Bayern beat Chelsea in Super Cup shoot-out
Bayern Munich gained some revenge for their 2012 Champions League final defeat by Chelsea when they beat the Premier League club 5-4 on penalties after a thrilling UEFA Super Cup ended 2-2 at the end of extra-time on Friday.
August 30, 2013Goal-line technology has opened Pandora's Box: Platini
The use of goal-line technology has opened a Pandora's box in football and encouraged demands for other forms of electronic aids to be used, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Friday.
Schalke brings Milan's Boateng on board for four years
Champions League competitors Schalke 04 have signed AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a four-year deal after the Ghana international passed his medical at the German club on Friday.
Selection row: Boxers told to prove favouritism charges
Furious with the three boxers who alleged that trials for the upcoming World Championships were manipulated, Indian Boxing Federation President Abhishek Matoria, said on Friday, disciplinary action will be taken against them if they fail to prove their charges.
UEFA chief Platini wants revamp in player transfer system
UEFA president Michel Platini described the current soccer transfer system as robbery on Friday and said he would like to see it revamped.
'Tired' Bolt wins 100 metres in Zurich Diamond League
Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt outsprinted fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade and American Justin Gatlin to win the 100 metres at the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Thursday.
IBL: Awadhe Warriors edge past Mumbai Masters to enter final
Awadhe Warriors brother-sister pair of Markis Kido and Pia Bernadeth held their nerves in a close encounter to win the crucial fifth match and the tie 3-2 against Mumbai Masters in the second semi-final to set up the summit clash with Hyderabad Hotshots in the Indian Badminton League on Thursday.
August 29, 2013Bayern's Ribery wins UEFA best player award
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13 ahead of the usual contenders Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Milan face Barcelona yet again in Champions League
Seven-times champions AC Milan, knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the last two seasons, were drawn against the Catalans again in the group stage of this season's competition on Friday.
Real admit problems in sealing Bale deal
A Real Madrid vice president has admitted unspecified problems have delayed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale although he predicted the deal would be agreed before the transfer window closes next week.
Boxers Dinesh, Dilbag allege bias in World C'ship trials
The selection of the Indian team for the World Boxing Championships has run into a controversy with three pugilists, including Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar, threatening to take the panel to court even as Olympian Akhil Kumar vowed to sue one of them for dragging his name into the furore.
Chelsea sign striker Eto'o
Chelsea have boosted their striking options with the signing of veteran Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o from Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Arsenal's Podolski out for up to 10 weeks
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski could be ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.
Chautala attended IOA meet as athletics representative: Nachappa
Claiming that Indian Olympic Association chief Abhay Singh Chautala was ineligible to attend the August 25 Special General Body Meeting in Delhi, Clean Sports India president Ashwini Nachappa has asked the International Olympic Committee not to heed to the decisions taken by 'few corrupt officials and politicians' in that conclave.
League Cup: Fellaini rescues Everton with extra-time winner
Marouane Fellaini scored late in extra time to spare Everton's blushes as they came from a goal down to beat League One (third division) Stevenage 2-1 and reach the League Cup third round on Wednesday.
Saina edges past Schenk as Hyderabad storm into IBL final
Hyderabad Hotshots stormed into the final of the inaugural Indian Badminton League after a convincing 3-0 victory over Pune Pistons in the first semi-final in Hyderabad, on Wednesday.
August 28, 2013Vijender, Nanao in Indian team for boxing World Championships
Vijender Singh (75kg) made a return to the Indian boxing team along with Thokchom Nanao Singh (49kg) as the selectors picked the team for the World Championships after a two-day trial in Patiala, on Wednesday.
Asia Cup hockey: India trounce Bangladesh, meet Malaysia in semis
Drag-flickers Rupinderpal Singh and V R Raghunath scored hat-tricks as India extended their winning run in the Asia Cup hockey tournament, trouncing Bangladesh 9-1 in their concluding Pool B match at the Sultan Azlan Shah stadium in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Wednesday.
AIBA allows Indian boxers to compete at World Championships
Indian boxers have been given the go ahead to participate in the October World Championships by AIBA but the world body has decided to bar them from any competition after that if the IBF fails to conduct a re-election by November.
Fenerbahce out of Europe after CAS upholds ban
Turkish side Fenerbahce will be unable to compete in the Europa League this season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a UEFA-imposed two-year ban from European competition over a match-fixing scandal on Wednesday.
Essien ends Ghana exile for World Cup qualifier
Michael Essien is poised to make a first international appearance in more than two years after being named as a surprise inclusion in Ghana's squad for a key World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month.
Super Cup: Messi in Barca squad for showdown with Atletico
Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's squad for Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Atletico Madrid after recovering from a thigh problem sustained in last week's 1-1 first-leg draw at the Calderon.
Bayern's Schweinsteiger doubtful against Chelsea
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is doubtful for their Super Cup game against Chelsea on Friday in Prague after straining his ankle in a 1-1 Bundesliga draw at Freiburg on Tuesday.
League Cup: Liverpool leave it late on tough night for top clubs
Liverpool needed two extra-time goals to beat NottsCounty 4-2 at Anfield on an eventful night for the Premier League clubs in the League Cup second round on Tuesday.
August 27, 2013IBL: Jorgensen helps Banga Beats beat Hyderabad Hotshots
Banga Beats fought back from a 2-0 deficit to clinch the game by 3-2 in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) face-off against bottom-placed Banga Beats in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Asia Cup Hockey: Malaysia join Pakistan in semis from Pool A
Hosts Malaysia recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat a spirited Japan 4-2 while Pakistan mauled debutants Chinese Taipei 13-0 in final round matches of Pool A at the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Tuesday.
Saina, Sindhu to skip China Masters
India's two top women's singles shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, have decided to skip the upcoming China Masters Super Series to be held from September 10-15.
Patel lashes out at IOA for messy situation in Indian sports
Union Minister and All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said that the involvement of chargesheeted persons in the affairs of IOA has brought "a messy situation" in Indian sports and tarnished the image of national federations.
Bindra slams IOA on chargesheet issue, asks IOC not to back out
Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra on Tuesday lashed out at Indian Olympic Association officials for refusing to accept International Olympic Committee's directive to bar chargesheeted persons from contesting elections and asked the world body to stick to its earlier stand.
Real Madrid's world-record offer for Bale gets 'mystery counter-bid'
English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur, are understood to be considering another offer for Welsh striker Gareth Bale, with the club angry at Spanish giants Real Madrid's arrogance. According to Sky Sports, a mystery offer has been received by the club, which is being taken as a counter-bid.
Former triple jumper Rebello dies
Former athlete Henry Rebello, who had represented India in the 1948 Olympic Games in London, died here this morning after a long illness.
Indian women archers disappointed with lukewarm welcome
The triumphant Indian women's recurve team, which clinched the World Cup Stage IV crown in Poland, returned home in the wee hours to a lukewarm response.
Uninspiring Real secure 1-0 victory at Granada
Real Madrid made it two wins in two La Liga outings this season when Karim Benzema's scuffed 10th-minute strike secured an uninspiring 1-0 win at Granada on Monday.
Messi back in training after thigh problem
Lionel Messi returned to training with his Barcelona team mates on Monday, suggesting the World Player of the Year could play a part in Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Atletico Madrid.
US Open: Rain suspends opening day's play, Federer match postponed
Steady rain hit the US Open on Monday, washing out the last match on Arthur Ashe Stadium court featuring five-time champion Roger Federer.
United and Chelsea draw as Rooney saga bubbles on
Manchester United and Chelsea drew 0-0 in the Premier League on Monday as the action in the season's first big match failed to match the intrigue of the Wayne Rooney transfer saga that swirled throughout.
August 26, 2013James Blake to retire after U.S. Open
James Blake announced on Monday he was retiring from tennis after the U.S. Open.
IBL: Sizzling Sindhu guides Awadhe into semis
Rising shuttler P V Sindhu stole the show with a hard-fought win over World No.3 Germany's Juliane Schenk as Awadhe Warriors sailed into the semi-finals of the inaugural Indian Badminton League with a clinical win over Pune Pistons in Hyderabad.
Bayern's Thiago out until November after ligament surgery
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out of action until early November after having surgery on Monday for damaged ligaments, the club said.
Cadet wrestling c'ship: India finish with a silver & bronze
Balraj settled for a silver after narrowly losing his 76kg freestyle bout against Russia's Batyrbek Tcakulov as the Indian grapplers returned with two medals from the Cadet World Championship which concluded in Zrenjanin, Serbia.
Legendary Brazil keeper Gylmar dies at 83
Goalkeeper Gylmar, an ever present in the legendary Brazil teams that won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962, has died in Sao Paulo, aged 83.
Bartoli hints at possibility for comeback
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli offered the first hint that her shock retirement may not be quite as final as she first indicated when she hinted on Sunday she could make a comeback.
Tough draws for Indians at the US Open
Leander Paes will kickstart his US Open campaign with Czech partner Radek Stepanek against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.
Vijender ready for comeback at World Championship trials
The former Olympic and World Championship bronze-medal winner's return to the ring is being closely watched after the sabbatical he was forced into due to a drug scandal earlier this year.
August 25, 2013Paes, Nestor triumph at Winston-Salem open
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes won his first title of the season when he triumphed at the Winston-Salem Open with Canadian Daniel Nestor.
Asia Cup: Pakistan enter semis; South Korea rout Bangladesh
Three-time champions Pakistan became the first team to qualify for the semifinals of the Asia Cup hockey tournament after defeating Malaysia 4-1 in their second Pool A match in Ipoh, Malaysia on Sunday.
IOA leaves door ajar for tainted officials
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) left its door ajar for corrupt officials on Sunday, sidestepping a directive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to bar tainted officials from contesting its elections.
Chelsea agree deal to sign Willian from Anzhi
Brazil playmaker Willian and has agreed terms to join Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, the Premier League side said on Sunday.
Belgian Grand Prix: Vettel storms to victory
Formula One World champion Sebastian Vettel ran away with the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to stretch his overall lead to 46 points with eight races remaining.
Race row: 1986 Edinburgh CWG were on brink of cancellation
Secret papers have revealed that senior officials in the Thatcher government were not worried about a boycott by African and Caribbean nations that made the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh appear as a white-only event.
NRAI top boss Raninder Singh asked to leave IOA meeting
The Indian Olympic Association's General Body Meeting was witness to some drama when the National Rifles Association of India President Raninder Singh was asked to leave the meeting due to a pending court case against the shooting body.
Armstrong reaches settlement with Sunday Times over dope reports
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached an agreement with the Sunday Times after it had sued the drugs-tainted American for around one million pounds ($1.56 million), the British paper announced on Sunday.
La Liga: Vela earns Sociedad a draw, Valencia lose
Carlos Vela helped Real Sociedad overcome a European hangover when he grabbed a second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at promoted Elche in La Liga on Saturday.
Criminals in Indians sports should be thrown out: CSI
The Indian Olympic Association General Body Meeting started off on a stormy note on Sunday with close to 50 demonstrators under the banner of Clean Sports India protesting against the association's officials, who have been chargesheeted in corruption cases.
'Vicious alcoholic' Tyson claims he is 'on verge of dying'
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has claimed he is on the verge of dying from ongoing drug and alcohol problems.
Sania-Zheng clinch New Haven title
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza notched up her third title of the season and 17th overall as she lifted the women's doubles trophy at the WTA New Haven Open along with new partner Jie Zheng on Saturday.
August 24, 2013Bayern march past Nuremberg to join Dortmund on top
Bayern Munich eased past Nuremberg 2-0 on Saturday with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on target to maintain a perfect start to the season and join a cluster of teams with nine points at the top of the table.
Belgium Grand Prix: Di Resta to start at 5th position
The jinx seems to be over for Force India as Paul di Resta grabbed a fifth spot in a scintillating qualifying session at the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium on Saturday.
Bale price tag a lack of respect to world: Barca's Martino
Real Madrid's bid to land Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record fee in the region of 100 million euros is out of place in the current economic climate, Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said on Saturday.
Belgian GP: Hamilton takes fourth pole in a row
Lewis Hamilton took his fourth pole position in a row for Mercedes on Saturday after a rain-hit qualifying session at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix.
Golf round-up: Kapur shoots 66; Chowrasia, Jeev miss cut
Shiv Kapur cracked a stunning six-under 66 that included seven birdies against one bogey to move up to tied 28th after the third round of the Rolex Trophy on the European Challenge Tour.
Asia Cup Hockey: India coach rues second half display
There is a regular pattern in the performance of the Indian hockey team -- they start getting sloppy after posting healthy leads early in matches.
Asia Cup Hockey: India thrash Oman 8-0 in opener
An inspired India battered Oman 8-0 in the opening match of the Asia Cup on Saturday.
Formula One: Metal plate behind Spa punctures?
A metal plate shed by a car has been blamed for alarming punctures suffered by Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in Friday's Belgian Grand Prix practice.
Formula One: Vettel, Alonso suffer punctures at Spa, demand answers
Formula One drivers sought reassurance from tyre supplier Pirelli on Friday after world champion Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso suffered punctures in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Formula One: Raikkonen gets frank about future at Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen made clear on Friday that his Lotus Formula One team had issues to resolve before he could have serious discussions about staying on next season.
Kvitova to meet Halep in New Haven Open final
Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova stormed into the final of the New Haven Open, the last women's warm-up event before the U.S. Open, with a ruthless 6-0, 6-1 win over Klara Zakopalova on Friday.
Somdev makes US Open main draw
Here is some good news for Indian tennis fans. India's Somdev Devvarman has qualified for the US Open.
Allegri hits back at Balotelli 'troublemaker' claims
AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has hit back at claims from the mayor of Verona that Mario Balotelli is a troublemaker, saying the problem of racism lies with supporters not the Italy attacker.
Chelsea vs United: Mourinho says he will miss old friend Fergie
Chelsea travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Monday and Mourinho said he would miss the relationship he used to enjoy with their former manager Alex Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season.
Manchester City captain Kompany out for at least four weeks
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is set for a month-long spell on the sidelines after suffering a groin injury in the opening match against Newcastle United, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday.
August 23, 2013Pune dashes Bangalore's hopes of reaching semis
Banga Beats' hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Badminton League went up in smoke after they lost their must-win match against hosts Pune Pistons 4-1 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune.
Olympics hosts must have clean rights record: Rights group
The new president of the International Olympic Committee, who will be elected next month, must ensure future Games' hosts comply with human rights according to the Olympic charter, human rights organisations said on Friday.
With 14 medals, India finish 10th at Asian Youth Games
With the men's squash team clinching a silver medal after losing to Malaysia in the final, India ended their campaign at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing at the 10th spot and with an impressive tally of 14 medals (3 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze).
'No one took my World Championship fixing claim seriously'
India's double Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar says the country's sports administrators did not take him seriously when he said he was offered to lose the 2010 World Championship final in Moscow in return for huge money.
Somdev a win away from US Open main draw
The Indian ace registered a 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2 second round win over Robby Ginepri of the United States in the qualifiers n Friday to keep his hopes alive.
It's final number 25 for Sania Mirza!
Sania Mirza has received another lift in her already booming career. The Indian tennis ace reached the 25th doubles final of her career at the WTA New Haven Open.
Merritt wins as world champions triumph in Stockholm
American LaShawn Merritt eased to victory in the 400 metres as one of several newly-crowned world champions to shine at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday.
Sports awards function on Aug 31; no Khel Ratna for Poonia
The Sports Ministry confirmed on Thursday that it will stick to the original list of winners for the Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards, thereby dashing discus thrower Krishna Poonia's hopes of being conferred the country's highest sporting honour.
Jamaica hits back at claims of lax anti-doping controls
The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has hit back at allegations of poor administration and a lack of controls by a former official, insisting the authority's practices meet global standards.
World Cup qualifier: Injured Messi in Argentina squad
Argentina's injured captain Lionel Messi has been named in a squad missing the suspended Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain for next month's World Cup qualifier against South America's bottom side Paraguay.
IBL: Sindhu, Srikanth help Awadhe crush Delhi
Rising shuttlers PV Sindhu and K Srikanth lead the way for Awadhe Warriors as they crushed Krrish Delhi Smashers 4-1 in the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) in Pune.
August 22, 2013IBL: Saina guides Hyderabad to a 3-2 win over Mumbai
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal shepherded the Hyderabad Hotshots to a comfortable 3-2 victory over Mumbai Masters in the inaugural Indian Badminton League at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi, Pune.
Thamake wins India's third gold at Asian Youth Games
Rochelle Macfarlane Maria won the silver in girl's triple jump to end India's controversy-marred track and field campaign on a high at the second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing.
Youth Asiad: 'Indian lifters not considered for medals only'
Bizarre it may sound, but Indian officials on Thursday claimed the four weightlifters disqualified from the Nanjing Youth Asian Games were allowed to take part in their respective events and only their results were not considered for medals.
Indian boxers may miss World Championships after trials postponed
The national trials for the event were scheduled to be held on August 16 and 17 in Patiala but were postponed till the end of this month with neither the boxers nor the coaches having any clue about the reasons.
Angry Jwala hits out at Saina for her comments on Hidayat
India's top doubles badminton player Jwala Gutta on Wednesday hit out at singles star Saina Nehwal for her comments that Taufik Hidayat should accept the reality that he is a retired player and cannot get highest base price in the Indian Badminton League.
August 21, 2013Fish pulls out of U.S. Open
American Mardy Fish's hopes of putting aside his troublesome heart condition to compete in his first grand slam tournament in 12 months ended on Wednesday after the former top-ten player was forced to pull out of next week's U.S. Open.
India bag two more medals at Asian Youth Games
Weightlifter Venkat Rahul Ragala clinched a gold medal in the 77kg category while Shainki Nagar won a silver in the 10m air pistol as India swelled its medal tally to eight at the second Youth Asian
Sports minister tells administrators 'put national interest first'
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has asked the Indian Olympic Association to put national interest above all and sort out its differences with the International Olympic Committee so that the country's Olympics ban is revoked soon.
August 20, 2013Wei, Baun shine as Mumbai Masters beat Delhi Smashers
Spearheaded by Malaysian world No 1 Lee Chong Wei, Mumbai Masters took a winning 3-1 lead over Delhi Smashers in the Indian Badminton League match at the NSCI courts, in Mumbai, on Tuesday night.
Golfer Manu clinches silver at Youth Asian Games
India added a silver and bronze to swell their medal tally to six in their controversy-ridden Asian Youth Games campaign on the fifth day of the multi-sporting event, in Nanjing, on Tuesday.
Indian archers miss target at World Cup
India had a disappointing start to the Archery World Cup Stage IV with the country's best medal hope Deepika Kumari slipping to 19th as the women's recurve team finished sixth and men's squad earning the fifth place in the qualification rounds at Wroclaw, Poland, on Tuesday.
Premier League: Classy City send four-goal warning to rivals
Manchester City started their Premier League campaign in scintillating fashion on Monday with a stylish 4-0 win at home to 10-man Newcastle United that will ring alarm bells for the rest of their title rivals.
August 19, 2013IBL: Saina leads Hyderabad to easy victory over Pune
Hyderabad Hotshots, spearheaded by Indian badminton icon Saina Nehwal, brought down the high flying, unbeaten Pune Pistons in impressive style with a comprehensive 4-1 victory in the Indian Badminton League at the NSCI courts in Mumbai.
Kush wins first gold medal for India at Asian Youth Games
Teen sensation Kush Kumar won India's first gold medal at the second Asian Youth Games after defeating Malaysia's Mohammad Syafiq Mohd Kamal in the men's singles squash competition, in Nanjing, China on Monday.
United bids for Fellaini and Baines insulting, say Everton
Everton have described as "derisory and insulting" a double bid from Premier League champions Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Adhiban bows out of chess World Cup
Grandmaster and former national champion B Adhiban was knocked out of the chess World Cup after losing his second game on the trot against higher-ranked Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the third round in Tromso, Norway.
Paddler Abhishek ensures bronze at Asian Youth Games
Teenager Abhishek Yadav ensured India of a bronze medal at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China, after he got the better of Malaysia's Dunley Foo to enter the men's singles table tennis semi-finals, on Monday.
AFI's Randhawa questions Dronacharya for 'influential' Thomas
Former hurdler and Athletics Federation of India's selection panel head G S Randhawa has protested the Dronacharya award to be conferred on K P Thomas.
Pistorius weeps as murder trial set for March 2014
South African Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his model girlfriend, prayed and wiped away tears in a court hearing on Monday which set a March 3, 2014 start date for his trial.
Indian Badmintion League: Banga Beats rout Awadhe Warriors
In yet another fascinating day of Indian Badminton League, Banga Beats thrashed Awadhe Warriors 4-1.
Nadal beats Isner to win first Cincinnati crown
Rafa Nadal continued his sizzling hardcourt form beating John Isner 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) in the final of the Western and Southern Open on Sunday, setting up the Spaniard as the red-hot favourite heading into the U.S. Open.
August 18, 2013Bolt, Fraser-Pryce complete hat-tricks; Jamaica finish third
Usain Bolt, already enshrined as one of the greatest Olympians of all time, became the most successful athlete in world championship history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also completed the hat-trick.
Premier League: Jose Mourinho makes winning return at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho made a winning return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat promoted Hull City 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday after an early Frank Lampard penalty miss.
EPL: Soldado penalty gives Spurs opening win at Palace
Spain striker Roberto Soldado's penalty on his Premier League debut gave Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in their opening match of the season on Sunday.
Bolt leads Jamaica to relay gold; completes fourth 'treble'
Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the 14th IAAF World Championships on Sunday when he led Jamaica to the gold in the 4 x100 metres relay.
Granollers-Lopez end Bopanna-Edouard's run in Cincinnati
India's Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin let go off five break-point chances as they lost to Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the semi-final encounter of the ATP Cincinnati Masters.
Narain zooms to record third victory in Auto GP
Continuing his strong show in the Auto GP series, Indian racer Narain Karthikeyan recorded his third win of the season when he triumphed from pole in round six of the series in Nurburgring.
Nadal to meet Isner in Cincinnati final
Rafael Nadal continued his perfect run on the North American hardcourts taming Czech Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Western and Southern Open on Saturday to setup a final showdown with big-hitting American John Isner.
Williams to face Azarenka for Cincinnati crown
World No 1 Serena Williams fought her way to a 7-5, 7-5 win over defending champion Li Na to reach the final of the Western and Southern Open on Saturday and close in on one of the few titles to elude her.
IBL: Pune edge past Mumbai 3-2
Pune Pistons secured a close 3-2 victory after icon player Ashwini Ponnappa and Fischer Nielsen Joachim won the deciding mixed doubles match.
August 17, 2013Bolt completes sprint double with ease at world athletics
Usain Bolt completed yet another crushing sprint double on Saturday and hardly needed to extend himself to achieve it as he took his third successive world 200 metres title in the year's fastest time of 19.66 seconds - easing down.
Olympic marathon champion Kiprotich wins world title
Uganda's Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich showed he was no one-hit wonder by breaking Kenya's stranglehold on the men's marathon at the world championships with victory in two hours nine minutes 51 seconds in Moscow, on Saturday.
Green-Tregaro told to change rainbow fingernails
Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro, who painted her fingernails in the colours of the rainbow flag in support of Russia's gay community, has been told not to repeat the gesture in Saturday's world championship final.
IOA remains defiant, says IOC should not force issues
A defiant Indian Olympic Association on Saturday said that it would write to the International Olympic Committee to allow the August 25 general body meeting to decide on the issue of barring chargesheeted persons from contesting elections.
IBL: Delhi Smashers fight back to beat Hyderabad 3-2
Krrish Delhi Smashers staged a great fightback after losing the first two matches to down Hyderbaad Hotshots 3-2, in the Indian Badminton League in Lucknow.
Snooker: Advani, Aditya crash out in pre-quarters
India's leading cueists, Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta, bowed out of the third European Players Tour Championship (PTC) of the season -- the Bluebell Wood Open -- after suffering defeats in their respective round matches at the Doncaster Dome in Sheffield.
Happy to see IOC willing to clean up Indian sports, says Bindra
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra on Saturday applauded IOC's decision to not change its stance on barring charge-sheeted persons from contesting Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections, saying it is heartening to see the world body keen on cleaning up sports in the country.
Bolt back in search of 200 metres hat-trick
Usain Bolt returns to centre stage on Saturday and it seems only a catastrophic injury can prevent the Jamaican world record holder from securing a third successive world 200m title and completing another brilliant sprint double.
Paralyzed swimmer Arlen ruled ineligible for Paralympic Games
The International Paralympic Committee has ruled 18-year-old paralyzed swimmer Victoria Arlen as ineligible to participate in the upcoming World Championships in Montreal, after finding that her injury might not be permanent.
Djokovic and Murray stunned but Nadal stands tall
World number one Novak Djokovic and number two Andy Murray crashed out of the Western and Southern Open within an hour of each other on Friday, before Rafa Nadal restored order with a win over old rival Roger Federer.
Premier League footballer's blackmailer arrested
Police has reportedly arrested a suspect for allegedly blackmailing an unnamed famous Premier League footballer and demanding £10,000 from him.
Australia's Stosur splits with coach
Australia's Sam Stosur has split with her long-time coach David Taylor, the former U.S. Open champion said on Saturday.
Bopanna-Roger-Vasselin beat Paes-Stepanek
Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin knocked out Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek to advance to the semi-finals of the ATP Cincinnati Masters.
Williams storms into last four in Cincinnati
World number one Serena Williams was at her lethal best as she crushed Romanian Simona Halep 6-0, 6-4 to romp into the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open on Friday.
Schedule: English Premier League 2013-14
Champions Manchester United will travel to Swansea City for their first English Premier League match under new manager David Moyes, while Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City are at home to Newcastle United on August 17.
EPL set for kick-off; check out the weekend action
Champions Manchester United travel to Swansea City for their first Premier League match under new manager David Moyes, while Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City are at home to Newcastle United on August 17.
August 16, 2013Sharapova confirms split with Connors after one match
Maria Sharapova has confirmed she has severed ties with coach Jimmy Connors after one match together. The Russian world number three said in a statement e-mailed to Tennis.com that the pairing had not been 'the right fit for this time in my career'.
Mo Farah, Shelly-Ann complete golden double
Olympic champion Mo Farah won his second gold medal at the World Athletics Championships when he triumphed in the 5000 metres in Moscow, on Friday.
Bolt leads Jamaican assault on 200m final
Usain Bolt led three Jamaicans into the final of the men's 200 metres on Friday as the World record holder seeks a third successive world title at his favourite distance.
Indian law does not bar chargesheeted persons: IOA
Stung by International Olympic Committee's directive to bar charge-sheeted persons from contesting elections, the Indian Olympic Association on Friday wrote to its parent body, saying that it cannot implement the provisions as it has to follow the law of the land.
Renjith, women's 4x400m relay team flop as India draw a blank
Triple jumper Renjith Maheswary finished sixth in the heats and the women's 4x400m relay team last as India's campaign in the World Athletics Championships ended in Moscow on Friday.
Advani shocks Peter Ebdon on way to last 16
Eight-time World champion Pankaj Advani continued his fine run to enter the pre-quarter-finals of the third European Players Tour Championship (PTC) of the season, the Bluebell Wood Open, being held at Doncaster Dome, in Sheffield.
Paes, Bopanna to clash in Cincinnati Masters quarters
Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek beat Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot while Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin got the better of Andreas Seppi and Mikhail Youzhny in second round matches.
Palestine mulls asking FIFA to expel Israel for barring delegates
Palestinian sports supremo Jibril Rajoub has threatened to call for Israel's expulsion from world soccer's governing body after it denied a number of officials entry to the West Bank for a youth tournament on security grounds
Worlds: Paralympian Kalyna swims to gold; India's Gayakwad content at 7th
Paralympic swimmer and World Record holder, Ukranian Andriy Kalyna won the gold medal after clocking a speed of 1:07.05 minutes at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Sharapova set to call time on coach Connors?
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has reportedly decided to end her relationship with new coach Jimmy Connors, after losing to American Sloane Stephens in the second round of the Western & Southern Open at Cincinnati.
World Athletics: Sore Bolt advances to 200m final
Usain Bolt stretched, stifled a yawn and, almost apologetically, extracted his giant frame from his blocks before strolling through his heat as he began his bid for a third successive world 200 metres title on Friday.
Miffed at Arjuna snub, boxer Manoj seeks meeting with Ministry
Now boxer Manoj Kumar, a World Championships quarter-finalist, also a two-time Asian Championships bronze-medallist is seeking an appointment with Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, saying he was ignored for the Arjuna despite fine performances.
Adhiban advances to third round of World chess cup
Grandmaster and former national champion B Adhiban beat Brazilian Grandmaster Alexander Fier in the second round and advance to the third round of the chess World Cup in Tromso, Norway, on Thursday
Radwanska withdraws from Cincinnati
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland withdrew from the Western and Southern Open for personal reasons on Thursday, sending defending champion Li Na of China through to the semi-finals.
'Big Four' advance to star-studded Cincinnati quarters
Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all picked up third round wins at the Western and Southern Open on Thursday to set up a star-studded last eight in Cincinnati.
Moyes hits out at United's tough Premier League start
New manager David Moyes has criticised the series of fixtures Manchester United have been handed at the start of the new season, hinting it is a deliberate ploy by the Premier League to give them a tough opening.
World Athletics: What you must not miss tonight!
Yes, people, it's Fab Friday as the Felix, Farah and Bolt show beckons! Usain Bolt starts his quest for a second world track gold in Moscow but American sprinting great Allyson Felix looks set to steal the limelight as she goes for a fourth world 200 metres title on Friday.
August 15, 2013Isinbayeva condemns Green-Tregaro's rainbow gesture
The face of the Moscow world championships, Yelena Isinbayeva, has condemned Swede Emma Green-Tregaro's gesture of support for the Russian gay community as disrespectful and said she supported the law banning the promotion of homosexuality.
IBL: Saina has it easy against Sindhu
One of the most awaited matches of the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) turned out to be a damp squib as Saina Nehwal trampled PV Sindhu 21-19, 21-8 at the Siri Fort Complex.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulls out of U.S. Open
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will not compete at this month's U.S. Open tennis grand slam after failing to recover in time from a knee injury.
Roof planned for U.S. Open's Arthur Ashe stadium
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) will reveal plans to build a retractable roof over the centre court at Arthur Ashe Stadium as part of major changes to the U.S. Open venue in Flushing Meadows.
Factbox: Retired Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli
Factbox on Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who announced her retirement from tennis at 28 after a second round loss at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Wimbledon Champion Bartoli announces shock retirement
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Wednesday by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28.
World Athletics: What you must not miss tonight!
Day 5 guide to the action in the Moscow World Athletics Championships.
August 14, 2013Tajikistan too good for India in football friendly
The Indian football team's disastrous performance at the international level continued as it went down 0-3 to Tajikistan in an international friendly in Khujand, Tajikistan, on Wednesday.
I am more deserving than Sodhi for Khel Ratna: Poonia
Disappointed at being ignored for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, top woman discus thrower Krishna Poonia on Wednesday went to see Sports Minister Jitendra Singh to express her displeasure over the issue but failed to meet him.
IBL: Mixed doubles pair steers Pune Pistons past Delhi Smashers
Pune Pistons rode in their mixed doubles combination to beat Delhi Smashers 3-2 in the opening match of the inaugural Indian Badminton League, in Delhi, on Wednesday.
Fan appreciation set to keep Suarez at Anfield - report
The love of Liverpool fans appears to have persuaded Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield, according to comments made by the controversial striker to a Uruguayan newspaper.
UEFA expel Ukranian club from Champions League over fixing case
Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv, due to play Schalke 04 in the Champions League playoff round later this month, have been kicked out of the competition, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Wednesday.
Russia to arrest athletes who violate anti-gay laws at Winter Olympics
Russia's interior ministry has confirmed that athletes at the Winter Olympics will be arrested if they breach Russia's controversial gay propaganda laws.
At 35, Heffernan finally wins 50km walk; Indians flop
Ireland's Robert Heffernan won the world championship 50km walk title on Wednesday as the 35-year-old finally tasted glory after 13 years of heartbreak and near-misses.
Federer opens hardcourt season with win
Roger Federer got his delayed hardcourt season off to a positive start with straightforward 6-3, 7-6 (7) win over Germany's Phillip Kohlschreiber to ease into the third round of the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday.
Cincinnati Open: Sharapova-Connors combo off to rocky start
The Maria Sharapova-Jimmy Connors partnership got off to a rocky start on Tuesday as Sloane Stephens shocked the third ranked Russian 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 at the Western and Southern Open.
August 13, 2013Gowda places 7th as Harting wins third straight discus title
India's Vikas Gowda settled for seventh place in the men's discus throw at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Tuesday.
It's official! Jwala and Ashwini are back together
India's Jwala Gutta on Tuesday confirmed she will reunite with former partner Ashwini Ponnappa.
Russia's Lashmanova wins 20km walk; India's Khusbir in distant 39th
London Olympic champion and world record holder Elena Lashmanova of Russia continued her dominance, clinching gold in the 20km walk race at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Tuesday.
Confusion reigns as tired Farah just makes cut for 5,000 final
New world 10,000 metres champion Mo Farah brushed the sleep from his eyes and forced his tired legs around 15 laps of the track to qualify for the 5,000 final on a sunny Tuesday morning at the Luzhniki in Moscow.
Ronjan Sodhi gets Khel Ratna; Arjuna for Kohli, Sindhu
Shooter Ronjan Sodhi picked for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the selection committee.
World Athletics: What you must not miss tonight!
Rediff.com's Day 4 guide to Moscow World Athletic championships.
'You play football daily but visit the Pope once in a lifetime'
Meeting the Pope is more important than Italy's friendly against Argentina on Wednesday, coach Cesare Prandelli told reporters as he disagreed with striker Mario Balotelli.
August 12, 2013Unrivalled Adams secures fourth successive shot put gold
New Zealand's Valerie Adams became the first woman to win four successive world titles when she secured shot put gold on Monday.
World Athletics: Holzdeppe vaults to surprise victory
Germany's Raphael Holzdeppe was a shock winner of the men's world pole vault title on Monday as he edged red-hot favourite Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie on countback.
Pankaj qualifies for Indian Open
Eight-time World Champion Pankaj Advani blanked Briton Matthew Selt 4-0 to qualify for the Indian Open, a premier championship.
Fraser-Pryce gives Jamaica 100m double
Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce gave Jamaica a 100 metres double, comfortably winning the women's final in Moscow on Monday. The title favourite never looked troubled as she clocked 10.71 seconds.
Ohuruogu wins women's 400m with late charge
Britain's Christine Ohuruogu snatched victory from defending champion Amantle Montsho with a desperate lunge to the line in the women's 400 metres at the world championships on Monday.
David Oliver wins 110m hurdles as Merritt flops
American David Oliver won the gold medal, as favourite Aries Merritt finished a disappointing sixth, in the men's 110 metres hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, on Monday.
World Athletics Championships: Medal Table
Medal table from the World Athletics Championships 2013.
Trinidad officials confirm Baptiste's doping absence
Trinidad and Tobago athletics officials confirmed on Monday that Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who won a world 100 metres bronze medal in 2011, and fellow sprinter Semoy Hackett missed the Moscow world championships because of doping violations.
Increase in flunked dope tests worries Sports Minister
More than 250 sportspersons have flunked dope tests conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in the last two years with powerlifters and weightlifters topping the drug offenders' list.
Vikas Gowda in discus throw final at World Championships
India's Vikas Gowda advanced to the men's discus throw final in the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships after finishing seventh overall in the qualification round, in Moscow. The National record holder and reigning Asian champion placed fourth in qualification round A with a best throw of 63.64m which he came up in his first attempt on the third day of the competition at the Luzhniki stadium.
Playing for Arsenal makes you a legend: Mo Farah
The 10,000m World Champion Mo Farah has said that one needed to play for Arsenal to be a legend, and was pleased to be congratulated on Twitter by Gunners player Mikel Arteta to have won.
I've done something nobody's ever done: Brittney Reese
Brittney Reese unleashed the beast in one giant leap to become the first woman to win three long jump titles at the world championships on Sunday.
World Athletics: What you must not miss tonight!
Rediff.com's Day 3 guide to Moscow World Athletic championships.
Golf: Jason Dufner conquers Oak Hill for first major title
American Jason Dufner erased memories of his heart-breaking late collapse two years ago when he clinched his first major title by two shots in the 95th PGA Championship on Sunday.
August 11, 2013Patience pays off for 10,000 champion Dibaba
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba bided her time before letting loose on the final lap with an awesome display of speed to complete a hat-trick of world championship 10,000 meters titles in Moscow.
Discus favourite Perkovic delivers gold at world championships
Croatian Sandra Perkovic went into the world championships as one of the hottest favourites in Moscow and duly delivered on Sunday as her 67.99 metre throw added the title to her Olympic gold of last year.
Bolt wins 100m at World Championships
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt won the men's 100m at the World Athletics Championships, breezing home in 9.78 seconds in Moscow on Sunday night. Justin Gatlin of the United States was second in 9.85 seconds while and Nesta Carter of Jamaica was third in 9.95.
Eaton takes decathlon gold to complete dream treble
American Ashton Eaton cemented his position as the world's greatest athlete when he won the world decathlon title on Sunday, completing a spectacular hat-trick having won Olympic gold and broken the world record last year.
Reese wins record third long jump crown at worlds
With one giant leap Brittney Reese again rose to the occasion and became the first woman to win three long jump titles at the world championships in Moscow on Sunday.
World athletics: Bolt leads Jamaican quartet into 100m final
A relaxed Usain Bolt led a quartet of Jamaicans into the world 100 metres final later on Sunday by flexing his legs to win his semi-final in 9.92 seconds.
Ivanov gives Russia men's 20km walk gold; Indians disappoint
Aleksandr Ivanov brought a sparse Luzhniki stadium to its feet and claimed a third successive men's 20-kilometre race walk gold for Russia on Sunday, becoming the youngest walk winner at a World Championships.
Confident Sindhu says ready for Saina challenge in IBL
Confident after winning a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships, fast rising shuttler P V Sindhu says she is ready to take on her celebrated compatriot Saina Nehwal at the inaugural Indian Badminton League.
IBL: Wei's coach to train Mumbai Masters
World No 1 men's shuttler Lee Chong Wei's coach Tey Seu Bock of Malaysia was appointed chief coach of Mumbai Masters for the inaugural Vodafone Indian Badminton League on Sunday.
Trinidad & Tobago sprinter Baptiste tests positive - report
Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste, who won a world 100 metres bronze medal in 2011 and was a real prospect for Moscow, has tested positive for a banned substance, the Trinidad Express newspaper reported on Saturday.
Laid low by injuries, Hockey India picks young team for Asia Cup
Plagued by injuries, India named a young 18-member squad to be led by the inspirational Sardar Singh in the crucial Asia Cup hockey tournament scheduled from August 24 to September 1 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Padlers Soumyajit, Manika win titles at World Tour Brazil Open
India celebrated a rare moment of success in international table tennis as Soumyajit Ghosh clinched the Under-21 men's title while Manika Batra bagged the Under-21 women's trophy at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open at Santos.
Sochi Winter Games row: 'Boycotting Games only harms athletes'
Sebastian Coe's life was changed by his 1,500m gold medal at the politically riven 1980 Olympics so it came as no surprise to hear him argue on Saturday that a suggested boycott of next year's Sochi Games was misplaced.
Livepool manager Rodgers wants Suarez to apologise to club
Wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez must apologise to his club and teammates if he wants to be welcomed back into the squad, manager Brendan Rodgers said.
Serena to meet Cirstea in Toronto final
Top seed Serena Williams shook off a spirited attempt by Agnieszka Radwanska and moved into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6(3), 6-4 victory on Saturday and will meet Romania's Sorana Cirstea, whose surprising run continued when she beat China's Li Na 6-1, 7-6(5).
Nadal beats Djokovic, meets Raonic in Montreal final
Spain's Rafa Nadal handed Novak Djokovic another semi-final defeat when he beat the world number one at the Rogers Cup on Saturday to set up a title decider against local favourite Milos Raonic.
August 10, 2013Britain's Farah wins world 10,000 metres title
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah's famed final lap sprint put paid to any hopes Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan had of retaining his 10,000 metres title at the world championships on Saturday.
Kiplagat denies Straneo to retain marathon title
Kenyan Edna Kiplagat defied hot and humid conditions and a brave front-running display from Italian Valeria Straneo to become the first woman to retain the world marathon title on Saturday.
Champion Hardee out of decathlon after high jump failure
Double defending champion Trey Hardee was dumped out of the decathlon on the opening day of the world championships on Saturday as he no-heighted in a dramatic high-jump competition.
Sudha fails to qualify for final round in Athletics Worlds
Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh failed to qualify for the women's 3000m steeplechase final round as she finished a disappointing 12th in the heats in the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Saturday.
Broken nose shatters Semenova's discus hopes
Natalia Semenova's hopes of reaching the discus final at the world championships were shattered when the Ukrainian suffered a bloodied and broken nose in a freak accident just before Saturday's qualifying round.
Sindhu goes down tamely to Intanon in World Championships semis
P V Sindhu's glorious run in the World Badminton Championships ended in the semi-finals, when she was beaten by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon at the Tianhe Indoor Stadium in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday.
Unseeded Cirstea stuns defending champ Kvitova
Defending champion Petra Kvitova suffered a shock exit when unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea beat the Czech 4-6 7-5 6-2 on Friday to move in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup.
August 09, 2013Sindhu's parents credit success to discipline and determination
The parents of P V Sindhu, who became the first Indian woman singles player on Friday to ensure a medal at the ongoing World Badminton Championships, attributed their daughter's success to hard work and determination.
Jayant snatches gold at World Masters Weightlifting C'ship
India Army's Lt Colonel Sudhakar Jayant has won gold medal at the IWF World Masters weightlifting championships, in Turin, Italy.
IOC calls on Russia to explain its anti-gay law
Russia must explain how it will implement its controversial anti-gay propaganda law and detail its impact on next year's Sochi Winter Games, Olympic president Jacques Rogge said on Friday.
Chelsea still chasing Rooney, says Mourinho
Chelsea have not given up hope of signing unsettled Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, Blues manager Jose Mourinho has said.
Paes-Stepanek lose in Montreal
The Indian challenge ended at the Roger Cup after Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek suffered a second-round defeat at the hands of Andy Murray and Colin Fleming in Montreal.
EPL unveils Goal Decision System to end disputes
A text message saying "goal" sent to the referee's watch will end disputes over whether the ball has crossed the line in the English Premier League this season.
Murray beaten by Gulbis in Montreal
Andy Murray suffered his first defeat in nearly three months on Thursday when he was beaten by Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the third round of the Rogers Cup. Playing just his second match since winning Wimbledon, Murray fell 6-4, 6-3 in less than an hour and a half in one of the key lead-up events to the US Open.
August 08, 2013Reese aims to nail long jump gold with first leap at worlds
As Olympic and twice world long jump champion, Britney Reese has become used to leaving her rivals in a pit of despair, and now the American is determined to win gold at the world championships with her first leap in Moscow.
Saha announces retirement on 35th birthday
Former France striker Louis Saha celebrated his 35th birthday on Thursday by announcing his retirement from professional football.
Fabregas dismisses Barcelona exit talk
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said his only wish is to succeed with the Spanish champions and has dismissed the idea that he could be lured away to another club.
Lusofonia Games: Brazil want money to send football team to Goa
Brazil and Portugal are unlikely to send their football teams to the Lusofonia Games beginning November 2 in Goa even as some of the participating nations have expressed their reservations on the infrastructure being put up in the state.
Coaches Mahato, Saini in running for Dronacharya award
Long-serving archery coach Purnima Mahato and women's hockey coach Narendra Singh Saini were among five sporting personalities who were recommended for the prestigious Dronacharya award this year.
Actor Fry demands homophobic Russia be stripped of 2014 Winter Games
With growing concerns over the new anti-gay laws in Russia and the abusive treatment against its people from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, English actor, journalist and activist has written an open letter to the IOC asking for the 2014 Winter Games to be banned.
Sindhu shocks defending champ, joins Saina in quarters
India's up-and-coming shuttler P V Sindhu came up with a brilliant performance to shock defending champion Yihan Wang of China and join Saina Nehwal in the women's singles quarter-finals at the World Badminton Championships, at the Tianhe Indoor stadium in Guangzhou, China, on Thursday. Parupalli Kashyap also kept the Indian flag flying in the men's singles, scoring an upset 21-13, 21-16 victory over world No 6 Yun Hu of Hong Kong, in 37 minutes, to also make it to the last eight stage.
IAAF ready to return to four-year doping bans
Athletics is set to reintroduce four-year doping bans even though the move risks alienating the sport from the world anti-doping authority (WADA), officials said on Wednesday on the eve of the world championships.
Ministry approves more funds for Mary Kom Boxing Foundation
The Sports Ministry has approved additional funds for the construction of an outdoor hall in the Imphal-based Regional Boxing Foundation being run by London Olympics bronze-medallist and five-time world champion woman pugilist M C Mary Kom.
Ronaldo scores twice as Real beat Chelsea in friendly
Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at critical former boss Jose Mourinho in the best way possible on Wednesday with two goals to help Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 and win the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.
Rodgers says Suarez comments undermine club's dignity
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said striker Luis Suarez has gone against the values of the club after he publicly accused Rodgers of not honouring a promise to allow him to leave.
August 07, 2013Sania-Jie advance in Rogers Cup
Sania Mirza and her new partner Jie Zheng came from behind to beat Natalie Grandin and Darija Jurak and advance to the second round of the WTA Rogers Cup.
Gouramangi, Chettri hopeful of playing I-League and IMG-R
India full-backs Gouramangi Singh and Nirmal Chettri, who have both signed to play in the IPL-style franchise football league, are hopeful of taking part in this season's I-League too despite the clubs' opposition to the new IMG-Reliance league.
Saina, Sindhu in third round of World badminton; Kona-Vishnu exit
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu scored contrasting victories to enter the third round of the women's singles at the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou on Wednesday.
NBA: Miami Heat to host season opener
LeBron James and the Miami Heat will open the 2013-14 National Basketball Association season at home against the Chicago Bulls, the NBA announced on Tuesday.
Serbia players back banned Troicki: Djokovic
Banned Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki was "innocent" of a doping violation and the country's Davis Cup team supported him, World No 1 Novak Djokovic said on Tuesday.
Rogers Cup: Venus falls in first round; Djokovic entertains
Venus Williams got off to a flying start in her return from a two-month layoff but her game quickly fell apart as the seven-time Grand Slam champion slumped to a 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Kirsten Flipkens in the Rogers Cup first round on Tuesday.
August 06, 2013Manchester City's Nastasic to miss start of season
Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic will miss the start of the season with an ankle injury, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
Minister dissatisfied with CWG, Asian Games preparations
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh was far from impressed as he took stock of India's preparations for next year's Commonwealth and Asian Games in a meeting with SAI officials here and expressed dissatisfaction with the progress made so far.
August 05, 2013Turkey bans 31 athletes for doping
The Turkish Athletics Federation (TAF) has given two-year suspensions to 31 athletes for drug violations, it announced on Monday. At least three of the athletes competed at the 2012 London Olympics, including hammer thrower Esref Apak, the 2004 silver medallist.
Jayaram, Kashyap in second round of World badminton
Ajay Jayaram got off to a rousing start in the men's singles at the World Badminton Championships, shocking higher-ranked Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong, in Guangzhou, China, on Monday. The 25-year-old Indian, ranked No 24, beat the world No 12 22-20, 17-21, 21-15 in 64 minutes, at the Tianhe Indoor stadium.
Mumbai to host IMG-Reliance football league opener
The IPL-style football league has gone ahead full guns blazing to show their presence. The idea is finally coming together. Mumbai's D Y Patil Stadium is scheduled to host the opening match of the inaugural IMG-Reliance league that commences from January 18 next year.
Salgaocar sign Scottish player Darryl Duffy
After a successful trial, Scottish striker Darryl Duffy has been included into Salgaocar FC.
Manchester United reject second Chelsea bid for Rooney
Manchester United have rejected a second offer from rivals Chelsea for unsettled forward Wayne Rooney, the Premier League champions said on Monday.
Schedule: World Athletics Championships 2013
Check out the schedule of the World Athletics Championships to be held in Moscow from August 10-18.
Del Potro beats Isner in Washington DC final
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina overcame a shaky opening set to defeat big-serving American John Isner 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday and win the $1.3 million Citi Open, underscoring his status as a major threat at the upcoming U.S. Open.
Woods coasts to seven-shot win at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Tiger Woods eased to a seven-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, earning his 79th win on the PGA Tour and sounding an ominous warning to his rivals ahead of next week's PGA Championship.
Stosur takes down Azarenka to clinch Carlsbad title
Australia's Sam Stosur won her first title in nearly two years when she upended world number two Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-2 to win the Carlsbad Open on Sunday.
France wins 4x100 medley gold after U.S. disqualified
France were handed a shock victory in the men's 4x100 metres medley relay when gold-medal favourites United States were disqualified at the world championships in Barcelona on Sunday.
Franklin first woman to win six golds at one worlds
American teenager Missy Franklin became the first woman to win six golds at a single world championships when she helped the United States to victory in the 4x100 metres medley relay on Sunday.
August 04, 2013Parimarjan Negi regains Politiken Cup in Denmark
Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi added another feather in his cap. The 20-year-old continued his brilliant form and clinched the Politiken Cup 2013 after emerging with a fine score of nine out of a maximum possible 10 points, in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday.
Hockey: Injured Sunil ruled out of Asia Cup
There is yet another injury blow to India's prospect in the upcoming Asia Cup hockey tournament. The men in blue were dealt a severe blow after star forward S V Sunil had to be ruled out of August 24-September 1 event due to an elbow injury.
Striker Dempsey leaves Tottenham and returns to MLS
Tottenham Hotspur's American international forward Clint Dempsey has returned home to the United States to play Major League Soccer (MLS).
Azarenka edges Ivanovic, meets Stosur in final
Top seed Victoria Azarenka overcame a lapse of concentration to defeat Ana Ivanovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 and reach the final of the Carlsbad Open on Saturday.
Del Potro to face Isner in Washington final
Top seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina took advantage of a long rain delay to defeat Germany's Tommy Haas 7-6(4), 6-3 on Saturday and reach the final of the $1.3 million Citi Open.
Moyes ready with 80 mn pound war chest to ensure title
New Manchester United boss David Moyes is planning to spend �80 million to make sure the Old Trafford giants hold on to their title.
August 03, 2013Kalmadi loses IAAF Council membership
Scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi's association with any sports body has ended as he lost the membership of the powerful Council of the International Association of Athletics Federation.
Citi Open: Bopanna-Begemann lose in quarter-finals
Rohan Bopanna and Andre Begemann suffered a quarter-final exit from the ATP Citi Open after a close defeat against Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot in Washington.
Efimova sets world record in 50 breaststroke
Russia's Yuliya Efimova followed up Friday's world championship gold medal in the women's 200 metres breaststroke by setting a world record in the 50 metres version of the event in her heat on Saturday.
The secret behind David Rudisha's speed
Kenyan athletes are in danger of hitting the wall unless traditional training methods are replaced with more modern thinking, according to the coach of Olympic 800 metres champion David Rudisha.
August 02, 2013Women's Junior WC: India lose 0-3 to Netherlands in semis
India's dream run in the Women's Junior Hockey World Cup came ended as they lost 0-3 to defending champions Netherlands scored in the second semifinal in Monchengladbach, German on Friday.
Ailing Federer pulls out of Montreal Masters
Former World No 1 Roger Federer has pulled out of next week's Montreal Masters, organisers said on Friday.
IBL names Under-19 players for five franchises
The Indian Badminton League has named Under-19 players for five of its franchises, in addition to those picked at the auction. According to IBL rules, each franchise had to pick an India Under-19 player, who will be the 11th player in the respective squads.
All I-League clubs fail to clear Licensing Test
AIFF's Club Licensing Committee decided that based on the reports all the fourteen License Applicants failed to clear the Licensing Test.
AIFF gives green signal to IPL-style IMG-Reliance league
The All India football Federation (AIFF) gave its go ahead to the IPL-style IMG-Reliance league with its executive committee agreeing to the holding of the tournament by its commercial partners IMG-Reliance early next year.
Bopanna-Begemann shock top seeds in Citi Open
Rohan Bopanna and his new German partner Andre Begemann knocked out the top seeded pair of Alexendra Peya and Bruno Soares to storm into the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington.
Real Madrid claims Bale transfer agreed at 105 mn pounds
Spanish club Real Madrid have agreed to pay �105 million pounds in a part-exchange deal for Welsh striker Gareth Bale after claiming that a world-record agreement had been sealed with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Lochte wins third straight 200 metres medley gold
American Ryan Lochte touched in a time of one minute 54.98 seconds, almost a second slower than the world record of 1:54.00 he set to win the gold in 2011.
August 01, 2013India in semis of Jr women's hockey World Cup
India shocked higher-ranked Spain 4-2 to enter the semi-finals in the Junior women's hockey World Cup for the first time in Monchengladbach, Germany, on Thursday.
Franklin records personal best in 100m freestyle heat
Missy Franklin surprised herself by going second-quickest behind Australia's Cate Campbell with a personal best in the heats for the women's 100 metres freestyle on Thursday as the American teenager chases a fourth world championship gold of the week.
CL qualifier: Celtic earn late win, Fenerbahce return
A KrisCommons header gave former European champions Celtic a 1-0 win over Swedish side Elfsborg Boras while Fenerbahce made the most of their Champions League lifeline with a 1-1 draw against Salzburg in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie on Wednesday.
Croatian tennis player Cilic fails drug test?
World No 15 Marin Cilic is under the radar of the International Tennis Federation for failing a drug test during the BMW Open in Munich in April, it has been reported.
July 31, 2013Wrestling on track for Olympic return, says IOC's Bach
Wrestling, axed from the 2020 Olympic programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in February, has a good chance of coming back after making sweeping changes, IOC vice-president Thomas Bach said.
Olympic heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill out of world championships
The Briton, world champion in 2009 and silver medallist two years ago, has struggled to shake off a persistent left Achilles problem.
Aditya Mehta wins snooker gold at World Games
Asian snooker champion Aditya Mehta beat tournament favourite Liang Wenbo of China 3-0 to win the snooker gold at the World Games at Cali, Colombia, on Tuesday.
BAI does a BCCI, gags IBL players from speaking to media
Following open criticism from top players like Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who declared the Indian Badminton League's decision to slash their auction base price as "disrespectful" and "absurd", the Badminton Association of India and the league's organisers have now barred players from talking to the media.
Asia Cup hockey: Senior men's probables list cropped to 33
The list of core probables of the senior men's hockey team has been pruned down to 33 from 48 after a three-day selection trials held at the SAI Centre, Bangalore from July 25-27.
ATP Citi Open: Dogged Somdev stuns defending champion Dolgopolov
India's Somdev Devvarman notched up a stunning 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) victory over defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington on Tuesday.
Lithuanian Meilutyte adds breaststroke gold to world record
Lithuanian teenager Ruta Meilutyte won the 100 metres breaststroke gold at the world championships in Barcelona on Tuesday, with a time just outside the world record she set in Monday's qualifying.
David Beckham to release new autobiography in October
Former England soccer captain David Beckham will release his latest autobiography in October in a deal with a UK publishing unit of French media company Lagardere.
July 30, 2013Bayern boss Hoeness charged with tax evasion: court
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was charged with tax evasion on Tuesday after months of investigations into the high-profile affair were concluded, a Munich court said.
Russian heptathlete Chernova ruled out of world championships
Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova was the highest profile name missing on Tuesday from the team announced by the host nation for the world championships, along with world champion race walkers Valeriy Borchin and Sergey Bakulin.
India win SAFF Under-16 football title
Defender Jerry Lalrinzuala scored a spectacular long range goal as India beat Nepal 1-0 in the final to win the South Asian Football Federation Under-16 Championship at the Dasharath stadium in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
India rout Russia, enter Jr women's hockey WC QF
Vandana Kataria slammed a hat-trick as India thrashed minnows Russia 10-1 to enter the quarter-finals in the Junior women's hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, on Tuesday.
Thai shuttler Bodin takes blame, pleads for former partner
Thai shuttler Bodin Issara, banned for two years for physically assaulting former doubles partner Maneepong Jongjit, has asked authorities to cut his opponent's suspension for the on-court brawl so that he can play in the World Championships.
Ferrari boss rebukes Alonso for demanding someone else's car
Ferrari dealt Fernando Alonso a rare public rebuke on his 32nd birthday on Monday for critical comments after Sunday's Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.
July 29, 2013Former cricket captain Azharuddin fighting for badminton now!
Newly-appointed Delhi Badminton Association president Mohammad Azharuddin feels Badminton Association of India has declared DBA a defunct body based on "lame excuses" and said the city's shuttlers would be affected because of federation politics.
Aditya Mehta in semis at World Games; Advani loses
India's No 1 snooker player Aditya Mehta stayed on course for a gold medal in snooker at the ongoing World Games after a hard-fought victory over pre-tournament favourite Joeeph Perry Raymond of England in the quarter-finals at the quadrennial event at Cali, Colombia.
Reina hurt at Liverpool exit but relishing Napoli move
Spain international goalkeeper Pepe Reina has left Liverpool for a season-long loan at Serie A club Napoli, but said in an open letter to fans of the five-times European champions it was not his decision to leave Anfield.
Schedule: Indian Badminton League
The fixtures of the inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League which kicks-off on August 14.
Bolt ready to face Farah in charity run
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has accepted a challenge from Britain's Olympic middle distance champion Mo Farah to race for charity, saying he would be prepared to meet over 600 metres.
16-year-old from Lithuania powers to breaststroke record at Worlds
Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania set a European and world championship record in the heats for the 100 metres breaststroke in Barcelona on Monday.
Qiu makes it nine out of 10 for dominant Chinese
Qiu Bo recovered from a shaky start to secure a second straight 10-metre platform gold at the world championships in Barcelona on Sunday as dominant China ended the diving competition with nine titles out of 10 contested.
Chhetri keen to bank on Westwood's experience in I-League
Indian football sensation Sunil Chhetri has signed with newly unveiled Bengaluru Football Club (BFC) and the main reason is the club's English manager Ashley Westwood.
US beat Panama to win CONCACAF Gold Cup
The United States capped off a dominant tournament with a 1-0 victory over Panama to capture the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.
China's Sun cruises to 400m freestyle gold
China's Sun Yang ticked the first box on the way to a possible treble of freestyle golds when he comfortably won the 400 metres at the world swimming championships on Sunday.
July 28, 2013Phelps turns up at Worlds with fractured foot
American swimming great Michael Phelps turned up to watch the world championships in Barcelona with his foot in a hefty support brace after injuring it on the golf course.
Indian wrestlers shine at Asian cadet c'ship
Indian wrestlers finished the Cadet Asian Championships with a rich haul of three gold, nine silver and three bronze medals, besides winning the Champion Trophy in the freestyle category in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sunday.
Jr hockey WC: Indian girls record 1st win
Indian girls kept their quarter-final hopes alive in the junior hockey World Cup with a 2-0 win over New Zealand, in Monchengladbach, Germany, on Sunday.
Golf: Chowrasia best Indian, Hoey wins in Moscow
Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia stayed consistent with a one-under 71 in the fourth and final round to finish at tied 32nd as the best Indian in the M2M Russian Open golf tournament in Moscow on Sunday.
Bad day for Force India as Sutil fails to complete 100th GP
Adrian Sutil's 100th Grand Prix ended in disappointment having failed to finish the race even as Sahara Force India's lead over McLaren was reduced to just four points after a no-points show at the Hungarian Grand Prix, in Budapest on Sunday.
Hamilton records his first win for Mercedes at Hungary
Britain's Lewis Hamilton seized his first win for Mercedes in a sweltering Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel moved 38 points clear in the Formula One championship despite finishing third.
U-16 SAFF C'ship: India beat Afghanistan, enter final
India defeated Afghanistan 4-3 on penalities to enter the final of the SAFF U-16 Championship football to set up a clash against hosts Nepal, in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Teams want to limit F1 calendar to 20 races
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone could have 22 races jostling for a slot next season but teams have made clear they want the calendar limited to 20.
Invincible Russians sweep Golds in synchro swimming
Russia underlined their total dominance in the synchronised swimming programme at the world championships on Saturday by completing a sweep of all seven gold medals with victory in the free combination team event.
World Junior Squash: India finish seventh
India capped off their impressive run in the Women's World Junior Team Squash Championship with a seventh-place finish, defeating New Zealand 2-1 in the classification match at the Hasta La Vista Club in Wroclaw, Poland.
Liverpool up for sale for 350 mn pounds?
According to The Sun, the US owners of the Anfield giants, Fenway Sports Group, have become disillusioned with the club, as they have not managed to reach the top of the Premier League.
Brawling Thai shuttler Bodin handed two-year ban
Bodin Issara was banned for two years by the Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) for physical assault after his ugly on-court brawl with former doubles partner Maneepong Jongjit during the final of the Canada Open last week.
Dortmund beat Bayern 4-2 to lift Super Cup
Two goals from Marco Reus spurred Borussia Dortmund to lift the German Super Cup with a 4-2 win over Champions League and Bundesliga holders Bayern Munich on Saturday.
July 27, 2013Gritty German Lurz makes history with 25-km gold
Germany's Thomas Lurz became the only man to have struck gold in all four open water events when he battled through the pain of the final sprint to edge the 25-km race at the world championships in Barcelona on Saturday.
Rupesh and Sanave agree to play in IBL
The discontent with the Indian Badminton League has almost come to an end as men's doubles specialists Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar have decided to compete in the franchise-based tournament.
Club suspends Thai Bodin for on-court punch-up
Thai shuttler Bodin Issara has been suspended by his club Granular until the end of the year for his on-court punch-up with former doubles partner Maneepong Jongjit during Sunday's Canada Open final, local media reported on Saturday.
U.S. coach Klinsmann suspended from Gold Cup final
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final for showing dissent on the sideline following his side's 3-1 semi-final victory over Honduras.
Bolt wins 100m at London Anniversary Games despite slow start
Usain Bolt returned to the scene of his triple Olympic glory and duly delivered for 60,000 camera-flashing fans as he overcame a slow start to win the 100 metres and give the London Anniversary Games the Friday finale it demanded.
July 26, 2013Troicki pleads innocence, to appeal to CAS against ban
Serbian former world number 12 Viktor Troicki will appeal to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) against the 18-month ban slapped on him by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for refusing to provide a blood sample at this year's Monte Carlo Masters.
Formula One mulls over minimum pitstop times
Formula One team managers discussed introducing a minimum pitstop time, without reaching any agreement, as pitlane safety remained a hot topic at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Thursday.
Serbia's Troicki suspended for doping violation
Serbia's former World No 12 Viktor Troicki has been handed an 18-month suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) after violating doping regulations.
July 25, 2013Another Indian player slams IBL after going unsold at auction
Anand Pawar, ranked 43rd in the world and a member of the Indian Sudirman Cup team, became the latest Indian player to slam the Indian Badminton League after he went unsold at the IBL players' auction while other lower-ranked Indian players were snapped up by the six franchises.
Bolt wants to fly the flag for drug-free athletics
The Jamaican was cagey when asked about the latest batch of positive tests and though he stopped short of condemning his rivals, he did issue a reminder of the principle that every athlete is responsible for what they put into their body.
O'Grady Olympic medals under threat by doping admission
A successful Olympic track cyclist, O'Grady won a madison gold at the 2004 Athens Games, following a team pursuit silver at the 1992 Barcelona Games and a pair of bronzes at Atlanta in 1996.
Discontent in IBL grows; Rupesh, Sanave cry foul
The first shuttle is yet to be struck but the discontent with the Indian Badminton League is only rising with men's doubles specialists Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas hinting at a pullout, claiming that their base prices too were slashed without informing them.
Coach Guardiola experiments as Bayern beat Barca
New coach Pep Guardiola shuffled the cards at Bayern Munich as the treble winners beat his former club Barcelona 2-0 in a friendly on Wednesday.
July 24, 2013French Senate lays bare doping in 1998 Tour de France
The top two in the 1998 Tour de France - Italian Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich - were taking the banned blood booster EPO, a French Senate inquiry into sports doping said on Wednesday.
Gopichand defends IBL in Jwala-Ashwini controversy
National coach Pullela Gopichand on Wednesday defended Indian Badminton League's decision to reduce the base price of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa before the IBL Players' auction, saying it was done so that the doubles specialists do not incur financial loss.
Liverpool beat Melbourne Victory as Suarez thrills
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard slotted a first-half goal and Iago Aspas a second in injury-time to secure a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory but Luis Suarez hogged the limelight at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
' Awarding football World Cup to Qatar a blatant mistake'
Awarding the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar's desert state was a "blatant mistake" FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Wednesday, adding that staging the tournament in winter would be just as big a problem.
Boxing ace Griffith who killed opponent in ring dies
Former welterweight champion Emile Griffith, best known for the brutal 1962 world title fight that claimed the life of bitter rival Benny Paret, died Tuesday. He was 75.
Liverpool owner ridicules Arsenal bid for Suarez
Liverpool owner John W Henry appeared to ridicule Arsenal's latest bid for Luis Suarez on Wednesday after the Gunners reportedly tabled an offer of just over 40 million pounds for the striker.
Friendly: Manchester Utd humbled by Japan's Yokohama Marinos
David Moyes suffered his second loss in three games as manager after Manchester United stumbled to a 3-2 defeat against Yokohama Marinos on Tuesday.
Roger Federer to start 2014 season in Brisbane
Roger Federer will start his 2014 campaign at the Brisbane International next January, underlining the tournament's status as the biggest of the Australian Open warm-ups.
IBL: I'll never come to India, says annoyed Boe after snub
Denmark's Mathias Boe is extremely annoyed. And in his anger this shuttler from Denmark has vowed to not visit India after appearing in Thomas Cup next year.
July 23, 2013Paralympian Jhajharia says he is indebted to Milkha Singh
India's Para-athlete Devendra Jhajharia, who is first Indian to win a gold medal at Para World Athletics championship, said that legendary Milkha Singh's words inspired him to reach the highest level of athletics world.
AIFF-IMG and I-League club representatives to meet tomorrow
The I-League Professional Football Clubs Association (IPFCA) decided on a 6-member representation to meet the AIFF in response to their request for a meeting.
First Look: Former great Vilas meets Nadal!
Spain's tennis star Rafael Nadal had a surprise visitor during his training session on Monday.
Argentine Martino named new Barca coach
Barcelona have hired Argentine Gerardo Martino to replace Tito Vilanova as coach, the Spanish champions said on Tuesday.
Cameroon's suspension ends; may play WC qualifiers
FIFA lifted Cameroon's indefinite suspension from international football on Monday, clearing the way for the team to finish their World Cup qualifiers.
Radwanska upset by Polish uproar to nude photo shoot
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska is upset and surprised about the negative reaction in her home country after posing nude for ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue."
July 22, 2013Sania to pair with Jie Zheng at US Open
Sania Mirza will pair with Chinese Jie Zheng for the US Open and the Indian ace is hoping that they will able to prepare well for the last Grand Slam of the season despite not having the luxury of time.
Saina gets easy draw in World Championships
Olympic bronze medal winning shuttler Saina Nehwal has been handed a relatively easy draw in the women's singles section at the upcoming World Badminton Championships, scheduled to be held in Guangzhou from August 5 to 11.
Hiddink resigns as Anzhi manager, linked with Barcelona
Guus Hiddink has resigned as manager of Anzhi Makhachkala, the wealthy Russian club said in a statement on their website on Monday amid reports he was favourite to take over at Barcelona.
Former badminton doubles partners exchange blows on court
Bodin Issara's on-court punch-up with his former doubles partner Maneepong Jongjit during Sunday's Canada Open final is being investigated by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Mickelson climbs rankings after British Open victory
Phil Mickelson suddenly has the world No.1 ranking in his sight after what he said was the best round of his career took him to a superb British Open victory at Muirfield on Sunday.
Ronaldo scores two as Real hit Bournemouth for six
Nine-times European champions Real Madrid fielded their big guns on Sunday for a friendly against Bournemouth that was all about a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for the English second tier club rather than the Spanish giants' 6-0 victory.
Sports Minister invites comments on draft Sports bill
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has sent the draft of the National Sports Development Bill to the leaders of various political parties of the both the Houses and eminent sportspersons, inviting their comments on the proposed bill.
Make me India coach; will deliver in a year, says Dhanraj
Former India captain Dhanraj Pillay has expressed a desire to be the coach of the national hockey team. He claims that if given a free hand he can deliver results within a year.
Injured Rudisha to miss rest of season, return in March
Olympic 800 metres champion and world record-holder David Rudisha will miss the remainder of the season and is unlikely to race again until at least March next year, the Kenyan athlete's coach has said.
Deepika hits bull's eye; India finish fourth in archery WC
Powered by Deepika Kumari's gold and bronze medal performances on the concluding day, India finished fourth in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Medellin, Colombia.
IBL auction: Saina in Hyderabad, Lee Wei goes to Mumbai
Saina Nehwal's wish to be in her home team came true as Hyderabad Hotshots bought the Indian star for USD 120,000 but world number one Lee Chong Wei proved to be the costliest, going to Mumbai Masters for USD 135,000 in the inaugural Indian Badminton League's players auction on Monday.
July 21, 2013North Koreans get warm reception in South, win match
North and South Korea put aside bitter political divisions for 90 minutes on Sunday as their women's soccer teams clashed in a regional tournament in Seoul, with the visitors scoring a decisive win and getting a warm welcome from home-team fans.
Sparkling 66 earns Mickelson first British Open win
Phil Mickelson posted a sparkling final-round 66 to finish on three under par, a total that should be enough to win the British Open on Sunday.
Italian Antonelli killed in race crash in Russia
Italian rider Andrea Antonelli died after a high-speed crash on the opening lap of a World Supersport Championship race at the Moscow Raceway on Sunday, Italian and Russian media reported.
Fitzpatrick wins Open silver medal, praise from Couples
Baby-faced teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick rounded off a dream week on Sunday by claiming the silver medal at the British Open as the leading amateur.
SAFF U-16 championship: India begin campaign in style
The Indian U-16 national football team kicked off its campaign in the SAFF U-16 Championship in style drubbing 10-man Sri Lanka 4-1 in its Group B opener at the Army Ground in Kathmandu on Sunday.
India win bronze in Archery World Cup
India clinched a bronze medal in the compound men's team event to open their account in the Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
Napoli sign Albiol from Real Madrid for four years
Napoli have agreed to buy Spain centre back Raul Albiol from Real Madrid, the Serie A club said on Sunday.
Manchester United thrash Australian All Stars in friendly
Danny Welbeck and Jesse Lingard both scored twice as English champions Manchester United got their first win of the David Moyes era with a 5-1 victory over an A-League All Stars team at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
July 20, 2013Westwood, Woods in gripping battle at Open, Kapur disappoints
Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods slugged it out at the British Open as the leadership battle ebbed and flowed in the third round over the bumps and hollows of Muirfield on Saturday.
Two Indian shooters banned for 'mental harassment'
The two shooters, whose names were not made public, were slapped the bans for "mental harassment involving incidences of abusive and indecent language". They have been banned from all international and national tournaments till their suspension period ends.
Saina, Chong Wei top names at Indian Badminton League auction
Home-grown icons Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap, along with some international stars such as Lee Chong Wei, would be the top draws at the Indian Badminton League's players' auction to be held in New Delhi on Monday.
Ashwini among 15 Indian athletes for World Championships
Double Asian Games gold-medallist Ashwini Akkunji was on Saturday named in the Indian women's 4x400m relay squad for next month's World Championships in Moscow just days after completing a two-year ban for a dope offence.
British Open: Lawrie cuts dash back to Muirfield
Former champion Paul Lawrie was back home walking his dog assuming he had missed the British Open before dashing back to Muirfield to card an impressive one-under-par 70 on Saturday.
Manchester United thrash Australian All Stars 5-1 in friendly
Danny Welbeck and Jesse Lingard both scored twice as English champions Manchester United got their first win of the David Moyes era with a 5-1 victory over an A-League All Stars team at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
Wrestling chiefs send message from Ancient Olympia
International wrestling president Nenad Lalovic hopes showcasing the modern face of the sport in a tournament at Ancient Olympia will convince the IOC to include wrestling at the 2020 Games.
McIlroy bows out of British Open after 'practice round'
Rory McIlroy turned the last 11 holes of his British Open into a glorified practice round on Friday as the Northern Irishman missed a British Open cut for the first time.
Faldo hints at Open swansong after missing cut
Three-times champion Nick Faldo hinted that he could have played his final British Open after shooting a second-round 78 to miss the cut on Friday.
India women's team in Archery World Cup final
India finally came good, assuring themselves at least a silver medal at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
Relentless Kiprop races to fastest time since 2004
World champion Asbel Kiprop's relentless pace proved too much for his rivals, including Mo Farah, as the Kenyan clocked the fastest 1,500 metres time since 2004 at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.
Long jumper Prem Kumar fails to qualify for World C'ships
Promising Indian long jumper Kumaravel Prem Kumar's hopes of qualifying for next month's World Championships virtually ended as his creditable 8.12m effort at a meet at Chula Vista in the United States turned out to be wind-assisted and hence cannot enter record books.
Worlds: Anderson clinches gold for U.S. in open water 5km
American Haley Anderson claimed the first gold medal of the world swimming championships when she pipped Brazil's Poliana Okimoto to the line to win the women's open water 5km event on Saturday.
British GP: Sutil sets 2nd fastest time on 3rd day of testing
Sahara Force India's Adrian Sutil set the second fastest time on the concluding day of the young drivers test at Silverstone and described the new Pirelli tyres as 'easier to handle'.
Football World Cup tickets to cost foreign fans $990 to $90
Tickets for the 2014 World Cup will cost some 10 percent more than in South Africa in 2010, with the dearest ones for international fans selling for $990 and the cheapest for $90, officials from FIFA and Brazil's organising committee said on Friday.
Cancer resurfaces, Barca coach Vilanova steps down
Barcelona's preparations for next season were thrown off course on Friday when the Spanish champions unexpectedly announced coach Tito Vilanova was stepping down due to ill health.
Divij, Raja storm into Claro Open final
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja shocked top seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah to breeze into the summit clash of the ATP Claro Open, in Bogota, Colombia.
July 19, 2013Barcelona coach Vilanova to step down, claim reports
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is to step down due to ill health, Spanish media reported on Friday, without identifying the source of their information.
Shiv Kapur set to make the cut at British Open
Indian golfer Shiv Kapur found the going tough as he returned with eight bogeys and two birdies in the second round but still is set to make the cut in the 142nd Open Championships in Muirfield, Scotland, on Friday.
Tour de France: Costa earns second win, Froome keeps yellow
Portugal's Rui Costa took his second win of this year's Tour de France with a solo victory at Le Grand Bornand on Friday.
Chhetri signs for I-League debutants JSW Sports
In huge development in the I-League, India captain and striker Sunil Chhetri was snapped up by debutants JSW Sports on Friday.
FA Cup hero Goalkeeper Trautmann dies at 89
Bert Trautmann, a former German Prisoner of War who became a footballer in England and famously broke his neck playing in goal for Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cup final, died on Friday at the age of 89.
Former Giro winner Cunego, others indicted on doping charges
An Italian court indicted former Giro d'Italia winner Damiano Cunego and 26 others on doping charges involving his Lampre-Merida team on Friday, in a new blow for a sport dogged by drug scandals.
Negredo completes move to Man City from Sevilla
Spain international striker Alvaro Negredo became ManchesterCity's third major signing of the close-season when he completed his move from Sevilla to the Premier League club on Friday.
Deepika Kumari crashes out of Archery World Cup
It was a disappointing day for the Indians at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 as ace archer Deepika Kumari made a quarter-final exit, while others failed to progress beyond pre-quarterfinal stage at Medellin, Colombia.
British Open: Jimenez takes clubhouse lead, Woods lurks
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez took the clubhouse lead on three under par and Tiger Woods ground out a second-round 71 to stay right in the mix on a congested British Open leaderboard on Friday.
Arsenal set to spend 40 mln pounds to reel in Suarez?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly given the green light to break the bank and spend 40 million pounds on controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and the club is confident that Suarez will quit Liverpool for a sensational move to the Emirates.
StanChart extends $30 Million/Year Liverpool sponsorship
Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered has extended its sponsorship of Liverpool Football Club for two years, continuing one of the most lucrative deals in English sport.
Sports ministry recommends Dhyan Chand for Bharat Ratna
The clamour may have been for Sachin Tendulkar, but the Sports Ministry has recommended hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand for the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civillian honour.
Rob Bann hospitalised following loss of consciousness
All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Technical Director Rob Bann has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after he lost consciousness.
Robinho extends AC Milan contract to 2016
Brazil striker Robinho has extended his contract with AC Milan to the end of the 2015/16 season, the Serie A club said on Thursday.
Froome runs low on sugars but extends Tour lead
July 18, 2013Johnson leads at British Open, India's Kapur tied fourth
Zach Johnson's putter was as red-hot as the weather at Muirfield on Thursday, the 2007 US Masters champion scorching his way to a five-under-par 66 to set a blistering pace in the British Open first round.
McIlroy's story is a sad one as he balloons to a 79
Rory McIlroy's woes continued in the first round of the British Open on Thursday as the world number two slumped to an ugly opening 79, eight over par.
South Africa's Staniforth to coach Indian hockey goalkeepers
Former South Africa player David Staniforth has been appointed goalkeeping coach and strategic analyst of India's senior and junior men's hockey teams.
'Need players who can win medals for India in Olympics'
India's legendary athlete Milkha Singh is far from being pleased with the lack of success at the Olympics and urged that coaches be appointed on contract basis with set targets.
Archery World Cup: Das-Deepika eye bronze after semis loss
Indian pair of Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari faltered against American Olympic medalists Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig in the mixed section semifinals of the Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
Gavaskar buys stake in IBL's Mumbai franchise
The Indian Badminton League's glamour quotient has gone up by quite a few notches with a consortium involving former cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar and Telugu actor Nagarjuna buying the event's Mumbai franchise.
July 17, 2013Xuereb says athletes to blame for positive tests
Chris Xuereb, the masseur and fitness advisor of Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson, has denied providing the two Jamaican sprinters with performance-enhancing drugs and said they should take responsibility for their failed dope tests.
Formula One's Ecclestone charged in German bribe case
Formula One Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone has been indicted in Germany in a case relating to the sale of a stake in the motor racing business eight years ago, a spokesman for a Munich court said on Wednesday.
Archery: India women's team in World Cup quarters
Deepika Kumari and Laishram Bombayla Devi helped India finish second behind China in the recurve qualification round of the Archery World Cup Stage 3 being held in Medellin, Colombia.
Tax row: Messi clueless about how his wealth is managed
Lionel Messi is optimistic his advisers will be able to sort out his tax problems after he and his father were accused of defrauding the Spanish authorities last month.
Seven Indians in Round 2 of World Junior Squash
Seven Indians have moved into the second round of the World Junior Squash Championship being played in the historic city of Wroclaw, Poland.
Todd Faulds named HIL's Director Competitions
Hockey India League (HIL), on Wednesday, appointed Todd Faulds as its Director Competitions for the second edition of the League, which is scheduled to be held from January 23 to February 23 next year.
Doping: Coach defends Jamaican sprinters Powell, Simpson
The coach of Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson said on Tuesday they were not to blame after the Olympic medallists failed dope tests.
CONCACAF football: Gold Cup US edge Costa Rica, Cuba through
The United States topped Group C with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday while Cuba also advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals as one of the best third-place teams after beating Belize by four goals.
Tour de France: Contador crashes going on the attack to Froome
Alberto Contador showed he was prepared to risk everything to win the Tour de France on Tuesday, crashing on the final descent as he tried to attack overall leader Chris Froome.
Hingis comes out of retirement, will play doubles
Martina Hingis, fresh off her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will end a nearly six-year retirement to play doubles at next week's Southern California Open, the WTA said on Tuesday.
Defending champion Blake ruled out of World C'ships
World 100 metres champion Yohan Blake will not defend his title at next month's World Athletics Championships in Moscow due to a nagging hamstring injury, his manager said on Tuesday.
July 16, 2013Barca still chasing PSG centre back Thiago Silva
Barcelona are still trying to lure Paris St Germain centre back Thiago Silva to the Nou Camp but will look elsewhere if they fail to snare the Brazil international, coach Tito Vilanova said on Tuesday.
Injured Dobriskey pulls out of World Championships
British 1,500 metres runner Lisa Dobriskey has pulled out of next month's world championships in Moscow due to a leg injury, she said on Tuesday.
Randall is third Jamaican to admit positive dope test
Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall on Monday became the third athlete to confirm a positive drugs test from the Jamaican trials in June following Sunday's revelations by sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.
July 15, 2013Akkunji mulling over taking part in 4x400m relay trials
Quartermiler Ashwini Akkunji, who early this month completed her two-year ban period for a doping offence, is contemplating to run in the women's 4x400m relay trials on July 20 for a place in the Indian quartet for next month's World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
Govt. funds not reaching squash players: Joshna
India's leading squash player Joshna Chinappa on Monday said the game is not getting popular in the country because the available funds are not reaching the deserving players.
India's young boxers win nine medals in Serbia
It turned out to be a field day for India's young pugilists as they punched their way to an unprecedented nine medals, including four gold, in the Golden Glove of Vojvodina -- an international boxing tournament being held in Kikinda, Serbia.
Manchester United make 30m bid for Fabregas
, sources said the English champions have offered 30 million euros ($39 million) to bring the former Arsenal captain back to the Premier League.
Bayern snap up Spain under-21 midfielder Thiago
European champions Bayern Munich have strengthened their midfield by agreeing to buy sought-after Spain Under-21 international Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona for a fee of 25 million euros.
Adidas suspends contract with Tyson Gay
Sportswear company Adidas has suspended its contract with Tyson Gay after the former double world sprint champion failed an out-of-competition dope test, it said on Monday.
Chess: Abhijeet Gupta wins Commonwealth Championship
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won the Commonwealth Chess Championship after settling for a draw with Indian national title holder G Akash in the 11th and final round that concluded here at the Boardwalk.
Double top-six result for Mahindra at Moto3
Team Mahindra enjoyed yet another double top-six result as Miguel Oliveira and Efren Vazquez finished fourth and sixth at German Grand Prix in Moto3 category of the MotoGP championships in Sachsenring, Germany.
Indian boxers shine in youth tourney in Serbia
Nine Indians punched their way into the finals of their respective categories in the Golden Glove of Vojvodina, an international boxing tournament in Kikinda, Serbia.
Tour de France: Froome strikes back with a bang
Chris Froome moved closer to a maiden Tour de France title with an awe-inspiring victory on top of the intimidating Mont Ventoux, pulling away from his rivals in brutal fashion seven kilometres from the finish on Sunday.
Five Jamaicans test positive for banned drugs - sources
Five Jamaican athletes, including two Olympic medallists, tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs at last month's national championships, sources close to Jamaican athletics said.
Former record holder Powell tests positive - agent
Jamaica's former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell tested positive for a stimulant at last month's national championships, his agent said.
July 14, 2013Chenai wins gold at Singapore Shooting C'ship
Promising Indian shooter and a multiple gold medallist at junior nationals, Kynan Chenai clinched the trap gold medal in the Singapore Open Shooting Championship in Singapore.
US sprinter Gay fails dope test, pulls out of worlds
Tearful former double sprint world champion Tyson Gay said on Sunday he has tested positive for a substance he could not identify and is pulling out of next month's world championships in Moscow.
Marquez wins German MotoGP, leads championship
Marc Marquez won the German MotoGP on Sunday to go top of the championship in his debut season after previous leader Dani Pedrosa withdrew before the race following a crash on Saturday.
Auto GP: Podium finish for Karthikeyan in Race 1
Overcoming mechanical issues, Narain Karthikeyan raced brilliantly to finish third in Race 1 of the Mugello round of the Auto GP championship.
Barcelona's Xavi gets hitched in low-key affair
In a low-key ceremony, Barcelona and Spain's star mid-fielder, Xavi Hernandez married his girlfriend of one-and-a-half years, Nuria Cunillera, on Saturday.
Hingis inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame
Martina Hingis was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, becoming one of the youngest members to be enshrined in one of the sport's most elite clubs.
July 13, 2013Rooney still considering move out of Manchester United
English striker Wayne Rooney has hinted that he still wants to quit Old Trafford and could even join Premier League rival club Chelsea, with a move to Stamford Bridge currently being debated.
July 12, 2013Man United's Rooney out for a month with injury
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney faces a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury training in Thailand on their tour of the Far East and Australia, the English champions said on Thursday.
Nadal starts training to bounce back from Wimbledon loss
French Open Champion Rafael Nadal has resumed training, and is looking to bounce back from his shock first-round exit at Wimbledon, as he starts his hard court season in Montreal on August 5.
Tour de France: Kittel pips Cavendish to take stage 12
German Marcel Kittel claimed his third victory on this year's Tour de France when he pipped Mark Cavendish on the line to take the 12th stage on Thursday.
July 11, 2013India striker Robin Singh signs up with JSW Sports
India striker Robin Singh, who made his national debut at the Nehru Cup last year, signed a two-year contract with Bangalore-based I-League Club JSW Sports on Thursday.
Rooney is not leaving the club, insists Moyes
New Manchester United boss David Moyes has once again insisted that Wayne Rooney would not be leaving the side, saying that he has a good relationship with the troubled striker.
OJ Simpson gets parole hearing in 2008 kidnapping case
Former American footballer O.J Simpson's Nevada criminal case will go to a parole board for his conviction in 2008 for kidnapping and armed robbery of two sports collectible dealers.
Messi in contention for UEFA player of the Year honour
Once again Barcelona's Lionel Messi leads the race for UEFA Player of the Year, 2012-13.
Soundarajan receives Ministry help for NIS course
Taking note of the 'indigent circumstances' in which former athlete Santhi Soundarajan has been living, the Sports Ministry has sanctioned an assistance of Rs 60,500 to fund her NIS Diploma Course at the SAI Centre in Bengalore.
Man arrested over alleged rape at Wimbledon before final
Police are probing claims that a woman was allegedly raped in the overnight queue to watch Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, it has been reported.
Newport: Divij-Karlovic advance to quarters, Prakash ousted
Divij Sharan recorded his first ever ATP Tour level win when he, along with partner Ivo Karlovic, saved five match points to advance to the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships even as Prakash Amritraj crashed out of the singles event, in Newport.
Injured Rudisha doubtful about title defence at World C'ships
David Rudisha's defence of his world 800 metres title in Moscow next month is in doubt because of a knee injury, the Kenyan's coach said on Wednesday.
Tour de France: Froome accelerates as Martin wins time trial
Chris Froome tightened his grip on the Tour de France on Wednesday, extending his overall lead to well over three minutes at the halfway mark with a predictably brilliant performance in the time trial.
Jeev sets aside premiere of film on father to defend title
Jeev Milkha Singh was torn between two major decisions ahead of the Scottish Open beginning on Thursday -- defending the title he won 12 months ago at the same course or stay back at home to attend the premiere of 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' -- the film made on his father, the legendary athlete Milkha Singh.
July 10, 2013Urine thrown at Cavendish on Tour de France road: Team
"He was booed on the course and a spectator threw urine at him. I didn't see it but you could smell it on his jersey. You could think Mark was angry, but he was actually disappointed," team manager Patrick Lefevere said.
Mudgal Committee submits Draft Sports Bill to government
Setting up of an Appellate Sports Tribunal and a Sports Election Commission and provisions to bar charge-sheeted persons from contesting elections are some of the salient features included in the Draft National Sports Development Bill 2013 which was presented to the government on Wednesday.
Idowu rules himself out of World Championships
Former triple jump world champion Phillips Idowu will miss next month's world championships in Moscow after announcing on Wednesday that he was taking an indefinite break from athletics.
Easy win for Amritraj, advances to Rnd 2 at Newport
Prakash Amritraj began his campaign at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with an easy straight sets win over Flavio Cipolla, in Newport.
Kaushik replaces Nobbs, will assist Oltmans
Maharaj Krishan Kaushik was appointed coach of the senior men's hockey team on Wednesday, just two days after chief coach Michael Nobbs was shown the door because of non-performance.
PHOTO: Tennis ace Radwanska bares it all!
Agnieszka Radwanska has bared it all. The world No.4 has revealed herself in the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine Body Issue.
John Terry's dad charged with 'racially aggravated assault'
The father of former England football captain John Terry had reportedly been charged with racially aggravated assault following a scuffle in a London street.
Sania's racquet to be auctioned for PETA
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has donated an autographed racquet to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for auction, the proceeds from which will help provide relief to 'working animals'.
FIA imposes pit lane clampdown
Formula One's governing body ordered an immediate clampdown on access to the pit lane on Tuesday after a television cameraman was struck and injured by a bouncing wheel at last weekend's German Grand Prix.
Cavendish struggles as Kittel wins Tour de France stage 10
Mark Cavendish's Tour de France campaign suffered another setback on Tuesday when the Briton had to settle for third in a sprint after being involved in a crash in a chaotic stage 10 finale won by Marcel Kittel.
July 09, 2013Gauswami wins silver in shooting World Cup
Lajja Gauswami on Tuesday clinched the silver medal in women's 50-metre Rifle 3 Position event, finally bringing to an end India's lean run at the ISSF World Cup in Granada, Spain.
Nobbs says deteriorating health forced him to quit
Chief coach of the Indian men's hockey Michael Nobbs said on Tuesday he wasn't "pushed out" but willingly resigned from the job owing to deteriorating health.
Coach Koevermans names probables for Tajikistan friendly
National football coach Wim Koevermans has announced a list of 30 probables for India's international friendly against Tajikistan to be held in Khujand, Tajikistan, on August 14.
Napoli named Dempo's conditioning coach
Rafaelle Anthony Napoli has been roped in by Dempo SC as the conditioning coach for 2013-14 season.
Chelsea's Mourinho eyeing 40 mln pound Suarez swoop
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to bring in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in a sensational 40 million-pound move.
Unpaid footballers taxed heavily in Eastern Europe
Footballers in several Eastern European countries are battling a bizarre situation where they are considered self-employed and have to pay tax even when clubs do not pay them, says world players' union FIFPro.
'Camera crews will only be allowed to film from pit wall'
Formula One pitlane television crews will have to film from the pit wall during races in future after a cameraman was hit and injured by a bouncing wheel in Sunday's German Grand Prix, Bernie Ecclestone said on Monday.
India hockey coach Nobbs sacked?
Michael Nobbs was fired from his job as Indian hockey coach, it has been reported. The Australian was India's hockey coach for the last two years but he failed to produce the desired results.
July 08, 2013Shiva wins split decision for gold at Asian boxing
Teen sensation Shiva Thapa (56kg) reaffirmed his status as the rising star of Indian boxing, becoming the youngest pugilist from the country to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Championships in Amman, Jordan, on Monday. India, suspended internationally for nearly a year due to administrative wrangling in the federation, rounded off the campaign with a gold, two silver and a bronze medal while fighting under the International Boxing Association's flag.
Federer drops to No 5 for first time in decade
Roger Federer does not figure among the top four in the men's tennis world rankings for the first time in ten years. The Swiss champion and holder of a record 17 Grand Slam titles slipped to No 5 in the latest rankings following a shock second round defeat by little-known Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon.
Bopanna up to career-best No 5 after stupendous Wimbledon run
Rohan Bopanna's stupendous run at Wimbledon earned him a career-best No 5 ranking in the ATP doubles chart and made him the top-ranked Indian in the game.
'India an emerging country from a footballing standpoint'
As the Concacaf (North America, Central America and the Caribbean federations) Gold Cup kicked off on Sunday morning (July 07 ET) at the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, California, Concacaf president and FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb spoke with over the telephone from Los Angeles.
Brit Olympian Smith quits gymnastics for fashion designing
British gymnast Louis Smith has given up on his gold medal Olympic dream, as he now plans to become a fashion designer instead.
July 07, 2013Murray lifts Wimbledon title, makes history
World No 2 Andy Murray beat World No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to win the 2013 Wimbledon Championship.
Force India's point streak ends at Germany
Sahara Force India's six-race point streak ended at the German Grand Prix as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil finished 11th and 13th respectively, at the Nurburgring circuit on Sunday.
Asian Athletics: Indian women clinch gold in 4x400m relay
India clinched a gold medal in women's 4x 400m relay in a sensational race to finish sixth overall as the curtains were drawn on the 20th Asian Athletics Championships in Pune on Sunday.
Indian women's relay team qualifies for Worlds
The Indian women's 400m relay team, which won a gold at the Asian Athletics Championships on Sunday, has qualified for World Athletics Championships to be held in Moscow from August 10-18.
Formula One: Vettel wins incident-packed race at home
World champion Sebastian Vettel finally tasted Formula One success on home soil after a composed victory in Sunday's German Grand Prix although safety worries again rocked the sport after a series of incidents.
Fourth-place finish for Gowda at Diamond League in Paris
Newly-crowned Asian champion Vikas Gowda finished a creditable fourth in the ninth leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League athletics series in Paris.
Bolt races to year's fastest 200 metres time
Olympic champion Usain Bolt sent out a warning to his rivals ahead of the world championships by running the fastest time of the year to win the 200 metres at the Paris Diamond League on Saturday.
July 06, 2013IOC postpones Indian Olympic Association elections
The Indian Olympic Association's election, the last step in the road map to pave the way for India's return to the Olympic fold, can now be held only in late September after the IOC on Saturday came up with a fresh schedule to complete the entire process.
July 05, 2013Asian Athletics Championships: India slip to 6th
Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh failed to live up to the expectations as India settled for two silver and two bronze medals on a rather disappointing day on Day 3 of the 20th Asian Athletics Championships in Pune on Friday.
Two Serie A players banned for match-fixing offences
Two Serie A players were banned for three months and 10 days and fined 10,000 euros each on Friday after entering plea bargains in a long-running match-fixing scandal.
Rooney not for sale, says Moyes
New Manchester United manager David Moyes was adamant on Friday that striker Wayne Rooney was not for sale but stopped short of saying the player had changed his mind about wanting to leave.
Plucky Djokovic tames Del Potro in epic semi-final
Novak Djokovic withstood a ferocious onslaught from Juan Martin Del Potro to subdue the Argentine 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 in a titanic Wimbledon semi-final on Friday.
Wimbledon: Djokovic, Del Potro in longest semi-final
Top seed Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin Del Potro set a record for the longest semi-final ever played at Wimbledon on Friday as the Serb favourite eventually triumphed in the fifth set after four hours 43 minutes of scintillating action.
Milkha Singh honoured at House of Lords
Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh was honoured for his services to sports at a special event at the House of Lords on Friday.
Bad day for Indians at Asian TT Championships
Olympian Ankita Das lost to China's Chen Meng 0-4 in the pre-quarters while national champion K Shamini and seasoned Mouma Das made third round exits as the Indian challenge in the women's singles event came to end at the Asian TT Championships, in Busan, Korea on Friday.
Indian boxers shine, enter Asian Championships quarters
Bantamweight boxer Shiva Thapa put up an impressive show against Chinese Taipei's Li Lin Yen to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Asian Championships in Amman, Jordan on Friday.
Higuain to sign record #23 million deal with Arsenal
North London Club Arsenal has agreed a 23 million fee to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, smashing their previous transfer record.
AFI plan for swift return of dope-tainted Ashwini nixed
Athletics Federation of India's plan to include dope-tainted Ashwini Akkunji in the women's 4x400m relay team in the ongoing Asian Championships was nixed by the competition technical delegate on the ground that it would violate IAAF rules.
Kaushik 'vindicated' by call to assist men's hockey team
Three years after he resigned as national women's hockey coach on charges of sexual harassment only to be absolved later, Maharaj Krishan Kaushik feels vindicated after Hockey India nominated him to assist Indian men's team coach Michael Nobbs till the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Anelka links up again with Clarke at West Brom
Former France striker Nicolas Anelka has joined West Bromwich Albion after passing a medical, the English Premier League club said on Thursday.
Sprinter Gay continues impressive buildup with Lausanne win
American champion Tyson Gay continued his impressive buildup to next month's World championships on Thursday by winning the 100 metres at Lausanne's Athletissima Diamond League meeting in 9.79 seconds.
July 04, 2013Greipel sprints to Tour stage win, Impey takes yellow
Germany's Andre Greipel timed his final burst to perfection to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday when South Africa's Daryl Impey became the first African to wear the yellow jersey.
Gowda wins first gold for India at Asian Athletics
Ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda clinched the first gold for India as the home team won three medals on the second day to make their presence felt in the 20th Asian Athletics Championships, in Pune on Thursday.
PT Usha slams AFI for blocking Luka's participation
Legendary athlete P T Usha on Thursday criticised the Athletics Federation of India for blocking her protege Tintu Luka's participation in the Asian Grand Prix series in May, saying it has robbed the youngster of international exposure.
Istanbul, Japan, Spain pitch bids for 2020 Olympics
Istanbul were spared a grilling on Wednesday over protests which have rocked Turkey when the three candidates to host the 2020 Olympics presented their cases to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
July 03, 2013Mixed day for Indians at Asian Athletics Championships
Shot putter Om Prakash Karhana and long jumper Mayookha JohnnyMayookha Johnny won a bronze each as India began their campaign at the 20th Asian Athletics Championships on a mixed note on a rain-marred opening day in Pune on Wednesday.
Injury forces Australia's Trickett to retire from pool
Libby Trickett, one of Australia's most decorated swimmers, has retired due to a wrist injury, Swimming Australia said on Wednesday.
Swansea sign midfielder Pozuelo from Real Betis
Swansea City have signed midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo from Real Betis on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
Wimbledon voices: Will 'Curse Of Cameron' fall on Murray?
British Prime Minister David Cameron ignored growing speculation about the 'Curse of Cameron' on Wednesday by tweeting a message of support to Briton Andy Murray ahead of his quarter-final match at Wimbledon.
Rooney rejects claims of transfer request to Ferguson
England star Wayne Rooney has denied that he made any transfer request to Alex Ferguson during the last season, with the striker seeking a formal clarification from the club before he sits out to discuss his plans of staying with the Premier League champions.
Indian shot putter withdrawn from Asian C'ships for doping
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has pulled out dope-flunked shot putter P Udaya Laxmi from the home squad for the ongoing Asian Championships in Pune after testing positive for a banned substance.
Russian militant urges followers to oppose 2014 Olympics
The leader of an Islamist insurgency in Russia's North Caucasus region urged followers on Wednesday to use "maximum force" to prevent President Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Rooney wants to leave Man Utd, claims Mike Phe
A trusted aide of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford.
July 02, 2013Radwanska, Lisicki set up semi-final showdown
German Sabine Lisicki lived up to her status as the new Wimbledon favourite with a clinical 6-3m 6-3 demolition of Kaia Kanepi in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
India off to winning start at Asian C'ships
Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) gave India a perfect start at the Asian Boxing Championships in Amman, Jordan by thrashing local favourite Ibrahim Saleh in the opening round.
Paes, Bopanna advance; Sania-Huber exit
India's Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna breezed into the quarter-finals and pre-quarter-finals of the men's and mixed doubles respectively at Wimbledon on Monday, but there was bad news on the Indian challenge in the women's
Former Manchester United graduate appointed JSW's coach
Ashley Westwood, who started his career as a trainee at the Manchester United Academy in the mid-90s, has been appointed coach of Jindal Sports' Bangalore-based club for the upcoming I-League season.
Watertight Djokovic looking as fresh as a daisy
It was a routine win for top seed Novak Djokovic, but his satisfaction at reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals without dropping a set was mixed with relief after some tricky moments against German veteran Tommy Haas on Monday.
July 01, 2013New AAA chief Al-Hamad to focus on marketing
Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad, the newly-elected president of the Asian Athletics Association, emphasised that the competition and development programs of the federation need to be reviewed and strategic marketing is required to attract corporate sponsors.
Tainted Kalmadi loses AAA election, says 'no issues'
Unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar's Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the "grassroots" level.
Neymar to have throat surgery before Barcelona move
Brazilian striker Neymar was named as the best player of the Confederations Cup after he helped Brazil seal a 3-0 win over world champions Spain in the final on Sunday, then said he would need minor throat surgery before his move to Barcelona.
June 30, 2013Rosberg triumphs in Britain after Vettel retires
Germany's Nico Rosberg won a dramatic British Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after one of several explosive tyre failures scuppered team mate Lewis Hamilton's hopes of home victory.
OGQ to support 40 athletes for Rio Games
Non-profit sports foundation Olympic Gold Quest has chalked out plans to extend its support to 40 athletes by this year-end and help them train for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to its chief executive officer Viren Rasquinha.
June 29, 2013Paes, Bhupathi, Bopanna advance with contrasting victories
Indian players enjoyed a fine outing at the Wimbledon with the seasoned trio of Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna winning their respective men's doubles matches to progress into the third round in London.
'China, Indonesia players to be part of IBL'
The postponement of the players' auction might have raised some concerns about the upcoming Indian Badminton League but the organisers claimed that top international players from 17 nations including China and Indonesia have agreed to release their top stars for the event.
Kalmadi to preside over crucial AAA Congress
Commonwealth Games scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi is set to preside over a crucial two-day Congress of the Asian Athletics Association starting in Pune on Sunday, which will also vote on his re-election bid as president of the continental body.
IOC postpones July 15 deadline to amend IOA constitution
In a reprieve to the suspended Indian Olympic Association, the International Olympic Committee has decided to extend the deadline for adopting an amended constitution, the draft of which is currently being reviewed by the world body.
Third man held in ex-NFL player Hernandez murder case
A man wanted by Massachusetts in connection with a murder case against former professional football player Aaron Hernandez has surrendered in Miramar, Florida, police said on Friday.
Serena faces Date with destiny on the line
Date-Krumm, ranked 84, is a lengthy outsider to cause an upset against the dominant force in the women's game who is currently on a 33-match winning streak.
June 28, 2013Wimbledon: Paes-Stepanek advance, Bhupathi-Hantuchova lose
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek went through several anxious moments before getting the better of Daniele Bracciali and Jonathan Erlich in the first round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon on Friday, even as the pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniela Hantuchova lost in the mixed doubles
Sumariwalla promises best-ever conducted Asian Athletics
Despite the short notice to prepare for a major meet, the 20th Asian Athletics Championships, scheduled at Pune from July 3-7, will be among the best-organised, declared Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla in Mumbai on Friday.
Rathore's son wins silver in junior trap event in Finland
Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore's teenager son Manavaditya Rathore won a silver medal in the Trap Event at the 5th Junior International Shotgun Competition being held at Orimatiila, Finland.
OGQ to support Sushil Kumar for glory at Rio Games
Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at the following Games in London, has signed up with Olympic Gold Quest, which will provide him training and financial assistance in his preparation for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
'Kalmadi will not oversee Asian Athletics Championships'
CWG scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi will not oversee the conduct of the 20th Asian Athletics Championships from July 3-7 in Pune, even if he remains the president of the continental body at the elections on July 1, Indian athletic body's chief Adille Sumariwalla said.
Indian Badminton League players' auction on July 19
The Indian Badminton League will hold its first players' auction in Delhi on July 19. Over 150 shuttlers are expected to go under the hammer for 66 slots in six teams. Each franchisee can have 11 players, including a maximum of four foreign and an under-19 player from their catchment area.
Hamilton zooms in Red Arrows Hawk before British GP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was observed enjoying a ride in a 600 mph Red Arrows Hawk jet, sailing over Lincolnshire, ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Winning without doping was impossible: Armstrong
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who cheated his way to seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005, claims it would have been impossible to win the world's greatest race without doping.
Pistorius back on track for 'low-key' training
South African Paralympic and Olympic athletics star Oscar Pistorius has returned to the track for "low-key" training, just weeks before he is due to appear in court for the latest hearing in his murder trial.
June 27, 2013Mark Webber to quit Formula 1 at end of season
Red Bull's Mark Webber will quit Formula One at the end of the season for Porsche's new sportscar programme, the Australian announced on Thursday.
Bhupathi, Bopanna, Sania advance at Wimbledon
Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza advanced to the second round of doubles events at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
June 26, 2013Bhupathi-Knowle in second round at Wimbledon
Veteran Indian star Mahesh Bhupathi and Julian Knowle defeated Leonardo Mayer and Alberto Ramos to move into the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon on Wednesday. The eighth seeded Indo-Austrian pair scored a 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2 win.
Injury puts Nadal conqueror Darcis out of Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal's conqueror Steve Darcis withdrew from Wimbledon on Wednesday with a shoulder injury, organisers said.
Lugano accuses Neymar of diving ahead of semi-final
Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar was a diver and the referee should take particular attention to his antics when the five times world champions face Uruguay in the Confederation Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, Uruguay captain Diego Lugano said.
Tevez reaches terms with Juventus: Reports
Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has agreed terms to join Serie A champions Juventus from Manchester City, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
June 25, 2013No clear frontrunner for 2020 Games: IOC Report
An International Olympic Committee report on the three cities wanting to host the 2020 Summer Olympics indicated there was no clear favourite among the bids from Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul.
AIFF yet to pay East Bengal Fed Cup win's prize money
It's been eight months since East Bengal triumphed in the Federation Cup but the age-old Kolkata club is yet to get the prize money for winning the tournament, thanks to dilly dallying on part of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
Ancelotti named Real Madrid coach
The former Paris St Germain manager will be presented on Wednesday and will replace Jose Mourinho who left at the end of last season to join Chelsea.
Wimbledon: Nadal stunned by 135th-ranked Darcis in 1st round
A year after losing to Czech Lukas Rosol in the second round, French Open champion Rafael Nadal was outplayed by the 135th-ranked Steve Darcis on Court One, losing 7-6(4), 7-6(8), 6-4 in front of a disbelieving crowd at Wimbledon.
June 24, 2013Delhi chess player D K Chopra banned for life
The All India Chess Federation has banned Delhi chess player D K Chopra for life after he was found guilty of various misdeeds during the past four years.
June 23, 2013Archery Nationals: Deepika stunned by Buriuly in recurve
Ace archer Deepika Kumari was on Sunday shocked by Rimil Buriuly in the gold medal match of women's recurve event at the 3rd National Ranking Archery Tournament held at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi.
FIH league: India lose to Spain, finish sixth
The Indian hockey team finished sixth at the FIH World League after losing a tense play-off match on penalties to higher-ranked Spain, in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Confederations Cup: Referee admits to mistake with Italy goal
A referee has admitted to making a mistake in awarding Italy's second goal during their 4-2 defeat to Brazil at the Confederations Cup, FIFA said on Sunday.
Serena apologises to Sharapova over boyfriend barb
Serena Williams launched a charm offensive on Sunday as she sought to broker a truce with Maria Sharapova and calm the storm surrounding comments she made about a rape victim.
Angry Sharapova slams Serena over personal comments
'If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids,' said Maria Sharapova firing the first volley at Wimbledon title rival Serena Williams, taking aim at the American's personal life.
Armstrong rival Ullrich admits to doping during career
Disgraced former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich admitted that he underwent blood-doping procedures under the guidance of a Spanish doctor at the heart of a major drugs scandal.
'Stringent action in shooting sexual harassment case'
Taking serious note of the sexual harassment complaint that a woman shooter has filed against two of her own team members, the Sports Ministry promised "stringent action" against the accused if they are found guilty after an inquiry.
Liverpool in control of Suarez situation: Rodgers
Coach Brendan Rodgers has stated that Liverpool are in complete control of the situation regarding Luiz Suarez and it is up to the club to decide if the volatile Uruguayan striker will be sold.
June 22, 2013Lahiri stays in contention at Worldwide Selangor Masters
Riding on a brilliant front-nine, Anirban Lahiri closed the gap between him and leader Pariya Junhasavasdikul of Thailand with a four-under 67 in the third round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Selangor.
Manjeet settles for silver at China Open
Manjeet Singh had to content with a silver medal at the 3rd China Open boxing tournament after going down to local lad Akepeer Yusuf in the final of the super heavy weight category (+91kg), in Guiyang.
Japan Open: Ghosh-Desai's run ends, Sharath Kamal too exits
Paddlers Soumyajit Ghosh and Harmeet Desai's surge in the men's doubles event of the Japan Open came to an end after the pair lost their quarter-final match to local pair of Jin Ueda and Maharu Yoshimura, in Yokohama.
FIH World League: Indian eves beat Chile, finish 7th
Indian hockey eves eked out a hard-fought 2-1 win over lower-ranked Chile in a play-off match to avoid the wooden-spoon and finish seventh in the FIH World League Round 3, in Rotterdam on Saturday.
Confederations Cup: Spain quash doubts, fans support Brazil
The early signs from the Confederations Cup are that Brazil's fans can help rather than hinder the team at home, reports of Spain's demise are premature and the heat is going to cause problems for everyone at the World Cup.
Gay sprints to year's fastest 100m to defeat Gatlin
Tyson Gay overcame Olympic bronze medallist Justin Gatlin's quicker start and sped to the year's fastest 100 metres, clocking 9.75 seconds at the US trials for the World championships on Friday.
June 21, 2013Fanetri dumps Saina from Singapore Super Series
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal suffered a shock defeat in the Singapore Super Series, losing to Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri in the women's singles quarter-finals, on Friday.
Tendulkar in Indian Badminton League?
The batting icon is set to be part of a conglomerate to buy the Mumbai Masters franchise in the event.
Kapur opens with 69 in Munich, Jeev lags
Shiv Kapur battled his way through the second nine and returned with a card of three-under 69 in good scoring conditions at the BMW International Open, while his colleague Jeev Milkha Singh, struggled to a 73 that had four bogeys and three birdies.
LeBron James named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
Miami Heat forward LeBron James won his second successive NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after leading his team to victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Thursday's championship decider.
Wambach is all-time leading scorer in women's football
United States striker Abby Wambach became the all-time top scorer in women's international soccer when she scored four first-half goals in a friendly against South Korea on Thursday to take her tally to 160.
Miami Heat clinch second consecutive NBA title
The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday to clinch the National Basketball Association championship.
June 20, 2013Spain team's hotel robbed while they played Uruguay
Six players from the Spain squad had money stolen from their hotel rooms in Recife while they played their Confederations Cup opener against Uruguay, Spanish media reported on Thursday.
Saina in quarters at Singapore; Praneeth goes down fighting
Saina Nehwal scored a hard-fought victory over Eriko Hirose of Japan to enter the quarter-finals in the women's singles at the Singapore Super Series.
Four Indian boxers assured of a bronze each in China Open
Four Indians assured themselves of a bronze medal each after reaching semi-finals in their respective categories in the 3rd China Open boxing tournament at Guiyang.
Paes-Stepanek bow out of Aegon International
Playing their first tournament together in five months, third seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek suffered an upset defeat against Jamie Murray and John Peers in the quarter-finals of the Aegon International.
Messi summoned by judge in tax fraud case
Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, star player for Spanish soccer club Barcelona, and his father Jorge have been charged with tax fraud by a Spanish judge, media reports said on Thursday.
Tal memorial: Anand loses again; falls to 8th in rankings
World champion Viswanthan Anand's poor run continued as he suffered his second straight loss, succumbing to American Hikaru Nakamura in the sixth round of the Tal memorial Chess Tournament in Moscow.
Serena Williams apologises for rape case remark
Serena Williams has apologised for comments she made in a forthcoming interview in which she appeared to assign blame to the 16-year-old victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case for being drunk.
June 19, 2013'No danger to 2014 Indian GP'
The organisers of the Indian Grand Prix rebutted reports that the 2014 Formula One race in the country was in danger of being scrapped from the calendar due to financial constraints, saying that they are committed to fulfill their contract.
Divij-Raja qualify for Wimbledon doubles main draw
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja will make their first ever appearance at a Grand Slam as the Indian duo qualified for the Wimbledon men's doubles event.
Saina, Praneeth in second round of Singapore Super Series
Saina Nehwal avenged her quarter-final defeat at the Thailand Open on Wednesday, beating Singapore's Juan Gu in straight games in the opening round of the Singapore Super Series. The World No 2 Indian ace needed only 40 minutes to pack off Juan, ranked 21, winning 21-14, 23-21 and registering her fifth victory over the local player.
Aus fans celebrate World Cup entry with Sydney party
Australia's soccer team celebrated with hundreds of fans at a victory party in Sydney on Wednesday after eking out a nervous win over Iraq that sealed their ticket to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Ribery and Benzema's underage prostitute trial adjourned
The trial of French football stars Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema over claims they paid for sex with an underage call girl was adjourned for procedural reasons on Tuesday until 2014.
Captain Thiago leads Spain to Euro Under-21 title
Captain Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat-trick to inspire Spain to a 4-2 win over Italy in the European Under-21 championship final on Tuesday.
Indian eves thrashed by Dutch, out of World League semis race
The Indian women's hockey team put up yet another disappointing show, crashing out of the semi-final race with a 1-8 drubbing at the hands of top-ranked Netherlands in the FIH World League Round 3 in Rotterdam.
Altidore's late winner keeps U.S. in hunt for WC spot
The United States maintained their push for a 2014 World Cup berth with a third straight victory in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying after Jozy Altidore's late strike saw off a stubborn Honduras 1-0 in Utah on Tuesday.
Carlsen defeats Anand in Tal Memorial Chess
Indian chess star Viswanathan Anand suffered a shock loss to next World Championship
Blake to run only 100m at World C'ships in Moscow
Olympic double sprint silver medallist Yohan Blake will only run in the 100 metres at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow after he withdrew from this weekend's Jamaican national championships, his manager said on Tuesday.
Campbell-Brown suspended by Jamaican federation for doping
Jamaica's twice Olympic 200 metres champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was suspended by her national federation on Tuesday following a positive test for a banned diuretic at a meeting last month.
NBA Finals: Miami fight back to force Game 7
The Miami Heat produced an extraordinary comeback to beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in overtime early on Wednesday to force a decisive seventh game in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.
McEnroe wants Nadal seeded fourth at Wimbledon
Wimbledon's seeding committee should use its power to promote 11-times Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal into the top four, according to three-times former champion John McEnroe.
Cristiano Ronaldo denies cheating on his girlfriend Irina
Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he did not cheat on his model girlfriend Irina Shayk with Brazilian model Andressa Urach.
Injured Venus pulls out of Wimbledon
American Venus Williams has pulled out of this year's Wimbledon because of a back injury, the five-times singles champion said on Tuesday.
June 18, 2013Iran beat South Korea as both qualify for World Cup
Iran produced a resolute defensive display to beat South Korea 1-0 away in Ulsan on Tuesday as both sides booked a place in the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Singapore Super Series: Praneeth in main draw; Prannoy, Bhat lose
Rising shuttlers Sai Praneeth, P C Thulasi and Arundhati Pantawane qualified for the main draw of the Singapore Super Series after winning their respective qualifying round matches at the Singapore Indoor stadium on Tuesday.
Sharan-Raja enter second round of Wimbledon qualifiers
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja moved within a victory from qualifying for the Wimbledon men's doubles event after recording a comfortable straight sets win in London.
Dutch teen footballers jailed for kicking linesman to death
A Dutch court found six teenage footballers and a player's father guilty on Monday of beating an amateur linesman to death, an incident that shocked the nation and prompted soul-searching over soccer violence and race.
National cycling coach Ruma Chatterjee dies in road accident
Former India cyclist and current National coach Ruma Chatterjee died in a road accident in the wee hours of Tuesday after being hit by a speeding vehicle on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.
India's friendlies cancelled due to clash with SAFF Cup
Indian football team's hopes of rising in FIFA rankings have been dashed with cancellation of two international friendlies against Philippines and Malaysia owing to rescheduling of the SAFF Cup.
Birthday boy Leander and partner Stepanek in Aegon quarters
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes celebrated his 40th birthday with a victory in the men's doubles first round at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England, on Monday.
June 17, 2013Ribery, Benzema stand trial in underage prostitution case
French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema go on trial in Paris on Tuesday accused of paying for sex with a teenage call girl.
Birthday boy Paes eyes 2016 Olympics
At the age of 40, Leander Paes has won everything that a tennis player dreams of but the Indian tennis legend wants to keep going and play in his seventh Olympics Games.
Bindra to represent ISSF in international Olympic forum
In what can be termed a huge honour, Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, has been chosen to be the international shooting body's representative for International Olympic Committee's elite International Forum, to be held in Singapore from June 27 to 29.
Shillong signs T&T striker Cornell Glen
Shillong Lajong FC has signed Trinidad & Tobago international Cornell Glen for a one year deal with the I-League club.
Teenager Vekic denied first WTA title by Hantuchova
Sixteen-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic was denied her first WTA title as she lost 7-6(5), 6-4 to Tour stalwart Daniela Hantuchova in the Aegon Classic final in Birmingham on Sunday.
Murray recovers to win Queen's title
Andy Murray gave his fans a fright before recovering to beat Croatia's Marin Cilic to win the Aegon Championships for the third time at Queen's Club on Sunday.
Federer fights back to clinch Halle title
Roger Federer clinched his first title of the season before the start of his Wimbledon defence when he battled back from a set down to beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5),6-3, 6-4 and win the Halle Open on Sunday.
Justin Rose wins first major at U.S. Open
Justin Rose produced remarkable poise and a Ben Hogan-like finish to win his first major title by two shots at the U.S. Open on Sunday after overhauling 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson in the final round.
Bolt's coach asks Jamaica govt to provide anti-doping lab
The Jamaican government needs to establish an accredited anti-doping laboratory to protect its world-class athletes from taking contaminated substances, the coach of world record holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt says.
World Cup qualifiers: Ethiopia knock out South Africa
Ethiopia ended the hopes of 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa from making next year's finals in Brazil after a dramatic round of African group stage qualifying matches on Sunday.
Jamaica's Campbell-Brown fails dope test - sources
Jamaica's 200 metres world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has tested positive for a banned diuretic, sources close to Jamaican athletics said.
June 16, 2013Lorenzo trims gap to Pedrosa with Montmelo win
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo trimmed the gap to championship leader Dani Pedrosa at the top of the MotoGP standings to seven points when he stormed to victory at a sweltering Catalunya Grand Prix on Sunday.
Moto3: Double top six finish for Mahindra Racing in Barcelona
Mahindra Racing enjoyed its best result of the season as Efren Vazquez and Miguel Oliveira finished fifth and sixth respectively at the Catalunyan Grand Prix of the Moto3 World Championship, in Barcelona, on Sunday.
Jr Asian wrestling: Pradeep, Sumit win gold on final day
Grapplers Pradeep Kumar (60kg) and Sumit (96kg) won gold on Sunday in the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship as India finished with a rich haul of 17 medals at the competition played in Phuket, Thailand.
Torres places trust in Mourinho to bring out his best again
Spain forward Fernando Torres believes that under new Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho he will be able to rediscover the form that made him one of the world's most feared strikers.
June 15, 2013World League hockey: India lose again, go down to Netherlands
India showed urgency but it was too little, too late as they suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in their FIH World League Round 3 match in Rotterdam on Saturday.
First Ferrari winner Gonzalez dies at 90
Jose Froilan Gonzalez, the 'Pampas Bull' who in 1951 became the first driver to win a Formula One world championship Grand Prix for Ferrari, has died in Buenos Aires at the age of 90, Argentine media reported on Saturday.
Asian Junior Wrestling: Gold for Mangal
Promising young grappler Mangal Kadyan claimed India's first gold medal in the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in Phuket, Thailand on Saturday.
India clinch silver at Archery World Cup
Rajat Chouhan and Manjudha Soy lost out by one point in the compound mixed team final to earn India a silver medal in the Archery World Cup Stage II at Antalya, Turkey on Saturday.
World Team Squash: India beat Malaysia, finish 7th
India finished seventh in the Men's World Team Squash Championship after posting a 2-0 win over Malaysia in the 7th-8th position match in Mulhouse, France.
Federer to face Youzhny in Halle final
Roger Federer edged closer to his first title of the season when he came from a set down to beat defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and book a place in Sunday's Halle Open final against Mikhail Youzhny.
Campbell-Brown fails dope test: Sources
Jamaica's 200 metres world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has tested positive for a banned diuretic, sources close to Jamaican athletics told Reuters.
Saina knocked out of Indonesia Super Series
An erratic Saina Nehwal failed to defend her title at the Indonesian Super Series Premier after suffering a three-game defeat to Germany's Juliane Schenk in the semi-finals of the women's singles competition in Indonesia on Saturday.
Lahiri finishes strongly to rise to fourth at Queen's Cup
Anirban Lahiri gave himself a chance to bag his first Asian Tour outside India with an electric finish that saw him card three birdies in the last four holes on the third day of the $312,000 Queen's Cup in Samui on Saturday.
Messi 'tricks; overtakes Maradona in goal-scorers' list
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to help a second-string Argentina record an easy 4-0 away win over Guatemala in a friendly and overtake Diego Maradona's international goals tally.
Budget issues for Kolkata's football big guns
The two giants of Indian football, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, are facing turbulent times. On the pitch, East Bengal finished a respectable third in the 2012-13 I-League season, while Mohun Bagan finished a disappointing tenth.
Bhupathi-Bopanna in semis of Aegon Championships
Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna made the semi-finals of the men's doubles in Aegon Championships after posting a hard-fought victory over British combo of Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray.
U.S. Open golf: Mickelson, Horschel tied for lead
Phil Mickelson rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt in fading light at the 18th hole to grab a share of the lead in Friday's second round of the U.S. Open when play was suspended due to approaching darkness.
Anand opens account with a draw in Tal Memorial Chess
World champion Viswanathan Anand opened his account with a draw against lowest-ranked Dmitry Andreikin of Russia in the second round of Tal Memorial Chess tournament in Moscow.
Arizona nonagenarian sets Weightlifting World Record
A barrel-chested 91-year-old strongman from Arizona shattered the world record for the bench press in his dwindling age group, with a lift of 187.2 pounds - some 50 pounds more than the previous record.
FIFA probes Mascherano's bizarre sending off
FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Argentina captain Javier Mascherano after he was sent off for kicking the driver of a medical cart in a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Tuesday.
June 14, 2013India lose to Egypt in World Team Squash quarters
India's campaign in the WSF men's World Team Squash Championship came to an end on Friday after they went down to top seeds Egypt 0-2 in a hard-fought quarter-final in Mulhouse, France. Harinder Pal Sandhu and Saurav Ghosal played out of their skins but failed to stretch the title favourites.
Saina sails into Indonesia Super Series semis
Defending champion Saina Nehwal sailed into the semi-finals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier after a straight-games victory over Carolina Marin of Spain, in Jakarta, on Friday.
Aggarwal loses, Indian campaign in China Super Series TT ends
India's campaign at the China Open Super Series Table Tennis ended after Neha Aggarwal lost to Viktoria Pavlovich 0-4 in the women's singles in Changchun, on Friday.
Tal Memorial chess: Anand stunned by Caruana
World champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a disappointing start, suffering a rare defeat against Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the first round of the Tal Memorial Chess Tournament in Moscow.
Jamaican Dominique Blake banned for doping
Jamaican 400 metre runner Dominique Blake was banned for six years on Thursday for a second doping offence.
US Open golf: Donald takes top spot on leaderboard
Luke Donald birdied three holes in a row from the 11th to move to the top of the leaderboard late in Thursday's weather-interrupted first round of the U.S. Open in his quest for a first major title.
June 13, 2013Play suspended at stormy US Open
The siren sounded after just under two hours of play had been possible at rain-softened Merion Golf Club where severe thunderstorms and high winds have been forecast for later in the day.
Saina enters Indonesia Super Series quarter-finals
World No 2 Saina took 39 minutes to outplay her 24th ranked opponent 21-13, 21-19 in a second round match at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno stadium.
Ghosal, Tandon earn India meeting with Egypt in quarters
Saurav Ghosal and Ramit Tandon came up with wonderful displays to help India win the battle of Asians against Hong Kong and enter the quarter-finals of the WSF Men's World Team Squash Championship in Mulhouse, France.
Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident on late Wednesday night at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway, according to Associated Press.
Bolt to qualify for 100m at Worlds; Blake gets automatic entry
Usain Bolt will have to qualify for the 100 metres at this year's World Cchampionships after Jamaican officials decided the country's automatic entry into the race should go to his training partner Yohan Blake.
Neha advances to main draw of China Open
Indian paddler Neha Aggarwal entered the main draw of women's singles competition in the China Open Super Series at Changchun, while Achanta Sharath Kamal failed to make the cut in the men's section.
Jellyfish sting ends Aus woman's record swim from Cuba to US
Australian long-distance swimmer Chloe McCardel abandoned her quest to become the first person to make the 103 mile (166 km) swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, after she was severely stung by a jelly fish on Wednesday night.
Iran demand Korean apology after 'bad manners' jibe
South Korea coach Choi Kang-hee humiliated the Iranian people when he said he had been 'badly treated' in Tehran last year and wanted to stop the West Asian's qualifying for the World Cup, Iran boss Carlos Queiroz said on Thursday.
June 12, 2013Roma appoint Lille's Garcia as coach
AS Roma appointed former Lille boss Rudi Garcia as their new coach on Wednesday, the latest in a long line of managers tasked with trying to turn vast potential into elusive silverware.
Frenchman Monfils pulls out of Wimbledon
Former world number seven Gael Monfils has pulled out of this month's Wimbledon tournament for "personal reasons", the French tennis federation said on Twitter on Wednesday.
Hewitt too slick for Dimitrov on grass
Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt gave Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov a grasscourt masterclass in a second-round victory at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Wednesday.
Super Series: Praneeth stuns Hidayat; Ajay, Guru, reach pre-QFs
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and RMV Gurusaidutt reached the pre-quarter-finals of the Indonesian Super Series Premier, but it turned out to be a bad day in office for world No 10 Parupalli Kashyap as he crashed out of the men's singles, in Jakarta.
Messi and father accused of tax fraud in Spain
Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi and his father have been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more than four million euros.
Somdev, Divij-Raja advance in Nottingham Challenger
Indian players made a positive start at the ATP Nottingham Challenger event as Somdev Devvarman recorded victory in singles while Divij Sharan and Purav Raja advanced to the doubles quarter-finals in Nottingham.
Spain beat Ireland 2-0 with two late goals
Spain struck twice in the second half to overcome a typically spirited Ireland 2-0 in their friendly international at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
WC qualifiers: Mexico held, Klinsmann's U.S. in control
Mexico were booed off the field by a boisterous crowd after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Costa Rica in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday, their third successive goalless draw at the Azteca Stadium.
Bolt confident of breaking 20 seconds in 200 metres
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is confident he can set a 200 metres world season's best at Oslo's Bislett Games on Thursday despite last week's defeat in the 100 in Rome.
June 11, 2013Another Lebanese ref jailed for taking sexual bribe
A Singapore court jailed a Lebanese referee for six months on Tuesday for accepting sexual favours to fix a soccer game, a day after two fellow countrymen were jailed for the same offence amid an international investigation into soccer corruption.
Indonesia Super Series: Saina squeezes past Fanetri
Defending champion Saina Nehwal survived a scare in her campaign opener as she struggled past Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri in an energy-sapping three game thriller at the Indonesian Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Tuesday.
June 10, 2013Back at Chelsea, Mourinho is now the 'Happy One'
Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea on Monday, with the smiling 'Special One' saying he was now the 'Happy One' on his second coming as manager of the Premier League club he has always loved.
Back at Chelsea, Mourinho is now the 'Happy One'
Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea on Monday, with the smiling 'Special One' saying he was now the 'Happy One' on his second coming as manager of the Premier League club he has always loved.
Nadal qualifies for ATP Tour Finals
Rafael Nadal has booked his place at the World Tour finals after winning a record eighth French Open title, the ATP said on Monday.
Brazil scrap their way to 3-0 win over France
Brazil scrapped their way to a flattering 3-0 friendly win over France on Sunday in an ugly, disjointed match against opponents who are even worse off than themselves.
June 09, 2013Indians lift mixed doubles-title at Maldives badminton
Indian duo K Nandagopal and K Maneesha clinched the Li-Ning Maldives International Badminton Challenge mixed-doubles title after registering a straight-game victory over Dae Sung Kim and Bo Kyung Oh of Korea in Male on Sunday.
Key transfers leads to voices of dissent in SAI
A major reshuffle in the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has led to strong voice of dissent among officials with many questioning the wisdom behind transferring key administrators while merging the Long Term Development Programme (LTDP) with the Teams Division.
Former England defender Neville retires
Phil Neville announced his retirement on Saturday at the age of 36, clearing the way for the former England defender to make a full-time move into coaching.
Spain hold on for friendly win over Haiti
World champions Spain held on for a 2-1 win over Haiti in a friendly on Saturday as they warmed up for this month's Confederations Cup.
Bryan twins make it a good day for the 30-somethings
The 30-somethings have enjoyed themselves at the French Open this year and American twins Bob and Mike Bryan continued the trend by winning a record-extending 14th Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros on Saturday.
Srikanth stuns Ponsana to lift Thailand Open Grand Prix
K Srikanth became the latest badminton sensation to emerge from India as he lifted his maiden men's singles title with a stunning straight-game triumph over top-seeded local favourite Boonsak Ponsana at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in Bangkok on Sunday.
June 08, 2013Junior shooting team wins gold in German tourney
The Indian junior women's 10m Air Rifle team -- comprising Shriyanka Sadangi, Apurvi Chandela and Mampi Das -- has bagged a gold medal in the International Junior Shooting Championship in Suhl, Germany.
Ronaldo shocks Real with £32mn deal demand to stop Man U return
Real Madrid has been reportedly shocked by their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's demand of a whopping 32 million-a-year deal to stop him from returning back to Manchester United.
June 07, 2013Maheswary qualifies for World Championships
National record holder triple jumper Renjith Maheswary became the second Indian athlete to qualify for this year's World Championship in Moscow as he clinched a gold on the final day the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Chennai.
Saina out of Thailand Open; Srikanth in semis
Defending champion Saina Nehwal's hopes of retaining her Thailand Grand Prix Gold title went up in smoke as she suffered a stunning three-game defeat to Singapore's Juan Gu in the quarter-finals of the women's singles competition in Bangkok on Friday. However, promising youngster K Srikanth kept the Indian flag flying in the tournament, entering the semi-finals in the men's singles.
FIFA Rankings: Brazil drop to 22nd in record low
Five-times world champions Brazil plummeted further down the FIFA rankings as they hit a record low of 22nd place on Thursday, leaving them sandwiched between Ghana and Mali.
June 06, 2013Saina, Prannoy, Srikanth enter Thailand GP quarters
Defending champion Saina Nehwal, H S Prannoy and K Srikanth entered the quarter-finals of the Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Bangkok on Thursday. Top seed Saina thrashed Indonesia's Febby Angguni 21-12, 21-11 in a little of over 30 minutes to set up a clash with eighth seed Juan Gu of Singapore.
Ballack farewell overshadowed by Schuerrle Chelsea deal
Former Germany captain Michael Ballack's farewell match in Leipzig on Wednesday was overshadowed by the potential transfer of Andre Schuerrle to Chelsea with German media reporting a deal has been agreed.
Jordan seek explanation after coach detained
The Jordanian FA will seek clarification from Australian soccer's governing body after their coach, Adnan Hamad, was detained at MelbourneAirport for more than four hours by immigration officials.
June 05, 2013Easy win for Saina, Praneeth stuns Hashim
Defending champion Saina Nehwal and rising star Arundhati Pantawane advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after notching up contrasting wins in the women's singles competition in Bangkok, on Wednesday.
June 04, 2013Special class on fixing for hockey players after IPL scandal
The Indian hockey team management organised a special session for the players in the just-concluded national camp in Bangalore to create awareness about corruption in the wake of the recent spot-fixing scandal in IPL 6.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius murder trial postponed until Aug
A South African judge on Tuesday postponed until August 19 the murder trial of global athletics star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.
Wenger admits interest in signing Rooney, Fabregas
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he may be making a sensational summer swoop for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who is said to be unsettled at the Old Trafford and had also handed a transfer request.
June 02, 2013Premier League apologises for Mourinho gaffe
The Premier League apologised to Chelsea on Sunday after inadvertently publishing a pre-prepared story announcing Jose Mourinho's return to the club.
Basel win fourth successive Swiss title
Basel continued their dominance of Swiss football by winning their fourth successive league title, and a seventh in 10 seasons, with a 1-0 home victory over St Gallen in the final game on Saturday.
Bayern risk undermining harmony with big-name signings
As the superlatives rained down on treble-winning Bayern Munich on Sunday, it was difficult to see where the all-conquering Bavarians could find room for new signing Mario Goetze and, if speculation turns out to be true, Robert Lewandowski.
NBA: Indiana beat Miami to force Eastern Conference decider
The Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 91-77 on Saturday to force a decisive game seven in the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Eastern Conference finals.
Valverde says he has decided to leave Valencia
Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde has said the instability at the club has convinced him it is best to leave after they lost 4-3 at Sevilla on the final day of the La Liga season on Saturday and missed out on a Champions League place.
Mourinho on way back to Chelsea?
Jose Mourinho is poised to rejoin Chelsea, said former Stamford Bridge defender Ricardo Carvalho after his Real Madrid team ended their La Liga season with a 4-2 home win over Osasuna on Saturday.
June 01, 2013Indian girls win gold in Slovak Junior Open TT
Promising paddler Sutirtha Mukherjee led Indian girls to a gold medal finish while the boys had to settle for a silver in the team championship of the Slovak Junior Open at Senec, Slovakia.
Man City to name new manager within two weeks: Chairman
Manchester City's new manager should be announced within the next two weeks, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said on the Premier League club's website.
May 31, 2013Ailing Wiggins will not defend Tour de France title
Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France challenge ended before it even started on Friday when the defending champion was ruled out of Team Sky's selection for next month's race because of injury and illness.
OGQ signs up archers Deepika and Talukdar
With the Indian Olympic Association suspended by the International Olympic Committee, and the Archery Association of India not paying enough attention to its wards, it was time someone came forward to take up the archers' cause. That step was taken by Olympic Gold Quest by signing up Deepika Kumari and Jayanta Talukdar.
Pistorius lawyer demands answers over bloody leaked pictures
Lawyers for "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius demanded answers from South African police and prosecutors on Friday after pictures of the bathroom and toilet where he shot dead his girlfriend were leaked to a British television station.
New IOC president to remain unpaid volunteer: Rogge
The successor to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge will remain an unpaid volunteer after all six presidential hopefuls turned down the idea of a salary, Rogge said on Friday.
Wrestling exit and shortlist inclusion was no error: IOC
A shock International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games programme and then include it in a shortlist of sports for those Games was no mistake, IOC president Jacques Rogge said on Friday.
Ritu Rani to lead India in World Hockey League semis
Ritu Rani has been named captain of the 8-member Indian women's hockey team that will play the semifinals of the World League Round 3 at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from June 13.
India row with IOC heads towards resolution
A row between India and the International Olympic Committee which has led to the suspension of the Asian nation from all Olympic activities is heading towards a possible resolution, the IOC said.
May 30, 2013Games hopefuls make 2020 Olympic pitch
From Rihanna's hit single "Diamonds" to hard economics, bid officials for Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid made their pitch for the 2020 Olympics to the International Olympic Committee on Thursday as the race enters the final stretch.
Malaga's Pellegrini has verbal agreement with City
Departing Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini hopes a verbal agreement with Manchester City will turn into a firm offer, he said in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Wednesday.
Difficult to say no to Real, says Suarez
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has hinted that he would consider a move away from the Merseyside club to Real Madrid, if the Spanish giants were be keen to take him.
May 29, 2013Wrestling remains in contention for spot in 2020 Olympics
Wrestling remained in contention for a place in the 2020 Olympics as the sport was on Wednesday shortlisted along with two other disciplines by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a final vote in September.
Heena Sidhu finishes eighth in Munich
Olympian Heena Sidhu produced a creditable performance but that was not good enough to help the Indian win a medal in the Women's 10-meter Air Pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Munich.
Indians continue to shine in Youth Weightlifting C'ships
Akshay B Gaikwad clinched three gold medals while Lalu Taku bagged a silver and two bronze as Indian Weightlifters continued to shine at the 15th Asian Youth Weightlifting Championships in Doha.
Athletics sees Olympic Games revenues cut by IOC
Athletics will get a lower share of Olympic revenues in the future after the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday recalculated the federations' revenues according to their contribution to the Games.
Nike snaps partnership with Armstrong's cancer foundation
Nike Inc is dropping its partnership with the Livestrong Foundation, the cancer charity founded by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, the latest repercussion from the doping scandal that last year stripped him of his titles.
NBA: Pacers fend off Heat to square series
The Indiana Pacers withstood a late Miami charge to beat the Heat 99-92 and square their Eastern Conference final at two games all on Tuesday.
Arthur Papas signs three year deal as Dempo coach
After weeks of speculation, Dempo Sports Club formally signed Arthur Papas as its coach for the next three years.
Beckham to visit Miami in quest for MLS team ownership
Former England captain David Beckham will visit Miami this week as he steps up his interest in owning a new Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
May 28, 2013Wrestling expects to make Olympic shortlist
Wrestling expects to make an International Olympic Committee shortlist of candidate sports for the 2020 Games as it battles to restore its Olympic presence, international federation (FILA) president Nenad Lalovic told Reuters.
Benitez joins Napoli after leaving Chelsea
Former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will return to Italy to take charge of Serie A club Napoli.
May 27, 2013End of the race for Mahalaxmi Race Course?
Derby regulars and riding enthusiasts are a worried lot as municipal authorities contemplate replacing the iconic Mahalaxmi Race Course with a public park, says Ranjita Ganesan.
May 26, 2013China crush Korea to retain Sudirman Cup title
Badminton powerhouse China extended their Sudirman Cup hegemony on Sunday, crushing South Korea 3-0 to win their ninth title in 10 final appearances.
May 25, 2013England under-21 winger Townsend charged in betting probe
England Under-21 winger Andros Townsend has withdrawn from the squad for June's European Championship in Israel after being charged by the FA with alleged betting offences.
Brazil's Santos decide to let Neymar go
Brazil's Neymar is on the verge of choosing one of two offers from un-named clubs, reported to be Spanish suitors Barcelona and Real Madrid, after Santos agreed on Friday to transfer him.
NBA: Pacers turn up Heat in Miami to level series
The Indiana Pacers threw open the NBA Eastern Conference finals on Friday, upsetting the Miami Heat with a 97-93 victory to level the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
May 24, 2013IOA to amend constitution before July 15
The International Olympic Committee issued the roadmap for India's return to the Olympic fold under which the Indian Olympic Association will have to amend its constitution before July 15 and elect new office bearers by September 1, both under the watchful eyes of the world body.
Indian challenge at British Open over as Pallikal loses
India's top-ranked female player Dipika Pallikal put up a spirited display before going down 1-3 to second seed Laura Massaro of England in the pre-quarter-finals of the Allam British Open Squash Championships, in Hull, England.
May 23, 2013Former England striker Cole to leave West Ham
Former England striker Carlton Cole is leaving West Ham United after seven seasons at the club.
Mourinho, Ronaldo get two-match bans for Cup final reds
Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were handed two-match bans in the King's Cup after they were sent off in last week's final at the Bernabeu, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday.
May 22, 2013CAS reject Murofushi appeal against IOC election block
The Court of Arbitration for Sport have rejected Japanese hammer thrower Koji Murofushi's appeal against the blocking of his election to the International Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission, CAS said on Wednesday.
Tomic will play French Open despite troubles: Woodbridge
Bernard Tomic will play at next week's French Open despite his off-court troubles if only to keep some momentum going for the grasscourt season ahead, Tennis Australia's Todd Woodbridge said on Wednesday.
Dortmund's Goetze out of Champions League final
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze will miss Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich due to a thigh muscle injury, the Bundesliga club said on Wednesday.
Malaysia FA, Police to investigate match-fixing claims
Claims of match-fixing in a Malaysian league fixture will be investigated by the country's Football Association (FAM) and sports minister on Thursday, local media reported, with the police urged to protect players from bookmakers.
Pallikal in British Open squash pre-quarters
India's Dipika Pallikal defeated Denmark's Line Hansen in what was the longest match of the tournament so far. The world No 15 had to dig deep for 76 minutes to get the better of her Danish opponent 13-11, 14-16, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, at Ponterfact.
Garcia's fried chicken jibe 'hurtful', says Woods
The feud between world number one Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia deepened when Woods described the Spaniard's "fried chicken" jibe as "wrong, hurtful and inappropriate" on Wednesday.
'India has great potential as a table tennis nation'
Former World champion Peter Karlsson said that India has the potential to be a top nation in table tennis and the next 10-15 years will augur well for the sport in the country.
Garcia apologises for 'fried chicken' jibe at Woods
Spaniard Sergio Garcia has apologised after a "fried chicken" jibe aimed at world number one Tiger Woods during a European Tour awards dinner on Tuesday.
Malaga have European ban lifted by UEFA
Malaga will be free to compete in the Europa League next season after UEFA announced on Wednesday that the European ban imposed on the Spanish club had been lifted.
I-League: Bhowmick quits Churchill Brothers
Churchill Brothers Technical Director Subhash Bhowmick, who was not happy with the club management interfering with the team's affairs, has stepped down from his post.
I-League: Milan Singh joins Shillong Lajong
Pailan Arrows skipper Milan Singh ended his successful three-season stint with the team and has signed a contract with Shillong Lajong FC for two years.
Police quiz Pistorius's friend in murder case
A blonde socialite has been questioned by detectives over her relationship with Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who has been accused of murder.
India stumble in Women's Asian Cup Qualifiers opener
The Indian women's football team failed to overturn a two-goal deficit and went down 0-2 to Myanmar in their first group D encounter of the AFC Women's Asian Cup (Qualifiers) in Ramallah, West Bank.
Injured Murray to skip French Open
World No 2 Andy Murray is set to miss the French Open with the back injury. The injury became severe at the Rome Masters, and, after meeting with medical specialists Murray has decided to skip the second Grand Slam of the year.
May 21, 2013Arunima is first woman amputee to conquer Mt. Everest
In a show of indomitable spirit, zeal and grit, Arunima Sinha became the first woman in the world to conquer Mt. Everest in prosthetic legs.
Manchester United top table for Premier League TV earnings
Champions Manchester United topped the table for English Premier League television income in 2012-13, raking in almost 61 million in the final year of the current three-year contract, the League said on Tuesday.
Former sprinter Shetty dies in road accident
Former international sprinter Anand Shetty, who met with a road accident, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Mangalore.
Ferguson named England's Manager of the Year
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson capped his final season in charge of the English Premier League champions by clinching the League Managers' Association Manager of the Year award for the fourth time on Monday.
Racism incidents continue to rise in Italian football
AS Roma and Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros after fans chanted racist abuse on the final day of Serie A on Sunday, hours before Fiorentina supporters heckled AC Milan's black striker Mario Balotelli.
Pistorius unlikely to make track return this year
South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, will not compete in any events this year, local media reported on Monday.
May 20, 2013Nanao, Dilbagh win silver in Russia
Thokchom Nanao Singh (49kg) and Dilbagh Singh (69kg) had to be content with silver medals after losing their final bouts at the Khabarovsk International competition in Khabarovsk, Russia, on Monday, even as Indian pugilists finished with five medals.
Sudirman Cup: India lose to Indonesia
India failed to make the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship after suffering a 1-4 thrashing at the hands of Indonesia in their second group match in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
May 19, 2013Archery World Cup: Deepika bags two silver
Promising Deepika Kumari was done in by some sheer class of more experienced opponents as she settled for two silver medals, including one with Jayanta Talukdar, to help India finish fourth in the Archery World Cup Stage 1 that concluded in Shanghai on Sunday.
India suffer 0-5 thrashing to China in Sudirman Cup
India suffered a 0-5 thrashing at the hands of formidable China in their opening group match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship in Kuala Lumpur.
Jharkhand climber conquers highest peak in the world
Susen Mahato, a rural youth from Jharkhand, climbed the Mt Everest this morning to become the fourth person from the state to conquer the highest peak in the world.
Wrestling makes drastic changes to please IOC
Wrestling has introduced drastic changes designed to keep the ancient sport in the Olympic programme, the newly-elected president of the world governing body (FILA) said on Saturday.
Beckham captains PSG in final home game of the season
Former England captain David Beckham, who will retire at the end of the season, will skipper French champions Paris St Germain in their final home game, the Ligue 1 club said on Saturday.
Barcelona coach Vilanova needs more cancer treatment
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will return to New York next week for more treatment for throat cancer, the La Liga champions said on Saturday.
Samina becomes first Pakistani woman to scale Mt Everest
Mountaineer Samina Baig has become the first Pakistani woman to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain peak at 8,848 metres.
May 18, 2013Wrestling makes drastic changes to please IOC
Wrestling has introduced drastic changes designed to keep the ancient sport in the Olympic programme, the newly-elected president of the world governing body (FILA) said on Saturday.
Anand loses to Hao, finishes fourth in Norway Chess
Going all out for a win to clinch the title, world champion Vishwanathan Anand suffered a heart-breaking loss at the hands of Wang Hao of China in the final round to finish a disappointing fourth in the Norway Super Chess tournament in Sandnes.
Gowda, Luka disappoint in Shanghai Diamond League Meeting
Ace Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda finished sixth while Tintu Luka ended ninth in 800m race in the second leg of the prestigious Diamond League Meetings series in Shanghai.
India women win bronze in archery World Cup in Shanghai
India won a first-ever archery World Cup medal in the compound women section when Trisha Deb, Gagandeep Kaur and Lily Chanu P beat their Italian opponents in the bronze medal play-off in Shanghai on Saturday.
Nanao, Dilbag enter medal rounds of Russian boxing event
Thokhom Nanao Singh (49kg) and Dilbag Singh (69kg) gave a flying start to India's campaign by entering the semi-finals to assure themselves of medals at the Khabarovsk International Boxing Tournament in Khabarovsk, Russia.
Berdych stuns Djokovic to enter Rome Masters semis
Czech Tomas Berdych snapped a run of 11 consecutive defeats by world number one Novak Djokovic to reach the semi-finals of the Rome Masters before Rafael Nadal was stretched to the limit against David Ferrer on Friday.
May 17, 2013Indian challenge ends at World TT championship
Ace Indian paddler Achantha Sharath Kamal lost to Germany's Timo Boll 1-4 in the second round to crash out of the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris.
May 15, 2013Hope IOC assists India to return to Olympic fold: Jitendra
Sports Minister Jitendra Singh asked the International Olympic Committee to "assist" in bringing India back into the Olympic fold and said that the country is at "crossroads" as far as sports administration was concerned.
Roadmap being drawn for India's return to Olympic fold
The crucial joint-meeting between Indian officials and the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne agreed in principle on a roadmap to bring India back to the Olympic fold.
Soumyajit makes the cut at World TT Championships
India's Mouma Das, K Shamini and Madhurika Patkar have entered the main draw of the women's singles event while Soumyajit Ghosh too made the cut in the men's competition at the World Table Tennis Championships in Paris.
Unlikely allies Iran, Russia, U.S. unite to save wrestling
The United States, Iran and Russia may be at odds over issues including Syria's civil war and Tehran's nuclear ambitions, but on Tuesday their wrestling teams formed an unlikely coalition at the United Nations to keep their sport in the Olympics.
May 14, 2013Boxers suffer as IBF upsets AIBA again
The suspended Indian Boxing Federation has infuriated the International Boxing Association (AIBA) yet again and it is the pugilists who are paying the price for their refusal to act according to the world body's diktat.
Bayern's Heynckes to end Bundesliga coaching career
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will sit on the coaching bench for a Bundesliga game for the last time when the champions meet his former club Borussia Moenchengladbach in the season finale on Saturday, and hinted on Monday that he might retire.
Singapore's Ng Ser Miang set to make IOC presidency bid
Singapore's Ng Ser Miang is expected to announce a bid for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidency on Wednesday, a source close to the Olympic movement told Reuters on Tuesday.
OCA urges IOC to meet only Sports Ministry delegation
The Olympic Council of Asia has thrown its weight behind IOA's disgruntled acting-President V K Malhotra and Secretary General Randhir Singh and has urged the IOC against meeting officials from the suspended IOA during Wednesday's crucial joint meet to end India's Olympic suspension.
May 13, 2013Robson thrashes Venus to meet Serena next
A rusty Venus Williams was blown away 6-3, 6-2 by rising British left-hander Laura Robson at the Rome Masters tennis on Monday.
Tomic father's Madrid hearing suspended until October
The hearing in Madrid on Tuesday at which John Tomic, father and coach of Australian world tennis number 52 Bernard Tomic, was due to answer a charge of causing criminal injury has been postponed until October, court authorities said on Monday.
Bayern cannot just brush past us, says Dortmund's Klopp
Bayern Munich crushed European heavyweights Barcelona and Juventus en route to the Champions League final but they should not expect the same to happen against Borussia Dortmund, Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said on Monday.
Russia drops visa requirements for major sporting events
President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree waiving visa requirements for athletes and officials attending international sporting events in Russia, the Kremlin announced on Monday.
Abhinav Bindra recommended for Bharat Ratna
The only Indian to win an individual gold medal in Olympics, shooter Abhinav Bindra, has been recommended for the Bharat Ratna -- the country's highest civilian honour -- by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
IOA delegates gear up for crucial IOC joint meeting
The top Indian Olympic Association (IOA) delegates were busy giving finishing touches to their action plan as they geared up for the crucial meeting with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne to draw a roadmap for India's return to the Olympic fold.
May 12, 2013Asian GP: Indian athletes clinch 12 medals in 3rd leg
Indian athletes ended their campaign in the three-leg Asian Grand Prix with an impressive 12-medal haul -- including five gold -- in the final meet, in Colombo on Sunday.
Distracted Garcia fumes at Woods after losing lead
Sergio Garcia blamed a roar from the crowd watching Tiger Woods for an errant shot that saw him lose the lead at the Players Championship on Saturday.
Referees feared Ferguson, says Redknapp
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that officials and referees always feared upsetting Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who is due to retire at end of the current English football season after being at helm for 26 years.
Turkish Open: Nicollet slips to 38th after 3rd round
Sharmila Nicollet dropped two late bogeys on 16th and 18th holes to finish with a third round card of three-over 76 and slip to tied 38th at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.
WFI withdraws 6 medallists from jr C'ship suspecting dope
Taking a tough stand against suspected dope offenders, the Wrestling Federation of India has withdrawn the names of at least six medal winners at the just concluded Junior National Wrestling Championship after they failed to provide samples for tests.
May 11, 2013Massa and Gutierrez handed grid penalties
Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Sauber's Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez were handed three-place grid penalties at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday for impeding rivals in qualifying.
Two-goal Lampard breaks record as Chelsea win at Villa
Frank Lampard broke Chelsea's all-time scoring record with two goals as the European champions all but secured a top-four finish in the Premier League with a 2-1 win in an incident-packed game at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Shrestha wins Surya Nepal Masters after Abhijit falters
Defending champion Abhijit Singh Chadha faltered in the play-off as local favourite Shivaram Shrestha lifted the 20th Surya Nepal Masters golf tournament at the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort in Kathmandu on Saturday.
Randhir, Malhotra remain adamant on pullout
With four days to go for the crucial meeting between Indian officials and the International Olympic Committee, efforts to persuade acting IOA President VK Malhotra and IOC member in India Randhir Singh to reconsider their decision to pull out have not borne fruit with both insisting on staying away.
Anand crushes Topalov, moves to joint second
World champion Viswanathan Anand crushed his former challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the third round to jump to the joint second spot in the Norway Chess 2013 super tournament in Sandnes.
Bhupathi-Bopanna lose at Madrid Masters
Indian Challenge ended at the Madrid Open with the straight set defeat of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna at the hands of unseeded team of Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Kubot in Madrid.
Divij, Purav bow out of Kunming Challenger
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja overcame a wobbly start to put up a good fight but eventually lost the semifinals of the $125,000 ATP Challenger tournament to Samuel Groth and John-Patrick Smith in Kunming.
May 10, 2013Commonwealth TT: India finish with 2 silver, 7 bronze
Achantha Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das suffered contrasting semi-final defeats in the singles as India rounded up its Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships campaign without a gold medal, in Delhi, on Friday.
Everton warn media: Don't ask Moyes about United job
Everton manager David Moyes will not answer questions about his new appointment at Manchester United when he speaks to journalists at his regular Friday news briefing, the club said.
Mourinho return would be great for Chelsea, says Lampard
Frank Lampard would love to see Jose Mourinho return for a second stint as coach of Chelsea, the England midfielder said on Thursday.
Brit sailing champ dies as boat capsizes in US at training
British yacht-racing champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was killed on Thursday when his vessel capsized in San Francisco Bay during training for the America's Cup, his team said.
May 09, 2013CWG TT: Indians shine; Mouma bags mixed doubles silver
India's Mouma Das bagged a silver medal in the mixed doubles event while entering the semi-finals of the singles and doubles competition, to round off a sparkling day for the hosts at the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in New Delhi.
Relaxed Serena through to last eight in Madrid
A laid-back Serena Williams breezed into the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Thursday when she barely broke sweat in a 6-3, 6-1 drubbing of Maria Kirilenko.
China's Lin Dan awarded World Championship wild card
Double Olympic champion Lin Dan of China will defend his World Championships title in August after receiving a wild card for the Guangzhou event, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Thursday.
'Malhotra's presence does not matter too much'
Sports Ministry termed Vijay Kumar Malhotra's decision to stay away from the May 15 meeting with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne as "disappointing" but said that the Indian Olympic Association acting chief's presence would not have in any case mattered too much.
Malhotra, Randhir pull out of IOC meet
The Indian Olympic Association's acting president V K Malhotra and IOC member in India Randhir Singh are apparently miffed with the world body's changed stance.
Golfer Singh sues PGA Tour over doping case
Former World No 1 Vijay Singh sued the PGA Tour on Wednesday, a week after golf's premier tour dropped a doping a case against the three-times major winner.
May 08, 2013Indian men settle for Commonwealth TT silver
The Indian men's team suffered a 0-3 thrashing from a much superior Singapore and had to settle for the silver medal at the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Punjab cops' plea to test Vijender dismissed
Punjab Police's attempt to "bring out the truth" behind the alleged use of heroin by Beijing Olympics boxing bronze medallist Vijender Singh was nipped in the bud after a local court dismissed its application seeking directions to procure his hair and fingernail samples for testing in the heroin haul case.
NBA: Knicks beat Pacers to level series at 1-1
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, including 20 in the second half, as the New York Knicks turned on the razzle to thrash the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday and level their best-of-seven NBA playoff series at 1-1.
Is Sir Alex Ferguson poised to call it quits?
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's future seems to be in doubt. There are ripe suggestions that the 71-year old Scot is considering drawing his nearly 27-year reign as manager to an end.
May 07, 2013Raghunath, Sunil score in India's win over Netherlands
Indian team began its preparations for the FIH Men's Hockey World League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over hosts Netherlands on Tuesday.
Badminton players to get two challenges per match
Shuttlers will be allowed two challenges when badminton uses technology to rule on contentious decisions for the first time at next month's Indonesia Open, the governing body of the sport said.
Serena makes serene progress into Madrid third round
World number one and defending champion Serena Williams continued her serene progress at the Madrid Open tennis when she eased past Spanish wild card Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 7-5 in the second round on Tuesday.
Commonwealth TT: Indian men in final
India's men paddlers entered the final of the team championship at the 19th Commonwealth Championships, beating England, while the women went down fighting to the same opponents, in the semi-finals, in Delhi, on Tuesday. While the men prevailed 3-2, the women's team lost 2-3 and had to settle for the bronze medal.
Pacquiao returns to the ring to take on Rios in Macau
Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring to fight American Brandon Rios in a 12-round welterweight clash in Macau on November 24, the Filipino's publicist said.
O'Shea rescues point to ease Sunderland relegation fears
John O'Shea scored a second-half equaliser as 10-man Sunderland rescued a 1-1 draw at home to StokeCity on Monday that moved them three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
May 06, 2013India assured of two medals at Commonwealth TT Ch'ship
Indian paddlers continued to impress as both men's and women's teams assured themselves of at least two bronze medals by progressing to the semi-finals of the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in New Delhi.
It feels good to be back in form: Neha Aggarwal
Neha Aggarwal, who was touted as one of the most promising talents in table tennis when she earned a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, could not quite lived up to the expectations but the Delhi girl said that she was slowly getting her rhythm back.
Tomic's father to appear in court after attack
Bernard Tomic's father and coach John is due to appear in a Madrid court later on Monday after he attacked one of his son's coaching team on a street in the Spanish capital at the weekend, local police sources said.
Indian shooting coach denied US visa
India's pistol shooters competing in the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA, will be without the services of coach Sayed Wajid Ali, as he has been denied a visa to travel for the May 4-13 tournament. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said the US embassy is yet to give a reason for denying the government core-group coach visa.
NBA: LeBron James named Most Valuable Player
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was named the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season on Sunday.
Juve win title, Klose scores five for Lazio
Juventus clinched their second successive Serie A title with three games to spare by beating Palermo 1-0 on Sunday while Miroslav Klose hit five goals in Lazio's 6-0 demolition of hapless Bologna.
May 05, 2013Everton's European hopes fade after Liverpool draw
Everton's hopes of playing European football next season receded after they drew 0-0 at city rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Indian paddlers enter Rd 2 of Commonwealth TT
It was a good beginning for the Indian paddlers in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships, as both the women's and men's team advanced to the second round of the tournament with minimum fuss in New Delhi.
Mayweather cruises to points win on ring return
Floyd Mayweather showed little sign of ring-rust after a year out of the sport as he used sublime defense and a steady parade of right hands to dominate fellow American Robert Guerrero and retain his WBC welterweight championship on Saturday.
Evert hurt by Connors' revelations of 'private matter'
Tennis great Chris Evert has hit out at her former fiance Jimmy Connors for hinting that their relationship ended in the 1970s after she had an abortion against his wishes.
May 04, 2013Dempo hold East Bengal to a 2-2 draw
East Bengal's chance to stay in contention for the title race ended after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Dempo FC in the 25th round of the I-League played at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Saturday.
Bale strikes to boost Spurs' Champions League bid
English player of the year Gareth Bale scored a spectacular late winner to boost Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League hopes with a 1-0 victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
HI recommends Sardar for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award
India captain Sardar Singh has been nominated by the Hockey India for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Divij-Raja end runners-up in Johannesburg Challenger
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja had to be content with yet another runners-up finish after losing the title clash of the ATP Soweto Open to Prakash Amritraj and Rajeev Ram in Johannesburg.
May 03, 2013ATP chief Drewett dies aged 54
Brad Drewett, executive chairman and president of the men's ATP Tour since 2012, died aged 54 on Friday from Motor Neurone Disease, the ATP said in a statement.
'Govt won't go to IOC meet unless there's consensus'
The Sports Ministry said unless there is consensus in the IOA, the government will not be going for the meeting with the International Olympic Committee scheduled to be held in Lausanne on May 15 to find a way for India's return to the Olympic movement.
Jeev, Bhullar make cut in China
Jeev Milkha Singh comfortably made the cut while Gaganjeet Bhullar had to dig deep with three birdies in last four holes to join him for the weekend rounds at the European Tour event Volvo China Open.
Sindhu enters final of Malaysia Grand Prix
Top seed P V Sindhu stormed into the final of the women's singles event at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament with a straight-game win over Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand in Kuala Lumpur.
Promising archer commits suicide at training camp
In a shocking incident, Pratima Boro, an international archer from Assam, committed suicide at the Army Sports Training Centre in Pune where she has been participating in the national camp.
Del Potro ruled out of Madrid Open with virus
World number seven Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open because of a viral infection, organisers said on Friday.
IOA finalises four-member delegation for IOC meeting
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) finalised a four-member delegation, which will accompany Sports Ministry officials, for a meeting with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne on May 15 to find a way for India's return to the Olympic movement.
India denies visa to Pakistan paddlers
Paddlers from across the border will not be participating in the upcoming Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in New Delhi, as the Indian authorities have not granted visas to the Pakistani squad for the tournament, starting on May 5.
Ronaldinho sparks Atletico Libertadores comeback
Libertadores Cup favourites Atletico Mineiro took a big step towards the quarter-finals with a 2-1 away win over 10-man Sao Paulo in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Thursday.
Derrick joins Salgaocar FC as coach
Pune FC coach Derrick Pereira is finally back with Salgaocar FC after he signed a deal his former club, according to club secretary Raj Gomes.
NBA: What next for Lakers after tumultuous season?
After enduring a roller-coaster season described by Hall of Famer Earvin 'Magic' Johnson as "one of the worst" in franchise history, Los Angeles Lakers fans are scratching their heads over what may happen next.
McIlroy among seven tied for Wells Fargo lead
World No 2 Rory McIlroy, back at the scene of his first PGA Tour win, fired a five-under 67 at Quail Hollow on Thursday for a seven-way share of the first-round lead in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Chelsea rollercoaster ride heading for more glory
Chelsea's rollercoaster of a season could yet end with another night of European glory after they knocked FC Basel out of the semi-finals on Thursday to set up a Europa League final against Benfica.
Blatter drops hint he plans to stay on as FIFA president
FIFA president Sepp Blatter dropped a hint he plans to stand again for another four year term as the head of world soccer's governing body during a speech to AFC delegates in Malaysia on Friday.
Europa League: Cardozo fires Benfica into final
Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo's well-taken double fired Benfica into a Europa League final with Chelsea after they beat Fenerbahce 3-1 in Lisbon to win their semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
May 02, 2013Sindhu in Malaysia GP semis, Gurusaidutt out
Top seed P V Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the women's singles at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament with a straight-games win over Hera Desi of Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
NBA: Proud Celtics making stand against Knicks
It might be the last Celtics stand for the tandem of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett but they showed their class and determination as Boston humbled the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Mayweather calm in face of 'woman beater' taunts
Eight-time World champion Floyd Mayweather refused to be drawn into a war of words at the final news conference for his WBC welterweight title clash with Robert Guerrero on Wednesday, despite being labelled a "woman beater" by his opponent's father.
World bodies back Augusta ruling not to disqualify Woods
Golf's governing bodies ruled on Wednesday that Augusta National officials made the correct call not to disqualify world number one Tiger Woods for an improper ball drop at the Masters.
Sheikh Salman wins AFC presidential election
Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa will run Asian football for the next two years after the Bahraini won a three-way election for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday.
Bayern spurred by final defeat to Chelsea: Heynckes
Bayern Munich began to lay the foundations for this season's impressive run to the Champions League final immediately after their defeat to Chelsea in last year's showpiece, coach Jupp Heynckes said on Wednesday.
May 01, 2013Sindhu, Gurusaidutt advance at Malaysian GP
Top seed P V Sindhu advanced to the second round of the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after recording a win over Singapore's Chena Jiayuan.
WADA disappointed with Puerto verdict, considers appeal
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has voiced its disappointment with Tuesday's decision by the judge in Spain's "Operation Puerto" doping trial to destroy all the evidence from the case instead of making it available to other sports bodies and said it is considering an appeal.
Poonia to take part in Doha leg of Diamond League
Ace Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia will be participating in the opening leg of the prestigious Diamond League Meetings series in Doha on May 10, which will give her a launchpad for her preparations for the Asian and World Championships later this year.
Vijay Singh cleared of doping charges
Vijay Singh has been cleared of doping by the PGA Tour despite admitting that he used a spray containing elements of a banned substance.
NRAI files appeal in Delhi High Court
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court exactly nine days after the court declared the shooting body's April 6 elections as null and void.
April 30, 2013Indian shuttlers have mixed day at Malaysia GP
It was a mixed day for Indian shuttlers at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, as R M V Gurusaidutt, K Srikanth and c won their respective first round matches while others crashed out of the men's singles, in Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday.
Tokyo governor apologises for remarks on Muslims, Istanbul
Tokyo's outspoken governor, Naoki Inose, who heads the city's bid for the 2020 Olympics, apologised on Tuesday for "inappropriate" comments he made about rival candidate Istanbul and Islamic countries.
Benteke treble leads Villa rout of Sunderland
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a crushing 6-1 win over Sunderland on Monday that gave them a massive lift in their battle for Premier League survival.
Collins comes out as first gay player in US sports
Veteran basketball player Jason Collins announced on Monday that he was gay, smashing through one of the final frontiers in US sports with a frank personal statement and winning warm praise as a groundbreaker.
April 29, 2013Sindhu to spearhead Indian challenge at Malaysia GP
Entering the tournament as the top seed in the women's singles, rising shuttler P V Sindhu will spearhead the Indian challenge at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold 2013, starting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
Jwala likely to have a new mixed doubles partner
Ace India shuttler Jwala Gutta said that she is likely to have a new mixed doubles partner in Manu Atri from the next tournament.
Birmingham City owner pleads not guilty to money laundering
Birmingham City football club owner Carson Yeung pleaded not guilty to charges of laundering more than HK$720 million and his defence team sought to have the case thrown out, saying some related documents were no longer available.
Anand settles for an easy draw against Kramnik
World Champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a good start in the second leg of Alekhine Memorial Chess Tournament by holding Vladimir Kramnik for an easy draw in the sixth round that concluded in St Petersburg.
Chowrasia back in top-20 of Asian Tour Order of Merit
Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia on Monday broke back into the top-20 of the Asian Tour Order of Merit, moving up to 18th after a strong showing at last week's Ballantine's Championship in Korea.
Tottenham's Bale named English PFA player of the year
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale became only the third man to be named the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year and young player of the year in the same season on Sunday.
April 28, 2013Wei, Intanon are India Open badminton champions
World No 1 Lee Chong Wei faced a stiff challenge but eventually stamped his class to prevail over Kenichi Tago of Japan and claim the men's singles title at India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi on Sunday.
BAI amends constitution to fall in line with Sports Code
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has amended its constitution to align itself in accordance with the Government's Sports Code by fixing the age and tenure limitation of its office bearers.
Sania-Bethanie enter final of Stuttgart WTA event
Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands earned themselves a shot at their third title of the season by reaching the final of the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
April 27, 2013Sindhu top seed at Malaysia GP Gold Badminton
Rising shuttler P V Sindhu has been given the top billing in the women's singles event at the Malaysia Grand Prix Gold 2013 starting in Kuala Lumpur from April 30.
Curtains drawn on India's campaign at India Open
India's campaign at the India Open Super Series badminton tournament ended after P V Sindhu and Anand Pawar lost their respective women's and men's semi-final matches in straight games in New Delhi on Saturday.
April 26, 2013India to host Thomas, Uber Cup finals in 2014
For the first time India will play host to the final rounds of the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup championship next year after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) officially awarded the hosting rights to the country.
Sindhu, Pawar make it to last four in India Open
P V Sindhu and Anand Pawar kept India's hopes alive by making it to the semi-finals of the women's and men's singles event of the India Open Super Series Badminton Championship.
UCI go on the attack after latest accusations by USADA
Cycling's world governing body hit back at the US Anti-Doping Agency on Friday after being accused by USADA president Travis Tygart of failing to deal with the consequences of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
April 25, 2013Vijender welcome to join camp: SAI
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said it has no issues on Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh joining the camp in Patiala as he has got clearance from the NADA.
Saina crashes out in controversial circumstances
Title favourite and world number two Saina Mirza suffered a shock defeat at the hands of unseeded Yui Hashimoto of Japan in controversial circumstances to crash out of the Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series in New Delhi.
India Open: Prannoy stuns Hidayat; Sindhu rallies
India's H S Prannoy caused the biggest upset of the Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series, beating former world No 1 Taufik Hidayat in straight games to enter the third round of the men's singles, in New Delhi, on Thursday.
Brazil booed by own fans in 2-2 draw with Chile
Brazil were booed by their own fans after stumbling to a 2-2 draw with Chile in their first friendly at a 2014 World Cup stadium on Wednesday.
Mourinho aghast over Real's handling of Lewandowski
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho could not understand how his well-drilled side let Robert Lewandowski score four goals in Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win on Wednesday but vowed that his team could still reach the Champions League final.
We are not favourites despite big win, says Klopp
A rampant Borussia Dortmund are by no means favourites to reach the Champions League final despite their crushing 4-1 win against nine-times winners Real Madrid, coach Juergen Klopp said on Wednesday.
April 24, 2013India Open: Kashyap loses in first round, Saina advances
Parupalli Kashyap went down fighting to former World No. 1 Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the first round of the men's singles event in what turned out to be a mixed day for the Indians at the Yonex Sunrise India Open in New Delhi.
NBA: Smothering defense carries Knicks past Celtics
The New York Knicks turned up the defensive pressure in the second half once again to shut down the Boston Celtics and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series on Tuesday.
Armstrong sued by US government over sponsor money
The US government filed court documents Tuesday laying out its case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is accused of defrauding the Postal Service by taking millions of dollars in sponsorship money while flouting professional cycling rules by doping.
Torres mask can't slip in Chelsea's Europa pursuit
Chelsea are in the last chance saloon as far as a trophy goes and Fernando Torres, complete with his 'Mask of Zorro', must continue his recent improvement in swashbuckling style in Thursday's Europa League semi-finals.
Two goals should have been ruled out: Barca's Roura
Bayern Munich's 4-0 rout of Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday was partly down to two goals that should have been chalked off, said assistant coach Jordi Roura.
April 22, 2013Virgin Money to sponsor London Marathon to 2017
Richard Branson's Virgin Money has extended its sponsorship of the London Marathon until at least 2017, the banking group said on Monday after this weekend's race brought big crowds on to the city's streets.
Chauhan wins Asian Junior Boxing event in Kazakhstan
Indian teenager Prayag Chauhan beat local boy Azat Ilyubayev in the lightweight category (60kg) final at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Kazakhstan.
The Germans do not always win anymore: Pique
The era when German teams always came out on top is over and Spain have replaced them as the dominant force in the world game, according to Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar gets Padma Shri
London Olympics silver medalist Vijay Kumar was conferred the Padma Shri by the President in a prestigious ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, on Saturday.
Marquez becomes youngest MotoGP winner
Spanish rookie Marc Marquez out-duelled Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa to win the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday and become the youngest ever winner in the MotoGP premier class.
Atletico beat Sevilla to keep pace with Real
Atletico Madrid stayed hot on the heels of second-placed city neighbours Real Madrid when Radamel Falcao netted his 25th goal of the La Liga campaign in a scrappy 1-0 win at mid-table Sevilla on Sunday.
April 21, 2013Indian grapplers impress in Asian wrestling championships
It was a good day in office for Indian grapplers as they bagged one silver and three bronze medals in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi on Sunday.
Title gone but Man Utd not better than City: Mancini
ManchesterCity manager Roberto Mancini says his side are not inferior to Manchester United despite a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday giving their rivals the chance to clinch their 20th league title with four games to spare.
Malaga owner criticises team for 'playing without heart'
Malaga's outspoken Qatari owner Abdullah Al Thani hit out at the La Liga club's players on Sunday after their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were dealt a blow in Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Valencia.
Abidal return gives Barca options in central defence
As well as putting Barcelona a step closer to winning La Liga, Saturday's 1-0 home win over Levante showed that defender Eric Abidal is fit enough to play a full match after making a remarkable recovery from a liver transplant.
Late Fabregas goal moves Barca closer to title
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas moved Barcelona a step closer to the La Liga title with a late strike in a laboured 1-0 victory at home to mid-table Levante on Saturday.
Arsenal win strengthens Champions League hopes
Arsenal displayed their typical end-of-season resilience without even playing that well to win 1-0 at Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday and strengthen their chances of a Champions League spot next season.
April 20, 2013Asian Wrestling C'ship: Amit wins gold
Amit Kumar clinched gold in men's 55kg category while three other grapplers bagged a bronze each to end two days of disappointment for India in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi.
London increase 40 per cent more police for marathon
Britain is increasing police numbers by 40 per cent for Sunday's London marathon as part of an effort to reassure competitors and spectators after bombs devastated the Boston race on Monday.
April 19, 2013Man United's Young ruled out for rest of season
Manchester United winger Ashley Young will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Mourinho to decide Real Madrid future at end of season
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho refrained from committing to remaining at the club beyond the end of this season on Friday and said a decision on his future would be taken at the end of the current campaign.
Badminton: Sindhu knocked out of Asia C'ships
India's campaign at the Badminton Asia Championships ended after P V Sindhu lost her women's singles quarter-final against Eriko Hirose of Japan in a hard-fought contest in Taipei on Friday.
Cavaliers, Pistons fire coaches, Collins resigns
Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank joined Cleveland Cavaliers' Byron Scott and Philadelphia 76ers' Doug Collins on the unemployment line on Thursday, as heads continued to roll just hours after the NBA regular season concluded.
April 18, 2013Paes-Melzer in quarter-finals of Monte Carlo
Leander Paes and his Austrian partner Jurgen Melzer outplayed Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna to enter the quarter-finals of the men's doubles event of the Monte Carlo Masters.
Rana, Sharma miss medals in Asian wrestling
The Indian grapplers returned empty-handed after the opening day's proceedings in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship came to an end as Sunil Kumar Rana and Gaurav Sharma lost their respective bronze medal bouts in the Greco-Roman category.
Britain's most successful Olympian Hoy retires
Britain's most successful Olympian Chris Hoy, who won two golds at the 2012 London Games to add to three from Beijing four years earlier and his first in Athens in 2004, said the time was right to quit the saddle having exhausted 'every last ounce of effort and energy'.
Sindhu upsets former world No 1 Shixian in Taipei
Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu pulled off an upset over former world No 1 Shixian Wang of China to storm into the women's singles quarter-finals at the Badminton Asia Championships in Taipei. The world No 16, the lone Indian woman in the fray in the absence of star compatriot Saina Nehwal, rallied from a game down to win a tense contest 15-21, 21-14, 22-20.
Veteran Wallace announces retirement from NBA
New York Knicks forward Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Wednesday after injuries ruled him out of this season's playoffs.
Murray loses in Monte Carlo, Nadal through
Rafael Nadal calmly continued his bid for a ninth consecutive crown at the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-2, 6-4 third-round victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Thursday.
'Armstrong's samples had traces of steroids in 1999'
Lance Armstrong returned four samples with traces of banned corticosteroids in the 1999 Tour de France, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday, although the governing body added it did not handle them as positive tests.
April 17, 2013I-League: Churchill rally to hold Dempo to 2-2 draw
Sunil Chhetri scored twice to help Churchill Brothers come from behind and hold Dempo SC to a 2-2 draw in a 24th round match of the I-League football championship at Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco on Wednesday.
India's joint meeting with IOC postponed
The much-anticipated joint meeting between representatives of the suspended Indian Olympic Association, the Sports Ministry and the International Olympic Committee, to find a way in resolving the issues that led to India's ban from the Olympics, has been postponed from May 7 to May 15.
Kashyap, Sindhu in 2nd round of Badminton Asia Championship
London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap and rising Indian woman shuttler P V Sindhu won their respective first round matches in the men's and women's singles event in the Badminton Asia Championship in Taipei on Wednesday.
Bolt to head cast at London's 'anniversary games'
Usain Bolt will return to London to compete in the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Olympic Stadium in which he achieved a clean sweep of gold medals last year.
Boston Marathon will return in 2014, say organisers
The organisers of the Boston Marathon said on Tuesday they planned to hold the 118th edition of the race next year, vowing to continue in the wake of a bombing attack that killed three and injured 176 at the finish line on Monday.
April 16, 2013Asia C'ship: Sayali fails to qualify for main draw
India's Sayali Gokhale failed to qualify for the main draw of women's singles event in the Badminton Asia Championships after losing her second and final round qualifier in Taipei.
Boxer Vijender's dope test negative: Sports ministry
Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender Singh had tested negative for any banned substances conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
Juve charge 11 points clear by beating Lazio
Juventus's pursuit of the Serie A title gathered pace on Monday as they opened up an 11-point lead at the top of the table after Arturo Vidal scored twice in a 2-0 win at Lazio.
Boston games postponed after blasts
The National Hockey League has postponed Monday's game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators due to the deadly explosions that hit the Boston Marathon earlier in the day, while the NBA has called off a Boston Celtics game.
April 15, 2013Masters champion Scott leaps to third in rankings
Adam Scott has climbed to a joint career-high number three in the world rankings following his dramatic Masters victory on Sunday.
French Open prize money gets $4 million boost
The French Open's total prize money for 2013 has been increased by more than three million euros to 22 million euros, organisers said on Monday.
Sushil, Yogeshwar to skip Asian championship
Indian fans would be deprived of watching their Olympic medal winning grapplers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt in action at the upcoming Senior Asian Wrestling Championship as the two have not yet recovered from their respective injuries.
Former tennis player Srichaphan wants to take up golf
Having traded his racquet for a set of clubs, former World No. 9 tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan is planning on moving into the ranks of professional golf despite the Thai only taking up the sport two years ago.
Second consecutive win thrills Mahi Racing's co-owners
Mahi Racing Team India co-owners actor Nagarjuna and Nandish Domlur are thrilled by their side's second win in a row in the FIM Supersport Championship.
Two fans shot dead as World Cup stadium is put to test
Two soccer fans were shot dead on their way to a match at the Arena Castelao World Cup stadium in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza on Sunday, media reported.
Inspired Mandanda saves Marseille as PSG move clear
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda produced a superb performance to help Olympique Marseille grab a 0-0 draw at Lille on Sunday, leaving Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain nine points clear with six games left.
Milan scorer Flamini sent off in draw, Inter lose
Mathieu Flamini scored and was sent off as AC Milan were held 1-1 by Napoli in a third-versus-second battle in Serie A on Sunday while Inter Milan were on the wrong end of another controversial penalty in a 2-0 loss at Cagliari.
Ronaldo powers Real to victory, Barca also win
Cristiano Ronaldo proved too powerful for Athletic Bilbao as he scored with a fizzing free kick and a towering header in Real Madrid's bruising 3-0 victory at San Mames in La Liga on Sunday.
Scott will win more Majors than any Australian: Norman
Newly-crowned Masters champion Adam Scott will win more majors than any other Australian, according to compatriot Greg Norman, who famously missed out on the famed green jacket three times.
April 14, 2013Another victory for Dhoni's Mahi Racing team
Fabien Foret sealed Mahi Racing's second consecutive win at the FIM World Supersport Championship by clinching the second race of the season at Aragon in Spain on Sunday.
Baseball, softball merge to seek Games return
The governing bodies of baseball and softball have merged in a bid to win back their spot on the Olympic programme, the heads of the federations said on Sunday.
Baptista late show brings cheer back to Malaga
Julio Baptista scored in added time to lift Malaga to a 1-0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, helping the club shake off some of the disappointment from their midweek Champions League exit.
Dortmund hit six and Bayern four in easy wins
Germany's Champions League semi-finalists went on scoring sprees in the Bundesliga on Saturday with Borussia Dortmund blasting five first-half goals in a 6-1 win at Greuther Fuerth and champions Bayern Munich beating Nuremberg 4-0.
Augusta Masters: Snedeker, Cabrera share lead
American Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera of Argentina survived a drama-packed day at the Masters on Saturday to share the lead after the third round, nosing themselves ahead of a congested leaderboard that included the imposing figure of Tiger Woods.
NBA: Season over for Bryant after achilles surgery
Kobe Bryant has undergone surgery on an injured Achilles tendon and could be sidelined for up to nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Saturday.
Eleven arrests in Millwall end as violence mars FA Cup semis
Eleven people were arrested in the Millwall supporters' section of Wembley Stadium on Saturday and four police officers suffered minor injuries after violence marred the London club's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Wigan Athletic.
FA Cup: Wigan reach final as Millwall fans fight themselves
Wigan Athletic reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history when they beat Championship side Millwall 2-0 at a soggy Wembley in a match overshadowed by violence which broke out when Millwall supporters began fighting each other.
April 13, 2013'We want agreement with IOA, NSFs before meeting'
The government wants an agreement with the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations on the contentious Sports Code before having a joint meeting with the International Olympic Committee next month, Sports Secretary P K Deb said on Saturday.
Masters: Woods gets two-shot penalty for improper drop
Tiger Woods avoided possible disqualification from the Masters on Saturday when he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for taking an improper drop during Friday's second round.
'IOA mulls amending constitution in line with Sports Code'
The suspended Indian Olympic Association is willing to amend its constitution in line with age and tenure guidelines of the controversial Sports Code of the government, a top IOA official said on Saturday.
Sharath, Shamini bow out of Asian Cup TT
Indian paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and K Shamini have failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the 26th Table Tennis Asian Cup, being played at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong.
IOA officials question IOC's move to write to Ministry
The International Olympic Committee's decision to write a letter directly to the Sports Minister for a joint meeting has come as a surprise to suspended IOA officials.
Ba and Bertrand should be back for Chelsea's Wembley trip
Holders Chelsea should have striker Demba Ba and defender Ryan Bertrand available for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against ManchesterCity at Wembley.
Day seizes one-shot lead, China prodigy makes cut
Jason Day put himself in prime position once again to end Australia's Masters jinx when he fired a four-under-par 68 to seize the lead at the halfway mark of the year's first major championship on Friday.
Betis battle back to draw 3-3 against 10-man Sevilla
Real Betis stormed back from three goals down to draw 3-3 at home to 10-man Sevilla thanks to a late goal from Emmanuel Nosa Igiebor in a typically fraught La Liga derby between the Andalusian city neighbours on Friday.
April 12, 2013Indian shuttlers' campaign at New Zealand Open over
India's campaign at the New Zealand badminton Open ended after Ajay Jayaram and Arvind Bhat lost in the quarter-finals of the men's singles, in Auckland, on Friday.
Disgraced cyclist Armstrong sells Austin home
Disgraced former cycling champion Lance Armstrong has sold his sprawling home in the hills of Austin, Texas, his spokesman said on Thursday.
April 11, 2013Jayaram, Bhat in third round at Auckland
Ajay Jayaram and Arvind Bhat were the only bright spots on an otherwise disappointing day for Indian shuttlers at the New Zealand Badminton Open on Thursday.
England can't win World Cup: Charlton
England are unlikely to become world champions again because the country's Premier League is now flooded with foreign players, 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Charlton said on Wednesday.
Tiger and Rory set for Masters title bid
With a resurgent Tiger Woods once again on the prowl and Rory McIlroy seemingly back in form, golf fans eagerly await the start of the 77th Masters which is now only hours away at Augusta National.
Aisam wants to play in Bhupathi's ITPL
Pakistan's top player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi says he will compete in the inaugural International Tennis Premier League, which is to be launched by Indian star Mahesh Bhupathi by the end of this year.
United refocus on title assault after City blip
A chastening home defeat to Manchester City has given Premier League leaders Manchester United all the incentive they need to win against Stoke City on Sunday and move closer to sealing a 20th English league title.
April 10, 2013AAI suspension affecting Railways archers' careers
The derecognition of the Archery Association of India has jeopardised the careers of archers employed with the Railways as they have been asked not to take part in any tournament conducted by the AAI.
Controversial sports code delays India's IOC return
India appears no closer to a return to the Olympic fold as officials from the country's Olympic association and sports ministry bicker over a controversial government sports code.
Balotelli banned for three matches after insulting official
Maverick forward Mario Balotelli was given a three-match ban on Tuesday for insulting the fourth official at the end of AC Milan's 2-2 draw at Fiorentina at the weekend.
Saina gets top billing at Indian Open
In the absence of top Chinese shuttlers, Indian ace Saina Nehwal has been seeded number one and handed a relatively easy draw in the upcoming Yonex Sunrise Indian Open badminton tournament, scheduled to be held in New Delhi from April 23-28.
April 09, 2013CL Preview: Juve's Conte cannot afford another selection mishap
Antonio Conte made an uncharacteristic hash of his team selection against Bayern Munich last week and the Juventus coach cannot afford to get it wrong again as his side chase a two-goal deficit on Wednesday.
Malaga coach Pellegrini back for Dortmund quarter-finals
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini will arrive in Germany in time for the Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday after returning to Chile for the funeral of his father.
April 08, 2013Sushil, Yogeshwar doubtful for Asian Championship
Recuperating from their shoulder and knee injuries, star Indian grapplers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt remain doubtful starters for the Senior Asian Wrestling Championship to be held from April 18 to 22.
Businessman charged in referee's sexual bribes case
Businessman Eric Ding Si Yang has been charged with three counts of corruption relating to the sexual bribes case involving three Lebanese soccer match officials, Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said on Monday.
Armstrong team mate Kjaersgaard avoids doping sanctions
Steffen Kjaersgaard, a team-mate of Lance Armstrong's at US Postal from 2000-03, will not face sanctions, despite admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs, Norwegian anti-doping authorities said on Monday.
We are better force now: Mallya
Sahara Force India do not depend now just on wet weather conditions to upset the big teams as the car is competitive enough in all conditions, team principal Vijay Mallya asserted on Monday.
No medal for Olympics silver medallist Vijay in World Cup
London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar could not live up to the billing as he failed to qualify for the finals of the 25-metre rapid fire pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea on Monday.
Atletico pair sent off in draw at Getafe
Atletico Madrid slipped three points behind second-placed Real Madrid after having two players sent off in a 0-0 draw at Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.
Serie A: Denis 12-minute hat-trick floors Inter
Fiorentina, two goals down and reduced to 10 men, converted two quickfire penalties to draw 2-2 with AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday while a 12-minute hat-trick by German Denis gave Atalanta a 4-3 win at a stunned Inter Milan after they had trailed 3-1.
April 07, 2013Rupesh crowned Asian Billiards champion
Reigning world champion Rupesh Shah added another feather in his cap by clinching the 12th Asian Billiards championship with win over compatriot Alok Kumar in the fiercely fought final, in Indore on Sunday.
Australia's Ormsby holds nerve for maiden win, Kapur 4th
Shiv Kapur had the best performance among Indian golfers as he finished fourth at the Panasonic Open India which concluded at the Delhi Golf Club in New Delhi on Sunday.
Balotelli fined for smoking in train toilet
AC Milan's maverick forward Mario Balotelli was caught smoking in the toilet on the train during the team's journey to Florence and will be fined, chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Sunday.
Jaideep appointed as president of ITPA
Former Davis Cupper Jaideep Mukherjea was appointed president of the newly-formed Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) while Leander Paes was surprisingly named as one of three vice presidents.
Divij-Purav end runners-up at Leon Challenger
Divij Sharan and Purav Raja had to be content with a runners-up finish at the ATP Challenger event in Leon as they lost the summit clash in straight sets to Chris Guccione and Matt Reid.
Russian Serebryakov suspended after positive EPO test
Euskaltel-Euskadi's Russian rider Alexander Serebryakov has been suspended after traces of the blood booster EPO were found in his urine, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on their website.
April 06, 2013Kapur tied 3rd; Ormsby keeps lead to stay ahead of Lam