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May 24, 2015
Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after Mercedes gaffe
Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop.
Champions Bayern will come back stronger: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola pledged his team would come back stronger next season after they lifted the league trophy in a huge post-match party following a 2-0 victory over Mainz 05 to end their Bundesliga campaign in style.
Security breach as fan attempts selfie with Federer
Security was breached at the French Open on Sunday when a fan jumped onto Court Philippe Chatrier and attempted to take a selfie with Roger Federer.
PHOTOS: Cheers and tears as champs Barca give Xavi emotional send-off
It was a night of mixed emotions at the Camp Nou on Saturday as FC Barcelona's veteran midfielder and captain, Xavi, known for his slick short passes, played his final La Liga match against Deportivo la Coruna.
Indian badminton's golden girls Sania and Sindhu set for clash
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal is likely to clash with fellow Indian P V Sindhu in the women's singles second round of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in Jakarta next month.
French Open PHOTOS: Federer breezes through first round
Images from Day 1 of the French Open matches played at Roland Garros on Sunday
Sri Lanka stripped of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomy
The Olympic Council of Asia are looking for new hosts for the 2017 Asian Youth Games after stripping Sri Lanka of the event because of an ongoing row over autonomy that has plagued sports in the island nation.
NBA: Warriors take 3-0 lead over Rockets in Western finals
The Golden State Warriors are one victory away from the NBA Finals after routing the Houston Rockets 115-80 in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.
Serie A: Britos sent off as Napoli Champions League hopes fade
Defender Miguel Britos was sent off for head-butting an opponent as Napoli lost 3-1 at champions Juventus on Saturday, all but ending their hopes of Champions League football next season.
Ronaldo tweets his support to under-fire Real Madrid coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled strong support for coach Carlo Ancelotti and sent a clear message to club president Florentino Perez that he does not want the Italian to be sacked.
Meet Real Madrid's youngest La Liga debutant
Teenage Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard became Real Madrid's youngest La Liga debutant at the age of 16 when he came on as a substitute in the 58th minute of Saturday's final game of the season at home to Getafe.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo smashes hat-trick; Atletico stay third on table
Atletico Madrid secured a berth in the Champions League group stage for next season and Deportivo La Coruna narrowly escaped relegation when they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at champions Barcelona on the final day in La Liga on Saturday.
PHOTOS: 'Irreplaceable Xavi is one of a kind'
FC Barcelona's midfield magician and the architect of tiki-taka football gets emotional farewell
May 23, 2015
Hamilton on pole for Monaco Grand Prix
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took the first Monaco Grand Prix pole position of his career on Saturday to deny Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg a hat-trick.
I was frozen out at Real Madrid, says Khedira
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has accused the La Liga club of freezing him out by dropping him from the team after talks on a contract extension broke down even though he was fit to play.
'I don't need to lie to create better expectations'
One thing that has been consistent about Rafa Nadal's disappointing season so far has been his brutal honesty.
May 22, 2015
Formula One under pressure end alcohol sponsorship
Formula One was accused of sending out a mixed message on alcohol at the Monaco Grand Prix on Friday by giving extensive publicity to drinks brands while campaigning for road safety.
Mourinho wins EPL title and this time will keep medal too
Jose Mourinho will receive a third Premier League winners' medal on Sunday but the Chelsea manager is not feeling so charitable this time .
India's football coach blasts Kolkata clubs; targets to break 100 mark
National football coach Stephen Constantine said his 'target' was to breach the 100 mark by the time his two-year contract expires. Ancelotti wants to stay at Real despite trophyless season
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will discuss his future with the club after Saturday's final La Liga game of the campaign at home to Getafe and said he wants to stay on despite a season without a major trophy.
Disrespectful to talk about Nadal's downfall: Sharapova
Predicting Rafael Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday.
What is Monaco Grand Prix? Heaven or hell?
The billionaires, supermodels and suntanned celebrities sipping cocktails in the Monaco sunshine might wonder what planet Jacques Villeneuve is on.
Eight weightlifting coaches handed two-year suspension by IWF
The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has decided to impose a two-year ban on the coaches of all those weightlifters who tested positive for banned substances across different championships in the last few months.
Construction delays force Rio to move water polo venue
Rio de Janeiro is seeking a new venue for the opening water polo matches at the 2016 Olympics after organisers on Thursday confirmed reforms at the proposed venue will not be completed in time.
Ministry wants participation of para-athletes under tri-colour
The ban on Paralympic Committee of India notwithstanding, Sports Ministry has requested the International Paralympic Committee to allow Indian athletes to participate in world competitions under the country's national flag.
Djokovic, Nadal drawn in same pool for French Open
The duo could face each other at the quarter-final stage.
Doha International boxing: Five Indians in finals
Indian boxers shone bright at the Doha International Tournament as Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) advanced to the final, while six others entered the semis.
More withdrawals leave Blatter favourite to retain FIFA top job
"Does anyone think it's normal that one of the candidates doesn't even bother to present an election manifesto that can be voted on May 29."
World number six Raonic pulls out of French Open
World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open having failed to recover from a foot injury, the 24-year-old announced on Thursday.
May 21, 2015
Sterling won't sign Liverpool deal - not for any money, says agent
Raheem Sterling's agent has fuelled the fire surrounding the player's contract standoff with Liverpool by saying the England winger would not sign a new deal at Anfield - even for 900,000 pounds a week.
'It's hard to find a player coming through who can replace Xavi'
If you ask Barcelona and Spain fans about their most cherished footballing memories over the past decade the chances are they will involve an exquisite intervention from midfield maestro Xavi.
Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 glittering seasons
Barcelona midfielder and captain Xavi confirmed on Thursday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season and has agreed to join Qatari side Al Sadd after a glittering career stretching over 17 seasons.
La Liga: Atletico looking to secure Champions League berth
Atletico Madrid have been unable to repeat the magnificent achievements of last season in this campaign but can congratulate themselves on a job well done if they secure a lucrative Champions League berth on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Tennis stars Serena, Caroline party with Eva Longoria
The World No 1 Serena was joined by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at a Champ'Seed party in Monaco.
Blatter's rival Van Praag withdraws from FIFA presidential election
Michael van Praag has withdrawn from next week's election and thrown his weight behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.
Saina Nehwal becomes World No 1 again
Indian star shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the No 1 spot in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings.
Outside the ring: Boxers tussle as defamation suit heats up
The court battle between boxers Akhil Kumar and Dilbagh Singh over a defamation suit filed by the former has become uglier.
Why former Man City striker was held at knifepoint by brothers...
Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has shared a dark secret about his past revealing that he was held at knifepoint by his brothers because they wanted money.
NBA: Hawks lose Game One, Carroll to knee injury
The Atlanta Hawks suffered a double blow on Wednesday when they were beaten 97-89 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One.
Qatar still failing migrant workers: Amnesty
Qatar, host nation of the 2022 World Cup, is still doing little to improve conditions for migrant workers despite promising reform last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Can Figo pull off upset win in FIFA presidentilal polls?
Luis Figo was one of the most talented, successful and exciting players of his generation, leading Portugal to a series of impressive performances which put many bigger countries to shame.
Figure out why Blatter will remain FIFA boss...
Unless the world of soccer shifts on its axis at the end of this month, Sepp Blatter will be re-elected as FIFA president.
Tricky forty-five minutes that could change world football's fate
When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month's Congress.
'Perplexed' World Beijing Challenge officials rubbish Gatlin's claims
Organising committee says he was not kicked out
PHOTOS: Super-sub Matri strikes to help Juventus win Italian cup
Substitute Alessandro Matri was the unlikely hero when he scored an extra-time winner to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, keeping them on course for the treble.
EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland eke out draw at Arsenal, avoid relegation threat
The battle to avoid relegation is now a straight shootout between Hull City and 17th-place Newcastle United, who are two points better off heading into Sunday's final round.
May 20, 2015
Athlete suicide: NHRC notice to Sports Authority of India, Kerala Govt
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to Kerala Government and Sports Authority of India (SAI) after a young female athlete committed suicide at the SAI hostel in Alapuzha on May 7.
Hamilton extends Mercedes stay until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced on Wednesday.
Barca's midfield magician Xavi to bid adieu to boyhood club
Barcelona midfielder Xavi will announce on Thursday he is leaving the club he joined as an 11-year-old to sign a lucrative three-year deal with Qatari side Al Sadd, his agent told Reuters on Wednesday.
FIFA presidential elections: Figo will go all the way!
FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo says he has no plans to quit his campaign.
Sterling named Liverpool's Player of the Year, booed by fans
Sterling was jeered by some supporters, while others shouted "Stay, Raheem" as he picked up the accolade a day after British media reported that the 20-year-old was poised to request a transfer.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: India coach announces list of probables
India's football coach Stephen Constantine announced his preliminary squad of 38 probables for India's forthcoming back to back 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification matches against Oman and Guam respectively.
Juve's Champions League final appearance forces Serie A fixture change
Juventus appears to have surprised Serie A organisers by reaching the Champions League final, forcing last-minute changes to the domestic fixture list.
Murray 'amazed' at criticism over Mauresmo's appointment as coach
Britain's Andy Murray has said he is amazed by the criticism of his decision to appoint Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.
Why World No 1 sprinter Gatlin was 'kicked out' by Beijing organisers
Controversial and currently the world number one sprinter, Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin said his relationship with organisers of the Beijing World Challenge meeting was 'great' on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after furiously claiming he had been 'kicked out' of the event.
Ex-Chelsea defender Luiz makes pledge of virginity
David Luiz, former Chelsea defender, has revealed that he is a virgin and will wait until he is married he is married.
May 19, 2015
'It's better if Rafa loses again, people will stop asking me'
Robin Soderling is sick of being the answer to a favourite quiz question, the one which asks who is the only player to beat nine-times champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
An end to speculations! Audi rules out entry into F1
Germany's Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company said on Monday.
Want to cut cost? Minister suggests roofless stadiums!
Tokyo's sparkling new National Stadium, the centre piece for the 2020 Olympic Games and 2019 rugby World Cup, should ditch its plan for a retractable roof to save money, Japan's sports minister proposed on Monday.
The most dangerous stunt ever!
Extreme sports legend Dean Potter died attempting parachute jump in Yosemite.
EPL PHOTOS: Fabregas gets red as Chelsea slump at West Brom
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off in bizarre circumstances as the below-par Premier League champions, playing with 10 men for over an hour, slumped 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion.
'Nadal will not be the favourite to win Roland Garros'
Nadal no longer 'immovable' object in Paris.
PHOTOS: Valencia pay tribute to Nepal earthquake victims
Valencia paid tributes to the victims of Nepal earthquake in their match against Celta Vigo during La Liga on Sunday.
May 18, 2015
Pressure group, unions want FIFA sponsors to act on Qatar
FIFA's sponsors must challenge soccer's world governing body over human rights abuses at the 2022 World Cup construction sites in Qatar, pressure group New FIFA Now and international workers' unions said on Monday.
Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt gets six years for raping minors
Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison by a South African court on Monday after being found guilty of two counts of rape and a charge of sexual assault of minors, local media reported.
Ancelotti's future in balance as another title slips from Real's grasp
If there is one lesson Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has learned during his two seasons in Spain it is that resting on your laurels is not an option at the world's richest club by income.
An underwater tennis court? Now that's cool!
Dubai may become home to the first underwater tennis centre.
Rewind: How Barca tightened their grip on the title over the season...
La Liga can be summed up in two words- 'Messi's League'
Spain's biggest selling sports daily Marca summed it up in Monday's headline after Barcelona wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years and their 23rd overall on Sunday: 'Messi's League'.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was caught cheating...
It was Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's former long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk who dumped him.
PHOTOS: Barca players let their hair down after 23rd La Liga title win
Spain's footballing giants, FC Barcelona won their 23rd La Liga crown after defeating Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Sunday. And after winning, what was their fifth title in seven years, the Barca players let their hair down and celebrated in style at the Vincent Calderon stadium.
Enrique wins fans and the La Liga crown on Barca return
The enduring image of Luis Enrique for many soccer fans is the Spain player with blood gushing from his nose after a vicious elbow from Italy defender Mauro Tassotti during the 1994 World Cup quarter-final in Boston.
MLS: Kaka inspires Orlando to 4-0 thrashing of Galaxy
LA Galaxy suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Major League Soccer newcomers Orlando City on Sunday.
Benfica win Portuguese league
Benfica won the Portuguese league for the second year running on Sunday.
How Barca won La Liga... straight from the horse's mouth!
Barcelona have had to overcome many changes to win their 23rd La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique said.
Why is 18-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps frustrated?
Michael Phelps was not even fast enough to make the finals.
Zenit win Russian title in first for Villas-Boas
Zenit St. Petersburg, led by Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, won the Russian Premier League title.
McIlroy shatters tournament record at Wells Fargo
Rory McIlroy won for the second time in three weeks and shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the $7.1 million Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.
China's finest athlete Liu bids emotional farewell
Liu Xiang reduced his fans to tears in his home Shanghai Stadium on Sunday as China's finest athlete was given a fittingly heartfelt send-off.
It's 6 in a row for FC Basel!
FC Basel won the Swiss Super League for an unprecedented sixth season in a row on Sunday.
Barcelona...one down, two to go
Barcelona wrap up 23rd La Liga crown with Lionel Messi goal.
Arsenal stay ahead of United, City win thriller
Arsenal stayed ahead of Manchester United in the race to qualify directly for next season's Champions League when they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday while Manchester City made sure of their place in the group stage with a 4-2 win at Swansea City.
May 17, 2015
Sharapova claims Rome Masters title
Russian Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the Rome Masters final on Sunday, the 35th WTA Tour title of her career.
Serie A: Berardi hat-trick helps Sassuolo sink nine-man AC Milan
Domenico Berardi scored a hat-trick, including a so-called phantom goal, against AC Milan for the second season running to give Sassuolo a 3-2 win against opponents who finished the game with nine men on Sunday.
Sania, Hingis second best in Rome but reclaim top rank
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis ended runners-up at the WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia, following defeat in the final against Timea Babos and Kristina
Gowda wins bronze in Shanghai IAAF Diamond League
India's discus thrower Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal in the second leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series in Shanghai on Sunday.
'San Siro should be our fortress, instead it weighs down on us'
San Siro has become a hindrance rather than a help for Inter Milan, coach Roberto Mancini said following their 2-1 home defeat by champions Juventus.
'I've been dreading this moment...I am going to miss it so much'
Steven Gerrard spoke of dread, devastation and defeat on Saturday as the Liverpool captain said farewell to an adoring and emotional Anfield crowd after 17 years and more than 700 appearances.
Paris-Saint Germain clinch third successive Ligue 1 title
Paris St Germain clinched a third successive Ligue 1 title, with a game to spare, and stayed on course for an unprecedented domestic treble with a 2-1 win at Montpellier on Saturday.
Djokovic to meet Federer in Rome final
For the first time this week Novak Djokovic needed only two sets to triumph at theRome Masters, beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 as he reached the final to close in on a 24th Masters 1000 title. The world number one, who is chasing a fourth title in the event, next meets Roger Federer, who knocked out fellow-Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.
Villa and Leicester safe, Gerrard farewell agony
Aston Villa were crushed 6-1 by Southampton but joined Leicester City in celebrating Premier League survival on Saturday while Steven Gerrard's farewell party was spoiled as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace.
May 16, 2015
Southampton's Mane grabs fastest Premier League hat-trick
Southampton's Senegal forward Sadio Mane scored the fastest Premier League hat-trick as he broke a 20-year-old record to help them lead 5-1 at home to Aston Villa by halftime on Saturday.
Meet the powerhouse of Indian shooting...
Gagan Narang has been dubbed the 'powerhouse' of Indian shooting by the Nation Rifle Association of India.
Formula One refuelling return depends on cost, says Wolff
The proposed return of refuelling to Formula One in 2017 will only happen if it is affordable, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff.
World's fastest woman sets sights on attaining greatness
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world's fastest woman, says she is looking forward to one day being lauded as 'one of the greatest' athletes.
5 factors that can revive athletics...
Head-to-head rivalries featuring the world's leading athletes are the best way forward for the beleaguered sport of track and field.
Middlesbrough battle 'Bees' to reach playoff final
Middlesbrough moved within one victory of securing a golden ticket to the Premier League.
'Steven Gerrard is pure Liverpool'
Gerrard will wave goodbye to the Liverpool fans in his final home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Top 8 instances of fan-related violence in Argentina
Most of the deaths are related to fights between the barras bravas, Argentina's hooligan firms.
Italian Open: Wawrinka upsets Nadal; Sharapova overpowers Azarenka
Seven-time Italian Open winner Rafael Nadal lost 7-6(7), 6-2 to Stanislas Wawrinka.
Gatlin storms to 9.74 seconds 100m lifetime best
Justin Gatlin blasted out a warning that he is ready to challenge Usain Bolt's 100 metres hegemony when he stormed to a lifetime best 9.74 seconds to win the event in the opening Diamond League meeting of the season on Friday.
May 15, 2015
Narang wins World Cup bronze, secures quota for Rio Olympics
Gagan Narang on Friday won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in US, earning himself a quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
F1 to bring back refuelling in rules revamp
Formula One is set to bring back refuelling in 2017 as part of a rules revamp that will also make the cars faster, louder and more aggressive looking.
5 Brazilians at Chelsea after Nathan swoop
Chelsea's Brazilian contingent will grow in size to five players after they agreed to sign teenager Nathan from Atletico Paranaense on Thursday.
'Lotus F1 team not for sale'
The Lotus Formula One team is not for sale despite lingering speculation.
Barca forward Suarez picks up hamstring injury
Luis Suarez picked up a hamstring strain in Tuesday's Champions League match at Bayern Munich.
How marriage could help young golfers like McIlroy...
Tony Jacklin believes marriage would help Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to settle down off the golf course.
Meet 13-year-old 'Japanese Messi'
FC Tokyo have taken advantage of Barcelona's punishment for breaching rules on the transfer of young players by swooping to bring home a 13-year-old player dubbed the 'Japanese Messi'.
'Armless' archer eyes cheez-it!
If you thought archery required a steady hand then American Paralympian Matt Stutzman is ready to shoot an arrow through your preconceptions.
Europa League: Sevilla sweep into final
Holders Sevilla swept into a second consecutive Europa League final.
Find out why weekend football Argentina is suspended
The Libertadores Cup derby between Boca Juniors and River Plate was called off at halftime on Thursday after River players were sprayed with an irritant by a fan of their bitter rivals.
Italian Open: Djokovic battles; Nadal 'almost perfect'
Novak Djokovic had to fight back from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.
May 14, 2015
Rome Masters: Sania-Hingis in semis, Bopanna-Mergea lose
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis of Switzerland stormed into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters with a straight-set victory over Julia Goerges and Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Thursday.
International Shooting WC: Rai qualifies; Bindra, Narang disappoint
It was mixed day for Indian shooters at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup as Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang failed to qualify for the final round of the men's 10m Air Rifle event, while Jitu Rai progressed to the qualification round in 50m Pistol on the opening day at Fort Benning, United States on Thursday.
Juventus coach not thinking of Barca's 'MSN' threat just yet
Stopping prolific Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in the Champions League final will be a formidable task, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after his side clinched their place in next month's showpiece in Berlin.
'BBC' flop as Real Madrid exit Champions League
Real Madrid paid more than 200 million euros ($227.76 million) to assemble their forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, but the attacking trio failed them again in Wednesday's Champions League exit to Juventus.
Juve's joy overshadows wage row at Singapore soccer school
While Juventus look forward to a first Champions League final in more than a decade and the riches that success brings, former employees at the Italian giants' Singapore-based soccer school push on with their fight for unpaid wages.
With no silverware in sight, what does the future hold for Ancelotti?
Champions League: Local lad Morata breaks Madridista hearts
'I would have liked to have scored against another team but that's life'
Champions League PHOTOS: Morata stuns Real to fire Juve into final
Juventus shattered Real Madrid's dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.
Tale of two Japanese footballers in India
Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com caught up with the two footballers to find out more about their time in the country.
US relay team stripped of 2012 Olympic silver medals
The members of the US men's 4x100 metres relay team that won silver at the 2012 Olympics have been stripped of their medals following the doping conviction of sprinter Tyson Gay.
May 13, 2015
Rome Masters: Murray storms to 10th successive win on clay
Andy Murray is more afraid of losing his wedding ring than a tennis match these days but that did not stop him from storming to a 10th successive win on clay at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
Champions League: Barca's 'MSN' network working seamlessly
Tuesday's match was the latest masterclass from the South American trio, known in Spain as 'MSN', whose goals have put Barca on the brink of repeating 2009's treble of Champions League and Spanish league and Cup triumphs, the only time a La Liga club have achieved the feat.
Saina shines but India lose to Korea, bow out of Sudirman Cup
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was the only bright spot in what turned out to be a dismal day for the Indian badminton team as it crashed out of the prestigious Sudirman Cup after a 1-4 loss to three-time champions Korea in a Group 1D tie, in Dongguan China, on Wednesday.
Elite sport stars to be roped in as SAI mentors?
"Psychology counsellors may be engaged to counsel the trainees so that they can come out of the emotional trauma. Particular care would be taken to ensure psychological and emotional rehabilitation of the three girls who have survived the suicide attempt."
Real reason why Woods and Vonn split: He CHEATED, again!
Golf legend Tiger Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn called it quits after the golfer was unfaithful to her.
'Urgent need to strengthen the SAI training system'
Noting that several external probes are currently underway -- including police investigation -- preliminary inquiry conducted by the district administration, inquiry by State Sports Secretary and inquiry by State Human Rights Commission, "hence it would not be appropriate to make any specific comment in this regard."
Ragging ruled out as cause for suicide attempt at SAI centre
Ragging did not prompt suicide attempt by four women athletes at Water Sports Centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Punnamada, Alappuzha in Kerala last week, according to a probe report by SAI.
Mayweather, Pacquiao fight smashes pay-per-view records
The 'Fight of the Century' between boxing greats Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao generated record pay-per-view revenue in the United States.
Why Guardiola's money is on Barcelona
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is now backing his former club Barcelona.
Messi is the best player of all time. Period!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
Rome Masters: Djokovic survives Almagro scare, Serena through
Novak Djokovic scraped over his first hurdle at the Rome Masters.
Why the Barcelona coach is 'SUFFERING'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique had a nerve-racking experience having to watch their stellar run from the sidelines.
PHOTOS: How Barca celebrated their march to the final
Their stunning football has been a pleasure to watch for both fans and neutrals this season.
Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute!
Playing helps me forget the war, the bombs, the rockets and the children who were killed.
5 ways F1 can become fan-friendly
Formula One has a reputation for being exclusive and inaccessible compared to series like the world endurance championship, where fans have much more access to the paddock and drivers during race weekends. But the sport is set for a revamp.
Champions League PHOTOS: Barcelona book their place in final
Barcelona's Neymar struck twice to put the Spanish side in the Champions League final despite a 3-2 loss at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as they progressed 5-3 on aggregate and will face Real Madrid or Juventus next month.
May 12, 2015
Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale's agent for suggesting the Wales winger's team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.
Footballers Paul, Lawrence recommended for Arjuna
India football captain Subrata Paul is among retired stars Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli to have been recommended by the All India Football Federation for the prestigious Arjuna Awards.
Will Mercedes extend Hamilton's contract?
Lewis Hamilton's long-awaited new deal with Mercedes could be announced at the showcase race of the Formula One season in Monaco next week.
Chelsea's Hazard named England's Footballer of Year
Hazard collected 53 percent of the vote making him a comfortable winner, while he and Terry's Chelsea team mates Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the top 10.
Pistorius keen to do social work if released on parole
In a desperate bid to get his life back on track, convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has reportedly expressed his interest in assisting disadvantaged children if he is released on parole as early as August.
Nadal struggling, but don't write him off yet!
Despite defeating Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters final, Andy Murray believes that it would be a mistake to write off Nadal from being the 'favourites' for the French Open title.
Belgian footballer, 23, dies of heart attack on pitch
Belgian lower-league defender Tim Nicot, 23, died on Monday after suffering a heart attack during a friendly on Saturday, the second such death in Belgium in two weeks.
Champions League: Real stare at trophy-less season as Juve beckon
'They created danger when we lost the ball or because of our errors. I believe that if we stay calm, remain really patient and make them move then the game will go our way'
Newly married Murray wears his wedding ring on his ...errr shoelace
Andy Murray had his wedding ring tied to his shoelace.
Wait and watch! Formula One an option for Audi!
There has long been speculation about whether Audi might be tempted into Formula One.
Meet the contenders for Nadal's crown...
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are determined and inspired by the opportunity to win their first French Open title.
Women's World Cup: England go for experience
England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women's World Cup in Canada.
A collection to boast of!
Barcelona's Gerard Pique is envied. Not just for his footballing skills bout also his football jersey collection.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal sunk by late Gomis header
Arsenal's hopes of catching Manchester City for second place in the Premier League suffered a setback.
May 11, 2015
Rohan Bopanna is now India's number one doubles player
Rohan Bopanna gained three places to be world number 21, and is now country's top ranked player in the ATP doubles chart.
Champions semis: Can home comfort help Bayern overturn the deficit?
"First we have to play football and see what happens. Maybe we can then score a goal and create an atmosphere in the stadium."
Reality strikes Ferrari as they struggle to bridge gap with Mercedes
Ferrari will be looking for answers in Formula One testing this week after champions Mercedes were more dominant than ever in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Tough to understand India's obsession with Olympics: Advani
TOP Scheme shows how sport treated unequally in India, says Pankaj Advani.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
The past week saw a lot of brilliance in sports. It started with Juventus and Barcelona lighting up the Champions League with their inspiring football and, later in the week, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg stoked the F1 circuit in Spain, capping a brilliant win to cut teammate Lewis Hamilton's lead to 20 points.
Can injury-hit Bayern reverse the tide against dazzling Barca?
Bayern Munich will not only have to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg deficit against Barcelona on Tuesday but they will have to do it against a superb defence and in the midst of their biggest slump in years.
Madrid mauling sees Nadal slip outside top five in a decade
Rafael Nadal slumped to one of his worst defeats in a clay final on Sunday but said his week in Madrid had been positive despite losing his Masters crown to Andy Murray in a crushing 6-3, 6-2 reverse.
When a balanced life off-court brings laurels on it
Murray credits marriage for recent surge on clay
European Soccer Roundup: Barca close in on title, PSG almost there
Barcelona look well set to wrap up the La Liga title.
How Sweet! Ajax players get walked onto pitch by their mothers!
The world celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday but Ajax players did it in style.
Liverpool's top four hopes fade away
Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League all but ended.
United recruit Depay bids stylish farewell to PSV fans
Manchester United-bound Memphis Depay scored a stunning free kick as Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles.
Ethiopian great Gebrselassie retires from competitive running again
Haile Gebrselassie said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running.
Madrid Masters: Murray stuns king of clay Nadal
Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay.
PHOTOS: QPR down after City mauling, Liverpool held
Queens Park Rangers bowed out of the Premier League with a whimper after Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a crushing 6-0 victory over the London club on Sunday.
Bopanna lifts Madrid Open trophy with Florin Mergea
Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna won his third title of the 2015 season and first with new partner Florin Mergea as they lifted the Madrid Open trophy with a tense win over Nenand Zimonjic and Martin Matkowski in Madrid on Sunday.
May 10, 2015
Find out why Bale is suffering at Real...
Gareth Bale is suffering at Real Madrid because his team mates are not passing him the ball enough.
Gowda bags gold in Jamaican International meet
Vikas Gowda continued with his fine form as he came up with an effort of 65.14m to win his event.
Madrid gears up for heavyweight final
Rafael Nadal looked something close to his old masterful self on clay again as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych.
Meet the man who ran 2015's fastest 100 metres
Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100 meters in the world this year.
EPL PHOTOS: Burnley relegated, Man United consolidate fourth spot
Manchester United won 2-1 at Crystal Palace to consolidate fourth spot.
Rosberg ends Hamilton's pole run
Nico Rosberg denied world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton a fifth pole position in a row by seizing the top slot for Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.
May 09, 2015
Yuki-Adrian fight back to win ATP doubles title
Indian Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri clinched his first doubles title of the season with partner Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, following a nerve-wracking win in the rain-hit final of the ATP Challenger event in Karshi, Uzbekistan on Saturday.
Suicide incident: SAI will not rule out 'foul play'
Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas on Saturday said that he would not completely rule out 'foul play'.
Why is Gerrard, Mourinho's favourite enemy?
Jose Mourinho gets a final chance to outwit a player he calls his 'favourite enemy' on Sunday when Steven Gerrard leads Liverpool.
Ligue 1: PSG close in on title with Cavani treble
Paris St Germain took a big step towards the Ligue 1 title when Edinson Cavani's hat-trick inspired them.
Dunga takes over Brazil's Olympic team
Brazil have appointed national team coach Dunga as manager of their Olympic soccer squad.
Kvitova ends Serena's long unbeaten run
World No 1 Serena Williams's 27-match unbeaten run ended with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat by Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open.
Madrid Open: Murray books semi-final spot
Andy Murray continued his strong clay court form by booking a place in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Milos Raonic.
May 08, 2015
Guardiola hails Bayern's 'super season' despite Barca loss
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola shrugged off criticism.
United's Carrick out for the season, confirms Van Gaal
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the final three games of the Premier League season with a calf problem, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
'People called me mad when I was preparing for winning at Olympics'
Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says people called him a 'mad' when he first started dreaming about Olympic medal.
Sania ousted from Madrid Masters, loses number one ranking
What's going on with Vonn after split with Tiger
US skier Lindsey Vonn is reportedly shattered and hurt after her recent break-up with golf ace Tiger Woods.
Liverpool's Sturridge likely to return in September
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to training in September after undergoing hip surgery in the United States, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
Saina awarded Rs 25 lakh for reaching All England final
The government rewarded badminton star Saina Nehwal with Rs 25 lakh for reaching the final of the prestigious All England Open Championship in March.
Jitu Rai, Sanorbat recommended for Arjuna by NRAI
Champion pistol shooter Jitu Rai, Rahi Sarnobat and P N Prakash have been recommended by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the prestigious Arjuna Awards this year.
What you use javelin for once you're retired...
Olympian pulls out daughter's tooth with javelin.
Sports Ministry sets up medical board to probe SAI suicide case
"We have constituted a medical board (for the inquiry into the incident) and our priority is to save the lives of those athletes (girls)," Sonowal said on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi on Friday.
Deceased SAI athlete had told her mother about harassment by seniors
While, Geeta, the mother of the deceased rower, Aparna, disclosed details given by her daughter before her demise, news from the Alapuzha Medical college Hospital states that the three other athletes' conditional critical but stable
I felt Pacquaio won, says Hamilton
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he can see something of himself in Manny Pacquiao, even if the Filipino lost the 'Fight of the Century' last weekend.
Madrid Open: Serena, Sharapova on course for BIG showdown
Serena Williams and defending champion Maria Sharapova remained on course for a heavyweight Madrid Open final.
After 8 month ban Wei denied world championship wildcard
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have opted against giving twice Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei a wildcard for the world championship, leaving Malaysia in an awkward selection position.
Bottas denies Ferrari rumours says 'not thinking about any move'
Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract with Ferrari, saying he was amused by some of the speculation about his Formula One future.
Alonso ready to reclaim podium with gratefulness in heart
Fernando Alonso can see a brighter future for McLaren, despite turning up at his home Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday with a stye in his eye.
Mayweather makes U-turn on re-match; calls Manny sore loser, coward
Two days after saying he would be open to a re-match with Manny Pacquiao, unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. reversed course on Thursday while describing the Filipino as 'a sore loser'.
Europa League PHOTOS: Sevilla on brink of final; Frustration for Napoli
Sevilla stayed firmly on course for a second consecutive Europa League crown when an Aleix Vidal double and a Kevin Gameiro strike secured a thumping 3-0 win at home to Fiorentina in their semi-final first leg on Thursday.
Madrid Masters: Nadal inching towards second title this season
As Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo watched, the World No 4 Nadal went past Italian Bolelli to set up a quarter-final clash against 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
Sprint legend Lewis tells Bolt to shut up and 'clean up his own house'
Sprint legend Carl Lewis on Thursday waded through the Tyson Gay doping controversy, saying that the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt has raised a legitimate issue but he should 'clean up his own country first' before talking about others.
Brazil soccer great Pele is stable after prostate surgery
In a statement, the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele had undergone a transurethral resection of the prostate. According to the US National Institutes of Health's website, the procedure involves removing an internal part of the prostate gland in order to treat an enlarged prostate.
May 07, 2015
Madrid Open: Sharapova battles past Wozniacki into semis
Maria Sharapova remained on course for consecutive Madrid Open titles when she recovered from dropping the second set to beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday and book a spot in the semi-finals.
Manchester United agree deal for PSV's Memphis Depay
Dutch international forward Memphis Depay has agreed to join Manchester United when the transfer window opens in June, his club PSV Eindhoven said on Thursday.
EPL Preview: Burnley need miracle to avoid relegation
Burnley's seemingly doomed attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Toure certain to leave Manchester City
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is '90 per cent certain' to leave the Premier League club.
Boxing pulls out of World Combat Games
Boxing will no longer be part of the World Combat Games and the international federation is also leaving the SportAccord umbrella organisation.
Henry, Leow watch as magical Messi leaves Bayern spellbound
Lionel Messi's exquisite Champions League double for Barcelona against Bayern Munich was a case of history repeating itself with an added magnificent assist for Neymar to seal an emphatic 3-0 semi-final, first leg win.
French League investigates 15 players for betting offences
Fifteen professional players are being investigating by the French Football League (LFP) for breaking anti-betting regulations, the LFP said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Denmark declines to provide area for Serbian fans
The Danish Football Association (DBU) will not set aside a secure area of the national stadium in Copenhagen for groups of Serbian fans when Serbia and Denmark meets in an Euro 2016 Group I qualifier on June 13.
Pacquiao shoulder surgery a success
Manny Pacquiao underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.
PHOTOS: TEN Most Valuable football teams in the world
Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable soccer teams list, followed by their La Liga counterparts, FC Barcelona.
Tall order: Bhullar wants to trigger basketball frenzy in India
Sim Bhullar knows it is going to be a tall order but the first NBA player of Indian descent believes that, like Yao Ming in China, he can trigger basketball frenzy.
SAI to give surviving athletes best possible medical treatment
'It is the most shocking and tragic incident in the history of SAI'
Azarenka suffers match-point meltdown in Serena loss
Victoria Azarenka suffered a stunning meltdown and blew three match points against world number one Serena Williams before losing 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(1) in the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.
Formula One: Williams tester Wolff is close yet still so far
Susie Wolff will be back at the wheel of a Williams Formula One car in Barcelona on Friday with little in the way of fanfare but a clear aim in mind.
One dead as four SAI women athletes attempt suicide
Four teenaged sportswomen, who were undergoing training at Sports Authority of India's, Water Sports Centre in Alapuzha, Kerala, attempted suicide on Wednesday afternoon.
Champions League: Bayern kept possession but lost the plot
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola had predicted there was nothing he could do to contain the sublime talent of Lionel Messi during their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday -- and he was proved right.
Champions League: 77 -- Messi and the magic number
Barcelona and Bayern fought hard but failed to break the shackles until the 77th minute in the match when Messi struck the first and three minutes later struck his 77th Champions League goal to double Barca's advantage.
PHOTOS: Giant-slayer Kyrgios stuns Federer in Madrid
Roger Federer became the latest big name to get sucked up by a whirlwind called Nick Kyrgios as the Australian tyro sent the Swiss top seed spinning out of the Madrid Masters in the second round on Wednesday.
Serena can break Court's 24 Slams singles record: Navratilova
Serena Williams can break Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles despite being five short at an age when most players have retired, according to Martina Navratilova.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi nets double as Barca romp past Bayern
Two late moments of Lionel Messi magic and a goal from Neymar helped Barcelona break the resistance of Bayern Munich in a pulsating 3-0 victory in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
May 06, 2015
Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe's elite
Juventus's win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football's elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.
TTFI not to hire coach for Rio, leaving players in lurch
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided against hiring a foreign coach for the Rio Olympics, a move that will adversely affect the players preparation, especially the women's team, for the Summer Games in August next year.
Liverpool's Sturridge says hip surgery successful
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had successful surgery on a hip problem that effectively ended his season, he said on social media on Tuesday.
Battle of tactics as Barca and Bayern go head to head
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is ready for surprises when he comes up against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich on Wednesday in what he believes will be an open and attractive game.
I'm here to take Bayern to the final: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says there is no way of stopping Barcelona's Lionel Messi in his present form ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash on Wednesday.
From bad boy to leader, Tevez overshadows Real's million-dollar babies
Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
A broken heart and sleepless nights won't distract ambitious Woods
Pro golfer Tiger Woods is not known to show too much emotion on the course or off it but the last few days have been particularly demanding off the former World No 1 and for once he was vocal about it.
Fight of Century: US boxing fans sue Pacquiao for concealing injury
Boxer Manny Pacquiao was sued in a US court on Tuesday by two people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's alleged failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.
Champions League PHOTOS: When Juve dominated Real Madrid
'We made more mistakes than usual, not just Sergio, but at the back we had more difficulties because Juve put us under a lot of pressure'
Mayweather open to rematch with Pacquiao: report
Floyd Mayweather added another wrinkle to the fallout of his fight against Manny Pacquiao by saying he would be open to a rematch after the Filipino southpaw recovers from shoulder surgery, according to an ESPN report on Tuesday.
Juventus beat Real Madrid in Champions League semis first leg
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez scored a second-half penalty as the hosts beat holders Real Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League semi-final, first leg, on Tuesday.
May 05, 2015
BAI joins move to oust IOA chief Ramachandran
The move to oust Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran appears to be gathering steam as Badminton Association of India also joined the chorus in demanding a No Confidence Motion against him by calling a Special General Meeting.
Bopanna-Mergea score hard-fought first round win at Madrid Open
The Indo-Romanian pair defeated the Croat-Finnish combination of Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-6 to enter the Round of 32.
Barca's attacking trio will be too hot to handle for Bayern
The South American trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez reached a scorching 108 goals for the season following the La Liga leaders' 8-0 destruction of Cordoba on Saturday but the team's defence is yet to dispel doubts
Lewandowski included in Bayern squad for Champions League semi-final
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was included in the German champions' squad for their Champions League semi-final, first leg at Barcelona on Wednesday despite serious facial injuries sustained last week.
Pacquiao faces possible sanctions for hiding shoulder injury
The fallout from the "Fight of the Century" became murkier on Monday with possible lawsuits in the works and Manny Pacquiao likely to face disciplinary action for failing to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.
Pivotal Sanchez replicates Henry magic in first season at Arsenal
Earlier this season Arsenal great Henry, who scored 175 Premier League goals for the club, said Sanchez had been Wenger's "best signing in the last six years".
Juve ready to take their chances against 'great' Real Madrid
Coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed suggestions that the newly crowned Serie A champions have nothing to lose
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal coast past Hull, close in on Champions League berth
Arsenal all but sealed Champions League qualification for an 18th successive season after they eased past relegation-threatened Hull City 3-1 in the Premier League on Monday.
May 04, 2015
Jharkhand joins call for No Confidence Motion against IOA chief
The Jharkhand Olympic Association joined Hockey India and the Bowling Federation of India in demanding a No Confidence Motion against incumbent IOA president N Ramachandran by calling a Special General Body Meeting.
Murray snaps clay-court jinx with first title in Munich
Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career on Monday with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) victory over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final.
Real Madrid face another defensive barrier at Juventus
Having battled to break down one of Europe's meanest defences in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid will have to do it all over again when they face Juventus in their Champions League semi-final.
Yuki breaks back into top-200
Yuki Bhambri broke back into the top-200 after 15 months, thanks to a solid performance at the ATP Taipei Challenger, where he made the semi-finals to leap to number 186 in the latest rankings.
Benzema ruled out of Champions League clash at Juventus
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has not recovered sufficiently from a knee injury and has been left out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Juventus, the holders said on Monday.
Bolt-less Jamaicans double up in relays as US men drop baton
Jamaica won the showcase 4x200 metres relay without Usain Bolt as their American rivals dropped the baton at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday.
Match-fixing in cricket has affected football's popularity in India
"India should also be a powerhouse in world football but it is not, because of match-fixing in cricket for goodness sake'
Everybody knows we deserve EPL title, asserts Mourinho
There was no celebratory run down the touchline, no dancing on the pitch, just a sober reflection of a job well done from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Sunday after his side beat Crystal Palace to win the Premier League title.
La Liga: Valencia boost Champions League hopes; Atletico held
A bullet header from Nicolas Otamendi put Valencia on course for a 3-1 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday that boosted their hopes of claiming a Champions League place.
Serie A: Roma back to second; Napoli thrash demoralised Milan
Alessandro Florenzi ran more than half the length of the field to score and cap a 2-0 win for AS Roma over Genoa which took them back into second place in Serie A on Sunday.
EPL: Aguero, in hunt for Golden Boot, scores blinder against Spurs
Sergio Aguero won his personal striking duel with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, scoring the winner for Manchester City as they ended a four-game losing streak on the road in the Premier League on Sunday.
Can racquet switch halt Nadal's slump?
The World No 4 is unfazed by rankings drop before Madrid tournament and the French Open.
Golfer Woods and girlfriend Vonn announce split
Pro golfer Tiger Woods and US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Blue is the colour as Chelsea claim title
The club anthem Blue is the Colour resounded around a joyful Stamford Bridge and champagne flowed as Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years with a typically stubborn 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
May 03, 2015
Federer ends three-year claycourt drought with Istanbul title
Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open on Sunday, beating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (11) for his first clay title in three years.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to clinch Premier League title
Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years with a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at a jubilant Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Kowli resigns ahead of Boxing India SGM
Faced with a certain ouster, Boxing India secretary general Jay Kowli has resigned ahead of BI's much-anticipated Special General Meeting in New Delhi.
Table Tennis: Ding defies injury to win second world title
China's Ding Ning has claimed a second women's singles world title by battling through an ankle injury that left her in a heap to beat compatriot Liu Shiwen 4-3 in the final.
PHOTOS: Hollywood descends upon Vegas for royal megabout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight mega bout at theMGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Chelsea are boring under Mourinho: Gullit
Chelsea play "ugly" football under Jose Mourinho and the Premier League's runaway leaders deserve to be branded as boring because of their refusal to attack teams, their former manager Ruud Gullit has said.
Football rallies round grieving Ferdinand
Football rallied round on Saturday to offer support to former England captain Rio Ferdinand following the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison, from cancer.
Filipinos take Pacquiao loss hard, demand rematch
Manny Pacquiao's loss to undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr in their welterweight showdown in Las Vegas was met with tears, anger and accusations of foul play in his homeland of the Philippines on Sunday.
Shoulder injury hampered Pacquiao's bout
Filipino Manny Pacquiao said a shoulder injury hampered his bid to hand Floyd Mayweather a first ever defeat as a professional on Saturday as the American improved his record to 48-0 with a unanimous decision.
EPL PHOTOS: Van Persie misses penalty as United lose again
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cut a frustrated figure after his team lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, their third successive defeat in the Premier League.
Americans stun Bolt and Jamaica at World Relays
Not even Usain Bolt could overcome a big American lead as the US men sprinted to a convincing victory over Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on Saturday.
Leverkusen beat second-string Bayern 2-0 to go third
Bayer Leverkusen beat a second-string Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday to move up to third in the Bundesliga and get back on course for an automatic Champions League spot with three matches left in the season.
Is it title number 31or 33 for Juve? Controversy ensues after win
Juventus added a touch of controversy to their Serie A title celebrations on Saturday by suggesting it was the 33rd, not the 31st, time they had won the league.
PHOTOS: Juventus clinch fourth successive Serie A title
Juventus landed a fourth successive Serie A crown, and their first under coach Massimiliano Allegri, with four games to spare by winning 1-0 at Sampdoria on Saturday.
Glitches hit Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view broadcast
Customers of US cable companies took to social media on Saturday to report problems ordering the pay-per-view (PPV) for the boxing megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which was expected to smash records.
PHOTOS: How the Mayweather v Pacquiao bout was fought round-by-round
American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued his unbeaten run over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines with a unanimous decision victory in their welterweight megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Mayweather maintains undefeated run after beating Pacquiao in megabout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. cemented his place among the pantheon of boxing greats by improving to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a fight that lived up to its immense hype and price tag.
Mayweather beats Pacquiao via unanimous decision
Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight mega bout at theMGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Suarez grabs hat-trick as Barca rout Cordoba; Real also win
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged a brace as Barcelona thrashed bottom side Cordoba 8-0 on Saturday to move a step closer to their fifth La Liga title in seven years.
May 02, 2015
Shot putter Inderjeet seals Rio Olympics spot
World University Games silver medallist shot putter Inderjeet Singh achieved the qualification mark for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 with a throw of 20.65m on the second day of the 19th Federation Cup at Mangala Stadium, in Mangalore, on Saturday.
European clubs give boost to football in Asia
Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region.
Munich Open: Murray rallies past Rosol to reach semis
World No 3 Andy Murray remained on course for a first career clay court title.
Pressure grows on Indian Olympic Association to oust chief Ramachandran
The Bowling Federation of India (BFI) on Saturday joined Hockey India in demanding a special General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up a No Confidence Motion against incumbent president Narayanswami Ramachandran.
Indian boxing fans WILL WATCH Manny v Mayweather megafight
The fans can watch the bout live on Indian television.
Indian boxing officials spar among themselves
Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia and Secretary General Jay Kowli are set to be ousted through a No Confidence Motion.
After six decades, China, S Korea team-up for table tennis title
China's Xu Xin and Yang Ha-eun of South Korea have teamed up to become the first cross-border partnership to win the world mixed doubles table tennis championship.
Why Drogba can't wait for Sunday?
Didier Drogba is expecting a 'crazy' Stamford Bridge atmosphere.
Will Brazil's Adriano sign lucrative ISL deal?
Former Brazil and Inter Milan striker Adriano could be the latest high-profile footballer to join Indian Super League.
Wenger accuses Mourinho of disrespecting other managers
Arsene Wenger hit back at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's thinly-veiled criticism.
Istanbul Open: Federer reaches last four
Roger Federer was given a fright before reaching the semi-final of the inaugural Istanbul Open.
1 pound! That's the advantage Mayweather has over Manny
Manny Pacquiao weighed in one pound lighter than American Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino was welcomed by deafening cheers from his supporters.
At 40, hats off to David Beckham!
Rediff.com have put together a picture gallery of the legendary footballer, model, businessman, doting father, loving husband, ambassador. Take a look...
David Beckham's 40th birthday, wish him
David Beckham turns 40 on Saturday and the English football legend celebrated his milestone birthday in style.
May 01, 2015
Serie A: Three own goals as Napoli slump to 4-2 defeat
Three own goals were scored as Napoli's spectacularly inconsistent season continued with a 4-2 defeat at Empoli on Thursday.
Watch out! Verbal sparring ahead of megabout
Trainers engage in a war of words on Thursday.
Saturday's megabout Mayweather Jr v Pacquiao in numbers
Saturday's heavily anticipated welterweight showdown between undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected to be the richest prize fight of all time.
6 memorable fights in boxing history!
Six of the most memorable bouts to have ever taken place in the history of boxing.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Mary Kom's coach makes his prediction
Atkinson, at the grand old age of 73, exclusively tells Laxmi Negi/rediff.com that his heart would love Manny to win, but his head says 'Moneybags' has all the skills to pull it off.
April 30, 2015
Srinivasan's brother Ramachandran faces the heat; IOA feud out in open
Just days after International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach's visit to the country, the factional feud within Indian Olympic Association (IOA) surfaced on Thursday with a National Sports Federation head moving a No Confidence motion against incumbent president Narayanswami Ramachandran.
La Liga: Free-scoring Real Madrid face tough test at Sevilla
Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 La Liga goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla on Saturday.
India's campaign in New Zealand Open ends
The Indian campaign at the $ 120,000 New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold ended.
India's Praful Patel is AFC's vice president
AIFF president Praful Patel was elected uncontested as Asian Football Confederation's Vice President of the SAFF Region at the AFC Congress held in Bahrain.
Fight of the Century: Mayweather talks money!
Ahead of the much-anticipated 'fight of the century' bout on Saturday, unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has said that he and his rival Manny Pacquiao are not on a level-playing field financially.
Mayweather's new love and Pacquiao's king size entourage
Love is in the air for US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who will soon going to have one-on-one with Manny Pacquiao.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Rincon wanted by Interpol
Former Colombia, Real Madrid and Corinthians midfielder Freddy Rincon is wanted for questioning about drug crimes in Panama, Interpol said on Wednesday.
NBA star Abdul-Jabbar evaluated for dizziness after surgery
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was evaluated and released from the emergency department of a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, about two weeks after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said.
Hockey India names 24-member squad for Japan series
A 24-strong team for the men's hockey series against Japan was announced on Thursday, following a week-long preparatory camp held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, that commenced on April 22.
Berlusconi meeting Thai businessman over Milan stake sale
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi met Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol on Wednesday to discuss the sale of a stake in Serie A football club AC Milan, which he has owned for almost 30 years.
Real, Atletico dismiss reports of FIFA ban
Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico have dismissed reports in Spanish media of a possible FIFA ban from the next two transfer windows over breaches of rules on the signing of foreign Under-18 players.
Is Olympiakos Champions League's place in doubt?
The Journalists Newspaper reported that the Greek champions' place in Europe's elite competition would be at risk if corruption claims against club president Marinakis were proven.
Before Fight of the Century, Mayweather, Pacquiao downplay animosity
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao appeared more focussed on conserving energy and downplaying animosity.
Pacquiao's trainer continues war of words
"I am wondering if he (Mayweather) is going to show up, I really do," says Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach.
EPL: Mourinho's cuss words spark Chelsea comeback
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered an expletive-laden halftime team talk that fired his side to a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester City on Wednesday and moved them to within three points of the Premier League title.
Chelsea well on way to grab EPL title but can Arsenal catch them?
Chelsea have been accused of being boring but they will not mind one bit if they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to win the Premier League title for the first time in five years.
In-form Wolfsburg reach first German Cup final in 20 years
VfL Wolfsburg ended Arminia Bielefeld's sensational German Cup run, crushing the third division club 4-0 on Wednesday to book a spot in their first Cup final in 20 years where they will face Borussia Dortmund.
Construction at two Olympic 2016 venues in Rio halted
Construction at a tennis arena was stopped while work was partially suspended at the velodrome, the ministry said in a note, citing a "grave and imminent danger to the physical safety of workers."
Serie A: Tevez strikes brace but Juve made to wait for title by Lazio
Carlos Tevez scored twice to give Serie A leaders Juventus a 3-2 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday but Lazio prevented them from celebrating the title by thumping bottom club Parma 4-0, which condemned their opponents to Serie B.
La Liga PHOTOS: Rodriguez scores screamer as Real stroll past Almeria
Real Madrid kept alive their hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona when a James Rodriguez stunner set them on their way to a serene 3-0 home victory over struggling Almeria on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea close in on title after win at Leicester
Chelsea came from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Wednesday and move to within one win of clinching the Premier League title for the first time in five years.
Djokovic pulls out of Madrid to rest before French Open
World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open for a second consecutive year to rest before the Rome Masters and the French Open, organisers of the clay Masters event said on Wednesday.
April 29, 2015
Former EPL player Facey guilty of bribery charges
Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in a match-fixing trial on Wednesday.
Pawar marches into New Zealand Open last 16
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar notched up straight-game victories in the first two rounds of the New Zealand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament to advance to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals in Auckland on Wednesday.
World TT: Sharath reaches third round, equals best show at Worlds
Sharath Kamal of India moved into the third round of the World Table Tennis Championship in Suzhou, China, on Wednesday.
'Liverpool clearly need a goal threat for the next season'
Liverpool's half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League's top four.
WSB: Indian boxer Bidhuri records third consecutive bout win
Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) is fast making a name for himself at the International Boxing Association's semi-professional World Series of Boxing, churning out three consecutive wins for his franchise Italia Thunder in the ongoing season.
Mayweather-Pacquiao undergo drug testing before bout
Unbeaten US boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and Filipino boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao have left no stone unturned in ensuring that they enter the ring for Saturday's 'Fight-of-the-Century' bout completely drug-free.
Liverpool paying price for squandering Suarez cash
Liverpool's half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League's top four.
Fight Of The Century: Pacquiao confident of beating Mayweather
Filipino politician-turned-boxer Manny Pacquiao has said that he is fully confident of beating undefeated US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather despite being tipped as the 'underdog' for the much-anticipated 'fight of the century' bout on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Fresh injury worries threaten Bayern's Champions League run
Torn muscle sidelines Robben for rest of the season; Lewandowski breaks jaw
Atletico unaware of possible FIFA transfer ban
Atletico Madrid are unaware of a possible transfer embargo after Spanish media reported FIFA were set to bar the club and city rivals Real Madrid from the next two windows.
Boxing legend Ali sends a reminder to Mayweather
Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali may have taken a swipe at unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather after the latter claimed that he is the greatest fighter of all-time.
Australia 2028 Games bid would have 'great chance': Bach
A bid from Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time would have a "great chance" of winning what he hoped would be a hotly-contested bidding process, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.
Iran defender banned for nine months
Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh has been handed a nine-month ban by the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) after being found guilty of attacking a fan.
Say no to Premier League 'circus games'
Malaysian fans say no to Premier League 'circus games'.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona's TERRIFIC trio rout Getafe
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar motored past 100 goals for the season.
Women's world chess: Harika bags silver, bronze for Humpy
Dronavalli Harika and Koneru Humpy came up with fine individual performances to win a silver and a bronze, respectively.
April 28, 2015
Saina, Bindra among 45 athletes for Target Olympic Podium assistance
Seventeen shooters, prominent among who is Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, are among 45 athletes selected by the government for financial assistance under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.
Panel detail Lee's negligent practices in doping case
For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored.
Figo hopes World Cup expansion plan can gain Asia support
FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo will hope to convince delegates at this week's Asian Football Confederation Congress that a vote for him would boost the region's chances of more places in future World Cup finals.
Federer says 'struggling' Nadal still favourite to win French Open
The 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer believes that Rafael Nadal is still the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spaniard's recent struggles to regain form.
Barca go on treble charge as Real Madrid play catch-up
Now, Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.
India's Sathiyan in World TT main draw
India's G Sathiyan continued his good show and qualified for the main draw of the men's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships, in Suzhou, China.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week
When Vijay Mallya plants a kiss on anyone's cheek it makes for a story and picture, more so when the Virat Kohli is the one at the 'receiving end'. Also, when Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, makes his motor sport debut the picture becomes worth a thousand words.
Fan violence threatens to dampen Juve celebrations
Juventus look set to wrap up their fourth successive Serie A title in the next seven days although the crowd violence which marred Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Torino could take the shine of their celebrations.
Mayweather v Pacquiao fight to break broadcast pay records
Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday's boxing mega-match "ridiculous."
After NBA debut Bhullar to tour India to promote basketball
Sim Bhullar, who earlier this month became the first player of Indian descent to play in the high-profile National Basketball Association (NBA) league, will visit India from May 2-7 to promote the growth of basketball in the country.
Goal difference sees Bournemouth all but promoted to EPL
Bournemouth's remarkable rise from the brink of obscurity was virtually completed when they effectively sealed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history on Monday.
La Liga: Battle for fourth spot heats up after Valencia win
Valencia recaptured fourth place in La Liga from Sevilla when Sofiane Feghouli scored the pick of the goals in a 4-0 stroll at home to second-from-bottom Granada on Monday.
When Sandhu defied his dad and chose football over cricket
, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's father wanted his son to become a cricketer but the goalkeeper is glad he did not heed the paternal advice.
April 27, 2015
Speculation over: IOC chief says India won't bid for 2024 Olympics
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach laid to rest speculation about India's possible bid for the 2024 Olympics, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not even propose it during their meeting in New Delhi on Monday.
Badminton star Lee Chong Wei handed backdated doping ban
Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year.
Like father, like son: Schumacher's son impresses in Formula 4
Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend.
Tottenham's overnight sensation Kane announces arrival with award
It took Harry Kane four years to become an overnight sensation at Tottenham Hotspur and with a Young Player of the Year award as a full England international.
When Terry helped Chelsea snap Arsenal's nine-match win streak
Chelsea plucked a performance straight from the Jose Mourinho textbook -- with John Terry writing a chapter all of his own -- as they grafted to a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Sunday that leaves them almost certain to claim the title.
Chelsea's Oscar hospitalised after colliding with Arsenal 'keeper
Chelsea's Brazil playmaker Oscar was taken to hospital after being clattered by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the 0-0 Premier League draw at the Emirates on Sunday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real Madrid go two points adrift of leaders Barca
Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez struck twice as they came from behind to beat Celta Vigo 4-2 away and keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Hazard edges Kane to win England's PFA player of the year
Chelsea's Belgium forward won Eden Hazard England's PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday.
April 26, 2015
Bundesliga: Bayern win 25th title
Bayern Munich claimed a third straight Bundesliga title on Sunday .
Paper bomb at Turin derby injures 10
At least 10 people were injured when a paper bomb exploded during the Turin soccer derby between Torino and Juventus on Sunday.
Everton were more motivated and aggressive than us: Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal accused his Manchester United players of being out-fought in a 3-0 defeat at Everton.
First time in 20 years Torino beat Serie A leaders Juventus
Torino came from behind to beat Serie A leaders Juventus 2-1 in a pulsating derby on Sunday.
Stuttgart Grand Prix: Germany's Kerber stuns Wozniacki
Germany's Angelique Kerber came from a set down to outmuscle Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
'Wore sunglasses to keep a lid on my emotions'
Paula Radcliffe struggled to hold back the tears as she tore down the Mall in front of her adoring fans.
Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign
Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion.
President's Cup: Boxers Sarjubala, Pinki strike gold for India
Rounding off a reasonably successful campaign for India, Shamjetsabam Sarjubala (48kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) clinched god medals.
EPL PHOTOS: Everton blank jittery Man Utd; Chelsea hold Arsenal
Manchester United's top-four aspirations suffered a setback as Louis van Gaal's side were blown away 3-0 by Everton.
Golf Roundup: Wu secures landmark China Open victory
Wu Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour title on home soil.
London Marathon: Beckhams, Button, Paula step out in style
England's football star David Beckham and his family stepped out in full force to cheer his son Romeo, who took part in the London Marathon.
London Marathon PHOTOS: Kipchoge wins fierce battle with Kipsang
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds on Sunday.
Will India bid for 2024 Olympics? IOC chief Bach to meet PM Modi on Monday
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday during his one-day whirlwind visit to discuss ways to take Indian sports forward amid speculation that the country might bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
U-14 girls football team return safely from quake-hit Nepal
The Indian U-14 Girls' team landed safely in New Delhi from an earthquake struck Kathmandu on Sunday.
Belgrade Burning: Injuries and arrests after violent derby
Thirty-five police officers were hurt and 41 fans arrested in a violent Belgrade derby.
Bundesliga: Lacklustre Bayern win to close in on title
Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday.
Find out PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat in terms of sports...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal for climbing to No 1 in world rankings.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester surprise again, Man City win
Leicester City continued to do their best Houdini impression on Saturday as they escaped the Premier League drop zone for the first time since November while Manchester City went up to second spot with a thrilling win.
April 25, 2015
'The criticism was on me because I was the transfer of Moyes'
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini contemplated leaving the club after a disappointing debut season but the towering Belgian believes he is now reaping the rewards of fighting for his place at Old Trafford.
'It's simple, Liverpool need more of a goal scoring threat'
Liverpool need a top-level striker who can play every week and Daniel Sturridge could lose his role as the club's leading man after an injury-hit season, manager Brendan Rodgers has said.
Pep Guardiola brands Barca as 'best team in the world'
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has termed his former club Barcelona as the 'best team in the world', after both the teams were being drawn against each other for the high-octane Champions League semi-final clash.
Martina Navratilova steps down as Agnieszka Radwanska's coach
Martina Navratilova has stepped down as coach to world number nine Agnieszka Radwanska after a brief five-month stint with the Polish tennis player.
April 24, 2015
'Stupid' to reduce Gay's ban, says Bolt
Gay's reduced ban sends wrong message, says Bolt.
Saina, Sindhu exit Badminton Asia Championships
Indian challenge ended at the Asia Badminton Championship with Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu suffering three-game defeats in the quarter-finals of the continental championship in Wuhan.
Take a look at the EPL's highest wage payers
Manchester United have surpassed local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table in terms of salary paid to their players.
Champions League Semis: It's Barcelona vs Bayern; Juventus vs Real
Barcelona have been drawn to play Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
Indian footballer Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday.
Will Brazilians dominate medal count in Rio?
Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio Games.
Cycling team Astana retain elite licence despite doping cases
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team kept their world tour licence on Thursday despite a string of doping cases, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday.
Who's the boss? Rodgers asserts his position at Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation about his job by saying he is the best man to lead the club and that he expects to be in charge next season.
Ready to pay knockout prices for Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight?
Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday.
Bayern Munich hope to cap successful week with Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich have all but secured their third consecutive Bundesliga title and victory over Hertha Berlin could see them clinch it as early as this weekend.
Racism row over Stockholm Marathon prize money
Accusations of racism have forced organisers of the Stockholm Marathon to change their proposed plan to give prize money to only Nordic runners.
Europa PHOTOS: Sevilla overcome poor 'keeping, Zenit to enter semis
Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro grabbed a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday to send the Europa League holders into the semi-finals after woeful goalkeeping had threatened to ruin their night.
April 23, 2015
Nadal felled by Fognini in Barcelona third round
Rafa Nadal's bid to get back to top form before the French Open suffered a setback when he crashed to a 6-4, 7-6(6) defeat to 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Barcelona Open on Thursday.
Sunderland's Johnson charged with under-age sex offences
Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson has been charged with four offences concerning sex with an under-age girl, a prosecutor said on Thursday.
Sania, Martina's winning run broken in Stuttgart Grand Prix
Playing her first match as world number one, India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event with partner Martina Hingis, who was
Indian Badminton League promoters may take BAI to court
Sports Solutionz, the promoters of the Indian Badminton League, are contemplating legal action against the Badminton Association of India in the wake of reports it has terminated the tournament agreement with them.
Will Guardiola stay at Bayern beyond 2016?
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola will see out his three-year contract with the German champions, who are hopeful of an extension beyond 2016, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.
'When I first got here at Juventus all I asked for was respect'
When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, Juventus ownership had set two goals for him - win a fourth straight "Scudetto" and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games
A year after hosting the football World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event -- the Indigenous Peoples World Games.
Greece face FIFA and UEFA suspension over new law
Greece's Football Federation (EPO) could be suspended from international football over government interference should a proposed new sports law be voted in, FIFA and UEFA have warned.
Infighting in PCI leaves para athletes's future in dark
Paralympic Committee of India's newly-appointed interim president Nale Nandkishor said the de-recognition by the Sports Ministry was expected after its international body IPC banned them for mismanagement.
Ramos 'central' to Real's good fortune
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.
Saina, Sindhu win; Kashyap loses in Asia Championship
World No. 1 Saina Nehwal started her campaign with a hard-fought win, while P V Sindhu eased past her opponent at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championship.
Champions League: Hernandez steals the limelight in Real win
Javier Hernandez has been a bit-part player at Real Madrid since joining on loan from Manchester United but injuries handed the Mexico striker a rare chance on Wednesday which he took with aplomb.
Wenger must end Mourinho jinx to slow Chelsea charge
Arsene Wenger gets another chance to finally beat his old nemesis and keep the Premier League title race alive for a little longer when Arsenal host leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
Champions League: Atletico suffer first loss in eight games vs Real
Coach Diego Simeone goes home 'content' after his team's 1-0 loss in their Champions League match on Wednesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Hernandez goal seals Real win; Juve advance
Javier Hernandez's late strike kept Real Madrid on course for a record-extending 11th European Cup crown with a 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in a tense quarter-final at the Bernebau on Wednesday.
The UEFA Champions League's greatest comebacks
Following Bayern Munich's brilliant 7-4 (on aggregate) win over FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, here's a look at a few memorable come-from-behind victories in Europe's premier football competition.
April 22, 2015
Asia Badminton Championship: Kashyap, Sindhu advance
India's Parupalli Kashyap played one of the longest matches of his career as he roared into the prequarterfinals.
Bruised PSG have a long way to go in Europe
Paris St Germain's then sports director Leonardo declared the club were ready for tougher competitions in Europe two years ago but Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final exit suggests PSG need more time to reach the top.
For Bayern's Guardiola, beating Porto was 'a matter of life or death'
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola weathered his first major crisis at the German club, coming out stronger after his team crushed Porto 7-4 on aggregate on Tuesday to move into the Champions League last four.
SPOTTED! Andy Murray at Camp Nou
Britain's No 1 tennis player Andy Murray watched Neymar score twice.
Back? I was never away, says Barca's Iniesta
Andres Iniesta will always be a hero to Barcelona.
India loves Manchester Utd -- Twitter's EPL follower map WILL surprise you!
If you are a football fan, particularly of the English Premier League, you are bound to 'follow' your favourite club on Twitter.
Barca's best is still to come, warns coach Luis Enrique
Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals they are on course to repeat the treble success.
Bayern's transition from injury-plagued to amazing
Injury-plagued Bayern Munich chasing a treble.
Malaysia's sportsman of the year can be suspended shuttler Lee
Former badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei has been nominated for Malaysia's 2014 sportsman of the year award.
Bizarre: Bayern tore apart Porto while Pep ripped his trousers!
Pep Guardiola suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction.
Champions League: Rodriguez key to Real's success vs Atletico
With Real Madrid facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid attention will be on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead them through but James Rodriguez may hold the key.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the week!
From bloody noses to sparks on the race track, Rediff.com has the best pictures from the last week snapped right here...
CL PHOTOS: Brilliant Bayern, Barcelona reach semis
Neymar scored twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League semi-finals.
April 21, 2015
Govt. to support 45 athletes for 2016 Rio Olympics
The Sports Ministry identified 45 potential medal winners, who will get financial assistance under the government scheme 'Target Olympic Podium' for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tainted IOA official Bhanot set to contest Asian Athletics Association polls
It is learnt that Bhanot has been recommended by the Athletics Federation of India to contest the AAA elections to be held on June 1 prior to the Asian Athletics Championships at Wuhan in China from June 3 to 7.
Villa charged following fans' pitch invasion
Aston Villa have been charged for failing to control their fans following a pitch invasion after the FA Cup quarter-final against West Bromwich Albion.
Wawrinka announces end of on-off relationship with wife Ilham
Swiss tennis ace Stanislas Wawrinka has revealed this week that his on-off relationship with wife Ilham has ended.
Can Hamilton catch up with British F1 legend Jackie Stewart?
Jackie Stewart, Britain's only triple Formula One world champion, knows his record is on borrowed time after Lewis Hamilton's storming victory in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
Champions League: Juve aim 100 percent dominance over French
Juventus will be hoping to make it 11 victories out of 11 against French teams in knockout ties when they face AS Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
I am used to threat posed by unstoppable Djokovic: Nadal
'Djokovic had an impeccable year in 2011 as well as he is having in 2015, says Nadal.
Date set! IOC boss to meet PM Modi on April 27
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is arriving in India on April 26.
Africans rule but 'Strong Boston' echoes two years after bombing
Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack.
April 20, 2015
Anand draws with Kramnik in Shamkir Chess
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand drew with old foe Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the fourth round of Shamkir Chess 2015, held in the memory of Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov.
PHOTOS: Rossi reigns in Argentina after Marquez crashes out
Italian Valentino Rossi emerged triumphant in the Argentine MotoGP Grand Prix despite a clash with World champion Marc Marquez in the second-last lap which saw the Spaniard crash out.
Bayern's Ribery doubtful for Champions League tie vs Porto
France winger Franck Ribery is highly unlikely to recover from an ankle injury in time to feature for Bayern Munich in the Champions League fixture against Porto, coach Pep Guardiola said on the eve of the match on Monday.
Lok Sabha felicitates World No 1 Saina and Sania
The Lok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton star Saina Nehwal and tennis player Sania Mirza.
Nigel Short infuriates players with 'women no good at chess' jibe
English chess grandmaster Nigel Short has landed himself in hot water and has been slammed by leading female chess players.
European Roundup: Chelsea, Bayern close in on titles
Chelsea moved within touching distance of a first Premier League title in five years with a 1-0 win over Manchester United while Lionel Messi reached a landmark with his 400th career goal for La Liga leaders Barcelona.
F1 pit lane tales: The return of Raikkonen amidst fireworks
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene welcomed back the Kimi Raikkonen of old on Sunday.
Champions League: Will Pep-talk revive injury-hit Bayern's fortunes?
Bayern Munich are on a mission with coach Pep Guardiola firing up his injury-hit team as they seek to reverse a 3-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday.
Ebola unites football icons Zidane, Ronaldo
Football idols Zidane and Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser.
Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic adds another feather to his cap
Novak Djokovic continued his awe-inspiring run of form to claim the Monte Carlo Masters.
Gerrard's FA Cup final dream goes kaput!
Aston Villa will meet holders Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month.
Hamilton wins again under Bahrain floodlights
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny Mercedes another one-two finish under the floodlights.
April 19, 2015
Ecclestone gives Azerbaijan the all-clear
Formula One has no qualms about holding a grand prix in Azerbaijan next year despite concerns raised by rights activists, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.
La Liga: Ronaldo winner sinks Malaga in injury-ravaged match
Real Madrid maintained their pursuit for the title by defeating Malaga 3-1 late on Saturday.
Injury crisis threatens Real's trophy aspirations
Real Madrid's trophy aspirations could well depend on how well they cope with an injury crisis that sees Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the treatment room.
EPL: Playmaker Hazard paves way for Chelsea's ascent
Eden Hazard underlined his claims to be voted Player of the Year with another match-winning display as Premier League leaders Chelsea stormed 10 points clear with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.
Sania not willing to relinquish No 1 ranking any time soon
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza says she would do all it takes to maintain her world number one ranking.
PSV Eindhoven end long wait for Dutch title
PSV Eindhoven beat Heerenveen 4-1 to win the Dutch championship on Saturday for the first time in seven seasons.
Swimmers Phelps, Lochte score wins at Mesa
Michael Phelps closed out the Arena Pro Swim Series meet with a win in the 100 meter freestyle on Saturday, and also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley behind fellow Olympic champion Ryan Lochte.
Serie A: Juve march toward title after dispatching Lazio
Juventus defeated second-placed Lazio 2-0 at home on Saturday to take another huge step towards their fourth straight Serie A title and boost their confidence for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash in Monaco.
Returning Hingis impressive despite losing Fed Cup tie
Martina Hingis has no plans of returning to play singles on the women's tour after a courageous performance in a Fed Cup defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska in Zielona Gora, Poland, on Saturday in her first major match in eight years.
'Tired' Nadal still confident he on right path
Although comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic on the Monte Carlo semi-finals, clay court king Rafael Nadal believes he is on the right path as his beloved French Open looms.
Pastore lifts PSG back to the top in Ligue 1
Javier Pastore's double inspired a weary Paris St Germain to a 3-1 win at Nice as the French champions reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Second-string Bayern edge closer to title
Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Reading keeper errs to help Arsenal make final
FA Cup holders Arsenal were taken to extra time before a horrendous error by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici brought the Championship side's dream to an end in a 2-1 semi-final defeat on Saturday.
April 18, 2015
Fed Cup: Sizzling Sania leads India to Asia/Oceania Group triumph
Indian captain Sania Mirza led from the front as the hosts registered a 2-1 victory over Philippines.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea inch towards title with gritty United win
Chelsea are 10 points clear at top of the English Premier League championship table.
I League: Mumbai FC hold EB, Ranti to wait for his 200th goal
Ranti Martins missed a penalty and the chance to score his 200th goal in the country's top league.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Hamilton takes fourth pole in a row
Lewis Hamilton continued his season's sweep of qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi's 400th goal boosts Barca title bid
Barcelona's Lionel Messi hit his 400th career goal for the La Liga leaders.
Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic downs Nadal to meet Berdych in final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final.
Shamkir Chess: Anand draws with Vachier-Lagrave
Viswanathan Anand played out his second straight draw in the Shamkir Chess tournament.
5 things we learnt from last 3 Grand Prix
Will things be the same at Bahrain? Here's where we look to the front - by looking at what we've learnt.
Lahiri makes cut, Spieth rebounds
Anirban Lahiri made his second successive cut on the PGA Tour.
It was ecstasy and then agony for Olympic champ Phelps
Olympic champion swimmer failed to qualify for 400m freestyle final.
Beating United will not make us champions: Mourinho
The self-styled "Special One" faces what he agreed is a special fixture this weekend but Jose Mourinho refused to accept that beating Manchester United to establish a 10-point lead with six games left would mean Chelsea had won the Premier League.
April 17, 2015
Djokovic and Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis
A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafa Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer on Friday.
Ghosal beats Momen again at Grasshopper Cup
India's top male squash player Saurav Ghosal upstaged World No.7 Tarek Momen for the second successive time this month to enter the quarter-finals at the PSA Grasshopper Cup.
Indian women reach Fed Cup final beating Turkmenistan
Indian women stormed into the finals of the Fed Cup (Group-II) Asia-Oceania tennis tournament in Hyderabad following another one-sided 2-0 victory over Turkmenistan.
Govt-backed international Para Games to be postponed
With just a fortnight left, India's first Open Para Games proposed next month in Delhi has been postponed in the wake of the infighting between Executive Committee members of the suspended Paralympics Committee of India (PCI).
Most-abused Balotelli gets 4,000 racist messages
Almost 40,000 abusive messages aimed at Premier League players.
Van Gaal must solve defensive conundrum at Chelsea
If Manchester United are to claim a seventh successive Premier League victory and condemn leaders Chelsea to a first home league defeat of the season their manager Louis van Gaal must solve another complex injury puzzle.
East Bengal take on Mumbai FC in empty stadium
East Bengal will take on Mumbai FC in the I-League behind closed doors at the gigantic Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Kriragan in Kolkata as police deployment is not possible because of municipal elections in the Kolkata.
World para games body suspends PCI for Ghaziabad fiasco
The International Paralympic Committee has suspended the Paralympic Committee of India for indefinite period for infighting within the national body and shoddy treatment meted out to athletes during the National Para-Athletics Championships at Ghaziabad last month.
Chelsea worst-behaved team; Liverpool most respectful!
Data, complied by FA Fair Play delegates who attend every Premier League match, shows Chelsea have the least respect towards match officials, the Telegraph reported.
Revealed: Why Saina and former coach Gopichand parted ways
In an interview with PTI, the Hyderabadi also reveals why she parted ways with the former All England champion and throws light on the Padma controversy.
You can be sacked for swearing: Goalkeeper axed in Malaysia
Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim have sacked goalkeeper Mohd Anis Faron Ahmad for swearing at a policeman.
Look who dropped in to support Pacquiao in epic fight v Mayweather
UFC queen Ronda Rousey vouched for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in his May 2 megafight.
Is veteran keeper Szczesny ready to leave Arsenal?
The Polish keeper's future in doubt as David Ospina impressive for Gunners in front of goal this season
REVEALED! Top reason why Bayern doctor quit after Porto defeat
Bayern Munich's long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has surprisingly resigned.
Back as World number 1, here's what Saina hopes for...
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who regained the number one spot in international rankings, said it was a big achievement for her.
Peekaboo: Road to FIFA elections is full of surprises
CONCACAF's congress witnessed an outburst of support for incumbent Sepp Blatter.
New documentary reveals major doping concerns
A new Kenyan television programme that corroborates the findings from a 2012 German documentary alleging unethical doctors were providing banned drugs to athletes, has set off alarms at the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Formula One: What's the secret of Raikkonen's happiness?
Kimi Raikkonen is enjoying being at Ferrari more than ever this season.
Parenthood not on the cards, insists Sania's husband
Right now both of us have busy schedules meeting our sporting commitments, Shoaib Malik said.
Take a look at players in contention for PFA award
Chelsea pair Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were named on Thursday on the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
Iniesta suffered bruised pelvis at Champions League match vs PSG
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta could miss Saturday's La Liga game at home to Valencia after tests on Thursday confirmed he suffered a bruised pelvis in Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League win at Paris St Germain.
What happens when a champion swimmer returns to pool...
Olympic swimming champion Phelps wins 100m butterfly in racing return.
Europa League PHOTOS: Napoli rout Wolfsburg, inch towards semis
Napoli put a foot in the Europa League semi-finals with a perfectly crafted 4-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday as Marek Hamsik scored twice in an Italian masterclass to bring cheer to beleaguered coach Rafael Benitez.
April 16, 2015
Paes-Nestor bow out of Monaco Masters
Leander Paes and his partner Daniel Nestor bowed out of Monte Carlo masters following a close defeat against Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka in Monaco.
Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away
The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times Grand Slam champion with the world at her feet.
New Zealand eves beat Indian eves in Hawke's Bay Cup
Indian women's hockey team lost 1-4 to hosts New Zealand to crash out in the quarter-finals of the Hawke's Bay Cup in Hastings.
Geeta Rani's 'B' sample tests positive, faces lengthy ban
Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Geeta Rani's confirmatory 'B' sample test has also returned positive for a banned substance and she is set to end her career in ignominy as she faces the prospect of a lengthy ban from the sport.
Monte Carlo Masters: Swiss giants Federer, Wawrinka beaten
Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka and compatriot Roger Federer suffered contrasting third round defeats at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.
Saina back on top of badminton rankings
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the No 1 position in the international rankings after China's Li Xuerui dropped a couple of rungs to third in the latest list, issued on Friday.
Should India bid for the Olympics?
Earlier this week nine-time Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz said India needs to bid for the Summer Games to inspire its people to take up sport and become a sporting nation.
6 reasons why Bayern Munich lost to Porto
Bayern Munich's surprise 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto was the price the five-time European champions paid for a string of injuries and a tired squad.
Once again... it's master Van Gaal v his pupil Mourinho
When Jose Mourinho jumped to beleaguered Louis van Gaal's defence in February, sympathising that he should be given time.
When Suarez embarrassed PSG's Luis
He can be called a flawed human but definitely a great player. That's Luis Suarez for you.
A reckless fighter, that's why people like me, says Pacquiao
Manny Pacquaio embraced suggestions he was 'a reckless fighter'.
Did foreign media overreact to Hamilton champagne incident?
A Chinese Grand Prix podium hostess who had champagne sprayed in her face by race winner Lewis Hamilton has played down the incident.
CL PHOTOS: Barca snap PSG's unbeaten streak; Porto stun Bayern
Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals.
'IOC chief Bach wants India to win more Olympic medals'
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, who is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month, feels that a huge country like India should win more Olympic medals and aim to become a sporting powerhouse in the future
April 15, 2015
Novak Djokovic, Genzebe Dibaba bag Laureus Awards
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian sprinter Genzebe Dibaba were named the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively in a glittering ceremony.
It's great to come back home being the number one: Sania
India's playing-captain Sania Mirza, who returned from the United States after achieving the World No.1 rank in women's doubles, did not need to take field in the Fed Cup tie against Pakistan as the players from the neighboring country proved easy meat for the two Indian girls.
IOC president to visit India seeking more support for athletes
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is baffled by India's lack of sporting success and will meet the country's Prime Minister later this month seeking more fund for the athletes, the country's Olympic association said on Wednesday.
Sharapova pulls out of Fed Cup semi-final with leg injury
Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia's Fed Cup semi-final against Germany in Sochi this weekend with a leg injury, the Russian Tennis Federation said on Tuesday.
Ancelotti urges more consistency after Real held at Atletico
Holders Real Madrid will need to maintain their intensity for the whole of next week's return leg if they are to get past Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
Carvajal lucky to escape punishment for punching Mandzukic
Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal was lucky to escape without a red card after he threw a punch at Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday's 0-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg draw at the Calderon.
Shoaib says wife Sania's No 1 ranking is pride for Pakistan also
Pakistan's ex-cricket captain Shoaib Malik says he is proud his Indian wife Sania Mirza has become the world's top-ranked doubles tennis player, adding it is honour for both countries.
Phelps enters five events in return from suspension
Phelps, who was suspended last year by USA Swimming after his arrest on drunk driving charges, is entered in the 100-metre butterfly on Thursday, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle on Friday and 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle on Saturday.
Champions League: Oblak saves Atletico from dominant holders Real
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a heroic performance to repel holders Real Madrid and help secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday.
Juve edge Monaco with Vidal penalty
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.
April 14, 2015
French Open prize money up by 12 percent, early losers to benefit
Prize-money at this year's French Open will rise by 12 percent, with the lion's share of the increase for early-round losers, but the singles champions will still receive less than at the three other grand slams.
My main aim is to stay in top form during the 2016 Olympics: Chandela
Young Apurvi Chandela wants to be at the 'top of her game' as she aims for a maiden Olympic appearance at next year's Rio Games by fulfilling the stringent selection criteria that the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) has set for the Indian shooters.
'No manager in the world can predict a run like Arsenal's'
Arsenal's eight-match winning streak in the Premier League has taken even manager Arsene Wenger by surprise.
India drawn with Iran, Oman in football World Cup qualifiers
The Indian football team was pooled with Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam at the draw for AFC nations in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
War of words: 'Nico was comfortable with 2nd but I want to win always'
Lewis Hamilton has suggested he is mentally tougher than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
Why Caroline Wozniacki is asking people to 'move on'
Former tennis No 1 Caroline Wozniacki didn't know that congratulating American golfer Jordan Spieth would make her troll on Twitter.
Cautious approach could render Juve-Monaco tie boring
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expecting a "boring" match against AS Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday, believing that both sides will adopt a cautious approach.
Champions League: Long injury list won't bother Bayern for Porto clash
Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they travel to Porto for the first leg of their Champions League last eight on Wednesday but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their favourites tag.
'India need to bid for Olympics to become sporting nation'
.There are other things in the socio-economic arena which becomes more important than becoming an athlete.'
Rodgers promises Liverpool's will be a fight to the finish
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stressed that his team would give everything to qualify for the Champions League after a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday left them four points behind Manchester City in the Premier League.
Sterling's nitrous oxide intake no laughing matter for Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will speak to striker Raheem Sterling after footage emerged of the England international apparently taking nitrous oxide.
Proud Hockey team arrives after clinching Azlan Shah bronze
The Indian hockey team arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday after winning a bronze in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh in Malaysia.
La Liga: Valencia crush Levante in derby win
Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the fight for third place in La Liga when a 3-0 derby victory at home to Levante on Monday lifted the Singapore-owned club to within a point of the champions with seven games left.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool down Newcastle to stay in top four contention
Liverpool kept alive their hopes of Champions League football next season with a comfortable 2-0 Premier League victory on Monday against a Newcastle United side who finished with 10 men.
April 13, 2015
Champions League: Gareth Bale fit for Real's clash at Atletico
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is fit for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final showdown at Atletico Madrid after sitting out Saturday's La Liga win at home to Eibar, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Luis Figo to tempt CONCACAF voters with cash boost plan
FIFA presidential hopeful Luis Figo will travel to the Caribbean this week hoping to tempt voters in the CONCACAF region with a plan to distribute more funds, $2.5 billion (1.7 billion pounds) over four years, to national associations.
Sania to lead Indian challenge in Fed Cup
India will be led by newly-crowned world number one Sania Mirza as 11 nations will strive to get promotion to Asia/Oceania Group I when the Fed Cup tennis competition begins in Hyderabad.
Will United's 'fantastic' Fellaini upset Chelsea?
Chelsea will have to be wary of the danger posed by the in-form Marouane Fellaini.
'Difficult to feel sorry for multi million pound worth Alonso'
David Coulthard doesn't feel sorry for the multi million pound worth Spaniard.
'Feel privileged that I was able to achieve the no.1 ranking'
There has been many cherished moments in her eventful tennis journey during the last decade but the enormity of becoming World No 1 is such
Heena Sidhu misses out on finals berth
Former world number one Heena Sidhu narrowly missed out on a berth in the finals of women's 10m air pistol event on day four of competition at the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon on Monday.
La Liga: Villarreal held by Getafe; victory for Espanyol
Villarreal's slide continued as a Diego Castro header gave Getafe a 1-1 draw in La Liga on Sunday but the match was overshadowed by a serious injury to Mateo Musacchio.
His life stopped and my career started... Sreejesh jogs down memory lane
PR Sreejesh is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment, but he feels that the absence of an experienced back up custodian is a major worry.
QPR to probe missile-throwing incident in Chelsea game
Queens Park Rangers have launched an investigation after Chelsea players were pelted by objects thrown from the crowd in Sunday's west London derby.
It's official! Sania dethrones Errani for No 1 ranking
Sania Mirza officially became the first Indian woman tennis player to be ranked world number one in doubles. According to the latest rankings, the Indian ace rose three rungs to 7660 points, which enabled her dethrone Italy's Sara Errani (7640 points).
From20 footballs to 80 million euro, Di Maria has seen it all
Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria's transfers might have amounted to more than 100 million euros, but the price of the Argentine when his first ever transfer was made was just 20 footballs.
Find out who is Sania Mirza's fan No 1...
Sania Mirza officially became the first Indian woman tennis player to be ranked World No 1.
European Roundup: United thump City; Barca draw
Manchester United humbled Manchester City 4-2 in the continent's big derby of the weekend.
Coach Constantine dissects issues that ail Indian football
Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer.
Augusta Masters: Lahiri finishes a disappointing tied 49th
Anirban Lahiri drew the curtains on his 2015 Augusta Masters campaign with a string of 18 pars to total four-over 292 to finish tied 49th at the world's most famous golf tournament.
PM Modi leads the applause for new world No 1 Sania
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and to big names in Indian sport and politics, the applause pours in for the Hyderabadi tennis ace.
For now Lee waits but if found guilty, could face 2 year ban
Former badminton No 1 Lee Chong Wei returned home to Malaysia and said he faced a three-week wait for the verdict from his doping hearing.
The rise and rise of India's tennis queen Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza became the first Indian to climb to the top of the WTA doubles ranking after she teamed up with Swiss great Martina Hingis to claim the Family Circle Cup title on Sunday.
Sania's mantra to being the world's best is...
An ecstatic Sania Mirza on Monday shared her joy at becoming the World number one in tennis doubles by doling out advice to her many young fans.
Serie A PHOTOS: Lazio go second after eighth straight win
Lazio thumped Empoli 4-0, their eighth successive league win, to go second in Serie A on Sunday and Napoli ended their dismal run with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina despite being denied a clear goal.
Kerber beats Keys to clinch Charleston final
Germany's Angelique Kerber defeated American Madison Keys 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in an enthralling final of the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday.
Augusta Masters: Spieth claims wire-to-wire victory
Is second youngest Masters winner after Tiger Woods
April 12, 2015
Button handed time penalty for Maldonado collision
McLaren's Jenson Button was handed a time penalty that cost him 13th place in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
Congratulate World No 1 Sania Mirza
Charleston will always be special to me," said the new World No 1 in women's doubles.
Sania Mirza seals historic World No 1 rank
Sania Mirza on Sunday created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the World No 1 rank.
EPL PHOTOS: United thrash neighbours City; Chelsea extend lead
Manchester United cemented third spot and moved four points clear of neighbours Manchester City.
IPTL 2: Indian team snares Nadal; Japan Warriors pick Paes
Rafael Nadal will play for the Indian side in the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League.
Under-fire Ibra helps PSG to French League Cup glory
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, facing multiple suspensions, struck twice to lift Paris St Germain to a crushing 4-0 victory over Bastia.
Azlan Shah: India beat Korea in thriller to win bronze
India produced a spirited performance to beat Korea 4-1 in the penalty shoot-out after both the teams were locked at 2-2.
Hawke's Bay Cup: Indian women lose to USA
The Indian women's hockey team let slip some early advantage to go down 2-4 against USA.
Shooter Jitu wins bronze at ISSF World Cup
Jitu Rai shot his way to a bronze medal in the men's 10-metre air pistol event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup.
Just 1 more win and Sania Mirza will be World No 1!
India's Sania Mirza is standing on the cusp of history as she is now one win away from becoming World No 1.
Why Norman feels sorry for fallen Tiger Woods
Former World No 1 Greg Norman has said he feels sorry for Tiger Woods' position as a fallen idol.
Chinese Grand Prix: Hamilton wins, Mercedes dominant
Lewis Hamilton helped Mercedes reassert their authority over Ferrari by leading home team mate Nico Rosberg in a dominant display.
Marquez grabs pole in Texas after pit lane sprint
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez took pole position at the Grand Prix of the Americas with seconds to spare on Saturday after clambering over a wall and sprinting down pitlane to jump on his spare Honda.
Real Madrid close gap after Barcelona let 2-0 lead slip
Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga was cut to two points on Saturday as they squandered a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 at Sevilla while Real Madrid powered their way to a 3-0 home win over Eibar.
Ramsey goal helps Arsenal edge closer to Chelsea
Arsenal's improbable late run at the Premier League title gained momentum with a 1-0 victory at struggling Burnley on Saturday, an eighth straight triumph that moved them within four points of leaders Chelsea.
PHOTOS: Murray marries girlfriend Sears
British tennis star Andy Murray married his fiancée Kim Sears in a traditional Scottish ceremony in a cathedral in Dunblane, Scotland on Saturday.
April 11, 2015
EPL: Swansea equal best points tally after draw with Everton
Swansea City equalled their highest ever points tally in a Premier League season following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the early game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
India lose 1-2 to China in Hawke's Bay Cup
India went down fighting in their opening match, losing 1-2 to China in the Hawke's Bay Cup tournament in Hastings, New Zealand on Saturday.
I feared Villa more than City: Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was more worried about playing Aston Villa than he feels about facing local rivals and champions Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.
China GP: Force India off Q3 mark for third time in a row
Force India's troubles continued at the Formula 1 Shanghai Grand Prix where Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg could only set the 15th and 16th fastest time in qualifying in Shanghai on Sunday.
Sania-Hingis rally to enter Family Circle Cup semis
India's Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis battled past defending champions Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova to not only reach the semi-finals of the WTA Family Circle Cup but also secure the top place in the team rankings in the 'Road To Singapore'.
Azlan Shah Hockey: Nikkin 'tricks' as India stun world champs Australia
Young striker Nikkin Thimmaiah scored a hat-trick as India produced their best performance of the tournament to stun world champions and title holders Australia 4-2 on Saturday and secure a place in the third and fourth place play-off at the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Super Sunday derby: United have perfect opportunity to reign on City
Manchester United, buoyed by five successive Premier League victories, head into Sunday's derby against Manchester City a place and a point above their rivals and believing they are poised to restore red ascendancy in the city.
Charleston Open: Petkovic advances to semis, Errani upset
Andrea Petkovic battled back to advance to the semi-finals at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday while Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka upset yet another seed with a victory over Sara Errani.
China GP: Hamilton takes pole hat-trick
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to his third successive pole position of the season, and third in a row in China, after edging team-mate Nico Rosberg in a front-row lockout for Mercedes on Saturday.
Singapore Open: India's campaign ends with Kashyap's loss
India's campaign in the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament ended on Saturday as Parupalli Kashyap conceded a one game advantage to go down to Hong Kong's Hu Yun in the semifinals of the men's singles.
Apurvi Chandela bags Rio Olympics quota with World Cup bronze
Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela has qualified for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after clinching a 10m air rifle bronze in the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea.
Tiger shows flashes of old magic at the Masters
The former world number one has been under intense scrutiny after struggling badly with his chipping when last seen on the PGA Tour but he played solidly at steamy Augusta National to card a three-under-par 69.
Spieth on a record Masters run to lead by five
Jordan Spieth threatened to turn the year's first major into a runaway as he fired a six-under-par 66 for a five-shot lead and a Masters record for lowest 36-hole total at Augusta National on Friday.
April 10, 2015
Singapore Open: Kashyap in semis; injury puts Prannoy out
Parupalli Kashyap continued his impressive run to advance to the semi-finals of the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament, even as young H S Prannoy was left ruing his luck as a foot injury forced him to concede his quarter-final, on Friday.
Former Malaysian international jailed for match-fixing
A former Malaysian international was jailed for two years on Thursday for attempting to bribe a referee to rig a soccer match involving a Singapore team in 2012.
Mauresmo announces her pregnancy
Amelie Mauresmo, the former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, is pregnant, the Frenchwoman said on Thursday.
La Liga: Valencia lose ground on Atletico after Bilbao reverse
Valencia lost ground in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Mourinho criticises Ballon d'Or's negative impact
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised FIFA's Ballon d'Or award given to the world's best player for glorifying the individual at the expense of the team.
La Liga: Ronaldo gets reprieve after booking
Real Madrid's appeal against a yellow card shown to forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday's 2-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano has been granted by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), the club said on Friday.
Ibrahimovic gets four-game ban for rant
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a four-game suspension for insulting match officials, the French League said on Thursday.
Masterful first round by Lahiri, 18th on debut at Augusta
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri produced a highly commendable first round on his Masters debut, carding a one-under 71 to be tied 18th alongside some of the biggest names in Augusta.
Broke Indian ice hockey team turns to Twitter for aid
While India's money-spinning cricket league lavishes million-dollar deals on players for just a few weeks of competition, the national ice hockey team has had to go begging on social media to fund their trip to Kuwait for an international tournament.
Federer is Federer, can win 18th Slam, says Ivanisevic
Roger Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title since winning Wimbledon in 2012, but is still good enough to add to his record tally of 17 major triumphs, feels former Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic.
Augusta Masters: Spieth sizzles, McIlroy seven back
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods dominated the build-up to this week's Masters but it was exciting American Jordan Spieth who produced the fireworks in a gripping opening round at Augusta National on Thursday.
April 09, 2015
Sania-Hingis in Charleston WTA quarter-finals
The top-seeded duo battled past the Rodionova sisters of Australia, Anastasia and Arina, 6-7, 6-3, 10-5 in their opening round match of the US $731,000 clay-court event.
Prannoy stuns world No 2 Jorgensen, joins Kashyap in QF
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open, but it was H S Prannoy, who hogged the limelight on Thursday with a straight games demolition of world No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen in the men's singles.
'A big country like India needs a top 10-ranked tennis player'
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has said India can't forever sit on the laurels of greats like Leander Paes and it must have a top-10 singles
India beat lowly Canada for first win in Azlan Shah Cup
With all hopes of making it to the final erased, a misfiring India had to toil to get the better of lowly Canada 5-3 and register their first victory in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Thursday.
India gain 26 points, move to 147 in FIFA rankings
Indian football saw a big jump in the FIFA rankings on Thursday, rising 24 places to go up to 147 spot.
Xuerui takes top ranking; Saina drops to No. 2
The Indian ace, who attained a career-best No 1 after winning the India Open at the end of March, dropped a rung in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, released on Thursday. Defeat in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier to reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China saw the London Olympics bronze medallist drop to No 2.
Paris to bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games
Paris is set to go ahead with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the French capital's deputy mayor in charge of sports told Reuters.
Chelsea bid for FC Tokyo striker Muto
English Premier League leaders Chelsea have bid for FC Tokyo's Japanese international striker Yoshinori Muto, the J-League side said on Thursday.
Ivanisevic, Henman groom young Indian talent in AITA coaching program
Former Wimbledon champion, Goran Ivanisevic, former Britain No 1, Tim Henman and Dan Bloxham, Head Coach at The All England Lawn tennis Club, Wimbledon, mentored a group of 25 budding tennis talents at a coaching camp in New Delhi on Thursday.
Lahiri to pair with Westwood, Jimenez at Masters
Anirban Lahiri is going the full distance in terms of preparation and soaking in the atmosphere as he plays the pre-event traditional Par-3 which opens the official action at the Masters each year.
Euro qualifiers: Croatia ordered to play Italy behind closed doors
Croatia will play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy behind closed doors after their fans caused more trouble during the 5-1 win over Norway, UEFA said on Wednesday.
German Cup: Injury-hit Bayern edge past Leverkusen
Holders Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw to move into the German Cup semi-final and stay on course for a treble of titles on Wednesday.
Lazio knock out holders Napoli from Coppa Italia
Senad Lulic scored a late goal to give Lazio a 1-0 win at Napoli which sent them into the Coppa Italia final and added to Rafael Benitez's problems on Wednesday.
La Liga: Ronaldo nets 300th goal for Real; Barca keep four-point lead
Cristiano Ronald headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Coutinho goal sends plucky Liverpool into semis
Philippe Coutinho thumped home a second-half winner as Liverpool broke the resistance of Championship Blackburn Rovers to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a gritty 1-0 replay victory on Wednesday.
April 08, 2015
We gave away that game in the end: Van Ass
A lackluster India suffered their second consecutive defeat to crash out of the title race of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament and chief coach Paul Van Ass expressed his unhappiness over the performance of his players, saying that for the second day on the trot they gave away the match to the opposition.
Azlan Shah: India knocked out of title race after loss to Malaysia
India once again paid the price of some sloppy defending and conceded a late goal to lose 2-3 to lower-ranked Malaysia and crash out of the title race of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh.
Sim Bhullar, a man of superlatives
Simanta Roy looks beyond Sim Bhullar's 7'5" tall, 360-pound frame to the player who became the first athlete of Indian descent to secure an NBA contract.
Australia, NZ continue winning run in Azlan Shah Cup
Defending champions Australia and New Zealand continued their unbeaten run in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by thrashing Korea 5-2 and lowly Canada 5-0 respectively in their league matches on the third day of the hockey tournament in Ipoh.
Indian-descent cager Sim Bhullar makes NBA debut for Sacramento
Sim Bhullar has become the first player of Indian descent to play in the high-profile National Basketball Association (NBA) league after making his debut for Sacramento Kings.
Kashyap, Prannoy, Jwala-Ashwini reach 2nd round in Singapore
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and young H S Prannoy registered contrasting wins in the men's singles to enter the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament.
Smashing their way to the top
India has never had so many highly-ranked shuttlers.
EPL: Benteke nets hat-trick as Villa, QPR draw
Christian Benteke's superb hat-trick rescued a potentially priceless Premier League point for Aston Villa.
I reached where no other non-Chinese could reach, says Saina
Far from mourning the end of her brief reign as the World No 1, shuttler Saina Nehwal is happy.
PHOTOS: Tiger Woods with his two adorable caddies
Tiger Woods appeared far more concerned about becoming the World's No 1 dad on Tuesday than golf's top player.
IN PHOTOS: 'Beware of Tiger' at Augusta National
Beware of Tiger' warnings were sounded across Augusta National.
La Liga PHOTOS: Atletico hard on Real's heels
Atletico Madrid made a typically aggressive start to lay the foundations for a 2-0 victory at home.
Something to cheer about...India among top 5 fittest teams in hockey
Fitness is key to any team's success in fast-paced modern-day hockey and the Indian men's national team can be rated among the top five.
Shocking! State champion boxer forced to work as maid
A state-level gold medallist boxer, Rishu Mittal, is being forced to work as a domestic help.
April 07, 2015
China's star hurdler Liu Xiang retires
China's Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Liu Xiang announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Guru, Praneeth, Tarun-Sikki reach Singapore Open main draw
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt and young B Sai Praneeth advanced to the main draw of Singapore Open Super Series. Bummer...Somdev falls at final hurdle
Stumbling at the final hurdle, Somdev Devvarman lost the third qualifying round of the Fayez Sarofim and Co. US Men's Clay Court Championship.
PCI sacks its president, contemplates criminal case
The Paralympics Committee of India (PCI) has sacked its president Rajesh Tomar for the gross mismanagement at the recent National Para-Athletics
Azlan Shah: Sardar demands more responsibility from forwards
India missed chances aplenty in their opening two games of the ongoing 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament and national captain Sardar Singh minced no words when he said that the team's forwardline will have to play more responsibly to give themselves any chance of reaching the final.
Six of the best EPL goals were scored over the weekend
Normally the candidates for goal of the season are spread throughout the 10 months of the campaign, but this weekend's Premier League matches produced six memorable strikes in little over 24 hours.
EPL: Wigan fire manager Mackay
Wigan Athletic have fired manager Malky Mackay following their 2-0 home defeat by Derby County on Monday, the English Championship club said.
QPR striker Vargas out for six weeks
Queens Park Rangers striker Eduardo Vargas will be out of action for six weeks due to a knee ligament injury, the player's agent said on Monday.
World football plagued by racist, abusive fans
AC Milan youth players subjected to alleged racist abuse; Argentine fan punches player.
EPL PHOTOS: Palace reign on City to dash their title hopes
Crystal Palace left Manchester City's hopes of retaining their Premier League crown in tatters after a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Monday to leave Manuel Pellegrini's side trailing a distant fourth in the title race.
April 06, 2015
Azlan Shah: Australia off to a winning start against Malaysia
Defending champions Australia were made to toil hard in their 3-2 win over a spirited Malaysian side, while Korea got the better of minnows Canada 3-1 in another league match on Day 2 of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh.
Debutant Lahiri to fulfil childhood dream in Augusta 'temple'
Anirban Lahiri will fulfil a childhood dream when he makes his US Masters debut this week at the fabled Augusta National and the world number 34 is determined not to lose his way in the golfing "temple".
Khedira to move to United in 200K pounds-a-week deal?
Germany's defensive midfielder Sami Khedira has been offered to Manchester United at 2,00,000 pounds-a-week by Real Madrid, as he will be out of contract in the summer and the top Premier League clubs have been alerted about the same.
EPL: Can Liverpool finish in top-four?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his team will struggle to make a top-four finish at the end of the season, thus virtually ending their hopes of Champions League qualification following a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday night.
Premier League bottom three show they're up for the fight
Burnley's 0-0 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday completed a profitable weekend for the three clubs bidding to avoid a swift return to the second tier of English football.
Sania closing in on world No 1 ranking
Sania Mirza took a giant leap towards becoming the world number one player in the doubles by pocketing 1000 ranking points, following her stupendous title win in the Miami Open with partner Martina Hingis.
Sania records 25th doubles title with Miami Open win
In individual doubles rankings, Sania is now only 145 points away from becoming World No 1.
Can Djokovic replicate rich form he enjoyed in 2011?
World No 1 Novak Djokovic heads into the European clay court season in ominous form after his victory over Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday.
Fenerbahce want league suspended after attack on team bus
Turkish football giants Fenerbahce have called for the national league to be suspended after their team bus was shot at following an away match against Rizespor on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo dominates European football weekend with five goals
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his first five-goal haul in Real Madrid's 9-1 hammering of Granada while title-chasing Bayern Munich and Chelsea won again in Germany and England.
Ligue 1: PSG back on top with 3-2 win at rivals Marseille
Two goals in three minutes earned Paris St Germain a 3-2 win at bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille as the French champions regained the Ligue 1 lead on Sunday.
La Liga: Mathieu proving his worth at Barca after win over Celta
Barcelona's outlay of 20 million euros ($22 million) on Jeremy Mathieu last July prompted plenty of criticism but the France centre back has been worth his weight in gold in the La Liga leaders' last two outings.
EPL PHOTOS: Defoe's cracker seals derby win for Sunderland; Spurs held
Jermain Defoe made himself an instant Sunderland hero with a sensational volleyed goal to seal a vital 1-0 win over North East rivals Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Djokovic domination over Murray continues with Miami title
World No 1 Novak Djokovic continued his impressive run of form, winning the Miami Open over Andy Murray 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-0 at Key Biscayne on Sunday.
April 05, 2015
Ronaldo hits five as Real crush sorry Granada
Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in Real Madrid's 9-1 drubbing of second-from-bottom Granada on Sunday which took Real to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Guardiola sets Bundesliga record as Bayern Munich beat Dortmund
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola set a Bundesliga record after needing only 61 matches for his 50th league win when the champions beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Saturday to march towards the title.
Serena Williams strolls to eighth Miami title
Serena Williams won her eighth Miami Open title with little trouble, enjoying a 6-2, 6-0 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in just 56 minutes on Saturday.
Steely Chelsea unfazed by chasing pack or Charlie Adam stunner
Under pressure from the chasing pack and rocked on their heels by a Charlie Adam bolt from the blue, Chelsea showed cool heads to extend their Premier League to seven points on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Stoke City.
April 04, 2015
EPL: Slick Arsenal, Man United keep up chase of Chelsea
Arsenal delivered a brutal lesson in fast-paced Premier League football to beat Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday, maintaining their faint title aspirations and almost certainly dashing their opponents' hopes of a top-four finish.
Michael Phelps swimming programme to be launched in India
A grassroot level swimming programme named after the most successful swimmer at the Olympic Games, American superstar Michael Phelps, is set to be launched in Mumbai first on April 11 before it spreads its wings to other parts of the country.
Fit James back for Real after two-month injury absence
James Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid's starting lineup for Sunday's La Liga game at home to Granada after being out for two months with a broken bone in his foot, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday.
21 lifters provisionally suspended by IWF for doping
In what could be one of the biggest doping scandals in recent years, as many as 21 weightlifters have been provisionally suspended by the Indian Weightlifting Federation after testing positive for banned substances.
Missing Indian mountaineer Malli Babu's body found in Andes
The body of Malli Masthan Babu, the Indian mountaineer who went missing in the Andes mountain ranges in Chile, South America, was found by helicopter search teams, his family sources said in Nellore on Saturday.
Confident India start Olympic preparation with Azlan Shah
Already assured of a place in the Rio Olympics, Asian Games champions India will start their preparations for the mega-event with the 24th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament where they would face Korea in their opening match in Ipoh on Sunday.
Sim Bhullar's NBA debut delayed
Sim Bhullar made history by becoming the first player of Indian descent to sign an NBA contract but he will have to wait more to make his much-awaited league debut as he did not get to play in what turned out to be Sacramento Kings's loss against Pelicans.
Saina knocked out from Malaysia Open, loses top ranking
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will lose her world no. 1 ranking after her gallant fight against Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the semi-finals ended in heartbreak at the $500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Indonesia resolve Olympic ring row, avoid IOC ban
Indonesia is set to retain the hosting rights of the 2018 Asian Games and avoid an International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban after resolving a row over the use of the Olympic rings logo.
EPL: Mourinho ponders Costa omission for Stoke clash
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is uncertain to start their Premier League game against Stoke City as he tries to shake off the lingering effects of a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
Out-of-favour Muntari asks to be left out of Milan squad
AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari looks set to leave the club after being left out of the squad for Saturday's Serie A match away to Palermo at his own request, his agent Federico Pastorello said on Friday.
Van Gaal keeps faith in Fellaini as 'top-four fight still a rat race'
The battle for Champions League places is still a "rat race" with eight games of the Premier League season left, Manchester United manager Luis van Gaal said on Friday.
United's Van Persie doubtful starter for Manchester derby
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is unlikely to be fit for the Premier League derby match against Manchester City later this month, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
Ligue 1: Monaco title push stalls with 1-1 St Etienne home draw
Monaco's late Ligue 1 title challenge stalled on Friday when the principality side were held to a 1-1 home draw by St Etienne.
Woods ends long absence, to play in next week's Augusta Masters
Tiger Woods ended weeks of speculation on Friday when he announced he will play in next week's Masters golf tournament at Augusta National.
Murray breezes past Berdych, to face Djokovic in Miami final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will face Britain's Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open for a third time on Sunday after the pair triumphed in their semi-finals.
Sania-Hingis waltz into Miami Open final
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are in line to win their second title in a row as they breezed into the Miami Open final with a straight sets win over Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.
April 03, 2015
Saina enters semi-finals of Malaysia Open
Newly-crowned world No. 1 Saina Nehwal edged out China's Sun Yu to reach the women's singles semi-finals of the $8500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Double delight for Arsenal ahead of Liverpool game
rsenal boss Arsene Wenger and striker Olivier Giroud were named the Premier League manager and player of the month.
Everything you want to know about EPL championship race is here!
With no European prizes left to chase this season, England's top clubs are focussed on winning the Premier League title, although that goal looks beyond all but Chelsea.
Decoding F1 star Lewis Hamilton's tattoos
Lewis Hamilton, who is also an avid tattoo lover, revealed that each image on his body has a meaning to it.
She has earned Serena's respect; find out how and why...
Simona Halep is emerging as one of the few players on Tour.
IOC boss to meet PM Modi; is India bidding for 2024 Olympics?
Bach, IOC President, has been invited to visit India for a meeting with Prime Minister Modi.
Empowering women! No more 'race queens' or 'umbrella girls'
'It's old school to have such a concept as grid girls.'
Miami Open: Djokovic digs deep to face Isner in semis
World No 1 Novak Djokovic recovered from another slow start to beat Spain's David Ferrer.
Miami Open: Serena edges brave Halep in thriller
World No 1 Serena Williams edged an enthralling battle with third-seed Simona Halep.
April 02, 2015
Saina sails into quarters of Malaysia Open, Jwala-Ashwini lose
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a loss in the second round, going down fighting 23-21, 8-21, 17-21 to sixth seeded Indonesian pair of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii.
Meet the first Indian origin NBA player
Canadian Basketball professional Sim Bhullar is reportedly set to become the first player of Indian origin to play in the National Basketball Association.
Miami Open: Murray dumps Austria's Thiem to reach semis
Andy Murray recovered from an early setback to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem.
5 managers, 1 warning: Home-grown players need more chances
England's prospects of ever winning another World Cup will suffer unless reforms are introduced to give home-grown players more chances to shine.
It's official! Saina Nehwal is World No 1!
Indian ace Saina Nehwal's ascent to the top of women's badminton was officially confirmed.
Arsenal, Liverpool clash in dress rehearsal for FA Cup
The Premier League bursts back into life after the international break.
Find out why Swiss study names Messi No 1, Ronaldo 29th
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been declared as the best forward, while Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked 29th.
I'm no money-grabber, says Sterling
Sterling says that money is not a determining factor and ruled out discussing a new contract until at least the end of the season.
I didn't know I had 700 wins, gushes Serena
World No 1 Serena Williams overcame a dreadful second set to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki.
'Focus is on improving of technical skills'
The Indian men's hockey team coach Paul van Ass says he is focussing on improving the technical skills of the players ahead of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be played at Ipoh, Malaysia from April 5-12.
April 01, 2015
Indian mountaineer goes missing in Andes; Indian govt slammed
The next two days are extremely crucial to locate top Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who is lost in South America's Andes since March 24, say the handlers of his rescue operations while slamming the central government for not acting swiftly on the matter.
Brazil FIFA World Cup stadium up for sale
Brazil's World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale as the company that owns it is suffering from cash flow problems following a corruption scandal.
Hummels denies making promise to United's Van Gaal
Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has shot down reports of a deal with Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal to join the Premier League club, saying they were invented.
Georgia, Poland face disciplinary action after qualifiers
Georgia and Poland are facing disciplinary action after problems at recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, UEFA said on Wednesday.
I don't see any Indian athlete winning an Olympic medal at Rio: Milkha
India's legendary sprinter Milkha Singh said on Wednesday that doping is like cancer and the government needs to take some strict measures to curb this menace.
Srikanth, Saina in second round of Malaysia Open
Newly-crowned India Open champions Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth continued their rampaging international run, notching contrasting victories to enter the second round of the US $500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier, in Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday.
Miami Open: Sania-Hingis enter doubles semis
The top-seeded Indo-Swiss duo served past the Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Football friendlies: Netherlands haunt Spain; Italy hold England
Netherlands revived bitter Spanish memories from last year's World Cup finals when they beat a second-string La Roja 2-0 in a friendly.
Miami Open: Djokovic survives scare; Murray claims 500th win
Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare.
Miami Open: Suarez Navarro stuns Venus, Petkovic into Miami semis
Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a dreadful first set to defeat Venus Williams.
March 31, 2015
Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate
One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
Versatile Gurbaj key for India in Azlan Shah: Sreejesh
A 'versatile' and 'speedy' Gurbaj Singh will be key to the Indian hockey team's success in the upcoming 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, feels the national side's vice-captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh.
Hamilton ready to sign new contract with Mercedes
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year.
Promising sprinter Dutee to compete in Asian Championships
Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand got a massive shot in the arm after the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland specifically allowed her to take part in the Asian Championships.
Euro: UEFA starts proceedings against Montenegro and Russia
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players.
Sexy Mexican sportscaster flattered by Kardashian comparison
Meet Jimena Sanchez, a Mexican sports presenter who's photos have made her an internet sensation, so much so, she is dubbed the 'Mexican Kim Kardashian'.
Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems
A winter World Cup in Qatar may not require cooling systems to lower temperatures in the stadiums as proposed in the bid for a summer tournament, said an executive from the Gulf state's 2022 organising committee.
Football friendly: Falcao equals Colombia goals record
Striker Radamel Falcao equalised Colombia's international goals record with a 74th-minute penalty in his country's 3-1 away win over Kuwait in a friendly on Monday.
Miami Open: Djokovic, Nishikori and Raonic reach last 16
Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 on Monday to power into the last 16 of the Miami Open.
'This award will motivate me to achieve more laurels for India'
India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu was conferred with the Padma Shri award by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Miami Open: Williams sisters head into last eight
Sisters Serena and Venus Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after straight-set wins at Key Biscayne on Monday.
March 30, 2015
Sindhu, Sardar, Saba and Arunima receive Padma Shri award
Indian men's hockey team captain Sardar Singh and former skipper of the national women's side Saba Anjum were conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award by President Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Tiger Woods drops out of world's top 100
Ecclestone's got a novel idea to spice up Formula One
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of Grand Prix weekends.
Saina to celebrate No 1 status with ice cream and milk shake
Relieved to have won her maiden India Open Super Series title, Saina Nehwal said it is a huge burden off her head as she has always struggled to win this tournament.
MotoGP veteran Rossi wins Qatar season-opener
MotoGP great Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win the Qatar season-opener for Yamaha on Sunday with Italian riders sweeping the podium places after a thrilling duel under the Losail floodlights in Doha.
Miami Open: Serena, Halep advance; Azarenka falls to Pennetta
World No 1 Serena Williams comfortably beat 15-year-old CiCi Bellis.
Miami Open: Nadal crashes out; Murray wins
A struggling and edgy Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Miami Open.
Saina, Srikanth lift India Open Super Series titles
It was double delight for India as crowd favourites Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth clinched their maiden women and men's singles titles at the India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi.
March 29, 2015
Saina crushes Intanon to win India Open
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal celebrated her No 1 ranking by beating Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon to clinch the India Open $275,000 Yonex Sunrise Super series event at the Siri Fort sports complex in New Delhi on Sunday.
Ferrari's Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless tactical race to claim his maiden victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, registering the first Formula One win for the Italian team since 2013.
Dzeko hat-trick kick-starts Bosnia's Euro 2016 campaign
Bosnia captain Edin Dzeko struck a hat-trick to kick-start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they beat no-hopers Andorra 3-0 in a one-sided Group B match in Andorra La Vella on Saturday.
Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start
World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
March 28, 2015
Saina true role model for aspiring sportspersons: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar and other eminent sporting stars congratulated Saina Nehwal on becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking in badminton.
India Super Series badminton: Saina, Srikanth reach maiden final
Crowned the world number one, Saina Nehwal celebrated her numero uno status with a straight-game demolition of Japanese Yui Hashimoto, while Kidambi Srikanth too saw off Xue Song of China to reach their maiden finals at the Yonex Sunrise India Super Series.
Malaysian GP: Hamilton holds of resurgent Vettel for pole
World champion Lewis Hamilton splashed through the puddles at a rain-soaked Sepang International Circuit to secure pole position for Mercedes in a hectic Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying session on Saturday.
Saina Nehwal is world No 1. Congratulate the champion shuttler
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has become the first Indian woman to achieve the World No 1 ranking.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: England thrash Lithuania
England's Harry Kane scored on his debut less than two minutes after coming on as they brushed Lithuania aside 4-0 at Wembley on Friday.
Miami Open: Azarenka crushes Jankovic; Nadal, Murray advance
Two time Miami Open winner Victoria Azarenka crushed Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.
March 27, 2015
India Open: Saina in semis; Sugiarto stuns Lin Dan
Saina Nehwal sailed past Indonesia's Hana Ramadhini 21-15, 21-12 for her maiden entry into the semi-finals at the India Open Super Series, while giant-killer H S Prannoy and RMV Gurusaidutt went down fighting in the quarter-finals at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, in Delhi, on Friday.
Five things Race 1 of the Formula One season taught us
Unlike the Australian GP, where the majority of drivers carried out only one pit-stop, of Sunday's second race of the season, at Sepang, Malaysia, will see at least two, says Raja Sen.
Is Barca legend Xavi leaving the club?
Xavi's agent has declined to comment on reports the Barcelona midfielder is set to leave the La Liga leaders at the end of the season and sign a lucrative contract with Qatari side Al Sadd.
Football friendly: Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup
Brazil inflicted France's first defeat since the World Cup when a perfectly executed second-half performance earned them a 3-1 win in a friendly game at the Stade de France on Thursday.
Shocking! Sharapova suffers loss at Miami Open
Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4), 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova.
March 26, 2015
Williams appoint Sutil as reserve driver
Williams have appointed experienced German racer Adrian Sutil as reserve driver for the season, the Formula One team said on Thursday.
International friendlies: Podolski spares German blushes against Australia
Substitute Lukas Podolski grabbed an 81st-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for 2014 World Cup winners Germany in an entertaining friendly.
McIlroy split was like someone dying: Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki says she felt like someone close to her had died after the split from golfer Rory McIlroy.
King's Cup final to be held at Barca's Nou Camp
The King's Cup final between record winners Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on May 30 will be held at Barca's Nou Camp.
Miami Open: Azarenka through to face Jankovic
Victoria Azarenka defeated Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second round meeting with Jelena Jankovic.
March 25, 2015
Skrtel gets three-match ban for stamp on De Gea
Liverpool will be without defender Martin Skrtel for three games after he was suspended on Wednesday for a stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during Sunday's Premier League defeat at Anfield.
Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury
Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week's Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday.
India field full strength team for Azlan Shah Cup
Ace midfielder Sardar Singh will lead a full strength Indian men's hockey team in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 5 to 12.
Formula One: Alonso return takes focus off Mercedes
Formula One rolls into Malaysia this week for the second round of the championship at the Sepang International Circuit, where talk surrounding the utter dominance of Mercedes will for once take a back seat to the belated arrival of Fernando Alonso.
Ronaldo faces possible sanction
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration when he netted the equaliser in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at Barcelona, the president of Spain's professional football league (LFP) said.
Two-year-old sets national archery record
Two-year-old Dolly Shivani Cherukuri, set a new national record in archery, on Tuesday, becoming the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances according to Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury of the India Book of Records.
March 24, 2015
Nadal returning to Queen's for Wimbledon warmup
Rafael Nadal will return to his old routine in a bid to recapture the Wimbledon crown.
Liverpool's Skrtel charged with violent conduct
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
March 23, 2015
Ex-tennis cham Bob Hewitt convicted of rape in South Africa
Former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt was found guilty by a South African court on Monday of two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault of minors, local media said.
Serie A: Tevez gives Juve another 1-0 victory; Roma win
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez scored a magnificent first-half goal, and later missed a penalty, as the runaway Serie A leaders won 1-0 at home to mid-table Genoa on Sunday.
Sania rises to No 3 in doubles rankings
In the ATP doubles, Leander Paes slid to 25, a loss of four places.
Bundesliga: Gustavo goal rescues point for lacklustre Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo scored on the hour to rescue a 1-1 draw at improving Mainz 05 on Sunday but the Wolves lost possible further ground in their chase of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
I've let down my team mates and fans, says Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard apologised after he was sent off for a rash stamp.
PHOTOS: Halep rallies to claim Indian Wells crown
Serbian Jankovic was serving for the title at 5-4 in the second set but World No 3 Halep won the next three games and battled back for the biggest title of her career.
Alonso passes medical tests; cleared to fly to Malaysia
McLaren's Fernando Alonso has been cleared to travel to Malaysia.
Clasico PHOTOS: Lethal Suarez gives Barcelona 2-1 win over Real
A lethal finish from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in a typically frantic 'Clasico' on Sunday as they stretched their lead over their rivals at the top of La Liga to four points.
PHOTOS: Djokovic downs Federer to retain Indian Wells title
World No 1 Novak Djokovic fought off a determined challenge from Swiss great Roger Federer on Sunday to claim back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and celebrate his 50th tournament win on the ATP Tour.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea beat valiant Hull to go six points clear
Chelsea regained their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and took a step closer to the title thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Hull City on Sunday.
March 22, 2015
Mata strikes twice as United down 10-man Liverpool
Juan Mata struck twice, including a sublime volley, for Manchester United in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool who had Steven Gerrard sent off for a stamp at Anfield on Sunday.
Sania-Hingis lift Indian Wells doubles title
Sania Mirza and Swiss legend Martina Hingis began their partnership with a title win as they overcame Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 in the summit clash of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Bournemouth back on top in race to Premier League
Bournemouth are in pole position in the race to be promoted to the Premier League after a 3-0 victory over fellow contenders Middlesbrough on Saturday.
I forget about my achievements, says chess wizard Vishy Anand
Viswanathan Anand says one factor that has contributed immensely to this has been his habit of 'forgetting' achievements.
Shocking PHOTOS! Para-athletes face official apathy
Differently-abled sportspersons participating in the 15th National Para-Athletics Championships have been put up at unfurnished and unhygienic accommodations.
EPL PHOTOS: Kane nets first league hat-trick; City, Arsenal win
Harry Kane's magical season continued on Saturday as he celebrated his first senior England call-up with his first Premier League hat-trick.
Indian Wells: Djokovic crushes Murray, faces Federer in final
Novak Djokovic crushed Britain's Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 to set up final against Roger Federer.
March 21, 2015
Premier League: Manchester City cruise past 10-man West Brom
Manchester City made the most of a case of mistaken identity and kept alive their faint title hopes thanks to a much-needed 3-0 victory over 10-man West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
Indian Wells: Williams withdraws; Jankovic tops Lisicki
Serena Williams withdrew before the start of her BNP Paribas Open.
Ligue 1: Ibrahimovic hat-trick puts PSG on top
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his disciplinary woes aside on Friday.
Raonic stuns Nadal, will face Federer in semis
Big-serving Milos Raonic fought back from a set down to upset Rafa Nadal 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5 in a pulsating quarter-final at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday.
March 20, 2015
Champions League QFs: Real meet Atletico in repeat of 2014 final
Atletico Madrid were handed a chance to avenge last season's Champions League final defeat by city rivals and record 10-times winners Real after the two sides were drawn together in the last eight on Friday. Paris St Germain and Barcelona were paired together having met in the group stage, with the French side winning in Paris and the Catalans coming out on top in Spain.
Chance for Saina to avenge All England defeat to Marin at Indian Open
A rematch of the All England final between India's Saina Nehwal and world champion Carolina Marin is on the cards with the two stars given first and second seeding in the Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries to be played from March 24.
Jankovic advances past injured Tsurenko
Jelena Jankovic eased into the last four at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko retired from their quarter-final with an ankle injury while trailing 6-1, 4-1.
Ibrahimovic summoned by league over foul-mouthed rant
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been summoned by the French League's (LFP) disciplinary commission to explain derogatory remarks he made after Paris St Germain's 3-2 defeat at Girondins Bordeaux last weekend.
Nuerburgring says no to German Grand Prix
The Nuerburgring circuit will not host the German Formula One Grand Prix this year, an official for the company said on Thursday after Hockenheim also ruled out the possibility.
Europa League: Fiorentina down sorry Roma
Fiorentina tore apart Italian rivals AS Roma to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win that left their opponents' season in tatters and under-fire coach Rudi Garcia tottering on the brink of the sack.
United is my last job in football: Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will retire from football when he leaves his job at Old Trafford, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
Murray to play Djokovic in Indian Wells semis
Fourth seed Andy Murray, with a consummate display of power and touch in tricky conditions, reached the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a landmark 6-3, 6-4 win over Spaniard Felicano Lopez on Thursday.
2022 World Cup final to be played on December 18
FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that it would be played in November and December with the final on December 18.
March 19, 2015
EPL: Something has to give when Liverpool host United
Something will have to give when in-form Liverpool and bitter rivals Manchester United clash in one of the Premier League's showcase fixtures at Anfield on Sunday.
Fit Alonso back at work, preparing for Malaysia
McLaren's Fernando Alonso put in a day's work in the team's Formula One simulator on Wednesday ahead of his expected return to the racetrack in Malaysia next week after his crash in pre-season testing.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Serena to meet Halep in semis
World No 3 Simona Halep turned up the aggression and rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez.
Indian Wells: Nadal, Federer, join Murray in quarters
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi-inspired Barca outclass City
Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona overwhelmed Manchester City as Ivan Rakitic's strike secured a 1-0 win.
March 18, 2015
PHOTOS: Misfiring Nadal reaches last 16 at Indian Wells
A misfiring Rafael Nadal had trouble hitting the mark but the third seeded Spaniard still had enough to beat American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Champions League PHOTOS: Monaco eliminate Arsenal; Atletico advance
Images from the Champions League round of 16 second leg matches played on Tuesday
March 17, 2015
India in Round 2 of FIFA WC qualifying with win over Nepal
India held a dominant Nepal to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying Round 1 second leg match to advance to the second round on a 2-0 aggregate in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
UCI chief blasts Armstrong's Tour return
Lance Armstrong's plan to ride this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson.
Look who overtook Shakira as most liked person on Facebook
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo is on an award claiming spree.
Indian Wells: Djokovic, Murray struggle to reach 4th round
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Andy Murray each had to contend with different degrees of adversity before they advanced.
FA Cup: Reading win to book semi-final with Arsenal
Second-tier Reading booked an FA Cup semi-final meeting with holders Arsenal.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Sharapova, Bouchard win; Wozniacki exits
Caroline Wozniacki became the biggest name to fall at the BNP Paribas Open.
EPL PHOTOS: Henderson's freak goal helps Liverpool
Midfielder Jordan Henderson's fluke second-half goal kept Liverpool firmly in contention.
March 16, 2015
Kalmadi is Asian Athletics Association Life President
Tainted Indian sports administrator Suresh Kalmadi has been made Life President of the Asian Athletics Association for his "work in the development of athletics in the continent" during his 13-year tenure as the head of organisation from 2000.
Srikanth banks on consistency to make Rio Olympics
India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth feels the Swiss Open win has put him on course for a first-ever Olympic qualification but says he needs maintain consistency to make the cut for the 2016 Rio Games and achieve World No. 1 ranking.
India women down Poland to clinch Hockey World League title
Putting up a dominating show, India scored in three of the four quarters to outplay Poland 3-1 to clinch the FIH World Hockey League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chan stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney is a knockout for United
Manchester United enjoyed perhaps their finest performance.
La Liga PHOTOS: Bale answers critics in style
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale answered his critics in emphatic style.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Serena breezes into fourth round
Top seed Serena Williams made short work of Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.
March 15, 2015
Blatter says Qatar needs to do more to protect workers
FIFA president Sepp Blatter visited Qatar's emir on Sunday and said that while progress has been made in improving workers' rights in the 2022 World Cup host nation, more still needed to be done.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea take six point-lead despite Southampton draw
Chelsea opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw against top-four hopefuls Southampton in an absorbing game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Services win fourth Santosh Trophy title
Services lifted the Santosh Trophy after edging out hosts Punjab 5-4 via tie-breaker in a nail-biting summit clash at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Xu Xin, Feng Tianwei claim Asian Cup TT crowns
Xu Xin and Feng Tianwei bagged the men's and women's singles title at the 28th Asian Cup table tennis tournament, beating their famed opponents in two high-quality finals at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.
India shuttler Srikanth clinches Swiss Open title
India's Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship title after overcoming a strong challenge from Viktor Alexson in a hard-fought men's singles final in Basel on Sunday.
F1: Hulkenberg, Perez collect seven points for Force India
Despite starting from the back of the grid, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez collected seven points for Sahara Force India from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, in Melbourne on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi-inspired Barca go four points clear
Treble-chasing Barcelona are exactly where they want to be as they prepare for two matches this week that could make or break coach Luis Enrique's first season in charge.
Sharapova, Pennetta progress at Indian Wells
Twice winner Maria Sharapova and reigning champion Flavia Pennetta advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, though in sharply contrasting fashion.
Bolt cruises to win in 400 metres race
Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt cruised to victory in his first individual race of the season, clocking 46.37 seconds over 400 metres at the GC Foster Classic in Kingston on Saturday.
Hamilton wins season-opening Australian GP
Lewis Hamilton's world championship defence got off to a flying start on Sunday with a crushing victory for Mercedes in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as Formula One rivals succumbed to a farcical rash of reliability problems.
By George! City are beaten by battling Burnley
Manchester City's faltering attempts to retain their title suffered a huge blow on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Burnley, giving Chelsea the chance to open an eight-point lead when they host Southampton on Sunday.
Seeds Murray, Nishikori advance at Indian Wells
Fourth seed Andy Murray erased memories of early losses at Indian Wells by storming into the BNP Paribas Open third round with a ruthless 6-1, 6-3 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Saturday.
March 14, 2015
Rampant Bayern hit four past Werder in ill-tempered tie
Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich showed no signs of letting up as they brushed aside Werder Bremen 4-0 in a bad-tempered match on Saturday.
Srikanth storms into Swiss Open badminton final
Kidambi Srikanth entered the final of the $120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship after he got the better of compatriot Ajay Jayaram in an all-India last-four clash in Basel on Saturday.
White swamps Walden to clinch maiden snooker ranking title
Highly talented Welshman Michael White capped a splendid run by claiming his maiden ranking title when he blanked World No 8 Ricky Walden 5-0 in a one-sided final of the Indian Open Snooker Championship in Mumbai on Saturday.
Sharath finishes 6th at Asian Cup TT
Sharath Kamal settled for a creditable sixth spot after going down against South Korean Kim Minseok in a thriller at the 28th Asian Cup table tennis tournament in Jaipur on Saturday.
EPL: Arsenal thump West Ham; Villa slay sorry Sunderland
Third-placed Arsenal tightened their grip on a spot in the top four on the English Premier League table, continuing an impressive run of form at the Emirates with a 3-0 win over West Ham United on Saturday.
Serie A team Parma's crisis deepen
Financially-stricken Parma have been hit with a further two-point penalty for failing to pay players' salaries the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced.
Hulkenberg, Perez to begin Australian GP from 14th, 15th spots
As expected, it was not a great result for Sahara Force India in the qualifying session for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start the season-opening race from the 14th and 15th spots respectively.
Sania named playing captain of India's Fed Cup team
India's tennis ace Sania Mirza, on Saturday, was appointed as playing captain of India's Fed Cup team, which will seek to make it to Group I grade of Asia/Oceania zone in Hyderabad from April 14.
'1975 Men's Hockey World Cup winning team completes 40 years'
years back, on 15 March 1975, the Indian Men Hockey team accomplished a historic feat against Pakistan in the finals of the 1975 Hockey World Cup wherein they beat the opponents 2-1 to earn the title of 'Champions'.
Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in Australia
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as the Silver Arrows continued to underline their dominance.
Serena makes winning return to Indian Wells
Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells on Friday after a 14-year boycott due to racist abuse she suffered in the 2001 final and got her bid for a third BNP Paribas Open title off to a winning, though somewhat error-prone, start.
March 13, 2015
Srikanth enters Swiss Grand Prix semis, Praneeth exits
Top seed Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the semi-finals of the US $120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship after a straight games victory over Takuma Ueda of Japan in the men's singles quarter-finals in Basel on Friday. The Indian beat the eighth seed 21-11, 21-12 in 31 minutes.
Pistorius fails in bid to stop SA prosecutors from pursuing murder verdict
A South African court on Friday struck down athlete Oscar Pistorius' bid to block prosecutors from appealing the culpable homicide verdict handed down against him, in favour of a murder conviction, for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Lowest-ranked Bhutan win on World Cup qualifying debut; India bt Nepal
Tshering Dorji scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute for the small Himalayan nation, ranked last of the 209 teams in FIFA's rankings, against Sri Lanka.
Will Djokovic's reverse psychology work?
The French Open is the only Grand Slam title to have eluded Novak Djokovic and the steely-eyed Serb has adopted a philosophy of reverse psychology in a bid to claim the coveted crown.
On a night of ill-discipline Terry defends team mates from 'babies' slur
Chelsea skipper John Terry has hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's description of his team mates as 'babies'.
March 12, 2015
BWF rankings: All England effort helps Saina regain No. 2 spot
Riding on her stupendous performance at the prestigious All England Championship, India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has regained the world number two spot again in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation.
Zimbabwe kicked out of 2018 World Cup qualifiers
Zimbabwe have been expelled from the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition.
Serena's U-turn on Indian Wells warmly welcomed
Serena Williams' decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open has been warmly welcomed by her peers with good friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki saying it was "great for tennis".
Young and restless F1 boys don't need any advice
New boy Vettel plays down Ferrari hopes in Melbourne.
Uruguay legend, Forlan quits national team
Diego Forlan, whose fine performances and five goals helped Uruguay finish fourth in the 2010 World Cup, announced his retirement.
Mourinho plays the blame game after Chelsea exit; Blanc lauds PSG
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho blamed a mystifying loss of focus and confidence among his players for their shock elimination from the Champions League.
Champions League PHOTOS: PSG stun Chelsea; Bayern humiliate Shakhtar
Thiago Silva's extra-time header sent Paris St Germain into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.
March 11, 2015
Indian Open: Advani loses to Scotland's Clark
Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani lost a thriller 3-4 against young Scottish rival Rhys Clark to exit the 300,000 pound sterling Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Tournament in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Court rules for F1 driver Van der Garde against Sauber
An Australian court has found in favour of Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde in his bid to force the Sauber Formula One team to let him drive for them this season.
India, Bhutan kick off 2018 FIFA WC qualifying
The long road to Russia 2018 kicks off in the outposts of Asia on Thursday with the world's worst international team, Bhutan, making their World Cup qualifying debut and eyeing a first win of any sorts since 2008.
Banned Lee hopeful of Olympic spot
Former badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei is hoping to be back on court for the start of the 2016 Olympic qualifiers in May after finally being given an April date for a hearing into his failed dope test.
First look: Tennis star Wozniacki meets Justin Beiber
First look: Tennis star Wozniacki meets Justin Beiber
PHOTOS: Holders Real squeeze past Schalke into last eight
Images from the Champions League matches played on Tuesday
In Pre-season prep, Arsenal, Everton, Stoke to play Asia trophy
Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City have all agreed to play in this year's Asia Trophy in Singapore in preparation for the 2015-16 Premier League season.
Champions League: Lucky Real scrape through; Porto rout Basel
Holders Real Madrid survived a huge scare when they lost 4-3 to Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Tuesday but squeezed into the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate thanks to record European marksman Cristiano Ronaldo.
March 10, 2015
IOC 'shocked' by death of French athletes in helicopter crash
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday mourned the death of three French sports stars, including two Olympic medallists, in a helicopter accident during the filming of a reality show.
Champions League: Chelsea buzzing ahead of PSG return
Chelsea are brimming with confidence and, fortified by a seven-day break, go into Wednesday's Champions League last-16 return match as favourites to knock Paris St Germain out for the second season in a row.
'Alonso's pre-F1 season testing crash very strange'
Briatore revealed that doctors had found the McLaren driver had no health problems other than the injury sustained in the accident. He claimed that he had seen video of the accident, which was not even that dramatic, insisting that the impact was not so hard.
Champions League: For dominant Bayern, only one thing matters...
Bayern Munich go into their Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday knowing the game will make or break their season.
Eto'o collects award for anti-racism stance
Samuel Eto'o returned to London to collect an award for his stance against intolerance.
Di Maria red card adds to van Gaal's woes; Wenger praises Welbeck
Another unconvincing display from Manchester United was compounded by a needless red card for Angel Di Maria.
If I win Wimbledon it's cool for me personally, says Federer
I'd love to win Wimbledon and I think it's possible, says Roger Federer.
Welbeck sinks United as Arsenal reach FA Cup semis
Discarded striker Danny Welbeck returned to demolish Manchester United's hopes of silverware by netting the winner in Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory at Old Trafford on Monday.
March 09, 2015
Saina takes positives from All-England showing
A dream All-England title may have slipped through her fingers, but Saina Nehwal insisted on taking the positives out of the prestigious badminton tournament, saying the consistency and overall improvement in her will help her to do well in the season ahead.
Lin Dan to make India Super Series debut
Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China is all set to make his debut at the fifth edition of the Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries badminton tournament, scheduled to be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here from March 24 to 29.
Cristiano Ronaldo made ex-girlfriend feel 'ugly, insecure'
Cristiano Ronaldo's former girlfriend Irina Shayk has revealed that she used to feel ugly and insecure with the Real Madrid forward player.
Mayer wins longest Davis Cup singles match!
Leonardo Mayer beat Joao Souza in a Davis Cup singles match that lasted a record six hours and 42 minutes.
From scandal to top of European medal table
Russian athletics was back on top of the medal table at the European Indoor Championships.
FA Cup: Blackburn frustrate Liverpool
Liverpool were left frustrated by Championship side Blackburn Rovers who defended heroically to draw 0-0 at Anfield.
March 08, 2015
Gujrathi, Chanda, Gopal joint fourth in Cappelle Chess
Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi came good when it mattered most and defeated Marius Monalache of Romania to emerge as the best performing Indian in the Cappelle La Grande International Chess tournament that concluded in Cappelle La Grande, France.
Messi breaks La Liga hat-trick record as Barca go top
Lionel Messi broke a Spanish hat-trick record and Luis Suarez struck twice as a rampant Barcelona took over top spot in La Liga with a 6-1 hammering of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
PM tweets: 'Saina, we are proud of you'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, praised Saina Nehwal after the ace Indian female shuttler suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final of the All England badminton championships.
Marin beats Saina to clinch All England badminton title
Carolina Marin became the first Spaniard to win the All England badminton championship when she defeated India's Saina Nehwal 16-21, 21-14, 21-7 in Birmingham on Sunday.
Target Olympic Podium Scheme rolled out with Rio Games in sight
The government has rolled out its ambitious TOP (Target Olympic Podium) Scheme, under which 2016 Olympics medal prospects will be funded for their specialised world class training and top-level competition, and offered ace discus thrower Seema Punia a budget of Rs 75 lakhs till the Rio Games next year.
Villa could face FA wrath after Cup crowd chaos
Aston Villa will be braced for a Football Association investigation after their FA Cup triumph over West Bromwich Albion ended in alarming crowd scenes on Saturday.
Serie A: Milan held by lowly Verona; Eto'o scores
AC Milan's troubles continued when they conceded an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time and were held 2-2 by modest visitors Verona in Serie A on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Mueller sparkles as Bayern go 11 points clear
Thomas Mueller scored twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich came from a goal down to beat Hanover 3-1 on Saturday and stretch their advantage at the top to 11 points after VfL Wolfsburg slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg.
Leaders Real beaten by Aduriz header for Bilbao
La Liga leaders Real Madrid suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at mid-table Athletic Bilbao on Saturday after a bullet header from Aritz Aduriz in the first half secured the points.
Serbia, France sail into Davis Cup last eight
Novak Djokovic spurred Serbia to a 3-0 win over neighbours Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup on Saturday and they will be joined in the quarter-finals by an equally rampant France.
March 07, 2015
Kane strikes twice as Spurs sink struggling QPR
Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Saturday to boost their hopes of a top-four finish and leave their London rivals facing an uphill battle to avoid relegation.
Sensational Saina sails into All England finals
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal scripted history by reaching the finals of the prestigious All England Badminton Championship with a straight-game victory over Sun Yu of China in the women's singles competition in Birmingham.
Cisse and Evans handed hefty bans for spitting
Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse has been banned for seven matches and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans for six after they spat at each other during a Premier League match, the Football Association (FA) said on Saturday.
Sania and I can be competitive as a pair: Hingis
Former world number one Martina Hingis says the future of her partnership with Sania Mirza would depend on the results they get on the WTA circuit.
'It's not as dramatic as you read in the media'
McLaren play down Alonso memory loss.
Davis Cup: Serbia, Britain in control; Swiss hold Belgium
Serbia carved out a 2-0 lead over rivals Croatia while Britain led the US by the same score and holders Switzerland were tied with Belgium in the Davis Cup.
Davis Cup: Ward subdues Isner to give Britain 2-0 lead
James Ward defied the odds to beat American marathon man John Isner.
Saina thrashes China's Wang to enter All England semis
India's Saina Nehwal thrashed Olympic silver medallist Yihan Wang of China to storm into the semi-finals of the All England badminton championships in Birmingham.
March 06, 2015
Davis Cup: Djokovic praises Serb fans for applauding Croatia anthem
'That's something that you don't see very often because the wounds of the war are still fresh and we are very happy with the way these people showed their support. They fully deserve to have this event'
Abhijeet Gupta suffers shock defeat in Cappelle chess
Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Kaido Kulaots of Estonia and went out of contention for a podium finish after seventh round of the 31st Cappelle La Grande international chess tournament in Cappelle La Grande, France.
March 05, 2015
There's fan-following for these other 'Men in Blue' too!
Besides the trophies, Bengaluru FC's coach Ashley Westwood has also won his team supporters and sold-out home crowds, says Laxmi Negi
All England badminton: Saina eases into quarter-finals
Seasoned Indian ace Saina Nehwal and the fast-rising H S Prannoy notched up contrasting wins in the women's and men's singles competition respectively to reach the All England badminton championships' second round at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
'The fight will again be between Hamilton and Nico'
Formula One legend, Niki Lauda, thinks it's going to be a tighter fight between them, because the latter wants to make sure now he can beat the Briton.
Roma fined, Ljajic warned by UEFA
UEFA fined AS Roma and warned their forward Adem Ljajic on Wednesday following incidents during last week's Europa League last-32 game against Feyenoord.
Italian Cup: Gabbiadini goal keeps Napoli-Lazio semi in the balance
Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini netted a precious second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 away draw at Lazio in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
FIFA wants league points cut for racism
Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.
German Cup: Bayern advance, third-tier Bielefeld stun Werder
Holders Bayern Munich struck either side of the break to beat second division Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 on Wednesday and advance to the German Cup quarter-finals.
All-England badminton: China's Chen, Lin struggle
World champion Chen Long avoided a potential first-round exit at the All-England Championships on Wednesday and blamed an uncomfortable pillow for a sluggish start to his campaign.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea march forth as top teams register wins
After a Champagne Sunday, leaders Chelsea got back to the bread and butter of churning out Premier League points with Eden Hazard's header sealing a 1-0 victory at London rivals West Ham United on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Neymar brace helps Barca enter King's Cup final
Barcelona's Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez was also on target as they reached their fourth King's Cup final in five years with a 3-1 win away to Villarreal on Wednesday that gave them a 6-2 aggregate victory.
March 04, 2015
Phelps may be allowed to race at World championships
Michael Phelps may be handed a chance to compete at this year's world championships in Russia once he completes his suspension for a drink driving conviction, a United States Swimming official said.
'Badminton lacks future star'
Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat said the game was only about Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan at the moment.
German Cup: Immobile double puts Dortmund in last eight
Borussia Dortmund's Ciro Immobile struck twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory.
EPL PHTOS: Benteke penalty hands Sherwood first Villa win
A last-gasp Christian Benteke penalty handed Tim Sherwood his first win as Aston Villa manager.
March 03, 2015
Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix
Spain's Fernando Alonso will not race in next week's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing, his McLaren team said on Tuesday.
Bartoli set for a surprise return?
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation on Tuesday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis.
Serie A: Keita gives 10-man Roma draw with Juve
Seydou Keita cancelled out a superb Carlos Tevez free kick as second-placed AS Roma fought back with 10 men for a fiery 1-1 draw at home to leaders Juventus who stayed on course for a fourth successive Serie A title on Monday.
Palace captain Jedinak charged with violent conduct
Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak was charged with violent conduct by the English FA on Monday for an apparent elbow to the head of West Ham United's Diafra Sakho.
Sunderland's Johnson arrested, others charged with violent conduct
Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having sex with an under-age girl.
One trophy in the bag, Chelsea continue title pursuit
Suggestions that Chelsea effectively bagged two trophies on Sunday were presumptuous.
Now, Sania Mirza pairs with Hingis
Sania Mirza has decided to partner former World No 1 Martina Hingis.
March 02, 2015
La Liga: Real held at home; Simeone content with a point
La Liga leaders Real Madrid dropped points at home for only the second time this season.
Argentine Open: Nadal wins first title of year
Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Mighty Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup glory
John Terry embellished his status to Chelsea fans as "captain, leader, legend" by scoring the goal that set his side on the way to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup final at a rain-sodden Wembley on Sunday.
March 01, 2015
Ferrer downs Nishikori for fourth Mexico title
David Ferrer won a record-equalling fourth Mexican Open title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Kei Nishikori in the Acapulco hardcourt final.
EPL: Brilliant Coutinho hands Liverpool victory over City
Two superb curling efforts from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho handed Liverpool a 2-1 home win against Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday to deliver a thumping blow to Manuel Pellegrini's title aspirations.
World's fastest man Bolt loses opening race of season
The Jamaican world record holder could not make up a 10 metre deficit on a University of Technology team, which won in 38.23 seconds.
La Liga: Barca hot on Real's heels after Suarez shines
Luis Suarez played a part in all three of Barcelona's goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada.
February 28, 2015
Dubai Championships: Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets
Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Dubai Championships.
I-League: Pune FC down Royal Wahingdoh; go top of table
Pune FC braved a rain soaked evening and clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Royal Wahingdoh FC.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney ends goal drought; United go third
Wayne Rooney ended his eight-game Premier League scoring drought with a 2-0 victory against a dogged Sunderland.
Bopanna, Nestor clinch Dubai ATP title
India's Rohan Bopanna and his partner Daniel Nestor grabbed their second ATP title.
Nadal crushes Delbonis to reach Argentine Open semi-final
Rafael Nadal, working his way back to top form after wrist problems last year, screamed with delight on reaching the Argentine Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis on Friday.
February 27, 2015
Federer trounces Coric, qualifies for seventh Dubai Open final
Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2, 6-1 at the Dubai Championships on Friday to set up a potential final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic.
Bopanna-Nestor in Dubai ATP final
The fourth-seeded Indo-Canadian pair got the better of second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horea Tecau 4-6, 7-6(9), 11-9 in a close semi-final.
China wants future football stars to start training from birth!
3 wishes for China: To qualify for another World Cup since 2002 finals, to host a World Cup and to eventually win one.
Europa League PHOTOS: Liverpool lose in shootout; Sevilla win
Images from the Europa League matches played on Thursday
February 26, 2015
Dubai Tennis: Murray's woes deepen after humbling by Croat teen
Andy Murray's February torment deepened on Thursday after he lost 6-1, 6-3 to 18-year-old Croatian tyro Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships.
Champions League PHOTOS: Arsenal, Atletico face shock defeats
Photos from the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg-matches played on Wednesday
February 25, 2015
Alonso leaves hospital, to miss final test
McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will miss this week's final pre-season test in Barcelona after leaving hospital on Wednesday following a big crash three days ago.
Greece suspends professional football indefinitely
The move follows a pitch invasion at the end of the Athens derby last weekend and a Super League board meeting which ended in a brawl on Tuesday, with Greece's recently-elected Syriza ruling party aiming to stamp out the problem of crowd violence.
Constantine names 32 probables for FIFA World Cup qualifier
National football coach Stephen Constantine named 32 probables on Wednesday for India's upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup joint qualification Round 1 home and away matches against Nepal. India first host Nepal on March 12 at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai, Guwahati, while the return leg is slated to be played in Nepal on March 17.
Australia's Bresciano quits internationals
Veteran Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano has called time on his international career after celebrating the Socceroos' Asian Cup triumph on home soil last month.
Love named United States Ryder Cup captain for 2016
Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III will captain the United States in the 2016 Ryder Cup match against holders Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.
ATP rankings: Murray leapfrogs Nadal to go third
Britain number one Andy Murray has overtaken 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal to claim the third spot in the ATP world rankings.
Champions League: Suarez shines in Barca win over City; Juve triumph
Manchester City suffered from deja vu as Luis Suarez's double gave Barcelona a 2-1 first leg lead in a Champions League last 16 tie at the Etihad although Lionel Messi's late penalty miss left the door ajar on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Serena sizzles at Oscar bash!
Tennis champion Serena Williams glammed it up in Hollywood.
February 24, 2015
Emotional Djokovic wants to be his own man
Novak Djokovic's flamboyant on-court demeanour may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said.
FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022
The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday.
Serie A: Zapata powers Napoli closer to top spot
Duvan Zapata scored a goal of sheer brute force and determination to set Napoli on the way to a 2-0 win over Sassuolo which moved them another step closer to second-placed AS Roma in Serie A on Monday.
Manchester City vs Barcelona: This time, no inferiority complex!
This time we're ready for Barca, says Man City's Nasri.
Is Simeone the Alex Ferguson of Spain?
Atletico Madrid's players are hoping coach Diego Simeone can become the club's equivalent of Alex Ferguson.
February 23, 2015
Chelsea fan apologises for Paris Metro racist incident
A former cop and Chelsea fan has reportedly apologised for his role in the racist incident on the Paris Metro but has denied being a racist.
Top spot fixation? No; Eager to beat Serena? Yes!
Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to Maria Sharapova.
Football round-up: Shock loss for Barca; Goal leaves Nani in tears
Barcelona lost ground on La Liga leaders Real Madrid when their 11-match winning streak was snapped by Malaga, while Premier League pacesetters Chelsea dropped points at home to Burnley.
Meet the oldest ATP winner since 1989
Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP winner since Jimmy Connors in 1989.
Swimming star Michael Phelps gets engaged
US swimming star Michael Phelps announced his engagement to Nicole Johnson.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo's header helps Real beat Elche
Cristiano Ronaldo's bullet header helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory .
EPL: Kane rescues late point for Spurs, Liverpool win
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane struck deep in added time to rescue a 2-2 home draw at home to West Ham United, while Liverpool's top-four hopes were fuelled by a 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
February 22, 2015
Bundesliga: Bayern rout lowly Paderborn 6-0; Bremen stun Schalke
Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben struck twice apiece as champions Bayern Munich annihilated promoted Paderborn 6-0 on Saturday to open an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona receive Malaga shock at home
A lacklustre Barcelona squandered the chance to go top of La Liga after crashing to a shock 1-0 home defeat by Malaga on Saturday.
Nadal stunned by Fognini in Rio semi-final
Fabio Fognini pulled off a huge upset, stunning top seed and holder Rafael Nadal 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the Rio Open semi-final on Saturday.
Alonso 'ok and conscious' after heavy crash in testing
McLaren's Fernando Alonso was involved in a heavy crash on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Sunday but is "ok and conscious", officials said.
EPL: Man City thump Newcastle 5-0, close gap on Chelsea
Defending champions Manchester City scintillated a stellar performance to record an emphatic 5-0 win over Newcastle, and reduced Chelsea's advantage to five points in the Premier League table on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
'Unlucky United forgot to score against Swansea'
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was frustrated his side "forgot to score" against Swansea City but believes they were unlucky to lose 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
EPL: Tight-lipped Mourinho tries to conceal fury
Jose Mourinho tried to conceal his obvious anger at the incidents which he clearly believed had cost Premier League leaders Chelsea victory over Burnley on Saturday.
Halep beats Pliskova to win Dubai final
Romania's Simona Halep overcame Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-6(4) in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday to claim her 10th WTA singles title.
Farah sets new world indoor record for two miles
Mo Farah set the first world record of his glittering distance running career on Saturday when he established a new indoor two-mile mark in Birmingham.
February 21, 2015
SSP Chawrasia grabs Indian Open lead
SSP Chawrasia will head into Sunday's final round of the Indian Open with a two-shot lead.
It's finally happening! Mayweather to clash with Pacquiao
The long awaited mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will take place in Las Vegas on May 2.
EPL: Chelsea held by Burnley, Swansea do United double
Chelsea offered a chink of light to Manchester City in the Premier League title race after a stormy 1-1 home draw with Burnley on Saturday that gave more ammunition to their outspoken manager Jose Mourinho.
HIL: Ranchi Rays to lock horns with Punjab Warriors in final
Debutants Ranchi Rays will face season's most consistent team Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the third Hero Hockey India League after both teams registered contrasting wins in their respective semi-finals in New Delhi.
February 20, 2015
Pallikal pulls off pulsating semi-final against Chinappa
Dipika Pallikal defeated India teammate Joshana Chinappa in a close contest to enter the final of WSA Granite Open squash tournament in Toronto on Thursday.
'The Chelsea dressing room reacted the way I react, with disappointment'
Jose Mourinho felt ashamed by racist fans who pushed a black passenger off a metro train in Paris and he hopes the victim will accept an invitation to watch a game at Stamford Bridge to prove such behaviour was not a reflection of the real Chelsea.
Chelsea apologise to Parisian man racially abused by club fans
'I would like to make clear on behalf of everyone at the club our disgust with regards to the incident that took place on the Paris subway'
Flawless Chawrasia grabs Indian Open lead
Local favourite SSP Chawrasia's 36-hole bogey-free run at his happy hunting ground earned a one-shot halfway lead over holder Siddikur Rahman at the Delhi Golf Course (DGC) on Friday.
Europa League: Lukaku nets Everton treble while Celtic, Inter draw
A Romelu Lukaku hat-trick in a 4-1 win for Everton at Young Boys and a thrilling 3-3 draw between Celtic and Inter Milan.
Now, mischievous Balotelli 'disrespects' his captain
Steven Gerrard accused team mate Mario Balotelli of showing disrespect.
February 19, 2015
Anand wins Zurich Classical after easy draw with Karjakin
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fifth and final round to win the Classical section of Zurich Chess Classic on Thursday.
They picked on me because of my skin colour: Paris racism victim
"It was clear to me they were picking on me because of the colour of my skin," the victim, identified by Le Parisien as Souleymane, 33, said.
Pallikal, Chinappa set up all-Indian semis in Toronto
Indian squash hierarchy will be put to the test in the semi-finals of the Granite Open when the country's top two players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa.
Armstrong admits careless driving in Colorado hit-and-run
Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year in an incident for which his girlfriend initially took the blame, authorities said on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo on target for Real; Porto hold Basel
Cristiano Ronaldo ended a three-game goal drought as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Schalke.
February 18, 2015
Zurich Classic: Anand beats Nakamura for sole lead
Viswanathan Anand made another strong comeback, defeating Hikaru Nakamura of the United States in the fourth round of the Zurich Chess Classic on Wednesday.
Chelsea condemn fans filmed in racist incident in Paris
Chelsea Football Club have condemned an incident, captured in amateur video footage in the Paris metro, that shows fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting "we're racist".
Better equipment made Woods dominant in 2000
Tiger Woods ruled golf in 2000 in a manner that may never be matched, but one of his peers may have an insight into one of the reasons for that dominance.
Formula One's rules revolution will have to wait
Formula One's next rules revolution will have to wait until at least 2017 after a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday voted against significant technical change before then.
Espanyol, Osasuna deny match-fixing allegations
Espanyol and Osasuna have denied wrongdoing after media reports said their La Liga game at the end of last season was being investigated for alleged match-fixing.
Gates open for Ronaldo's United return?
Spanish football giants Real Madrid are reportedly planning to sell Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving gates open for Manchester United to seal the deal for the former striker.
Champions League PHOTOS: Cavani salvages PSG; Bayern held
Images from Champions League matches played on Tuesday
Champions League: Draws order of the day as Chelsea, Bayern held
Edison Cavani headed in second-half equaliser in a home game against Chelsea on Tuesday to raise Paris St Germain's hopes of a Champions League semi-final berth.
February 17, 2015
HIL: Ranchi Rays upset Punjab Warriors; go on top
Ashley Jackson scored a brilliant hat-trick as Ranchi Rays recorded an upset 3-2 win over Punjab Warriors.
I-League: Bagan vs EB derby ends in draw
Two traditional rivals settled for a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool's Markovic gets four-match ban
Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has been suspended by UEFA for the next four European matches.
Zurich Challenge: Anand draws with Caruana, drops to second
Viswanathan Anand played out a tense draw with Fabiano Caruana of Italy and slipped to second place after the end of the third round in the Zurich Chess Challenge. After a brilliant victory against Armenian Levon Aronian in the previous round, it was a topsy-turvy battle against Caruana for Anand that was finally drawn.
Armstrong ordered to return $10 million Tour de France bonuses
Dallas-based SCA Promotions had paid $12 million in bonuses to Lance Armstrong but sued to get its money back after the disgraced cyclist admitted to doping.
Van Gaal's change of tack bears fruit for Manchester United
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was rewarded for a bold change of tactics as his team came from behind to beat Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.
FA Cup: Manchester United to face Arsenal in quarter-finals
Joint record FA Cup winners Manchester United and Arsenal will meet in the quarter-finals of this season's competition following the draw on Monday.
FA Cup: Manchester United fight back to see off Preston
Manchester United survived a scare to beat League One Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Arsenal.
Preview: Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes
Ten of the 16 sides also reached the same round two seasons ago and, as usual, the big five leagues dominate with 13 clubs hailing from either the English, Spanish, German, French and Italian leagues.
February 16, 2015
Top seed Nishikori wins Memphis Open in straight sets
Top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan became the first player to win three consecutive Memphis Open tennis tournament titles when he prevailed in straight sets on Sunday.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand beats Aronian to jump to joint lead
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand celebrated the Indian World Cup victory with a crushing win against Levon Aronian of Armenia in the second round of Zurich Chess Challenge.
La Liga: Messi hits record treble, holders Atletico lose at Celta
Lionel Messi marked his 300th La Liga appearance with a record-equalling hat-trick and an assist for Neymar as Barcelona stayed hard on the heels of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 romp at home to Levante on Sunday.
February 15, 2015
Hockey India League: Lancers beat Delhi
Kalinga Lancers on Sunday edged out Delhi Waveriders.
FA Cup: Bradford march on to quarters, Villa beat Leicester
Bradford City produced another giant-killing to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Wozniacki speaks of horror at Copenhagen shootings
Caroline Wozniacki talked on Sunday of her horror and sadness at the shootings in Denmark.
Wawrinka downs Berdych to win Rotterdam title
Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first indoor silverware when he beat defending champion Tomas Berdych.
I-League: Royal Wahingdoh return as the table-toppers
Royal Wahingdoh FC notched up another three points after beating Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0.
Nishikori ekes out three-set win in Memphis semi-final
Top seed Kei Nishikori is on track for a three-peat at the Memphis Open after a narrow semi-final victory on Saturday.
Berdych to face Wawrinka in Rotterdam final
Tomas Berdych moved within a victory of retaining his World Indoor Tournament title in Rotterdam with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 defeat of eighth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon on Saturday. The Czech faces Stan Wawrinka in the final.
Real Madrid unconvincing in win over Deportivo
Real Madrid returned to winning ways after last weekend's drubbing at Atletico but failed to convince and were whistled by their own fans during a drab 2-0 victory at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Liverpool rally to beat Crystal Palace and enter FA Cup quarters
Alan Pardew's dream of reprising a celebrated 25-year-old FA Cup triumph was scuppered by Liverpool as the seven-times champions came from behind to book a place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday. This year's shock-laden competition had continued with second-tier Blackburn Rovers' 4-1 thrashing of the Premier League's Stoke City.
February 14, 2015
War of Words: Previous defeats will not matter, says Afridi
Afridi has said that previous defeats in the cricket World Cup against India will not matter.
I-League: Bengaluru FC win; Dempo hold Pune FC
Bengaluru FC showed no sign of protective-approach, when they trounced Shillong Lajong FC 2-0.
FA Cup: Ideye powers West Brom into quarters
Brown Ideye scored twice as West Bromwich Albion progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
National Games: Prakash, Akanksha emerge best athletes
Kerala's swimming sensations Sajan Prakash and Maharashtra's Akanksha Vora were declared the best athletes.
Serena, Bouchard pull out of Dubai event
Serena Williams has pulled out of this week's Dubai Tennis Championships.
Bolt to bid adieu to sprinting in 2017
Usain Bolt will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London.
United system still giving Van Gaal a headache
Louis van Gaal came under fresh attack on Friday over his style of play at Manchester United and acknowledged he was still struggling to come up with a preferred system.
Murray beaten by Simon in Rotterdam
Top seed Andy Murray slumped out of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament on Friday after being outplayed 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals by Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Van Gaal struggling with Manchester United identity crisis
The table suggests Louis van Gaal is making progress at Manchester United but winning matches has never been good enough on its own at the Theatre of Dreams.
February 13, 2015
Tintu Luka breaks 18-year-old 800m National record
Asian Games medallist Tintu Luka ruled the track on the final day of competition at the 35th National Games, smashing an 18-year-old meet record to win the 800 metres gold before inspiring Kerala to the 4x400m title in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
Troubled Force India delay new car debut to final test
Force India's 2015 Formula One car will not make its track debut until the third and final pre-season test in Barcelona some two weeks before the first race in Australia, the team said on Friday.
Nadal eager to witness Rio carnival
Tennis champion Rafael Nadal has said that he is eager to experience the incredible energy of Brazilian carnival before gearing up to defend his title at the Rio Open.
Chelsea, Everton charged for mass scuffle
Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the FA after Wednesday's stormy Premier League encounter.
February 12, 2015
Belgian forward Eden Hazard signs new long-term Chelsea contract
Belgium forward Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday.
Maheswary wins maiden Nat'l Games gold with new meet record
Former Asian champion Renjith Maheswary nabbed his maiden National Games gold with a new meet record in triple jump as previous marks continued to tumble like nine pins in the athletics arena on the penultimate day of competitions in the 35th edition in Thiruvananthapuram.
Aston Villa lose patience; sack Lambert
Aston Villa sacked manager Paul Lambert.
King's Cup: Suarez sizzles in Barca win over Villarreal
Luis Suarez had the Barcelona fans chanting his name after he set up Lionel Messi to score the opening goal in their King's Cup semis.
EPL PHOTOS: Willian strike keeps Chelsea; City thumps Stoke
Willian's late strike snatched a 1-0 home win for Chelsea over a stubborn Everton side to maintain lead.
February 11, 2015
Centre to restructure SAI cadre, says Sports Minister
Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Secretary, Sports, who is holding concurrent charge as Director General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), to expedite the restructuring of its cadre to create at least nine more regional centres in the country and to effectively manage these centres, especially in the north eastern region and bigger states like Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
Newcastle's De Jong has surgery for collapsed lung
"We are all hopeful that the surgery I have had will ensure I don't have any repeat of the condition in the future."
Sprint king Bolt ITCHING to re-establish supremacy
Usain Bolt is eager to reassert his supremacy following an injury-plagued season in which Justin Gatlin took over.
Meet the first female members of Royal & Ancient Golf Club
Britain's Princess Anne, Laura Davies, the most successful British woman golfer, and 10-time major champion Annika Sorenstam of Sweden are among seven women chosen to take up honorary membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal into top four; Spurs lose at Liverpool
Arsenal climbed into the top four with a laboured 2-1 win over Leicester City.
February 10, 2015
Serie A: Genoa end sorry run by beating 10-man Lazio
Genoa ended a seven-match run without a Serie A victory by winning 1-0 at Lazio on Monday after the hosts had goalkeeper Federico Marchetti sent off in the first half.
Uruguay's star footballer Forlan among HSBC's Swiss account holders
Uruguayan soccer player Diego Forlan on Monday denied evading taxes by hiding money in Swiss accounts with the British bank HSBC Holdings PLC.
India meet Nepal in opening qualifier of 2018 FIFA World Cup
The world's lowest ranked soccer team, Bhutan, will take on Sri Lanka next month, while sleeping giants India face Nepal in the first qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.
Fit Fabregas poses selection problems for Mourinho
"I think he plays on Wednesday because on Saturday it was a decision to protect him," manager Jose Mourinho told the club website (www.chelseafc.com).
Cristiano Ronaldo sings: 'I'm the one you want in your bed'
Cristiano Ronaldo sang 'sex songs' like I'm the one you want in your bed.
It's official! Tennis star Raonic dating bikini babe
Canada's top tennis icon Milos Raonic is dating a super hot bikini model.
What happens when a player swears at ball boy?
VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been fined $22,644 for his foul-mouthed outburst at a ball boy.
SHOCKING! Italy coach Conte among 130 named in match-fixing
Italy coach Antonio Conte is among 130 people who face formal investigation.
FIFA presidential candidates pass electoral integrity checks
FIFA presidency candidates have been formally declared eligible for the election.
February 09, 2015
National Games: Deepika Kumari leads Jharkhand to recurve gold
Former Commonwealth and Asian Games medallist Deepika Kumari steered Jhakhand to two team gold medals in the recurve archery events but stunningly missed out on an individual podium finish even as the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) continued to stay on course for a hat-trick of overall titles on the eighth day of competitions in the 35th National Games in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
Ronaldo agent defends player over birthday party
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours after Real Madrid's 4-0 La Liga drubbing at Atletico.
Anand finally registers win in Grenke Chess Classic
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand got some consolation after scoring a regulation victory over David Baramidze of Germany in the sixth and penultimate round of Grenke Chess Classic, in Baden-Baden.
India to play 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on March 12
The Indian senior national football team will play their home match of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai in Guwahati.
Shocking weekend for Real Madrid; Gerrard plays last match at Everton
La Liga leaders Real Madrid were thumped 4-0 away by city rivals Atletico Madrid to open up the Spanish title race, while Chelsea strengthened their hold on top spot in the English Premier League after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
Serena battles cough as Williams sisters see US through in Fed Cup
US won 4-1 against Argentina in the Fed Cup World Group II tie.
FINALLY! Yaya Toure gets a taste of national team success
Yaya Toure looked more relieved than elated as he lifted the African Nations Cup for the first time.
TRAGIC! 22 people killed outside Cairo soccer stadium
Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian soccer stadium.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi magic inspires Barcelona
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was at the heart of another devastating attacking show.
Blind leaves it late to rescue a point for United
Daley Blind's injury-time equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Manchester United against West Ham United on Sunday but a point was not enough to regain third spot in the Premier League.
February 08, 2015
Bundesliga: Robben and Alaba guide Bayern to victory
Leaders Bayern Munich eased past VfB Stuttgart 2-0 on Saturday to grab their first win of the year, as did Borussia Dortmund who beat Freiburg 3-0 to climb off the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Anand blunders again, loses to Aronian in Grenke chess
Viswanathan Anand's woes in the Grenke Chess Classic continued as the five times world champion blundered yet again and went down to Levon Aornian of Armenia in the fifth round that concluded in Baden-Baden in Germany.
India's Lahiri wins maiden European Tour title in Malaysia
Anirban Lahiri secured his breakthrough European Tour title by overhauling Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in a dramatic final round of the Malaysian Open on Sunday.
Argentina seal Rio Olympic spot with under-20 triumph
Argentina will return to Olympic football next year after sealing victory in the South American under-20 qualifying tournament in Uruguay on Saturday.
Serie A: Juve continue title charge by easily beating Milan
Juventus continued their charge towards a fourth successive Serie A title as they predictably swept aside AC Milan 3-1 on Saturday to complete a league double over their old rivals.
Three-time major champion golfer Billy Casper dead at 83
Three-time major champion Billy Casper died on Saturday at the age of 83, the US PGA Tour has announced.
Ex-Olympian Bruce Jenner in car crash
Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved on Saturday in a Los Angeles-area crash that left another person dead, police said.
PHOTOS: Gerrard's Everton rivalry ends in goalless stalemate
A 0-0 Premier League draw against old foes Everton at Goodison Park is not how the Liverpool captain would have dreamt about signing off from the rivals' habitual battle for superiority.
Atletico rout Real 4-0 in derby
Atletico Madrid tore apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at home to open up the La Liga title race on Saturday in a triumph crowned by a spectacular overhead kick goal by Saul Niguez.
February 07, 2015
Bundesliga: Schalke leapfrog Gladbach into third with 1-0 win
A solid defence helped Schalke 04 secure a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday that lifted them above their rivals into third spot in the Bundesliga in the battle for Champions League places.
Morocco banned from next two African Nations Cups
Morocco have been banned from the next two African Nations Cup tournaments as punishment for withdrawing from hosting the 2015 finals over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
Van Gaal to contest FA charge for Cambridge comments
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will contest his Football Association charge for comments he made about the referee following the FA Cup match at Cambridge United.
Grenke Chess Classic: Anand loses to Carlsen again
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle against nemesis Magnus Carlsen of Norway and lost after a blunder in the fourth round of Grenke Chess Classic now underway in Baden-Baden, Germany.
February 06, 2015
National Games: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar wins five gold medals
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist gymnast Dipa Karmakar excelled with a total of five gold medals for Tripura but the Services Sports Control Board
Liverpool's Coutinho can be biggest star in England, says Neymar
"When he has the ball at his feet, he can make things happen for himself and he can make things happen for other players. He is a very special player."
F1: Force India opposed Marussia's bid to use old car
Marussia's hopes of rising from the dead to race in next month's Formula One season-opener in Australia have suffered a setback after rivals rejected a proposal to let them compete with last year's car.
WOUNDED Tiger quits again; Thompson tops at Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods withdrew after 11 holes of his opening round at the Farmers Insurance Open.
SHAMEFUL! Rioting fans again overshadow African Nations Cup
Rioting spectators forced a 34-minute stoppage in the African Nations Cup semis.
February 05, 2015
National Games: Jitu shoots golden double, more records in pool
Jitu Rai struck gold twice with his pistol while Kerala's swimming sensation Sajan Prakash continued to shatter records and accumulate gold medals, adding a fifth to his tally, on the fifth day of competitions in the 35th National Games in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.
Check out the hot bod on Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover
Model Hannah Davis will appear on the cover of annual swimsuit issue.
'I still need to win the I-League to call myself a top coach'
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil looks back on his playing days and the challenge of coaching.
La Liga: Real beat Sevilla but Rodriguez gets injured
James Rodriguez headed the opener before going off injured in Real Madrid's win.
FA Cup: Sterling, Coutinho sizzle for Liverpool
Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool reach the FA Cup fifth round.
Now, an errant referee gets six-month ban!
The referee at the centre of the controversial penalty decision that helped hosts Equatorial Guinea reach the African Nations Cup semi-finals has been banned for six months.
F1: Raikkonen fastest in Jerez; Force India to use old car
Formula One's first pre-season test ended in Jerez with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fastest.
Manchester United boss charged by FA over referee comments
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been charged by the English FA for comments.
After 14 years exile, Serena Williams returns to Indian Wells
Serena Williams has buried the hatchet and will return to Indian Wells.
I have been blessed to win on the big stage very often: Paes
Leander Paes talks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his recent Australian Open mixed doubles triumph and the special bond he shares with his former Grand Slam-winning partner, Martina Navratilova.
February 04, 2015
Haryana wrestlers win 18 gold; Ghosal, Chinappa squash champs
A fit-again Irfan Pathan feels that he is close to bowling at his best and it's just a matter of time before he is again back in contention for the seam bowling all-rounder's slot in the Indian cricket team that has been up for grabs for some time.
West Ham fined by FIFA for using Sakho in FA Cup match
West Ham United have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,061) by FIFA following a dispute with the Senegalese FA over Diafra Sakho who played in an FA Cup match having withdrawn from the squad for the African Nations Cup.
Seles battled with binge eating disorder post getting stabbed
Monica Seles has recently confessed that she battled with binge eating disorder after getting stabbed on court in 1993.
Van Gaal targets FA Cup to provide first silverware
Shorn of European excitement and with only a remote hope of winning the Premier League, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal wants the FA Cup to garnish his first season in charge.
McIlroy and former agents settle legal case
World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has settled his legal dispute with his former management company, the two sides said on Wednesday, avoiding a potential eight weeks in court.
Grenke chess Round 2: Anand draws with Naiditsch
Viswanathan Anand did not capitalise on his chances and had to settle for a draw.
Oops they did it AGAIN! Nicole 'dumps' F1 champ Hamilton
Singer Nicole Scherzinger has finally walked away from Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
Wounded Redknapp leaves QPR but not quitting football
Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers.
FA Cup: United avoid embarrassment; Cambridge hopes end
Manchester United reached the FA Cup fifth round and avoided any further embarrassment.
Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong charged with hit-and-run
Lance Armstrong has been charged with crashing into two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort.
February 03, 2015
National Games: Vijay Kumar shoots golden double, silver for Jung
Olympic silver-medallist shooter Vijay Kumar shone bright with a golden double even as half a dozen meet records sank without a trace in the swimming pool on the third day of competitions in the 35th National Games in Thiruvanathapuram on Tuesday.
West Bromwich Albion sign Manchester United stalwart Fletcher
West Bromwich Albion have signed Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from Manchester United, the English Premier League clubs said on Monday.
Anand holds Caruana in Grenke chess opener
Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw against world No 2 Fabiano Caurana of Italy in the first round of Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden, Germany. Playing his first tournament after winning the London Classic, the five-times world champion was pleasantly surprised as Caruana went for the Italian opening with white that does not find many followers in top level chess.
Struggling Somdev beaten by lower-ranked Kiwi in Aus Challenger
The third seeded Indian was beaten by New Zealand qualifier Finn Tearney 6-1, 6-7(4), 4-6 in two hours and 27 minutes.
Djokovic insists he didn't fake it; willing to talk to Murray
Novak Djokovic has invited Britain's Andy Murray to clear-the-air talks.
Find out why it was win-win for Super Bowl gamblers
Singer Katy Perry's performance at Super Bowl was hyped for months and did not disappoint.
January Transfers: No last-minute shopping spree
January transfer window failed to materialise as Europe's top clubs largely kept their powder dry. India a 'very, very important market' for MotoGP, says chief Ezpeleta
MotoGP is ready for a foray into India convinced it has a better future than Formula One in the world's second largest motorcycle market.
'The desire to win is what keeps Paes going'
India's former Davis Cup captain Akhtar Ali discusses the secret behind Leander Paes's success with Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com.
6 reasons why this Tiger is suffering...
Whether Tiger Woods is suffering from the chipping 'yips' or several mental game, experts agree that the former World No 1 is paying a steep price for it.
The Top 5 scorers in the English Premier League
Take a look at the top scorers of the English premier league!
February 02, 2015
Netball player's death shadows Day 1 of National Games
The mood turned somber at the 35th National Games after a young netball player lost his life in a freak accident.
Mahindra Racing ties up with Aspar team for MotoGP
Mahindra Racing, which disbanded its two-wheeler racing team from the 2015 Moto3 season, has tied up with Aspar Team to supply its bikes to other teams.
Meet the 4 candidates bidding for FIFA presidency...
Sepp Blatter, Luis Figo, Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein have bid to stand for FIFA president.
Champagne pulls out of FIFA presidential race
Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his candidacy.
Murray was 'distracted' by Djokovic's injury struggle in third set
Britain number one Andy Murray has admitted that he got distracted by Novak Djokovic's fitness issues during his Australian Open final defeat against the Serbian.
Should Lance Armstrong be forgiven?
Scott Mercier believes that Lance Armstrong should get back his seven Tour de France titles and be forgiven
TROUBLED start for Alonso's F1 season
Fernando Alonso made a troubled start to testing McLaren's new Formula One car
'Grateful' Djokovic delves on life-altering joys of fatherhood
'Getting married and becoming a father in the last six months was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life'
PHOTOS: Big celebrations on after Perry, Kravitz rock Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is a big deal in the US and here are some images from the after-match celebrations from the annual football fest.
Super Bowl PHOTOS: Patriots beat Seahawks for first win in 10 years
The New England Patriots were crowned Super Bowl champions on Sunday after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to capture their first National Football League title in 10 years.
Serie A: Juve held in dour draw, Napoli win to close gap on top two
Juventus missed a chance to extend their advantage over second-placed AS Roma when they played out a dismal 0-0 draw away to Udinese on Sunday, while Napoli closed in on Serie A's top two with a 2-1 win at Chievo.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi stars as Barca rally to beat Villareal
Barca dominated possession and Luis Suarez had several early chances but it was Villarreal who took the lead with Denis Cheryshev redirecting a Mario Gaspar shot past keeper Claudio Bravo on the half hour.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal fire five past hapless Villa
Images from the EPL matches played on Sunday
February 01, 2015
It's a treat to play with Martina: Paes
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, two legends of the game, were all praise for each other after winning their first Grand Slam together as Indian ace called it a "treat to win title" with the 'Swiss Miss'.
Murray under microscope after Melbourne Park meltdown
Andy Murray blamed Novak Djokovic's physical problems in their Australian Open final on Sunday for throwing him off his game but that could hardly explain the meltdown that saw the Scot lose 12 of the last 13 games.
Hockey India League: Delhi register their first win
Title holders Delhi Waveriders register their first victory of the season, following a 3-1 win over debutants Dabang Mumbai in a league match of the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League.
Refugee protest at Australian Open final
Play was held up during the Australian Open men's final on Sunday when a banner was unfurled protesting against the treatment of refugees, with one person jumping on centre court.
7 reasons why Novak Djokovic is king of the Australian Open
When it comes to the Australian Open the Serbian reigns supreme.
Andy Murray's fiance wears 'Explicit Content' t-shirt
Kim Sears responded to her critics by wearing a Parental Advisory: Explicit Content t-shirt
Australian Open: Djokovic powers past Murray for title
Novak Djokovic reasserted his rule over the hard-courts of Melbourne Park
What Gareth Bale needs to do to win Real Madrid fans...
Gareth Bale was once again subjected to whistling from a section of the Bernabeu crowd.
Formula One: Nico Rosberg promises 'maximum attack' in 2015
Nico Rosberg vowed 'maximum attack' in a new title battle Lewis Hamilton.
African Nations Cup PHOTOS: Comebacks and clashes in mixed day!
African football hit dizzying heights before descending into violent farce
Prize money too tempting to ignore!
Sandeep Sejwal said the prize money on offer for every gold won is just too tempting.
RAGING BULL! No angel but not guilty, says banned Costa
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has denied he deliberately stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can.
It's Grand Slam No 15 for legendary Leander Paes
Leander Paes won his 15th Grand Slam title.
Meet golf's youngest World No 1
-year-old Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer to hold top spot in the world
Benzema double sends Real four points clear
Karim Benzema scored twice in the second half as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-1 to go four points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
Sturridge scores on comeback as Liverpool beat West Ham
England striker Daniel Sturridge celebrated his return after a five-month injury layoff when he came off the bench to score as Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
January 31, 2015
Tendulkar stars as chaotic National Games kick off
Sachin Tendulkar was there to bring a capacity crowd on its feet and the cultural splendour was there for all to see as the 35th National Games were declared open here today with a colourful opening ceremony even as organisational chaos continued to take sheen off the event.
FIFA chief Blatter booed at Asian Cup final
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins.
Bolelli-Fognini clinch Australian Open doubles title
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini became the first all Italian pair to win a grand slam men's doubles title in almost 60 years when they beat Frenchmen Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4 at the Australian Open on Saturday.
Relaxed Serena cherishing every victory
Once a simmering volcano of emotions that could erupt at any moment, Australian Open champion Serena Williams appears to be heading down a path that may perhaps lead to her being renamed Serene.
Foiled again, Sharapova feels Serena breakthrough closer
Maria Sharapova's dreams of a sixth Grand Slam title were ended by Serena Williams and her wrecking ball serve in the Australian Open final on Saturday, but the Russian was adamant she would someday have the American's measure.
PHOTOS: Inspirational Serena claims milestone Slam
"I prayed hard. Prayers not to win but for strength. All glory to God," the World No 1 said.
Troisi's extra time goal gives Australia Asian Cup
Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time in a pulsating final to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday.
Serena makes history by clinching Australian Open title
Following Serena Williams's 19th Grand Slam title, here is the list of Australian Open women's singles champions since the event began in 1922 (Australian unless stated)
Serena Williams crushes Sharapova to clinch Australian Open
Serena Williams outplayed Maria Sharapova to claim the 2015 Australian Open championship in straight sets on Saturday.
Gibraltar Chess: Adhiban in joint lead
Grandmaster and former national champion B Adhiban crashed through the defences of former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria to remain in joint lead in the Masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.
Out of focus Wawrinka felt like a dead battery against Djokovic
"I told my coach before the match and yesterday that I was mentally completely dead and no battery," he told reporters.
Lavezzi strike helps PSG leapfrog to second spot
Paris St Germain reduced Olympique Lyonnais' Ligue 1 lead to one point after Ezequiel Lavezzi's first-half strike earned the champions a 1-0 home win over Stade Rennes on Friday.
Frenchman Ginola withdraws FIFA presidency race
Former France winger David Ginola has abandoned his bid to stand in the FIFA presidential elections after failing to secure the five FA nominations needed, he said on Friday.
Bundesliga: Dost helps Wolfsburg end Bayern's unbeaten run
Second-placed VfL Wolfsburg breathed new life into the Bundesliga title race with a 4-1 win over leaders Bayern Munich, who lost their unbeaten record in a dramatic restart to the league after the winter break on Friday.
Dope shame: Olympic champ Zaripova and Kenya's Jeptoo get bans
Russian steeplechaser Yulia Zaripova has been banned for two and a half years for doping offences, the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA said (www.rusada.ru) on Friday.
Woods cards career-worst 82
The 14-times major winner, struggling in his return to competitive golf after a long layoff due to a back injury, had six bogeys, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and two birdies in the round.
January 30, 2015
Dutchman Van Ass is India's men's hockey team coach
While the 54-year-old Van Ass, who was at the helm of affairs of the Dutch team from 2010 to 2014, will take charge of the men's team, New Zealand's Anthony Thornton, 47, will replace Neil Hawgood as coach of the women's senior team.
Aus Open: Djokovic edges Wawrinka to set up final with Murray
Novak Djokovic will meet Andy Murray in the final of the Australian Open. The Serb beat defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the semi-final on Friday.
Another baby boy for Shakira and Pique!
Pop star Shakira and her partner Gerard Pique have welcomed their second child
After fiance's F-word fusillade, Murray out in 'Open' to defend her!
Andy Murray has defended Kim Sears after she was caught on camera apparently swearing
Australian Open: Mattek-Sands and Safarova claim women's doubles title
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and her partner Lucie Safarova won their first Grand Slam women's doubles title
Paes-Hingis in Aus Open final; Sania-Soares lose in semis
Sania Mirza, paring with Brazilian Bruno Soares, bowed out of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open after being beaten in the semis on Friday. Leander Paes kept himself in line for his 15th Grand Slam title by making it to the final.
Sania loses; Can Paes win his 15th Slam at Aus Open?
Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis entered the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. Sania Mirza and Brazil's Bruno Soares were was beaten in the other semi-final.
BIG BLOW! Star boxer Vijender pulls out of National Games
Vijender Singh has pulled out of the 35th National Games starting on Saturday
Rusty Tiger Woods delivers good, bad and ugly
Tiger Woods mixed the good and bad with a fair dose of the ugly at the Phoenix Open
The 'GULF' between Australia and Asia
Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia, says AFC chief
PUBLICITY STUNT? Ginola suggests FIFA bid is over
David Ginola's bid for the FIFA presidency appeared to end when his campaign website said all financial donations would be returned
King's Cup: Villarreal to face Barca in semifinals
Villarreal set up a King's Cup semis against Barca after Gerard Moreno gave them a 1-0 win
January 29, 2015
Portugal back Figo's campaign for top job at FIFA
Luis Figo's decision to enter FIFA's presidential election has received a positive reaction in his native Portugal even though he faces a seemingly impossible task to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter in May.
La Liga: Improving Neymar key to Barca's pursuit of topping table
Neymar took time to settle but is finally shining in Barcelona's devastating attacking trident with Villarreal the next La Liga opponents in their sights on Sunday as the Catalans continue their pursuit of Real Madrid.
Murray beats Berdych to reach Australian Open final
Britain's Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Thursday.
Hewitt flags retirement after next Australian Open
Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has flagged his retirement after a record 20th campaign at his home Australian Open next year.
FIFA boss confirms submitting re-election bid
FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that he had submitted bid to run for re-election
Madison Keys's fairytale run at Melbourne Park ends...
Madison Keys is determined to take an extra step at the Grand Slams
You need to believe that you can be in final, says Sharapova
Since that moment, Maria Sharapova has looked virtually unbeatable
Terrible record! Last time Sharapova beat Serena was in 2004!
World No 1 Serena Williams has tormented Maria Sharapova for over a decade
League Cup PHOTOS: Ice-man Eriksen sends Spurs into final
Christian Eriksen was Spur's ice-man as beat Sheffield to reach League Cup final
Australian golfing great Kel Nagle passes away at 94
Australia's former British Open winner Kel Nagle died on Thursday, aged 94
Aus Open PHOTOS: Stage set for Serena vs Sharapova showdown
Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova for the Australian Open title
King's Cup PHOTOS: Neymar double sends Barca into semis
Neymar struck twice as Barca beat Atletico Madrid to reach the King's Cup semis
These men will face off against FIFA president Blatter
Meet the men who shall face off against FIFA president Sepp Blatter
January 28, 2015
Ronaldo handed two-match ban for kicking opponent
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-match ban following his dismissal for kicking out at an opponent during their La Liga clash with Cordoba last Saturday, the Spanish league said on Wednesday.
Djokovic relishing prospects of epic semi-final with Wawrinka
After booking a much-anticipated semi-final with his Australian Open title usurper Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic wasted little time reminding the Swiss of the heavy burden of being defending champion.
Figo to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency
Former Portugal star Luis Figo has announced his intentions to challenge Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential elections.
Barca president slams FIFA rules over transfer ban
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes FIFA regulations concerning under-age player transfers needs to be revised and that current rules would have prevented Lionel Messi from joining the club.
Mourinho fined for referee comments
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) by the FA after claiming there was a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his team.
League Cup PHOTOS: Chelsea beat Liverpool in ill-tempered match
Chelsea reached the League Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic's towering extra-time header secured a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a rip-roaring semi-final second leg at an electric Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Harikrishna off to good start in Gibraltar Chess
Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna started his campaign by outclassing Eric De Haan of Holland in the first round of the Masters' section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess festival at the Caleta in Gibraltar.
Sania-Soares, Paes-Hingis reach Australian Open semis
Sania Mirza and Leander Paes were on course for a Australian Open showdown as they reached the mixed doubles semifinals with their respective partners, in Melbourne.
Chelsea sweating over Fabregas and Luis injury for City showdown
Chelsea could be without Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis for clash against Manchester City
Pole vault legend Bubka to fight Coe for IAAF president job
'I am ready to work for the good of athletics at every level. I understand the challenges that athletics faces and the opportunities on a national, regional and international level that we have'
Why fear looms over the old serve and volley game
Djokovic feels technology will decide future of serve and volley game in men's tennis
Can't see myself playing at Manchester United: Bale
'I have a long contract still to go, I am enjoying myself and we are winning trophies. I want to continue doing this at Real Madrid'
Qatar expresses hesitation over 2024 Olympics host bid
Qatar hold off for a later edition after two failed attempts to land sport's greatest spectacle
Contrasting fortunes end hopes of an all-Williams clash at Aus Open
Williams sisters Serena and Venus had been hoping to provide fans with the first all-Williams sisters clash at a Grand Slam since the 2009 Wimbledon final in the semi-finals.
Female tennis stars and their locker room dairies...
No 'Mean Girls' atmosphere in female tennis stars' locker rooms these days
'Nervous' Wawrinka avenges Nishikori with fighting win
Men's champion Stan Wawrinka avenged a tough defeat to Kei Nishikori at last year's US Open at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Keys fends off thigh injury to eclipse Venus, make semis
Madison Keys continued to ride her wave of success, fuelled in part by celebratory chocolate biscuits, as she advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final with a gutsy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams on Wednesday.
Australian Open: Djokovic crushes Raonic, faces Wawrinka in semis
World No 1 Novak Djokovic eased his way into the Australian Open semi-finals, brushing aside Canada's Milos Raonic with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2 victory.
REVEALED! Biggest spending clubs in international transfer
English clubs are spending more money in the international transfer according to FIFA
Yes, African Nations Cup is happening; Ghana, Algeria advance
Ghana and Algeria ratified their top ranking as both advanced to the quarters.
Beaten Venus blames injury time-out by Keys
Venus Williams blamed an injury time-out by Madison Keys for robbing her of rhythm
Shamed cyclist 'Armstrong was made a SCAPEGOAT'
There was a witch hunt after Armstrong, says former International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid
Aus Open PHOTOS: Serena slams Cibulkova; Keys overcomes Venus
Serena Williams sets up an all-American semi-final against teenager Madison Keys.
January 27, 2015
Early goals take Australia past UAE to Asian Cup final
Australia stunned the United Arab Emirates with two goals in the first 14 minutes to reach a second successive Asian Cup final, where they will meet South Korea.
Mary Kom floored by Obama pat!
Pleasantly surprised after Barack Obama mentioned her name in his speech on Indian achievers, Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom said she was happy to know that the US President acknowledged her performances.
Aus Open: Underprepared Nadal takes positives from quarter-final loss
'I make him play very easy. So you cannot expect to win matches in quarter-finals of Grand Slams helping the opponent to play well. That's what I did'
Gifted, controversial Riquelme retires
Juan Roman Riquelme, the supremely talented and sometimes controversial former Boca Juniors and Argentina playmaker, has retired from soccer.
Korea's Park 'shocked' by failed dope test
Olympic swimming gold medallist Park Tae-hwan has been left "shocked" by a positive doping test, which his agency has attributed to an injection given to the South Korean swim star during chiropractic treatment ahead of last year's Asian Games.
Bouchard to focus on support staff after Melbourne mauling
Eugenie Bouchard was unable to match the semi-final appearance from her maiden Australian Open last year and will now focus on sorting out her coaching arrangements after being blasted off the court by Maria Sharapova on Tuesday.
Russian ladies dominate as Sharapova faces Makarova in semis
'The toughest is what's to come. I hope that I'll be able to take that and play even better'
Mayor pulls back support from Becks' dream football franchise
Mayor of Miami, Carlos Gimenez, has pulled back his support from former England football captain David Beckham's 200 million pounds US football franchise to leave the star midfielder's dreams in tatters.
Berdych ends Nadal tyranny, Murray charges on
Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday before his next opponent Andy Murray restored British colonial rule to the floodlit centre court.
Shamed cyclist Armstrong says he would dope again!
'If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again'
Middlesbrough to travel to Arsenal for FA Cup fifth round
Middlesbrough were rewarded for beating Manchester City with a trip to FA Cup holders Arsenal while Chelsea's conquerors Bradford City host Sunderland or Fulham after the fifth round draw on Monday.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal knocked out by Berdych; Sharapova tames Bouchard
Images from Tuesday's matches at the Australian Open.
January 26, 2015
Lotus expect huge step forward in 2015
Lotus expect to be far more competitive this season with a new Formula One car that they hailed as a massive step forward on Monday.
Hockey India League: Ranchi hold Waveriders
A spirited Ranchi Rays overcame a two-goal deficit to hold defending champions Delhi Waveriders to a 2-2 draw in a league match of the third Hero Hockey India League (HIL) in Ranchi.
Djokovic fends off Muller to reach quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic will contest his 23rd consecutive grand slam quarter-final after easing past Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 at the Australian Open on Monday.
'2022 Qatar WC likely to be held in winter'
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be staged in November and December in order to evade the region's scorching summer heat, believes Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
South Korea beat Iraq 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final
South Korea moved a step closer to burying their 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they grabbed a goal in each half to beat Iraq 2-0 on Monday and set up a final against Australia or United Arab Emirates.
Needed the victory to silence the critics: Kashyap
After launching the new season with an emphatic title win at the just-concluded Syed Modi International tournament, India's top shuttler Parupalli Kashyap said he needed this victory to silent the critics after been "written off".
January 25, 2015
Saina sees off Carloina Marin to defend Syed Modi crown
Saina Nehwal staged a scintillating comeback to beat reigning world champion Carolina Marin and retain the women's singles title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
Tomic slams ridiculous scheduling; Nadal won't take Berdych lightly
Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling.
Australian Open: Halep halts Wickmayer
Third seed Simona Halep broke her hoodoo against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer with a 6-4, 6-2 win to sail into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
Indians at Aus Open: Paes-Hingis advance, Bopanna out
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis won their mixed doubles opener at the Australian Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
I feel ashamed, says Mourinho after FA Cup drubbing
A bemused Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's performance as unacceptable and a disgrace after the Premier League leaders slumped to a 4-2 home defeat against third-tier Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Battle of Beauties: Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova
Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
FA Cup Shocks! Chelsea and Manchester City lose
FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester City were humbled by supposed inferiors.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters
Rafael Nadal weathered an early serving storm from Kevin Anderson before dismantling the South African giant with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 masterclass to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
TEMPTING! Sharapova-Bouchard showdown at Australian Open
Maria Sharapova set up an enticing quarter-final showdown with Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open following a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 fourth round victory over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.
'The Djoker' turns out to be a swot...
I've got to do my homework, sit down with the team, prepare myself well with the video analysis, says Novak Djokovic.
January 24, 2015
La Liga: Ronaldo sent off as late Bale penalty hands Real victory
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as leaders Real Madrid beat Cordoba 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday thanks to late Gareth Bale penalty.
Kashyap to face Srikanth in Syed Modi final, Saina to play Marin
It will not be a Saina Nehwal versus P V Sindhu final in the women's singles but the men's singles will be an all-Indian affair with P Kashyap and K Srikanth set to clash for the title at the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament, in Lucknow.
I-League: Pune FC stun champions Bengaluru FC
Pune FC beat defending champions Bengaluru FC 3-1 in a second round encounter of the Hero I-League Football Tournament at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Hockey India League: Middleton brace sinks Mumbai
England's Barry Middleton scored twice in the third quarter, to pilot Ranchi Rays to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in their Hockey India League encounter at the Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Kapur, Jeev tied 38th, Grace wins Qatar Masters
Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh finished in a tie for 38th place even as Branden Grace produced a stunning eagle on 16th and a closing birdie to grab the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament on Saturday.
High ranking sits uncomfortably on Nishikori's shoulders
A break-out 2014 season and a career-high ranking of five has added extra weight to Kei Nishikori's shoulders, with the US Open finalist already bearing the burden of huge expectations in his home country Japan.
It's important to stay original, says grunting, cursing Azarenka
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka will no longer bite her tongue or try to fit into any media-trained 'image' as she makes her way on the tennis tour.
Syed Modi International Badminton: Saina, Srikanth reach finals
Defending champion Saina Nehwal is just one step away from retaining her women's singles title of the $ 120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament.
'Formula One needs a real revolution'
Formula One needs to go through a 'real revolution' by 2017 with cars making the sort of noise that heavy metal rock fans would appreciate, according to Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
Check out who is latest to enter the race for FIFA's presidency
Another wildcard has entered the pack of candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA in May's election -- Mino Raiola, a soccer agent whose clients include Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Indians at Australian Open: Bhupathi out of mixed doubles
Veteran Mahesh Bhupathi went out of the mixed doubles competition following a first-round loss.
After cancer scare, Brengle slops on sunscreen and slips into 4th round
Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders to lower the risk of skin cancers.
Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow
Spaniard Feliciano Lopez showed a compassionate streak in addition to a dangerous serve by apologising to the ball-boy he struck in the groin at the Australian Open.
Wawrinka happy to discuss the F-word
For someone who is the defending champion at Melbourne Park, Stanislas Wawrinka is remarkably upbeat about the lack of focus falling upon him.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Kvitova upset by Keys; Djokovic, Azarenka advance
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka won a battle of former girls' champions at the Australian Open by easing past Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOS: Williams sisters lead Americans into fourth round
Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus led a foursome of American women into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.
FA Cup: Fourth tier Cambridge embarrass Manchester United
Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw at fourth tier Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday after another embarrassing outing against lower league opposition.
January 23, 2015
PHOTOS: Federer dumped from Open as Nadal, Sharapova survive
Photos of Day 5 of the Australian Open being played in Melbourne
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth cruise to semis of Syed Modi International
Defending champion Saina Nehwal inched closer to retaining her women's singles title, while other top Indian shuttlers, including P V Sindhu, also made it to the semi-finals of the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament.
Asian Cup: Iraq beat Iran on penalties to enter semis
Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Friday after the two Middle Eastern rivals played out one of the most extraordinary matches in the tournament's history.
I wanted to go to India, says Federer after third round exit
A late end to last season that included a successful Davis Cup final and matches in India had no impact on Roger Federer's surprise third round loss to Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open on Friday, the second seed said.
Necessary for me to keep away from controversies, says ace shooter Narang
Seeking to steer clear of the furore that was triggered by Saina Nehwal's open displeasure at being ignored for the Padma awards, ace Indian shooter Gagan Narang said he would prefer to wait for the government to take a call on such matters.
SHOCKING! Seppi dumps Federer out of Australian Open
Second seed Roger Federer was dumped out of the Australian Open third round by Italy's Andreas Seppi on Friday.
Billards, snooker want spot in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Billiards and snooker launched an unexpected bid to win a spot on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics sports programme, saying sharp global rise in popularity helped their case.
January transfers: Real agree to sign Brazil midfielder Lucas Silva
Cruzeiro have agreed to sell defensive midfielder Lucas Silva to Real Madrid, the Brazilian champions said on Thursday. Male presenter's 'twirl' request to Bouchard sparks controversy
Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard was left surprised after a male presenter conducting her on-court interview made an unusual request by asking her to give them a twirl.
Australian Open: Bopanna, Paes, Sania lose doubles matches
On a largely disappointing day for Indian tennis players, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza lost their respective doubles matches in the second round of the Australian Open, leaving the country's challenge restricted to the mixed doubles competition.
Ghana boss slams African Nations Cup organisers for bad bus, commute
Ghana's head coach Avram Grant hit out at African Nations Cup organisers for giving his side a shoddy bus and lengthy commute ahead of their critical Group C clash with Algeria.
King's Cup: Espanyol close to semis after 3-1 win over Sevilla
Espanyol secured a commanding lead in their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Sevilla when Felipe Caicedo, Sergio Garcia, with a penalty, and Lucas Vazquez scored in a 3-1 first-leg home win on Thursday.
January 22, 2015
Saina, Srikanth enter quarter-finals of Syed Modi International
Defending champion Saina Nehwal and World number five Kidambi Srikanth were among the nine Indian shuttlers who entered the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow.
Wozniacki feels 'cursed' at Melbourne Park
Caroline Wozniacki said she felt 'cursed' at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.
Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship
Novak Djokovic praised American Tim Smyczek's act of sportsmanship in his second round marathon against Rafa Nadal as "greater than sport itself" at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Aus Open: Bopanna-Nestor advance, Bhupathi-Melzer exit
Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor went through several anxious moments before making it to the second round, even as Mahesh Bhupathi and Jurgen Melzer failed to, in the men's doubles at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Cameroon's most BIZARRE and HORRENDOUS football kits!
We watch the African Cup of Nations for the football, but we also look out for the funny hairstyles, fashion and most importantly, the kits.
Murray points to double-standards after Nadal cramps
Following Rafael Nadal's problems with cramps in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Andy Murray has taken a swipe at critics who gave him a hard time after his own struggles at the US Open.
Venus and Serena: This sibling rivalry is motivating...
Venus Williams's encouraging form at the Australian Open has given younger sister Serena cause to look over her shoulder after the siblings eased into the third round with straight-sets wins at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
After 111 years, 'New FIFA Now' calls for change
FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch on Wednesday of the 'New FIFA Now' coalition of reformists calling for change.
Ecclestone throws doubt on German GP
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has thrown doubt on this year's German Grand Prix taking place at either Nuerburgring or Hockenheim.
Gomez ends misery with brace in Fiorentina cup win
Germany forward Mario Gomez, scorer of only one Serie A goal this season, struck twice in the first half hour to help Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-1 in the Italian Cup on Wednesday.
'In case Bayern are in doubt they always take the side of money'
Bayern Munich apologised on Wednesday after failing to voice their support for an activist who was flogged in Saudi Arabia during their trip last week.
Watch out for 'little more mean, little more hungry' Force India
Force India revealed an aggressive new look for the 2015 Formula One season on Wednesday with Mexican driver Sergio Perez telling his compatriots he expected his best season yet.
Is fluorescent 'in' at Australian Open?
The Australian Open started with a bang and the stars weren't hard to miss, as most of them were seen wearing loud colours at Melbourne Park.
Berlusconi not selling AC Milan
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denied the latest media reports that his AC Milan soccer club was up for sale, saying he was not ready to part with the team he has owned since the 1980s.
Bhupathi's campaign ends at Australian Open
The Bhupathi-Melzer pair lose in straight sets to Argentine team of Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.
Ivory Coast's Gervinho apologises after getting two-match ban
Ivory Coast striker Gervinho will play no further part in the group stage of the African Nations Cup after he was banned for two matches for striking an opponent, the Confederation of African Football said on Wednesday.
Congo stun Gabon to eye Nations Cup last eight
African Nations Cup underdogs Congo boosted their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals after they beat more fancied Gabon 1-0 to throw Group A wide open on Wednesday.
Real Madrid is richest football club in the world
A leap in commercial and broadcast revenue lifted Manchester United into second place behind Real Madrid on the list of the world's richest clubs in 2013-14, according to Deloitte's latest Football Money League.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Townsend helps Spurs take advantage
Tottenham Hotspur needed a 73rd-minute Andros Townsend penalty to end the dogged resistance of visiting third tier Sheffield United and secure a 1-0 lead in their League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
King's Cup PHOTOS: Messi scores to give Barca edge in quarters
Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo dating TV presenter Villalon?
Lucia Villalon Puras, a presenter for Real Madrid Television, is reportedly being rumored to be Cristiano Ronaldo's new girlfriend.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Wawrinka, Serena march forth
Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former World No 2 crumbled to lose 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
January 21, 2015
Saina, Kashyap enter second round of Syed Modi International
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, K Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap reached the second round of Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after scoring easy victories in Lucknow.
Transfer talk: Serie A strugglers Parma sign Varela, Rodriguez
Parma, joint bottom of Serie A alongside Cesena, have signed Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez and Portugal forward Silvestre Varela, both on loan, the club said on Tuesday.
Murray makes perfect response to Marinko's coach jibe
Andy Murray trounced Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but insisted there was no edge to the match after the Australian's criticism of his decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.
Shakira poses with baby bump for UNICEF World Baby Shower
Shakira, who is expecting her second baby with footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique, recently posed with her baby bump along with her son Milan and Pique.
Sania, Paes on course at Australian Open
Sania and her Chinese Taipei partner Su-Wei Hsieh, seeded second, defeated the Argentine-Swiss combine of Maria Irigoyen and Romina Oprandi 6-2, 6-0 in 48 minutes, while tenth seeds Paes and Raven Klaasen of South Africa beat the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6(6).
Williams sisters withdraw from doubles at Australian Open
Multiple Grand Slam champions Serena and Venus Williams withdrew from women's doubles competition at the Australian Open on Wednesday before first round action got underway.
Olympic boxing champ Taylor pleads not guilty to Arkansas assault charges
Boxing champion Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple criminal charges related to allegations of threatening a family at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, and was ordered held pending $50,000 bond.
France footballer Trezeguet hangs his boots
Trezeguet had recently played in the Indian Super League for Pune City FC.
Chinese real estate giant to buy stake in Atletico Madrid
Property giant Dalian Wanda Group Co said on Wednesday it would buy a stake in Spanish soccer champions Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros ($52 million), becoming the first Chinese company to invest in a premier European football club.
Formula One: Is Vettel a good fit for Ferrari?
'But I think because he's such an enthusiast, this is just what he needs. And what Ferrari needs'
Bessat treble puts Lyon out of French Cup
Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyonnais were knocked out of the French Cup 3-2 at Nantes on Tuesday with Vincent Bessat grabbing a hat-trick in the last-32 game on a night of upsets.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Federer, Sharapova scrape to wins; Murray mauls Matosevic
Photos from the Australian Open matches played at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
Doping ban for three Russian Olympic walk champions
Russia's 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medallist Vladimir Kanaykin have also been banned for failing doping tests, RUSADA added on its website (www.rusada.ru).
Italian Cup: AS Roma scrape past Empoli with controversial penalty
AS Roma needed a hugely controversial penalty, converted by Daniele De Rossi six minutes from the end of the extra time, to see off modest Empoli 2-1 in the Italian Cup last 16 on Tuesday.
African Nations Cup: Cameroon, Ivory Coast escape defeats
Powerhouses Cameroon and Ivory Coast both battled back from a goal down to avoid shock defeats as they drew 1-1 with Mali and Guinea respectively in the African Nations Cup on Tuesday.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Sterling strike gives Liverpool hope against Chelsea
Raheem Sterling's stunning individual goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a rip-roaring League Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday but the dominant Merseysiders could be left to rue a missed opportunity.
January 20, 2015
Self-critical Djokovic believes Nadal still favourite at Aus Open
"Well, I don't know what his intentions are, how he feels, but he is definitely always one of the top favourites in every tournament that he plays," said Djokovic, who beat Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to join the Spaniard in the second round on Tuesday.
Wozniacki laments Gerrard departure after clearing first hurdle in Melbourne
'Yeah, I'm a little sad. I don't know. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere'
Australian Open: Jaded but focused Wawrinka whips Turkish newbie
Coming back to the Australian Open as defending champion has felt surreal at times for Stanislas Wawrinka but the Swiss fourth seed was all business in his first-round thrashing of Turkish trailblazer Marsel Ilhan.
Breathtaking PHOTOS from the 2015 Dakar Rally
Rediff.com encapsulates all the excitement through these breathtaking visuals from the Dakar Rally.
Tiger's girl is most successful female athlete in Alpine skiing
Lindsey Vonn's model looks and famous boyfriend have often gained her more spotlight than her speed on two skis back in her home country.
African Nations Cup: Algeria fight back to beat South Africa
South Africa missed a penalty and conceded an own goal as top-ranked Algeria came from behind to win 3-1 in their African Nations Cup Group C game on Monday.
EPL: Mirallas penalty miss extends dismal Everton run
Kevin Mirallas' first-half penalty miss proved costly as Everton's dismal run continued with a 0-0 Premier League draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
Tiger loses front tooth while celebrating girlfriend's victory
Tiger Woods lost a front tooth after being hit in the face by a video camera while watching girlfriend Lindsey Vonn take a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy on Monday, according to his agent.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Serena cruise; Wawrinka continues dominance
Images from the Australian Open matches played on Tuesday.
January 19, 2015
Aus Open: Federer, Sharapova shine as 8 seeds fail to sprout
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights on Monday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women's seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on a manic opening day. The evergreen Federer strolled into the second round with a classy 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun before fellow-second seed Sharapova ruined Croatian qualifier Petra Martic's 24th birthday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
'I would look at Saina and Sindhu as team India'
Pullela Gopichand, India's chief badminton coach, shares his views on the country's leading female players with Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com.
Australian Open: Federer crushes Taiwanese teen to advance
Roger Federer strolled into the second round of the Australian Open with a clinical 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
China's Li announces pregnancy news on centre court
Retired Australian Open champion Li Na told the centre court crowd at Melbourne Park on Monday that she was expecting her first child with her husband and former coach Jiang Shan.
Meet the lady who caused first major upset at Australian Open
Lucie Hradecka was screaming in delight after causing a huge first day upset at the Australian Open with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the fifth seeded Serb to record her third career victory over a top-five opponent.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal answers doubts; Halep, Dimitrov advance
A relieved Rafael Nadal felt the confidence come flooding back in a first-round romp at the Australian Open on Monday.
Messi's treble, Chelsea's perfect win deck up European weekend
Chelsea returned to their early-season form to open up a five-point lead in the Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued to make mincemeat of La Liga defences and Juventus extended their lead in Serie A.
Aus Open Photos: SHOCKING! Qualifier knocks out Ivanovic
Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic was knocked out of the Australian Open first round on Monday when she was upset by doubles specialist Lucie Hradecka 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Australian Open: Yuki Bhambri goes down after frustrating Murray
Warm, dry conditions and an unknown hard-hitting opponent gave Andy Murray some cause for concern before the sixth seed advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over India's Yuki Bhambri on Monday. The 27-year-old Murray, appearing on the newly refurbished Margaret Court Arena, did not look too troubled by the former junior world number one, even though he had some nervous moments in the third set when the qualifier held a 4-1 lead.
Serie A: Tevez fires Juve five points clear
Juventus reached the halfway point of the Serie A season with a commanding five-point lead over Roma after thrashing Verona for the second time in four days on Sunday.
Ligue 1: PSG recover from bad start, booing fans
Javier Pastore and Edinson Cavani scored late as Paris St Germain ignored their fans' boos and recovered from a shaky start to beat visiting strugglers Evian Thonon Gaillard 4-2 on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi nets hat-trick; keeps Barca in sight of Madrid
Real Madrid ensured top spot in La Liga at the midway point of the season when Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday before Lionel Messi's hat-trick helped Barcelona to a 4-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna.
January 18, 2015
Djokovic is favourite to win Australian Open: Henman
Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman of Great Britain has his money on Novak Djokovic as the favourite to win the Australian Open while Roger Federer's best chance to add to his kitty of 17 Grand Slams is at the Wimbledon, this year.
Real see off Getafe thanks to Ronaldo double
Real Madrid moved four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring either side of a Gareth Bale strike in a 3-0 win at Getafe on Sunday.
Asian Cup: Marathon man Endo chalks up another milestone
Yasuhito Endo chalked up another milestone in his storied career when Japan beat Iraq in the Asian Cup on Friday, yet his single-minded focus on team first was evident for all to see.
Kyrgios flying Australian flag at home Grand Slam
A first-week choke by leading woman Sam Stosur and a grudging loss by ageing men's warrior Lleyton Hewitt has generally been the blueprint for the home players at the Australian Open, but teenage talent Nick Kyrgios may be poised to buck the trend of local underachievement.
Djokovic ready to face challenge for fifth Australia Open crown
Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament.
Sania equals career-best fifth rank in world
Sania Mirza equaled her career-best doubles rank of five, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Apia International with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Sydney.
Defending champ Wawrinka focusing on one match at a time
One of the first orders of business for Stanislas Wawrinka on his return to Melbourne Park last week was to see the photo of himself holding the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on the 'Walk of Champions' under the Rod Laver Arena centre court.
Australian golfer Allenby kidnapped and robbed in Hawaii
Australian golfer Robert Allenby was recovering on Saturday from facial injuries after he was kidnapped, beaten, robbed and dumped in a park in Honolulu.
Abera wins Mumbai Marathon as Ethiopians rule roost
Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera won the Mumbai Marathon crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 46 seconds on Sunday.
African Nations Cup: Hosts denied opening day triumph
A late equaliser cost hosts Equatorial Guinea an opening win at the African Nations Cup finals as they drew 1-1 with Congo on Saturday before Gabon beat Burkina Faso 2-0 to top Group A.
Serie A: Roma drop points at Palermo
AS Roma slipped up in their pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus as they salvaged a 1-1 draw at mid-table Palermo on Saturday thanks to a second-half Mattia Destro equaliser.
La Liga: Super-sub Negredo helps Valencia go to third
Valencia climbed above Atletico Madrid and Sevilla into third in La Liga when Alvaro Negredo came off the bench to score a late winner in a 3-2 home victory over his former club Almeria on Saturday.
EPL: Defoe's goalscoring debut record ends as Sunderland lose
Jermain Defoe's record of scoring on his first appearance for every club he has played for came to an end as Sunderland lost 2-1 at his former club Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.
Injured Del Potro pulls out of Australian Open
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a lingering wrist injury that he was concerned could cause him further damage if he played the season opening Grand Slam.
January 17, 2015
EPL: Chelsea consolidate top spot; Manchester United blank QPR
Chelsea ran riot at Swansea City, scoring four times before halftime on the way to a 5-0 win that sent Jose Mourinho's side five points clear in the Premier League on Saturday.
Asian Cup: South Koreans upbeat after beating Australia
Three matches, three goals, three wins and suddenly South Korea are looking like a real threat to win the Asian Cup.
Paes captures 55th career title; Bopanna victorious in Sydney
Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna warmed up for the next week's Australian Open in great style as they won ATP titles with their partners in Auckland and Sydney respectively.
Yuki up against Andy Murray in Australian Open first round
Yuki Bhambri could not have asked for a tougher draw as he has been pitted against world number six and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy
Troicki crushes Kazakh qualifier to win Sydney title
Serbian Viktor Troicki ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title on Saturday.
SMASHING Serena wants title 'more than anyone else'
Serena Williams enters the Australian Open as a strong favourite to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup but is all too aware that a sixth Melbourne Park title has now eluded her for five years.
Older, wiser Federer not sure if playing 'best' tennis
Roger Federer doubts he is playing his 'best ever' tennis but is convinced that at 33, he is playing smarter and taking better care of himself as he looks to win a fifth Australian Open title.
Pressure? What pressure? I just play: Halep
Simona Halep shrugged off any expectations or feelings of additional pressure ahead of the Australian Open.
Sharapova wants to win trophies, sangria can certainly wait
With a career Grand Slam of major titles and a sweet-making business, Maria Sharapova dismissed the idea of staying at home and having a drink.
January 16, 2015
Paes-Klaasen upset second seeds, reach final of Heineken Open
Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen breezed into the title clash of the Heineken Open after knocking out second seeds Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya in
Sydney International: Sania-Bethanie shock top seeds in final
Sania Mirza won her first title of the season and 23rd of her career when she and Bethanie Mattek-Sands shocked top-seeded Americans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones in the summit clash of the Apia International in Sydney on Friday.
Malaysia Masters: Sindhu, Jayaram reach semis
Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram notched up contrasting victories in the women's and men's singles competition respectively to reach the semi-finals of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, in Kuching.
'Being second at the Olympics came from a strong desire to compete'
Elana Meyer looks back on the disappointment of missing out on competing internationally because of the sporting boycott of South Africa in conversation with Rediff.com's Laxmi Negi.
Kvitova downs fellow Czech Pliskova to claim Sydney title
Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third Grand Slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 7-6 to win the Sydney International title.
Transfer talk: Polish teenager Bielik to have Arsenal medical
Legia Warsaw's teenage defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik is to undergo a medical at Arsenal, the Polish club said on Thursday.
Sarita's Asiad incident brought bad name to the country: Milkha
Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh criticised boxer Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal during the Incheon Asian Games victory ceremony last year, saying it was not proper to protest that way.
Confirmed: Constantine back as India's head football coach
Stephen Constantine is returning to coach India. The country's football federation confirmed on Friday that the Englishman has agreed to a second stint with the national team.
Brought down to earth, Ronaldo says, 'I'm not from another planet'
The Real Madrid forward apologises after Real Madrid dumped out of King's Cup by Atletico Madrid.
It is over... Ronaldo confirms split with girlfriend
Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed his split with Russian model gal-pal Irina Shayk.
Ex-France winger Ginola throws his hat in ring for FIFA presidency
Former France winger David Ginola will announce on Friday that he is entering the race to become president of world soccer's governing body FIFA, The Sun reported on Thursday.
EPL: Sturridge nearing return after five months out
England striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not played since the end of August, is back in training and could return to the Liverpool side soon, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday.
EPL: Arsenal's Arteta and Debuchy out for three months
Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta will be out for the next three months after having a "successful" operation on the left ankle that has kept him sidelined since late November, the club said on Thursday.
Don't rush to F1, warns champion Hamilton's dad
Every young racer wants to be the next Lewis Hamilton but most are in too much of a hurry to give themselves the best chance of success.
Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli: What matters is wanting to win
'Sometimes, we forget that the most important thing is to smile.'
King's Cup PIX: Torres steals Ronaldo's thunder as holders Real are booted out
Fernando Torres stole the show with a dramatic double as Atletico Madrid secured a battling 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Thursday that dumped the holders out of the King's Cup 4-2 on aggregate.
Smooth draw for Djokovic at Australian Open
Sixth seed Andy Murray may feel the most aggrieved of the top contenders in the men's draw.
Muhammad Ali in hospital for follow-up after infection
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalised for follow-up care for a urinary tract infection for which he received treatment in recent weeks, and he is expected to be released in a day, a spokesman said on Thursday.
January 15, 2015
Malaysia Masters: Sindhu, Kashyap advance to quarter-finals
Top Indian shuttlers, PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the women's singles quarter-finals and men's singles pre-quarterfinals, respectively, of the $120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Kuching.
UAE score after 14 seconds, beat Bahrain 2-1
Ali Ahmed Mabkhout needed just 14 seconds to put the United Arab Emirates ahead as they went on to beat Bahrain 2-1 on Thursday and secure a rare Asian Cup quarter-finals appearance.
Tendulkar presents autographed jersey to Sarita Devi
After lending strong support to her cause, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met Commonwealth Games silver-medallist woman boxer L Sarita Devi, who is serving a one-year ban for her emotionally-charged protest at the Asiad.
Messi, Neymar rested for Barca's King's Cup game at Elche
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest Lionel Messi, Neymar and most of his regulars for the King's Cup last 16, second leg match at Elche later on Thursday.
Yuki a win away from Aus Open singles main draw
Yuki Bhambri kept alive his hopes of making the Australian Open singles main draw, scoring a straight sets victory over higher-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka in the qualifying event.
Transfer tales: Palermo reject United interest in Dybala
Palermo have rebuffed interest from Manchester United among others for forward Paulo Dybala but could sell the Argentine at the end of the season, president Maurizio Zamparini said on Wednesday.
Del Potro's comeback bid ends in Sydney quarters
Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro's comeback from a lengthy injury layoff was cut short by Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarter-finals of the Sydney international on Thursday.
Recovering Nadal tries his hand at 'disco' tennis
Rafael Nadal was reportedly happy to be on the dance floor, not on an actual one but on a tennis court, as the recovering Spaniard played in a new format called Fast4, which has been dubbed as disco tennis by some.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo single again?
Russian supermodel Irina Shayk has hinted towards a split from footballer beau Cristiano Ronaldo by unfollowing him on Twitter.
How football managers react when they are sent off...
David Moyes made light of his first dismissal when he leapt over a fence into the stands to watch the rest of the match and accepted crisps from a girl.
Original Ronaldo making a comeback?
Former Brazil forward Ronaldo said on Wednesday he will try to get back into shape with an eye on coming out of retirement to play for North American second division club Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Southampton's Wanyama sidelined with hamstring injury
Southampton's bustling midfielder Victor Wanyama will be out for "a few weeks" after injuring his hamstring moments before he was due to be substituted in their FA Cup third-round replay win at Ipswich Town on Wednesday.
Goalline technology to be used in Serie A from next season
Serie A is set to introduce goalline technology from next season after the Italian FA gave its go ahead on Wednesday.
'Messi will remain at Barca for years to come'
Barca coach, Luis Enrique says that all is well at Camp Nou and the team is united.
US golfer Patel gets one year ban for doping
Little-known American golfer Bhavik Patel has been banned by the PGA Tour for one year after violating its anti-doping policy on the use of performance-enhancing substances, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday.
FA Cup: Spurs rally to beat Burnley; Southampton see off Ipswich
Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 4-2 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday despite resting their top striker in the once-fabled competition.
Man City add more firepower with Bony signing
Manchester City have bolstered their attacking arsenal with the signing of Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony from Swansea City, the English champions said on Wednesday.
January 14, 2015
Ronaldo says his son is a Messi fan
Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday.
China stun Uzbekistan to make Asian Cup last 8
China scored twice in 13 minutes to come from behind and upset Uzbekistan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Wednesday to book a spot in the quarter-finals. In another match, Saudi Arabia, beaten 1-0 by China on the weekend, stayed in the hunt earlier in the day with a 4-1 win over North Korea, who were eliminated.
Sania, Bopanna in semis at Sydney
Sania and her American partner Bethanie-Mattek Sands shocked second seeds Martina Hingis and Flavia Penneta, winning 6-3, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of Apia International. Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor beat the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
Yuki wins; Somdev, Ramkumar lose in Aus Open qualifying
Yuki Bhambri was the only Indian to cross the first hurdle in the Australian Open qualifiers, Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanathan falling by the way side, on Monday. Ranked 314th, he knocked out Russian 15th seed Evgeny Donskoy with a 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 victory in his first round match on Show Court 2.
Del Potro and Kvitova claim three set wins in Sydney
Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro stepped up his comeback from another wrist surgery by toppling top seed Fabio Fognini at the Sydney International on Wednesday.
Alipie skier Maze heads race for Laureus Sportswoman of Year Award
Some of the world's biggest sporting stars, including Sochi Winter Olympics medallist Tina Maze, are involved in a fierce competition for the 2015 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, which is promising to be one of the closest contests ever.
Domestic violence case against US soccer star dismissed
The domestic violence case against Hope Solo, a goalkeeper for the US women's soccer team, was dismissed by a Seattle-area judge on Tuesday, local broadcaster King 5 reported.
Liverpool's Balotelli moving to Juventus?
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's agent has rejected talks of the player leaving Anfield to return to Italy this month.
Brazil bans third party ownership in line with FIFA rules
Third-party ownership of footballers will become illegal in Brazil from May 1, the country's domestic governing body CBF) said in new transfer regulations published on Tuesday.
'Cancelled' doping test rules out Jordan striker
Jordan striker Ahmad Hayel has been ruled out of Friday's Asian Cup match against Palestine in Melbourne after a "cancelled" doping test, the team said on Wednesday.
Part of original World Cup trophy found in FIFA basement
A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA's headquarters.
King's Cup: Caicedo brace fires Espanyol past Valencia
Espanyol's Felipe Caicedo came off the bench and netted two late goals to secure a 2-0 win at home to 10-man Valencia on Tuesday that sent the Barcelona-based club through to the King's Cup quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.
Messi, Neuer, Ronaldo in 2014 FIFPro World XI squad
Star footballers Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award, have been selected by their peers for the 2014 FIFPro World XI team.
New York City FC to play friendlies in Manchester
Newly-formed New York City FC will begin their preparations for their Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with two friendly matches in Manchester next month, Manchester City said on Tuesday.
Dream Run beckons this cancer survivor!
'I might die a little earlier than others, but I have time to finish off unfinished businesses.'
Here's advice that 'show-off' Ronaldo received from first coach
- "He could not stop showing off his technical skills and was dribbling too much'
Barca's Busquets insists all is well between Messi and coach Enrique
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has become the latest to insist that all is well at the club, dismissing reports of a rift between Argentina forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique.
PHOTOS: Adrian is West Ham hero in FA Cup thriller
Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.
January 13, 2015
World champions Anand, Sethi to mentor Indian athletes for Rio
Five-time chess world champion Anand and nine-time world champion Sethi will be mentoring the high-profile athletes signed up by Olympic Gold Quest, who are looking to improve India's showing from the last Games in London when they won six medals.
Aus sweep into Asian Cup QF with big win over Oman
Hosts Australia swept into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in some style on Tuesday with a 4-0 hammering of Oman at Stadium Australia that ensured South Korea would go through from Group A with them.
Inspiring to be counted among legends of Asian golf: Lahiri
Anirban Lahiri was voted the 2014 'Players' Player of the Year' after a successful season on the Asian Tour, where he won two titles and finished second on the Order of Merit.
Women try to settle turf war lawsuit against FIFA
Players at this year's women's World Cup, trying to settle a lawsuit against FIFA, will play on artificial turf as long as the final matches are on natural grass, their lawyer said.
Patrick Reed wins Kapalua title in playoff
Strong-finishing Patrick Reed held his nerve to beat fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff for the $5.7 million Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday to clinch his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.
Halep pulls out of Australian Open warm-up
Romania's Simona Halep pulled out of her final warm-up event before the Australian Open on Tuesday, saying she was suffering from gastroenteritis.
Why Ronaldo won the Ballon D'Or again!
Factbox on the Real Madrid and Portugal forward who was voted FIFA Player of the Year on Monday.
Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or award again
Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.
January 12, 2015
Schalke sign Man city defender Nastasic on loan
Bundesliga club Schalke 04 have signed Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic on loan until the end of the season.
Van Gaal no closer to title challenge than Moyes was
Louis Van Gaal said it would take him three years to transform Manchester United into a potential title-winning team when he became manager last summer, but judged by Sunday's loss to Southampton, he might have to wait a lot longer than that.
When tennis legend Paes talks on motivation, please note!
The passion to achieve excellence everyday is what motivates tennis legend Leander Paes the most. The 41-year-old reveals how he keeps himself motivated to come on to the courts everyday and produce magnificent results.
Asian Cup: Holders Japan crush newcomer Palestine
Holders Japan enjoyed a Monday stroll in the Newcastle breeze as they swatted aside the meagre challenge of outsiders Palestine to kick off their Asian Cup title defence with a 4-0 victory.
Injured Wozniacki pulls out of Sydney opener
World number eight Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of her first match at the Sydney International with a wrist injury on Monday.
He runs 147 km non-stop in a day!
'After 8 to 10 hours of running, when my body starts paining, I keep thinking about the pain and sacrifice of my mother and it makes my will stronger.'
Bengaluru FC bag maiden Federation Cup title
Bengaluru FC lifted their maiden Federation Cup football tournament title when they edged past 10-man Dempo FC 2-1 in the summit clash.
Man United's agony: 6 strikers and not a single shot on goal!
How could a front six including Angel Di Maria, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata fail to get a single shot on target in a 1-0 home defeat by Southmapton?
La Liga: Barca beat Atletico; close on leaders Real
Barcelona closed to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid when Lionel Messi scored one goal, created two and conceded a penalty in a 3-1 win at home to champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday that eased pressure on under-fire coach Luis Enrique.
Guess what Wenger did before he became Arsenal manager?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he used to sell cigarettes in his younger days before he went on to guide the Invincibles squad during 2003-04 Premier League season.
Serie A: Totti brace gives Roma draw against Lazio
Irrepressible AS Roma captain Francesco Totti scored twice to haul the Serie A title challengers back from two goals behind against arch-rivals Lazio and earn them a 2-2 draw in a pulsating derby on Sunday.
Ronaldo faces no competition in winning 'Salon d'Or' award
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo might have some competition in the run for the Ballon d'Or award this year but the forward has no competition when it comes to having the best hair in the game as he won the Salon d'Or for the best hair in the game.
January 11, 2015
Paes-Klaasen fail to cross final hurdle
Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray outplayed top seeds Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen to win the men's doubles title at the Chennai Open tennis tournament.
Wawrinka tames Bedene to retain Chennai Open title
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka dismantled the challenge of a rampaging Aljaz Bedene with ease as the Swiss World No. 4 retained the Chennai Open title with a straight sets win in the summit clash.
Milkha Singh rakes up Bharat Ratna debate again
Dhyan Chand should have got Bharat Ratna first, says Milkha Singh.
Brisbane International: Federer achieves milestone
Roger Federer registers his 1,000 ATP career win.
Asian Cup: UAE rout Qatar 4-1 in Gulf derby
The United Arab Emirates gladly made the most of a woeful performance from Qatari goalkeeper Qasem Burhan to rout the Gulf Cup winners 4-1 in their Asian Cup opener on Sunday.
'Ball hog' Bale angers Ronaldo again
Gareth Bale angered Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the second La Liga game in a row on Saturday.
La Liga: Real back to winning ways against Espanyol
La Liga leaders Real Madrid returned to winning ways after two defeats, making light of playing most of the second half with 10 men to triumph 3-0 at home to mid-table Espanyol on Saturday.
EPL: Sluggish Chelsea back in pole position
Chelsea may have restored some breathing space over Manchester City with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday but they have not regained the form that made them runaway title favourites earlier in the season.
Bedene stuns Agut to set up summit clash with Wawrinka
Continuing his giant-killing spree, Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene knocked out third seed and world number 15 Roberto Bautista Agut to set up the Chennai Open summit clash with top seed and defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday.
January 10, 2015
Sharapova beats Ivanovic to win Brisbane International
Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open.
China upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 at Asian Cup
China saved a second half penalty then scored a fortuitous goal that took a wicked deflection off a defender to upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Saturday.
January 09, 2015
Chelsea assistant rules out Messi swoop
A Chelsea deal for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi would be impossible under financial fair play rules, assistant coach Steve Holland said on Friday.
Dempo beat Salgaocar to enter Federation Cup final
Dempo FC kept their unbeaten run intact, scoring once in each half to beat Salgaocar FC 2-0 and enter the final of the 36th Hero Federation Cup football tournament in Margao, Goa, on Friday. Dominating the match in both sessions, they scored through Francis Fernandes(11th minute) and Tolgay Ozbey(59th), and could have won by bigger margin had rival 'keeper Subrata Paul not effected three brilliant saves.
Its Wozniacki vs Venus at Auckland Classic
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and the evergreen Venus Williams won their semi-finals at the Auckland Classic on Friday to set up a final showdown between two former World No 1s.
Sharapova and Ivanovic reach Brisbane final
Russia's Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won their semi-finals at the Brisbane International on Friday to set up a highly-anticipated showdown in the lead-up to this month's Australian Open.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Stuttering Chelsea retained their Premier League lead by virtue of the alphabet heading into the new year but will need a quick riposte at home to Newcastle United on Saturday (2030 IST) to hold Manchester City at bay.
Meet the African Footballer of the Year...
Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth straight time at the annual Confederation of African Football awards on Thursday.
FA charges Mourinho for verbal attack on referee
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged with misconduct by the FA on Thursday following comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor.
King's Cup: Neymar hits double as Barca put five past Elche
Neymar's double helped Barcelona cruise to a 5-0 victory in the first leg of their King's Cup last 16 tie against Elche.
Boston is US pick to compete for 2024 Olympics
Boston was selected on Thursday as the American candidate city that will bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
January 08, 2015
Paes-Klaasen beat Bhupathi-Myneni to enter Chennai Open semis
Top seeds Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen of South Africa lived up to their billing and entered the semi-finals of the men's doubles event at the ATP Chennai Open with a hard-fought win over Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Myneni.
Third seed Agut advances to Chennai Open quarter-finals
Spain's third seed Roberto Bautista Agut made a smooth entry into the men's quarter-finals at the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament with a fluent 6-3, 6-2 win over German Peter Gojowczyk.
Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut
Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday.
Sharapova and Ivanovic reach semis in Brisbane
Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Kaia Kanepi at the Brisbane International on Thursday and remain on track for a glamour meeting with Maria Sharapova.
Gerrard completes move to LA Galaxy
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join LA Galaxy in July on an 18-month deal. The 34-year-old will now join a growing list of high-profile former Premier League players to cross the Atlantic in the latter stages of their careers, most notably David Beckham.
Raonic starts new year with ace blitz
There are no real secrets to the success of rising tennis star Milos Raonic. The towering Canadian has a booming serve that is one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.
King's Cup: Torres quiet on return but Atletico sink Real
A subdued Fernando Torres helped Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win over local rivals Real in the first leg of their King's Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday in his first start since his return to his boyhood club.
Bhupathi-Myneni win doubles pre-quarters, set up clash with Paes-Klaasen
Indian tennis veteran Mahesh Bhupathi, teaming up with compatriot Saketh Myneni, won a hard-fought doubles pre-quarter-final on Wednesday to set up a mouth-watering clash with former partner Leander Paes at the ATP Chennai Open. They beat the Sood brothers -- Chandril and Lakshit -- 6-7, 6-4, 10-6.
Nadal may not play Australian Open?
World No 3 Rafael Nadal admitted that he may not play in the upcoming Australian Open after suffering a shocking first round defeat against Germany's Michael Berrer at the Qatar Open.
January 07, 2015
Clinical Wawrinka cruises into Chennai Open quarter-finals
Defending champion and top seed Stanislas Wawrinka scored a clinical 6-1, 6-4 win over Borna Coric of Croatia to progress to the men's singles quarter-finals at the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament.
Muhammad Ali released from the hospital: Spokesman
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been released from the hospital after being admitted last month with a severe urinary tract infection, a family spokesman said on Wednesday.
Gerrard will join LA Galaxy, says it's a match made in heaven
"I want to finish my career very strong. I want to add some more medals and trophies to my collection. So I think it's a match made in heaven, really.
Things that happen in the dressing room stay there, Barca manager
'I feel as confident and motivated as at the beginning. I can't control rumours, but I still have faith'
Injured Tsonga pulls out of Australian Open
Former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open with an arm injury.
Radwanska, Murray continue winning run in Perth
Agnieszka Radwanska and Andy Murray picked up morale-boosting victories in the Hopman Cup on Wednesday to keep their Australian Open preparations on track.
Wozniacki, Venus advance to Auckland quarters
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams advanced to the Auckland Classic quarter-finals and kept alive the hopes of an anticipated final between the pair in dramatically contrasting circumstances on Wednesday.
Sharapova receives marriage proposal in Brisbane!l!
Damian Torrie held up a sign and yelled out "Marry me Maria Sharapova?" during her first match, which encouraged a chorus of laughs around Pat Rafter Arena, News.com.au reported.
I would stayed at Anfield if offered new deal: Gerrard
'I'd just retired from England to concentrate all my efforts on Liverpool. I didn't want my club games to be tailored'
F1: Korean Grand Prix dropped from calendar
The Korean Formula One Grand Prix has been formally dropped from the 2015 calendar after its surprise inclusion last month for contractual reasons.
FA Cup: Everton's Lukaku grabs late equaliser against West Ham
Everton's Romelu Lukaku spared his side a fifth straight defeat by snatching an added-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 home draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup third round on Tuesday.
Qatar Open: Nadal comeback ends in loss to German journeyman
Rafael Nadal's season got off to a miserable start as his comeback from injury and illness stalled in the Qatar Open first round with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat by German journeyman Michael Berrer.
January 06, 2015
Djokovic eases past compatriot in Doha
World number one Novak Djokovic polished off fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
EPL: Zarate joins QPR on loan from West Ham
Argentine striker Mauro Zarate could make his debut for Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers this weekend after joining on loan from West Ham United on Tuesday.
Former football coach Constantine offered India job
The All India Football Federation decided to offer Stephen Constantine the job coach the Indian football team after the recommendations of the Technical Committee.
Brisbane International: Ruthless Sharapova thrashes Shvedova
Maria Sharapova made a powerful start to the new tennis season on Tuesday, crushing Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0, 6-1 at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.
Federation Cup: Kinshuk guides Bagan to inconsequential win
Kinshuk Debnath scored the lone goal to guide Mohun Bagan to a 1-0 win over Shillong Lajong to end their campaign on a happy note in an inconsequential Group B league match of the 36th Hero Federation Cup football tournament at Tilak Stadium in Vasco on Tuesday.
Chennai Open: Wawrinka advances in doubles; Indians fall by wayside
Ramkumar Ramanathan paid the price of not containing his unforced errors as he made a first round exit from the ATP Chennai Open while his compatriot and qualifier Vijay Sundar Prashanth also bowed out after a crushing defeat, on Tuesday.
Serie A: Roma win amid ball-over-the-line row; Cagliari thrashed
AS Roma boosted their Serie A title challenge with a 1-0 win at Udinese on Tuesday amid controversy over whether Davide Astori's header had crossed the line for the game's only goal.
Sania-Hsieh make winning start at Brisbane International
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza began the 2015 season and her partnership with Su-Wei Hsieh with a hard fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic, in Brisbane on Tuesday.
'Great pity that athletes lobby to receive awards'
Taking a jibe at pugilist Vijender Singh and badminton ace Saina Nehwal after the duo advertised their names for the Padma Bhushan, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said it's a great pity that the Indian athletes feel they have to lobby and threaten to receive awards.
Bouchard thrashes sluggish Serena in Hopman Cup
Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard swatted aside an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-2, 6-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Tuesday.
Auckland Classic: Wozniacki, Venus make comfortable starts
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and former World No 1 Venus Williams ensured Auckland Classic organisers' dream final remained on track with the duo both recording comfortable victories in their first round matches on Tuesday.
I am not demanding Padma Bhushan, just trying my luck: Vijender
Boxer Vijender Singh threw his hat in the ring for the Padma Bhushan but insisted he won't be 'hurt' in case of a rejection
Juventus coach confirms Sneijder interest
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that the Serie A leaders are interesting in signing Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray.
Jodran's Prince Ali to stand for FIFA presidency
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said on Tuesday he would stand for the presidency of world soccer's governing body FIFA later this year.
Two young American ski racers die in Austrian avalanche
Two young ski racers training with the US development-level ski team were killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps on Monday.
FA Cup: Gerrard double gets Liverpool out of trouble
Captain Steven Gerrard scored twice to rescue Liverpool from FA Cup embarrassment and lead them into the fourth round after a tricky 2-1 win at fourth tier AFC Wimbledon on Monday.
January 05, 2015
Chennai Open: Prashanth qualifies; Granollers retires
Vijay Sundar Prasanth made it to the main draw joining compatriots Somdev Devvarman and Ramkumar Ramanthan.
Barcelona sack Zubizarreta as director of football
Barcelona have sacked Andoni Zubizarreta as their director of football, the Spanish club said on Monday.
Fed Cup: Dempo knock out Mumbai FC, qualify for semis
Dempo SC continued their unbeaten run and knocked Mumbai FC out of the tournament with a convincing 2-0 win and became the second team after Bengaluru FC to qualify for the semifinals of the Federation Cup.
Padma Bhushan row: Now, Saina Nehwal gets special consideration
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that his Ministry on Monday recommended Saina's name for Padma Bhushan.
'Van Gaal has no right to complain about fixtures'
Former Netherlands great Johan Cruyff has told Louis van Gaal he has no right to complain about the hectic holiday season programme.
No appeal against Sarita Devi's ban: Boxing India to high court
Boxing India on Monday told the Delhi high court that it cannot appeal against the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.
Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International
The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks.
Murray sizzles in scorching Perth
Andy Murray continued his strong build-up in his quest for a maiden Australian Open title with a comfortable victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Hopman Cup mixed-team event in Perth on Monday.
Tennis stars revolve around the world before going Down Under
Plotting a path to the Australian Open has never been trickier or more uncertain. Even the best players are baffled about the best way to prepare for their annual trek Down Under.
Check out who won the 'battle of the undies'
Former tennis World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki was dropped from an underwear deal after the male counterpart for the brand, Cristiano Ronaldo, became too successful.
Meet the women's athlete of the year...
Polish hammer thrower, Anita Wlodarczyk, who set a world record, has been voted women's athlete of the year by an American publication.
Chelsea's reserve 'keeper Schwarzer joins strugglers Leicester
Schwarzer, 42, played 12 times for Chelsea last season as backup to Petr Cech, but has only been an unused substitute four times this season.
Sushil Kumar congratulates Saina for Padma recommendation
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar said he welcomed the Sports Ministry's decision to recommend Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal's name for the Padma Bhushan.
Saina upset with media over Padma Bhushan controversy
'I didn't really like the way media put it that I have demanded the award. Who am I to demand for the award? I am nobody. I just wanted to know why my name was not considered'
Saina recommended for Padma Bhushan by Sports Ministry
The Sports Ministry on Monday decided to recommend ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan award but insisted that it did not receive her nomination from the Badminton Association of India (BAI) within the stipulated deadline.
Hopman Cup: Serena Williams wins opener after coffee and bagel
World number one Serena Williams credited an on-court coffee for her recovery after she stormed back from a first set bagel to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta in her opening match of the year at the Hopman Cup on Monday.
Valencia end Real Madrid's record run with 2-1 win at Mestalla
Real Madrid's Spanish record 22-match winning streak ended in a 2-1 La Liga defeat at Valencia on Sunday with Nicolas Otamendi heading in the second-half winner.
David Moyes praises Real Sociedad defence after Barcelona win
Real Sociedad coach David Moyes praised his side's determined defending after their 1-0 victory over Barcelona.
Torres wants to taste success with Atletico Madrid
Winning trophies with his boyhood club and rediscovering his scoring touch is what Fernando Torres really craves after returning home to Atletico Madrid.
January 04, 2015
Schumacher 'cries on hearing voices of his wife and children'
It has been reportedly revealed that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher cries when he hears his loved ones voices a year after a horrific skiing accident left him in a coma.
Fed Cup: Salgaocar put Bagan out of semifinal race; Sporting win
Douhou Pierre scored in each half as Salgaocar registered a resounding 4-1 came-from-behind win over Mohun Bagan in the 36th Hero Federation Cup.
FA Cup: Sheffield United cause major upset at QPR
Sheffield United pulled off the first major shock of FA Cup third round weekend when the third-tier English side triumphed 3-0 at Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Yuki crashes out of Chennai Open qualifiers
Yuki Bhambri's hopes of playing in the main round of the Aircel Chennai Open were dashed as he lost to local lad N Prasanth in the second round of the qualifiers.
Received Saina's application yesterday: Sports Minister Sonowal
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal clarified that his ministry received the letter of nomination of badminton star Saina Nehwal for the Padma Bhushan on Saturday.
Podolski says goodbye to Arsenal; meets Inter boss
Lukas Podolski's transfer to Inter Milan moved closer on Saturday when the Germany forward met coach Roberto Mancini.
Hopman Cup: Perth too hot for Eugenie Bouchard
Serena Williams backed the searing Perth conditions as perfect preparation for her Australian Open title bid but the weather proved too hot for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.
Atletico use their heads to turn up heat on Real
Antoine Griezmann headed two goals for Atletico Madrid in a 3-1 victory over Levante that kept them on the heels of La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday.
Gerrard close to deal with LA Galaxy: ESPN
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is close to signing an 18-month contract with Major League Soccer's (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy, ESPN reported on Saturday.
January 03, 2015
Will use the ban period to rectify my technique: Sarita Devi
Banned from competition for a year, Asian Games bronze medallist L Sarita Devi said she would utilise the period by taking corrective measures in her technique so that she can be ready for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Angry Saina slams Sports Ministry over Padma Bhushan snub
An angry Saina Nehwal slammed the Sports Ministry after the Olympic bronze medallist's name was not included for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award -- India's third highest civilian award.
January 02, 2015
Jiji Thomson quits as SAI DG, slams government for injustice
Sports Authority of India boss Jiji Thomson has quit with immediate effect citing injustice by the Government over his promotion and the IAS officer says his departure comes at an inopportune time with the Rio Olympics scheduled in mid 2016.
Liverpool captain Gerrard to move overseas at end of season
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave the club he has played for throughout his career and move to a foreign team at the end of the season, the English Premier League club said on Friday.
F1: Alonso a top target for Mercedes if Hamilton leaves
Fernando Alonso would be top of the list for Mercedes if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton fails to agree a new deal with the team beyond this year.
Social media explodes as Liverpool's Gerrard confirms he is leaving
15 couldn't have started any worse for a Liverpoool fan as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave the club.
Asian Cup Preview: Qatar, waiting to make headlines on the field
Asian Cup in Australia offers Qatar a rare chance to generate some positive headlines.
PHOTOS: How sports stars ring in New Year...
Sports stars around the world joined in the celebrations of the New Year and took to social media to wish their fans and followers a Happy New Year.
Fan arrested for going into Wenger's dugout, latter plays it down
Arsene Wenger played down an incident that led to the arrest of a Southampton fan after his Arsenal side went down 2-0 on the south coast on Thursday.
Defence remains a hindrance to Manchester United progress
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans even after defeats but, if he does not act to strengthen his defense, he might soon find their patience running out.
Steven Gerrard to quit Liverpool at end of season - reports
Former England skipper Steven Gerrard is set to announce that he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, according to media reports.
Mourinho blames referee for Chelsea's White Hart Lane pain
Jose Mourinho added another entry to his extensive personal diary of conspiracies on Thursday when, after Chelsea were ripped apart 5-3 by Tottenham Hotspur, he blamed the defeat on a penalty that was not given.
Able Kane the inspiration as Tottenham Hotspur rip Chelsea apart
Tottenham Hotspur spent the cash earned from Gareth Bale's sale on a plethora of internationals but the key to the remarkable 5-3 win over Chelsea on Thursday, and their best player this season, had been there all along.
January 01, 2015
EPL: Super-sub Lampard gives Man City 3-2 win over Sunderland
For the second time in a week Manchester City threw away a 2-0 lead against a Premier League struggler but this time they hit back as Frank Lampard came off the bench to secure a 3-2 win over Sunderland on Thursday.
Indian weightlifters clinch gold at junior events
Mohin Chavan and Manalisha Sonowal grabbed a gold medal each in the 17th Asian Youth (Boys & Girls) and 22nd Junior Women Weightlifting Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday.
Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan held by Pune FC in group stage
Mohun Bagan's chances of making it to the semi-finals hit a roadblock when they were held to a 1-1 draw by gritty Pune FC in their second group league encounter of the Federation Cup football tournament, in Vasco, Goa on Tuesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester United split points with Stoke City
Manchester United's hopes of launching a New Year title challenge suffered a setback at the first opportunity on Thursday when they could only draw 1-1 at mid-table Stoke City in an all-action Premier League clash.
Lampard's decision to stay at City angers New York fans
Former England midfielder Frank Lampard's decision to stay with Manchester City until the end of the season has "outraged" fans of Major League Soccer team New York City FC.
F1 driver Button marries longtime girlfriend in Hawaii
McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button entered the New Year as a married man after tying the knot with long-term girlfriend Jessica Michibata in Hawaii.
Here is West Ham boss Allardyce's take on diving
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes it is acceptable for players to "make a meal out of" contact if it helps them win penalties and free kicks.
Wrist injury rules Del Potro out of Brisbane event
Argentine Juan del Potro has withdrawn from next week's Brisbane International due to a persistent left wrist injury, tournament officials announced on Thursday.
Colombia's Gutierrez voted South American player of year
Colombia striker Teofilo Gutierrez has been voted South America's footballer of the year and their Argentine coach Jose Pekerman the best coach for the third time in a row.
Tevez does not intend to extend Juventus contract
The Italian champions reportedly want to offer Tevez, whose contract runs until June 2016, a deal to stay in Turin to 2018.
Lampard to stay with Man City till end of season
Lampard initially joined City on loan for six months from the New York City Red Bulls after leaving Chelsea at the end of last season.
Liverpool's Sturridge set to return in January
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge is set for a January return, according to manager Brendan Rodgers, who hinted he was unlikely to dip into the transfer market to solve the club's current striker issues.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 3)
Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning goal to help Real Madrid become European champions, while Marin Cilic made an impressive comeback after a ban to claim the US Open crown in September.
A watershed year for Indian sports despite its lows
Some stellar performances by seasoned veterans and promising youngsters continued to raise the bar in Olympic sports but there was heartbreak in equal measure when corruption scandals blighted India's favourite obsession, cricket, in a see-saw year for the country's sportspersons.
December 31, 2014
Barcelona to appeal transfer ban
Barcelona said it could make a new appeal against the "disproportionate" one year transfer ban ordered by FIFA to a Swiss court, AFP reported.
Lead is not enough, Drogba warns, before Chelsea's New Year's day tie
Chelsea will begin 2015 protecting a three-point lead in the Premier League title race but will heed the words of their grand old striker Didier Drogba who warns that it is simply not enough.
EPL: United's Herrera, Januzaj return to training
Manchester United midfielders Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj have returned to training ahead of the Premier League trip to Stoke City, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
Sushil, Yogeshwar make it a good year for Indian wrestling
A long sabbatical and a rejig in weight categories notwithstanding, Olympic heroes Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt reaffirmed their dominance on the world stage and ended a 28-year gold drought at the Asian Games in a successful 2014.
EPL: Ban players who dive, suggests Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on the Football Association (FA) to ban players who dive in order to rid the game of play acting to win free kicks or penalties.
Injured Cilic pulls out of Brisbane event
Despite the world number nine's withdrawal, a strong field is expected for the event, including Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin del Potro, who have all confirmed their participation.
Formula One: Marussia driver Bianchi still unconscious, rehab therapy begins
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains unconscious but has begun a programme of rehabilitation therapy, his family said in a statement on Tuesday.
'Bale not for sale; he is key part of Real Madrid's future'
Real Madrid have made it clear to Manchester United and other possible suitors for his signature that Gareth Bale is not for sale at any price.
Golfers Lahiri, Rashid make giant strides in 2014
Success eluded them on the European and the PGA Tour but Indian golfers enjoyed a decent run in Asia, with rising talents Rashid Khan and Anirban Lahiri sharing four titles between them even as some seasoned veterans struggled in a mixed year for the sport.
December 30, 2014
Barcelona transfer ban appeal rejected by CAS
Barcelona's appeal against a FIFA sanction for an alleged breach of rules on the transfer of foreign Under-18 players has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Spanish club said on Tuesday.
EPL: Everton's Howard ruled out for six weeks
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out of action for six weeks due to a calf injury, the Premier League club's manager Roberto Martinez said on Tuesday.
EPL Updates: Newcastle striker Cisse charged with violent conduct
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been charged with violent conduct, the FA said in a statement on Monday referring to an incident in the Premier League match against Everton.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool end 2014 on a high
Liverpool ended their topsy-turvy 2014 on a high after two goals from Adam Lallana, one excellent and one freakish, helped inspire their 4-1 trouncing of Swansea on Monday in the last Premier League game of the year.
Warrior spirit leads Japan's Nishikori to new heights
There comes a moment in all great sporting careers when the puzzle fits together and for Kei Nishikori it arrived on a sweltering early September afternoon in New York.
Boxer Amir Khan visits Pakistan school massacre site
The UK-based Pakistani boxer Amir Khan visited the army-run school in Peshawar where 150 people, mostly children, were massacred by the Taliban and expressed sympathies with the families of the victims.
December 29, 2014
Pune FC rally to beat Shillong Lajong
Pune FC rallied from a goal down to beat Shillong Lajong 3-1 and open their Hero Federation Cup football tournament campaign on a winning note at Tilak Stadium in Vasco.
Walmiki family to show stick skill at Hockey India League
The Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj and Devinder and their nephew Anup Amarpal will steal the limelight in the Hero Hockey India League.
Torres is back at Atletico Madrid
Spain forward Fernando Torres has agreed to return to Atletico Madrid on loan from AC Milan until the end of the 2015-16 season.
A roaring year for golfing great McIlroy
- 'I feel I came through this year stronger and wiser'
Find out why Jose Mourinho was seething
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was fuming after his team were denied what he described as a 'Big Ben' penalty.
Ronaldo's girlfriend Irina does sexy striptease
Russian beauty Irina Shayk recently gave a post Christmas treat by performing a steamy striptease.
'Michael Schumacher faces long fight to recovery'
Michael Schumacher faces a 'long fight' for recovery as the first anniversary of his skiing accident approaches, the former Formula One driver's manager said.
ISL provides hope to football, but national team slips in 2014
The 'sleeping giant' woke up to a new dawn with the Indian Super League putting Indian football on the global map, but the national team continued to paint a grim picture, plummeting to its worst-ever rankings in an eventful year for the sport.
December 28, 2014
Chhetri double strike sinks Salgaocar in Federation Cup
Bengaluru FC rode on Sunil Chhetri double strike as they beat Salgaocar FC 3-2 in their Group B league match as the 36th Federation Cup football tournament kicked off in Vasco.
Ferrari, McLaren take a hit from Marussia collapse
Ferrari and McLaren stand to lose millions as a result of the collapse of the Marussia Formula One team, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
December 27, 2014
Atletico Madrid close to sealing Torres deal
Atletico Madrid are close to tying up a deal for Spain forward Fernando Torres to return to his boyhood club on loan from Chelsea.
Chhetri, Bala Devi named AIFF Player of Year
National football team captain Sunil Chhetri and Women's national team striker Bala Devi, were named the 'AIFF 2014 Player of the Year' and '2014 AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year', respectively.
Constantine gets second stint as India's football coach
Stephen Constantine will return as Indian football team's chief coach for the second time as his name has been cleared by the AIFF.
FIFA Ranking: Indian football team drops to lowest in history
Indian national football team slumped to its worst-ever FIFA rankings, 171, in the 209-nation chart.
'Unsatisfied' United looking up to pick up pace under Van Gaal
While Chelsea and Manchester City slug it out at the top of the Premier League, Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution gathers ever more momentum in the red half of Manchester.
FANTASTIC Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014!
Prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success.
Other side of Brazil's WC: Humiliation after 64 years of expectation
Football fans were treated to a month long diet of mainly breathless, intoxicating action in Brazil but their team collapsed in the final stages.
Chess: Abhijeet Gupta best Indian in Al Ain Classic
Riding on three back-to-back victories, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta emerged as the best performing Indian as he finished seventh in the Al Ain Classic International chess tournament that concluded in Al Ain (UAE) on Saturday.
McIlroy embarrassed by 'Sweet Caroline'
Rory McIlroy, the World's No 1 golfer, experienced an awkward moment when he went to watch Ulster take on Connacht in a rugby match on Friday.
Arsenal forced to sweat after late Olivier twist
Olivier Giroud's rush of blood almost ruined Arsene Wenger's Christmas on Friday as the France forward's red card left Arsenal sweating towards the end of their 2-1 defeat of Queens Park Rangers.
Angel Di Maria may miss Manchester United's trip to Tottenham
Manchester United will await tests on winger Angel Di Maria to see if he has a chance of facing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after the Argentine suffered a pelvic injury in training.
Mourinho appeases 'crying' Chelsea players
Jose Mourinho was purring like a cat that had devoured the leftovers from Christmas dinner but it did not stop him showing his professional claws after his Chelsea side eased past West Ham United 2-0 on Friday.
December 26, 2014
Toure on target for fourth straight African honour
Manchester City's Yaya Toure will be favourite to collect a record fourth successive African Footballer of the Year crown.
'Manchester United must maintain momentum'
Goalkeeper David de Gea believes the busy holiday fixture list offers the perfect opportunity for Manchester United to put some pressure on the Premier League's top two clubs.
PHOTOS: Boxer Amir Khan in Pak to help Peshawar victims
British two-time world champion Amir Khan arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday to fulfill his promise of helping the victims who were attacked by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorists in a school in Peshawar.
Ronaldo overtakes Messi as world's No 1 footballer
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted as the No 1 footballer in the world overtaking Argentina skipper Lionel Messi for the top spot.
Five talking points for sport in 2014
From the FIFA World Cup finals to the spot-fixing scandals that rocked Indian cricket, we pick the key sporting events on the 2014 calendar.
NBA: Applause and defeat for LeBron in Miami return
The Miami Heat got the better of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 101-91 victory in the Christmas Day return of the two-time NBA champion to his former team.
Olympic medallists Trott announces engagement to team mate Kenny
British Olympic track cycling gold medallists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are to tie the knot.
December 25, 2014
Srikanth ends the season as World No. 4 in BWF ranking
Young Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year.
5 best sports performances of 2014
As the curtain comes down on 2014, here's a look at the five best performances over the last 12 months. And, guess what? Two Indian sportsmen figure in the list!
PHOTOS: Soldiers in Afghanistan play soccer in memory of WW1 truce
That moment in 1914 - when troops along Europe's Flanders front met after four months killing each other to sing carols, exchange gifts and play soccer in No Man's Land - is celebrated as a triumph of humanity over the savagery of war.
What you must not miss in the EPL this week
The omens are good for a Chelsea side heading into Christmas top of the Premier League tree but manager Jose Mourinho does not want to give title rivals Manchester City any reason to cheer over the festive season. Check out the big games on Boxing Day.
December 24, 2014
Sarita Devi's suspension: Delhi HC seeks Boxing India's response
The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought a response from Boxing India on a plea challenging International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to suspend boxer Sarita Devi for refusing to accept the bronze medal at the Asian Games in South Korea.
CWG champion Apurvi Chandela wins gold in Shooting Nationals
Apurvi Chandela won the gold in the women's 10 metres air rifle event on the concluding day of the 58th National Shooting Championships.
PHOTOS: CM Mamata felicitates Atletico de Kolkata team
The members of the victorious inaugural Indian Super League Football Championship Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) were felicitated by West Bengal government.
Looking to win more titles; coach kids, says Saina
India shuttler Saina Nehwal is now looking for an 'even better' outing in the coming year besides getting ready to try her hand in coaching.
Here what makes Swedish footballer Ibrahimovic unhappy
The PSG striker came second to tennis legend Borg on a list of Sweden's all-time sporting greats.
Spotted: Vishwanathan Anand in Daly College, Indore
Reader Manas Jati sent us this photograph.
No injury returns for Man United, says Van Gaal
None of Manchester United's injured players are likely to be fit for the next Premier League match against Newcastle United, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
Olympian footballer Buzanszky stable but to remain in hospital
The health of Jeno Buzanszky, the last living member of Hungary's Magical Magyars team, is improving but the 89-year-old will stay in hospital until next year, his son told FourFourTwo magazine on Tuesday.
Will take up Champions Trophy finger gesture with FIH: PHF
The Pakistan Hockey Federation has said it will take up the issue of behaviour of tournament director at the recent Champions Trophy in India with the International Hockey Federation.
Villa's Agbonlahor wins red card appeal in match against United
Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has won his appeal against the red card he received during the Premier League match against Manchester United, the FA said on Tuesday.
EPL: Southampton sign Dutch winger Elia on loan from Bremen
Southampton have agreed to sign Werder Bremen's Netherlands winger Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
F1: Red Bull retain Buemi as reserve driver
Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi will start his fifth year as Red Bull reserve driver next season, the Formula One team said on Tuesday.
Navas, Wambach win CONCACAF Players of Year awards
Costa Rica's World Cup goalkeeper Keylor Navas and United States women's team striker Abby Wambach were named CONCACAF's Players of the Year for 2014 on Tuesday.
December 23, 2014
Former QPR defender Carlisle fighting for life
Former Queens Park Rangers defender and former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle is fighting for his life in hospital following a serious road accident, the Mail Online reported on Monday.
Muhammad Ali's health 'vastly improved'
The condition of Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with a mild case of pneumonia and doctors hope to discharge the boxing legend soon, a spokesman said on Monday.
Badminton star to lose top ranking to China's Chen
Lee Chong Wei's indefinite suspension for a doping violation will cost the Malaysian his top ranking with Chinese world champion Chen Long set to take over on Thursday.
Fast and furious Lewis Hamilton hits ski slopes sans girlfriend
The Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, celebrated his big win by taking his friends and family on a snowboarding trip.
Dipika, Joshna, Ghosal raise a 'racket' for Indian squash
Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa both the glamorous Chennai girls are let their racquets speak.
Arsenal lead the way on social media
Arsenal have become the first Premier League club to reach five million followers on Twitter.
Food for thought at Formula One's most glamorous team
The winds of change have swept through Ferrari and even Christmas has a different feel now.
Englishman Willett secures Golf Masters berth via world ranking
Englishman Danny Willett will be a big winner in the final world rankings of the year, to be issued next week, by narrowly punching his ticket to the 2015 Masters.
Dimitrov and Halep win domestic sports awards
Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has been named Bulgaria's Athlete of the Year in a nationwide poll conducted by sports journalists while French Open runner-up Simona Halep won the award in neigbouring Romania.
Unwavering team spirit behind Germany's World Cup triumph
The 2014 World Cup was a captivating carnival of football with high drama and Germany displayed their credentials as worthy champions.
Italian Super Cup: Napoli beat Juventus in dramatic penalty shootout
Napoli ended Juventus's hopes of securing a record seventh Italian Super Cup after snatching a dramatic 6-5 shootout win.
PHOTOS: Fabregas stars as Chelsea waltz past Stoke to top table
Images from the English Premier League match played between Chelsea and Stoke City on Monday
December 22, 2014
West Bengal government to felicitate Atletico de Kolkata stars
West Bengal government will felicitate Atletico De Kolkata (ATK) team for winning the first edition of Indian Super League football, state chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.
EPL PHOTOS: Skrtel rescues point against Arsenal; Sunderland win
A stoppage time goal by a heavily-bandaged Martin Skrtel spared Liverpool another deflating defeat as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League.
Ronaldo unveils statue sculpted in his honour
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his hometown Funchal in Madeira on Sunday in order to attend the unveiling of a statue that has been sculpted in his honour.
Bhupathi, Myneni handed Chennai Open wild cards, to play doubles
India's top tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Sriram Balaji have been granted wild card entries into the doubles draw of Chennai Open, the organisers announced on Monday.
Serie A: Inter recover to earn 2-2 draw in Lazio thriller
Lazio squandered a two-goal lead against Inter Milan as they drew 2-2 at the San Siro on Sunday and wasted a golden chance to take sole possession of third spot in Serie A.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 2)
Rediff.com brings you the second instalment of the Best Sports Photos of the Year!
Independent panels lack consistency: Mourinho
Allowing independent panels to punish players retrospectively for diving and other infringements would be a "disaster", according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Marseille head into break as leaders after beating Lille
Olympique de Marseille will lead Ligue 1 into the two-week break thanks to Michy Batshuayi's half-volleyed winner in a 2-1 home victory over Lille on Sunday.
Liverpool's Rodgers harbours 'high' hopes
The Reds' manager believes his team has the ability to finish in the top four and qualify for Champions League next season.
Big wins for City and Barca as they up the ante before Christmas
Here is the round-up of all the football action across Europe on the weekend
Bundesliga: Hanover fight back to hold Freiburg to 2-2 draw
Spanish forward Joselu struck deep into stoppage time as Hanover 96 rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 at bottom club Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
EPL: Newcastle manager Pardew has unwanted record against his name
Alan Pardew suffered the ignominy of becoming the first Newcastle United manager to lose four successive Tyne-Wear derbies against Sunderland after Adam Johnson's late goal subjected his team to more misery against their arch-rivals.
German bank set to sue Ecclestone for 345m euros over F1 sale
A German bank is on course to take legal proceedings against Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone and his family trust fund for 345 million euros on account of the sale of its stake in Formula One.
December 21, 2014
La Liga: Vietto shines as Villarreal beat Deportivo
In-form Luciano Vietto hit two second half goals as Villarreal, down to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Deportivo La Coruna to go fifth in La Liga.
EPL: Johnson strikes late to earn Sunderland derby win
Adam Johnson's late winner earned Sunderland a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
My appetite for chess has recovered, declares Viswanathan Anand
Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm.
Vasai Virar Mayor's Marathon: Pal, Lakshmanan, Kavita set new course marks
Army runners Neeraj Pal and G Lakshmanan, along with Kavita Raut of ONGC, broke course records while winning men's full marathon, half marathon and women's half marathon, respectively in the 4th Vasai Virar Mayor's Marathon in Mumbai.
Asian Luge Championships: Keshavan wins silver
India's Shiva Keshavan won a silver at the 17th Asian Luge Championships in Nagano, Japan.
Dubai Open: Atwal wins to end four-year title drought
Arjun Atwal ended a four-year title drought as he won the inaugural $ 500,000 Dubai Open at the Els Golf Club on Sunday.
England had best bid for 2018 World Cup: FIFA official
England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official said.
Constantine, Herbert high on AIFF's list for coach's job
Englishman Stephen Constantine and New Zealander Ricki Herbert, have been short-listed to take over from Dutchman Wim Koevermans as the new coach of the national football team.
Heroes welcome for ISL champions Atletico de Kolkata
Christmas came early to the 'City of Joy' as the inaugural Indian Super League champions Atletico de Kolkata returned home to a hero's welcome.
'Will cherish my 20 minutes in ISL final for life'
Atletico de Kolkata's super sub Mohammed Rafique, who scored the winning goal in the inaugural Indian Super League said he will cherish his 20 minutes on the field for the rest of his life.
Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup
Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale after being forced into a scrap by the feisty South Americans.
Boxing great Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday.
CM Mamata congratulates Atletico de Kolkata on ISL victory
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Atletico de Kolkata for winning the maiden Indian Super League.
December 20, 2014
Bundesliga: Disastrous Dortmund end year with loss at Bremen
Borussia Dortmund completed their spectacular implosion this season, losing 2-1 at struggling Werder Bremen.
La Liga: Messi nets brace, Suarez finally scores in Barca rout
Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez struck his first La Liga goal as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday.
World Cup Kabaddi: Indian men, women defend titles
The Indian men continued their winning streak by clinching the fifth Kabaddi World Cup title, while women bagged the crown for the fourth consecutive time.
Dubai Open: Indian golfers Kapur, Atwal share lead
Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal staged a fine comeback on the back nine to take a share of the lead into the final round of the inaugural Dubai Open.
Atletico de Kolkata win inaugural ISL; super sub Rafique shines
The Indian Super League trophy will go to the traditional home of Indian football as Atletico de Kolkata edged past Kerala Blasters 1-0 in the final.
EPL PHOTOS: Silva gives Manchester City win, United held
David Silva came to the rescue of Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
FIFA to publish Garcia report in 'appropriate form'
FIFA's executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an 'appropriate' version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments.
Bundesliga: Robben to the rescue as Bayern snatch win
Arjen Robben scored a 90th minute winner in their 2-1 victory at Mainz 05 on Friday to send Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich into the winter break with a commanding 14-point lead.
Super Series: Saina, Srikanth sink in semis
The dream run of top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth came to an end in World Super Series Finals badminton tournament.
US swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving
American swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and received 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence.
December 19, 2014
Van Gaal still chasing perfection at in-form United
Ever the perfectionist, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is still chasing the complete performance despite a run of six straight victories that have propelled his side to third in the Premier League table.
Saina, Srikanth enter semis at World Super Series Finals
Badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group to march into the women's singles semi-finals while Kidambi Srikanth reached the last four stage despite losing his last men's singles round robin match at the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai on Friday.
Abidal announces retirement 'for personal reasons'
Former France defender Eric Abidal, who returned to playing after undergoing a liver transplant in April 2012, announced on Friday he was ending his career for 'personal reasons'.
'75,000 kids for National Sports Talent Search Scheme'
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that his ministry will identify 75,000 boys and girls for the planned National Sports Talent Search Scheme.
OMG! Ronaldo reveals girlfriend steals his boxers!
Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo revealed his girlfriend Irina Shayk has an obsession with his boxers.
CAS clears sprinter Dutee Chand for National Games
Indian athlete Dutee Chand has been cleared to participate in next year's National Games.
Tennis: Dominace of 'big four' nearing end?
Tony Nadal, uncle and coach of World No 3 Rafael Nadal, believes that dominance of big four has diminished in the wake of fierce competition from the newcomers.
Champions Trophy finger gesture: Pak hockey coach alleges 'victimisation'
Pakistan hockey chief coach Shahnaz Shaikh has claimed that there was a conspiracy plotted against his team following the suspension of Mohammad Tousiq and Amjad Ali meted out in the recently held Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar.
King's Cup: Atletico win to set up last 16 clash with Real
Atletico Madrid will face holders Real Madrid in the last 16 of the King's Cup after a double from Mario Mandzukic sealed a 5-2 aggregate victory over lower league Hospitalet on Thursday.
Serie A: Juventus beat Cagliari, go four points clear
Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 away on Thursday to end a three-match winless streak and move four points clear at the top of Serie A.
'Racist' Balotelli fined 25,000 pounds, gets one-match ban
'I am sorry my teammates and supporters of Liverpool FC have to be penalised for something I did and now come to regret'
Sensational 2014 for Sania; Paes, Bopanna, Somdev fall short
When is comes to Indian tennis, it has to be the year of Sania Mirza!
British boxer Khan donates 30,000 pounds shorts to Peshawar school
Boxer Amir Khan will donate a pair of 30,000 pounds ($47,007) shorts to the Peshawar school in Pakistan where 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen earlier this week.
December 18, 2014
World Super Series Finals: Saina, Srikanth boost semi-final hopes
India's top badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth took a big step on way to reaching the semi-finals at the World Super Series Finals by securing second consecutive wins in their respective group in Dubai.
Djokovic, Serena named ITF 2014 World champions
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic took the men's prize for the fourth time, having won seven titles this season and the year-end top ranking for the third time in four years, while Serena Williams won the award for the fifth time in a career that has brought her 18 Grand Slam singles titles -- the most recent at this year's US Open.
Rodgers reckons Liverpool getting back to their best
'We're starting to see signs of getting back to where we were'
Germany's Reus fined $670,000 for driving without license
Borussia Dortmund and Germany winger Marco Reus has been fined more than half a million euros for repeatedly driving without a licence.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Manchester City can pile the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea for the first time this season.
De Jong hat-trick helps PSV win seven-goal thriller against Feyenoord
Luuk de Jong scored a hat-trick and Memphis Depay netted the winner in the third minute of stoppage time as PSV Eindhoven beat Feyenoord 4-3 in a thrilling clash that put them four points clear on Wednesday.
Boxer Sarita Devi thanks Tendulkar for supporting her
Boxer L Sarita Devi thanked Sachin Tendulkar, Boxing India and Sports Authority of India for supporting her.
Tyson Gay's former coach Drummond gets eight-year suspension
American sprinter Tyson Gay's former coach has been suspended for eight years for doping violations, the US Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday.
Cutting 200m from Olympics just stupid idea: Bolt
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Wednesday reports suggesting the 200 metres is among five athletics events at risk of being cut from the Olympic programme is 'ridiculous' and must not happen.
Bundesliga: Dortmund in relegation trouble after Naldo's equaliser
An 85th-minute equaliser by Naldo gave VfL Wolfsburg a 2-2 draw at Borussia Dortmund, maintaining their hold on second place and leaving the hosts in the Bundesliga relegation zone.
FIFA ethics investigator Garcia resigns in protest
- 'No independent governance committee, investigator or arbitration panel can change the culture of an organization'
Ali's 'What's My Name?' opponent Terrell dies at 75
Former heavyweight boxing champion Ernie Terrell, best known for his punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in the famed "What's My Name?" fight in 1967, has died at the age of 75, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Wednesday.
Di Maria named Argentina's player of the year
Manchester United's Angel Di Maria has been voted Argentina's foreign-based player of the year by the country's sports journalists.
ISL: Kolkata prevail over FC Goa in tie-breaker, advance to final
Atletico de Kolkata got their act right in the nick of time to humble crowd favourites FC Goa 4-2 in tie-breaker and advance to the final of the inaugural Indian Super League. Kolkata will lock horns with Kerala Blasters FC in the summit showdown at the D Y Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
December 17, 2014
BWF World Super Series: Saina stuns Shixian, Srikanth also wins
Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal dished out a dominating performance to post a straight-game win over two-time All England Champion Shixian Wang of China and start her campaign on a positive note at the season-ending BWF World Super Series badminton final in Dubai.
Wrote letter to AIBA to save Sarita's career: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar said the whole idea behind his writing a letter to world boxing body AIBA was to save woman boxer L Sarita Devi's career from ending abruptly after the Asian Games controversy in Incheon.
Baffled why IOA won't recognise us, says Boxing India chief
Frustrated by Indian Olympic Association's refusal to grant them recognition, Boxing India President Sandeep Jajodia said he was 'baffled' by IOA's logic.
Liverpool's Johnson out for a month with groin injury
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson will be out for around a month with a groin injury, British media reported on Wednesday.
Mickey Rourke's boxing opponent admits to tossing the bout for money
Mickey Rourke's boxing opponent Elliot Seymour has admitted that the whole match was indeed fixed.
Government writes to AIBA, seeks reversal on Sarita's ban
The government has written to AIBA to revoke the suspension of boxer Sarita Devi, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
Mixed martial artists open a can of worms; sue league
Mixed martial artists sued the Ultimate Fighting Championship league, alleging the business has a monopoly on the professional fighting market and limits the potential earnings of its athletes.
FIFA rejects Garcia's appeal against handling of WC corruption report
Former US prosecutor Michael Garcia's appeal against the handling of his alleged corruption around the Russian and Qatar bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been rejected by FIFA.
'What the hell is happening in this world?'
Pakistan tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi condemned the attack and revealed that three of his cousin's children were inside the school when the attack took place.
AIBA slaps one-year ban on Sarita Devi for medal fiasco at Asian Games
Boxer L Sarita Devi received a one-year ban from the International Boxing Association (AIBA ) for refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games in October.
Martina marries her perfect match!
Tennis ace Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in New York.
Ferrari axe veteran car designers in structural shake-up
Ferrari have parted company with chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and engineering director Pat Fry, two of the men responsible for designing this year's car as the team endured their first season without a win since 1993.
Formula One: Stolen Red Bull trophies found in lake
Silverware stolen from the Red Bull Formula One factory in Milton Keynes has been found in a lake, police said on Tuesday.
League Cup: Chelsea march on; Southampton lose to Sheffield United
Southampton suffered an embarrassing 1-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat at third tier Sheffield United on Tuesday while Chelsea powered through with a 3-1 win at Derby County.
King's Cup: Pedro scores hat-trick as Barca crush Huesca
Pedro hit a first-half hat-trick as Barcelona cruised into the last 16 of the King's Cup with a 8-1 second leg demolition of lower league Huesca at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
US will bid for 2024 Olympic Games, city undecided
The United States will bid for the 2024 Olympics, seeking to host the Summer Games for the first time since 1996.
December 16, 2014
ISL: Kerala edge Chennaiyin 4-3 on aggregate, book final berth
Kerala Blasters struck the match-winner deep into the extra time in a thrilling second leg semi-final to book a berth for the summit clash of the inaugural Hero Indian Super League football tournament on 4-3 aggregate over Chennaiyin FC on Tuesday.
'Manchester United can win the Premier League title this year'
Manchester United can challenge for the league title after recovering from their worst start to a Premier League season and rediscovering the art of winning ugly, according to their captain Wayne Rooney.
Liverpool, Arsenal target Barca defender Montoya as he eyes EPL move
Barcelona defender Martin Montoya is eyeing a move to the Premier League having decided to leave the Catalan club in the January transfer window, his agent said.
Rory McIlroy named European Tour's Golfer of Year
Rory McIlroy has been named the European Tour's Golfer of the Year for the second time in three seasons, capping an outstanding 2014 for the world number one.
For a player, winning is the ultimate aim to show progress: Saina
She clinched three individual titles and a couple of bronze medals at prestigious team events this season but far from satiated, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels she could have garnered more trophies had it not been for some missed opportunities.
Rio Olympics to have eight track and field morning finals
Eight track and field finals, including the women's 10,000 metres and men's triple jump, will be held during morning sessions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the International Association of Athletics Federation said on Monday.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry hangs his boots
Former World Cup winner and Arsenal's record goal-scorer Thierry Henry announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, bringing an end to his a glittering 20-year career.
BEST Sports Photos of the Year! (Part 1)
As another eventful year draws to a close, Rediff.com gives you a pictorial look back at the best and worst moments that shaped the sports stories this year.
EPL: Barkley helps Everton to win over struggling QPR
Ross Barkley scored a sublime goal as Everton beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Goodison Park on Monday to subject the travel-weary Londoners to their eighth away defeat in as many Premier League matches this season.
Sampdoria boss banned over "that Filipino" remark
Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has been banned for three months and fined 10,000 euros ($12,400) for referring to Inter Milan's Indonesian owner Erick Thohir as "that Filipino" and saying he should leave the club.
League Cup quarters: Mourinho not taking Derby County lightly
Jose Mourinho will select a strong Chelsea side out of respect to high-flying Championship team Derby County when they meet in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
Serie A: Mancini Inter triumph at rain-drenched Chievo
Inter Milan gave Roberto Mancini his first Serie A victory since returning as coach a month ago when they won 2-0 in soggy conditions at Chievo on Monday.
Manchester United's Herrera among others in La Liga match-fixing case
Japan coach Javier Aguirre, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and 38 others have been named in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a La Liga match in the 2010-11 season.
December 15, 2014
Anand beats Adams to win maiden London Classic title
Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams in the fifth and final round on Monday.
Leicester City sack director of football
Leicester City sacked director of football Terry Robinson on Sunday as the Premier League's bottom side look to avoid another transfer window of disappointment.
Van Gaal's Manchester United - A Clockwork 'Oranje'
The 20-time English Premier League champions are far from their best, but, in the final analysis, it is the results that matter, and at the moment they are on a winning spree, says Bikash Mohapatra
EPL: Rodgers left searching for answers after United thrashing
- 'The match epitomised our season really'
Brazil Olympic mascots named after 'Girl from Ipanema' composers
The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be named 'Tom' and 'Vinicius' after the singer-songwriters who wrote 'The Girl from Ipanema', organisers said on Sunday.
EPL: Kane the local hero is on target again for Spurs
"Harry Kane, he's one of our own," Tottenham Hotspur supporters sing in praise of the 21 year-old striker from Chingford, the London suburb where David Beckham learnt his football.
Ligue 1: PSG record first loss this season
An early goal by Guingamp's Jeremy Pied was enough to hand champions Paris St Germain their first loss of the French Ligue 1 season, leaving Olympique de Marseille still on top despite their own defeat by Monaco on Sunday.
F1 racer Hamilton is BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo took the overseas personality of the year prize.
Bundesliga: Chasing teams lose touch with Bayern after draws
The Bundesliga was in danger of turning into another one-horse race on Sunday after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg were held 1-1 at home by promoted Paderborn, leaving titleholders Bayern Munich nine points clear at the top.
Bryant surpasses Jordan to become third-highest scorer in NBA
Bryant entered the game needing nine points to top the retired Jordan's mark of 32,292 points and move into third on the all-time list.
Atletico squander home advantage to draw goalless with FC Goa
Atletico de Kolkata spurned the golden opportunity of making best use of home advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by FC Goa in the first-leg semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League in Kolkata.
December 14, 2014
Germany crush Pakistan to lift Champions Trophy title
Olympic champions Germany clinched the Hero Champions Trophy title with a convincing 2-0 win over Pakistan in the summit clash, snapping their five-year old jinx in the elite eight-nation event at the packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
London Chess Classic: Anand draws again, to meet Adams next
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand settled for his fourth draw in the London Chess Classic and almost went out of title race at the Olympia in London on Sunday.
Champions Trophy hockey: India lose to Australia, miss the bronze
India wasted a golden opportunity to break their 32-year-old medal jinx in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament after going down to Australia 1-2 in a hard-fought bronze medal play-off match of the eight-nation meet in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
Indian Aces crowned champions of inaugural IPTL
Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils as inaugural champions Micromax Indian Aces signed off their IPTL campaign with a 15-29 defeat against Musafir.com UAE Royals in Dubai on Saturday.
FIH ban two Pakistani hockey players from Champions trophy final
The Pakistan hockey team's behavior, which was heavily criticized for their uncouth gestures after their historic win against India in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy, the International Hockey Federation has banned two Pakistan players from the final against Germany.
No FIH event in India till Pak players are punished: HI
Taking strong exception to FIH's "weak" censure to Pakistani players for their obscene behaviour after beating India in the Champions Trophy semi-final, Hockey India decided that it would not host any event sanctioned by the world body until strong punishment is handed out to the offenders.
Ruthless Chelsea and Man City march on
Chelsea and Manchester City tightened their stranglehold on the Premier League title race on Saturday, recording victories over struggling clubs to stretch further clear of their increasingly forlorn pursuers.
December 13, 2014
Kerala Blasters stun Chennaiyin in semi-finals first leg
Kerala Blasters pumped in two goals in the space of two minutes in the first session to thrash Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final of the Hero Indian Super League football tournament in Kochi.
ATP to increase prize money to $100 million in 2015
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has decided to increase the overall prize amount for the men's tennis tours, exceeding 100 million dollars for the first time in 2015.
EPL: Rodgers reckons he is the right man for Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is the right man for the job amid mounting pressure after a poor start to the season and a visit to in-form arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
Balotelli accepts FA charge over 'racist' Instagram post
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has reportedly accepted a Football Association (FA) charge following his Instagram post which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.
Bed-ridden Schumacher loses lucrative sponsorship deal
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has reportedly lost a lucrative endorsement deal with companies as they no longer see him as a viable role model for their products.
Pakistan beat India to enter Champions Trophy final
Pakistan avenged their Asian Games final loss when they beat India 4-3 in Bhavaneswar on Saturday to enter the Champions Trophy final.
IOA sitting on our application for recognition: Boxing India
A new body is in place to run boxing in India but the turmoil in the sport seems far from over with the Indian Olympic Association sitting on Boxing India's request for recognition even as its ad-hoc committee invited entries for next year's National Games despite having no validity.
Balotelli could return against Manchester United
Mario Balotelli could return for Liverpool at Manchester United this weekend having returned to training after missing a month with a thigh injury, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
December 12, 2014
IPTL: Sania-Bopanna shine as Indian Aces beat Manila Mavericks
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna continued their good form as Indian Aces dished out yet another dominating performance to beat Manila Mavericks 28-23 in the UAE leg of the International Premier Tennis League in Dubai, on Friday.
Anand draws with Caruana in London Classic
Five-time World champion Viswanthan Anand played out an easy draw as white against Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the second round of the London Chess Classic on Friday. After showing deep preparation against Kramnik in the opener, Anand, who turned 45 on Thursday, was unable to dent Caruana's chances as black out of a Queen's gambit declined and the Italian got an easy half point without having to exert himself at London's Olympia Conference Centre.
Money-talk: Intense Woods heading toward his second billion
His goal of 18 majors is in serious doubt, but five years after his precipitous fall from grace a rehabilitated Tiger Woods is entering the next phase of his career heading toward making another billion.
Wenger not keen on any new signings in January transfer window
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has risked angering frustrated fans by saying the under-performing London club do not need any January signings if everyone in the current squad stays fit.
Champions Trophy hockey SF: India's task cut out against resurgent Pak
A cracker of a contest is on the cards when a confident India takes on a resurgent Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Bhubaneswar, on Saturday.
Sports Ministry invites online suggestions from public
In a bid to connect with the youth, the Sports Ministry invited suggestions to make India a sports superpower on the MyGov website.
F1 chief Ecclestone rules out being reined in
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed talk of a new chairman trying to 'rein him in' and says he plans to continue running the company as if he owned it.
With matters settled, McLaren's Button feels he's starting afresh
The Briton, the most experienced driver on the starting grid and 35 years old next January, will partner Spaniard Fernando Alonso in a lineup of champions.
Pearson charged by FA after fan argument
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been charged by the Football Association after arguing with a fan during their Premier League defeat by Liverpool this month.
Europa League: Besiktas game halted twice as floodlights fail
Besiktas's Europa League game at home to Tottenham Hotspur was suspended twice on Thursday after the floodlights failed in each half before the Turkish side won 1-0.
Tottenham fined for Europa League pitch invasions
Tottenham Hotspur have been fined 15,000 euros ($18,600) by UEFA after their Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade last month was suspended for several minutes following three separate pitch invasions, the governing body said on Thursday.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Leaders Chelsea have seen their lead reduced to just three points after a shock defeat, and a revival from defending champions Manchester City. Manchester United are back in third after a run of five straight wins. If Chelsea slip agains, City continue to pile on the pressure and United keep the winning momentum it will make EPL battle further interesting.
December 11, 2014
IPTL: Indian Aces edge past Singapore Slammers in the UAE leg
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna got past Bruno Soares and Daniela Hantuchova in the mixed-doubled match as Indian Aces edged past Singapore Slammers in the UAE leg of the International Premier Tennis League on Thursday.
Champions Trophy hockey: India set up semi-final with Pakistan
The hosts will face arch-rivals Pakistan for a place in the final, the latter scoring 4-2 upset win over eight-time champions The Netherlands earlier in the day.
Anand draws with Kramnik in London Classic
Five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the first round of the London Chess Classic on Thursday.
Lightning struck Peruvian footballer 'out of danger'
A Peruvian footballer, who was struck by lightning while playing in a cup semi-final, is reportedly recovering in hospital and his teammate has said that their friend is out of danger.
McLaren name Alonso, Button as their F1 drivers for 2015
Spain's double World champion Fernando Alonso and Britain's Jenson Button will drive for McLaren next season, the Formula One team announced on Thursday.
Pakistan stun Holland to enter Champions Trophy hockey semis
An inspired Pakistan put their disappointing showing in the pool matches behind to stun World Cup and Olympics silver medallists the Netherlands 4-2 and reach the semi-finals of the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Bhubaneswar, on Thursday.
Champions League PHOTOS: City scrape through; Barca create new record
Images from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday.
December 10, 2014
ISL: NorthEast United play out 1-1 draw with Mumbai City FC
NorthEast United FC played out a 1-1 draw against Mumbay City FC in an inconsequential Hero Indian Super League match to end at the bottom position.
Sarita Devi finally receives her Asian Games bronze medal
Boxer Sarita Devi finally received her Asian Games bronze medal which she had refused at the victory ceremony in Incheon under controversial
ISL: Atletico de Kolkata draw with FC Goa, sneak into semi-finals
Fikru Teferra struck an equaliser off a dubious penalty decision to force a 1-1 draw for Atletico de Kolkata against a 10-man FC Goa and sneak into the semi-finals of the Hero Indian Super League on Wednesday.
South Africa prosecutors win bid to appeal Pistorius conviction
South African prosecutors on Wednesday won their bid to appeal the culpable homicide sentence handed down to Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend and will now seek a murder conviction.
5 cruel (but hilarious) jokes as Liverpool crash out
Basle FC lead online mocking of Liverpool.
Champions League Roundup: Juventus scrape through, Olympiakos exit
Juventus did the bare minimum as they scraped into the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday with a 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid, a result which also suited the Spaniards who topped the group.
Champions League: Ramsey's stunner seals Arsenal win
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored a contender for goal of the season when he blasted home a 30-metre volley to help his team cruise past Galatasaray 4-1 to finish second in Champions League Group D.
Referee was poor, says Rodgers after Liverpool's Champions League exit
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took an upbeat view on a dismal night as the five-times European champions were bundled out of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw with FC Basel at Anfield on Tuesday.
December 09, 2014
ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Pune City FC 1-0, book semi-final spot
Iain Hume's 23rd minute goal proved the decisive winner as Kerala Blasters beat Pune City FC to book a semi-final spot in the Hero Indian Super League.
Champions Trophy: India end 18-year jinx against Netherlands
An inspired India registered their first win over the Netherlands in 18 years when they stunned the World Cup and Olympic silver medallists 3-2 in a
ISL: Del Piero scores maiden goal as Delhi hold Chennaiyin 2-2
Italian legend Alessandro del Piero scored his first goal at the fag end of the tournament via a superb free-kick as Delhi Dynamos rallied from two goal down to hold leaders Chennaiyin FC 2-2 in a thrilling Indian Super League football match on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Prince William and Kate attend NBA game
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton took time during their trip to New York to attend an NBA game.
Champions Trophy hockey: Argentina stun Germany
World Cup bronze medallists Argentina stunned Olympic champions Germany 3-0 in their concluding Pool B match to end their league engagements in the Hero Champions Trophy hockey tournament, in Bhubaneswar, on a high note.
IOC: 'Great determination of the members for these reforms to make it happen'
Radical changes to how cities will bid to host Olympic Games, and rules allowing more sports to feature, were among 40 innovations ushered in on Monday as International Olympic Committee members took bold steps to revamp their movement.
Faster than Lightning Bolt looking for right girl to marry
Usain Bolt has revealed that he is now willing to settle down and have kids with a right girl.
Champions League: 'Juve's history won't allow them to fail'
- 'We will have to play with a lot of intelligence'
Rory McIlroy wins Golf Writers Trophy for second time
World No 1 Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for the second time in three years after an impressive season saw him claim two major championships and play an influential role in Europe's Ryder Cup victory.
Thank you New Delhi! Tremendous crowd! Forever grateful: Federer
Roger Federer's countless fans did not have enough of him on his rare Indian sojourn, and the Swiss superstar reciprocated their feelings saying that one day he will travel the 'beautiful country in a big way'.
New crop threatens 'Big Four' hegemony
With a crop of talented young players knocking on the door of the exclusive men's Grand Slam club, the 'Big Four' hegemony over the game's top tournaments may be coming to a close.
IPTL PHOTOS: Good times roll when Bollywood stars meet tennis greats
The stars descended on the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Monday when Bollywood and cricket met the modern tennis legends on the final day of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).
Nadal, a thorn in Djokovic's side as he eyes French Open next year
Novak Djokovic, who has never bagged a French Open title, admits that he has got one problem on the clay court and that is Rafael Nadal.
Champions League Preview: Pressure on City for Roma decider
AS Roma and Manchester City clash for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Tennis legend Navratilova to coach Radwanksa
Agnieszka Radwanska has added 18 time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova to her coach staff.
Pele recovers, to leave hospital on Tuesday
Brazilian soccer legend Pele has overcome a urinary tract infection and will be discharged from the hospital where he had kidney stones removed three weeks ago, his doctors said on Monday.
FA Cup: Arsenal to face Hull City in third round
FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against runners-up Hull City, a repeat of last year's enthralling final, in this season's third round after the draw was made on Monday.
FIFA will not act against Croatian club over Man City racism claim
FIFA will take no disciplinary action against Croatian side HNK Rijeka following Manchester City's allegation of racism during an under-21 friendly in July, world soccer's governing body said on Monday.
Steffi Graf, Ivanovic visit the Taj Mahal
Former tennis World No 1 Steffi Graf is in India and she wasted no time in making a quick stop over at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Sampras rules out immediate American tennis resurgence
The sorry state of American men's tennis will continue for some time with no real talent on the horizon, said Pete Sampras who dominated the game in the 1990s with fellow American Andre Agassi.
Falcao's wife rubbishes Van Gaal's claims about the Colombian's fitness
Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao is "100 per cent ready to give everything" according to wife Lorelei Taron who hit back at manager Louis van Gaal's suggestion that the Colombian is only fit enough to play 20 minutes.
EPL PHOTOS: United beat Southampton to go third
Images from the EPL match played between Manchester United and Southampton on Monday.
December 08, 2014
Bollywood stars Aamir, Deepika, Akshay add spice to IPTL
Bollywood made its presence felt in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on the final day with Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone and Askhay Kumar playing an exhibition match with greats of the game.
IPTL: Federer-Djokovic's clash culminates event's India affair
India's exciting date with the legends of tennis world ended after the likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic gave enough glittering glimpses of their brilliance on the concluding day of IPTL.
James Rodriguez injury could prompt Real transfer market foray
An injury to playmaker James Rodriguez could prompt Real Madrid to dip into the transfer market next month and they are interested in Cruzeiro midfielder Lucas Silva among others, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Baseball, softball get second life at Olympics
Baseball and softball, out of the Olympics since the 2008 Beijing Games, edged closer to a return to the world's biggest multi-sports event on Monday when the IOC approved sports programme changes.
The great debate: Country, club and Ronaldo
Breaking records has become Cristiano Ronaldo's favourite pastime. Very few footballers can do everything and Ronaldo is of that rare breed
Chance for India to win Champions Trophy
A resurgent Indian hockey team, with its penetrative attack and solid defence, can actually challenge for the top spot in the Champions Trophy.
IN PHOTOS: Federer, other tennis stars get a taste of India
Seven-time Wimbledon champion and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer got a taste of India when he feasted on a giant naan (bread), served with the usual non-vegetarian and vegetarian accompaniments at a signature restaurant during his second trip to the country.
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PHOTOS: 'Tricksters' Messi, Ronaldo light up weekend, while Chelsea drop points
In an exciting weekend for football lovers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continued their extraordinary double act, both scoring hat-tricks as Real Madrid and Barcelona maintained their battle for supremacy at the top of La Liga.
MLS: LA Galaxy beat Revolution for record fifth title
Irish striker Robbie Keane grabbed an extra-time winner as LA Galaxy won a record fifth Major League Soccer title with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in Sunday's championship-deciding MLS Cup.
La Liga: Moyes suffers heavy first defeat as Sociedad coach
David Moyes' honeymoon as coach of Real Sociedad came to an abrupt end when they were trounced 4-0 by Villarreal.
Le Clos makes splash in 200m butterfly to take fourth gold
Chad Le Clos took his fourth gold medal in Doha on Sunday and became the first male swimmer to win all three butterfly distances in a single world short-course swimming championships.
I competed and Linds won: Tiger Woods
Lindsey Vonn`s triumphant comeback to skiing provided an example for her boyfriend, golf star Tiger Woods.
Ignorant Suhel Seth insults India hockey champ Rasquinha
Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha suffered a rude shock during the Times Lit Fest in Mumbai on Sunday when socialite Suhel Seth questioned Rasquinha's presence on the sports panel of the lit festival.
World Challenge golf: Spieth wins by 10 strokes, Woods tied last
Young Jordan Spieth capped off a second consecutive runaway victory with a six-under 66 on Sunday to win the Hero World Challenge by a massive 10 strokes at Isleworth.
EPL PHOTOS: Carroll heads West Ham to third spot, Leicester lose
Images from the Enlish Premier League matches played on Sunday.
December 07, 2014
Champions Trophy: Belgium hold Australia in thrilling draw
Australia and Belgium got day two of the Champions Trophy hockey off to a roaring start with a stunning 4-4 draw.
Serie A: Ten-man Roma stage dramatic fightback
Adem Ljajic scored deep into injury-time to rescue a point for second-placed AS Roma who had to come from two goals behind and with a man down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Sassuolo.
EPL PHOTOS: Manchester City close gap; Chelsea suffer first defeat
Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season ended with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United; Champions Manchester City took full advantage of Chelsea's surprise reverse to cut the gap at the top.
World swimming: Hungarian Hosszu wins fourth gold, sets record
Hungary's Katinka Hosszu won her fourth gold medal of the event, and broke the world record, in the 200 metres individual medley at the world short-course swimming championships.
La Liga: Hat-trick hero Ronaldo makes history once more, cheers Real
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a record 23rd La Liga hat-trick to guide leaders Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo. It also helped the European champions extend their club record winning streak to 18 matches in all competitions.
I always believed in myself, says Tiger's girl
Lindsey Vonn put the 22 hardest months of her career behind her with a 60th World Cup victory.
Just landed in Delhi: Federer
Indian tennis courts are set to be dazzled like never before when global icons like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
December 06, 2014
Shiva secures 25th place in maiden Luge World Cup finals
India's Shiva Keshavan registered a respectable 25th place finish on his maiden entry into the Luge World Cup finals at the Olympic Sliding Center in Lake Placid in New York, on Saturday.
I know everybody worried about my health, but I'm OK: Pele
Brazilian football great Pele said he was in good health in a video recorded at the Sao Paulo hospital where he has been treated for a urinary tract infection.
Coach bemoans finishing after Juve draw blank at Fiorentina
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri complained about his team's finishing after the Serie A leaders were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina.
Van Gaal rekindles spirit as Man United dare to dream again
Four wins a row have lifted Manchester United into the Premier League's top four and Louis van Gaal's managerial reign is beginning to bear fruit after a difficult start.
December 05, 2014
'It will be a huge honour to share the court with Roger Federer'
Sania Mirza's dream of playing alongside Roger Federer will be realised when the two team up for the mixed doubles in the third leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) beginning on Saturday.
ISL: FC Goa thrash Chennayin FC 3-1 to seal semi-final berth
FC Goa humiliated Chennaiyin FC in-front of their home crowd with 3-1 win to clinch a semi-final berth in the Indian Super League on Friday.
Defenders allowed to use metal face masks for penalty-corners
The International Hockey Federation will allow defenders to wear protective face masks as a precaution while defending penalty-corners.
IOC set for biggest overhaul of Olympics
The IOC wants to attract more cities to bidding, and is eager to make the process easier, more flexible and more in line with the cities' own plans for the future.
Champions League Preview: Thiago Silva confident PSG will beat Barca
Paris St Germain centre back Thiago Silva says the French club has what it takes to win their Champions League Group F after Tuesday's decider at Barcelona.
In Photos: Manchester United stars, WAGs' Christmas party
Manchester United's footballers and their wives and girlfriends have a blast at this year's Christmas party.
UEFA bans Crimean clubs from Russian league
Crimean clubs have been suspended by UEFA from playing in Russian domestic competitions.
Nations Cup: Asia's fastest luger Keshavan thrilled with results
Indian luger Shiva Keshavan came up with a personal best timing of 53.125 seconds to finish the Nations Cup race in 15th place, his best-ever showing, at Lake Placid, New York.
Horror on golf course! Crocodile kills golfer
A four-metre-long crocodile has killed a South African golfer who went for a late night swim at a dam called Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, a park official said on Friday.
Doping and cover-ups, a pack of lies: Russian athletics chief
A German TV documentary alleging widespread doping and cover-ups among Russian track and field competitors contains 'a pack of lies', the country's athletics federation president said.
King's Cup: Moyes's Sociedad in drab draw against third tier club
David Moyes continued his unbeaten start at Real Sociedad when he rested a host of regulars in a 0-0 draw at third-tier Real Oviedo in a King's Cup last-32, first-leg match on Thursday.
Brazil World Cup expenditure overshot budget limit by 50 per cent
'They said the World Cup would help Brazil take a huge leap forwards in terms of public transportation but all they did was the stadiums'
Find out why UEFA is fed up with FIFA
European football's governing body UEFA are fed up with hearing about the continuing crisis at FIFA, secretary general Gianni Infantino.
Bundesliga to use goal-line technology from next season
Goal-line technology will be used in the German top flight for the first time next season after the clubs voted for its use on Thursday, the Bundesliga said.
Boycott of FIFA could splinter soccer
A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic.
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Table toppers Chelsea have seen their lead reduced to just six points thanks to a revival from reigning champions Manchester City. If Chelsea slip, City can pile on the pressure to make the EPL battle a little interesting.
Paes to team up with South African Klaasen next season
Top South African doubles tennis player Raven Klaasen has revealed that he has teamed up with Indian doubles icon and former world number one Leander Paes for next year.
World Challenge golf: Woods struggles on return, Spieth leads
Woods, who had not played competitive golf since the PGA Championship in August due to back troubles, struggled with all facets of his game en route to a five-over-par 77 that left him 11 shots back of rising American talent Spieth.
La Liga derby: Barcelona boosted by Iniesta return
Barcelona have been boosted by the successful return from injury of talismanic playmaker Andres Iniesta as they prepare to host city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday.
December 04, 2014
ISL: Kerala Blasters play goalless draw against NorthEast United
Hosts Kerala Blasters did themselves no good after playing a goalless draw against a 10-man NorthEast United FC in a hard-fought Indian Super League (ISL) game at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium on Thursday.
International Tennis Premier League to add two cities next year
The International Tennis Premier League (IPTL) will add two cities next year, taking the number to six, event founder Mahesh Bhupathi said on Thursday.
IPTL: Indian Aces go down to Manila, suffer second straight loss
Indian Aces suffered their second successive loss in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League as they went down fighting 20-25 to Manila Mavericks in the last match of the Singapore leg on Thursday.
Phenomenal! Sergio Aguero just got even better
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has been playing like one of the gods all year and after being honoured by the FSF at its annual gala dinner in London.
AFC U23: India clubbed with Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Syria
India have been clubbed in Group E along with Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Syria for next year's qualifiers of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship 2016.
Meet the most valuable player of MLS
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has been named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player of 2014.
Actor Elba joins forces with footballers Vieira, Toure to fight Ebola
The Africa United campaign (http://www.weareafricaunited.org), unveiled ahead of the African Cup of Nations draw in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo on Wednesday, broadcasts information on the disease and how to stop it spreading in French, English, Krio and other local languages.
Sindhu's Resolution: Minimise mistakes and focus on all tournaments
PV Sindhu is keen to work harder on various aspects of her game and put up better performances against top players in the coming year.
FIFA to intensify efforts to counter racism
FIFA has admitted that it would be using the next World Cup to display FIFA's zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination, in view of receiving widespread criticism of its lackluster efforts in Brazil during the World Cup held earlier this year.
Tiger Woods is here to win again!
On the comeback former World No 1 Tiger Woods has same expectations, win.
Beckham optimistic about success of Miami MLS deal
David Beckham's business group say his plan to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami will happen and that they hope to have "positive and exciting news" soon.
Manchester City bullish after cutting financial losses
Manchester City cut their financial losses en route to the Premier League title last season, leaving the English champions to believe they will not fall foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations again.
Ballon D'Or a painful reminder of Italy's failure, says Buffon
The FIFA Ballon D'Or award has become a painful reminder of the sorry state Italian football, Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said.
Formula One: Here's what might have caused Bianchi accident
An FIA report found that Marussia driver Bianchi over-controlled the oversteering car, such that he left the track earlier than Sutil, and headed towards a point 'up-stream' along the barrier.
Dudu's brace sinks Mumbai City FC in ISL
A brace from Dudu Omagbemi helped FC Pune City sink Mumbai City in the Indian Super League encounter on Wednesday.
EPL: Under-pressure Pearson hits out at Leicester fans
Leicester City fans should stay at home if they are not prepared to support the Premier League's bottom club during a dismal run of form, manager Nigel Pearson said following their 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday.
Roger Federer can't wait to tuck into chicken biryani, naan
Roger Federer breaks new ground by competing in India in the exhibition International Premier Tennis League, and his fans in the world's second most populated country can hardly wait.
Ligue 1: Champions PSG held at Lille
Paris St Germain missed the chance to go top of Ligue 1 after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Lille on Wednesday as coach Laurent Blanc's decision to rest Zlatan Ibrahimovic backfired.
Messi booked for wasting time; Barca to appeal to higher authorities
The referee said in his match report he showed the card because Messi "delayed his return to his half of the pitch after the goal was scored with the intention of wasting time".
Real's Khedira released from hospital following concussion
Real Madrid did not specify if he would be out of action for any length of time
King's Cup: Aspas hat-trick gives Sevilla last 16 berth; Barca cruise
Sevilla joined holders Real Madrid in the last 16 of the King's Cup when a quick-fire Iago Aspas hat-trick helped secure a crushing 11-2 aggregate victory over second-division Sabadell on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea saunter past Spurs; City down Sunderland
Veteran Drogba showed that he still has a lot of steam in him as he scored in Chelsea's win over Spurs, while Aguero continued to top the goal-scorers' list this season, finding the net for City. Images from the EPL matches played across England on Wednesday.
Ballon D'Or: Should Messi, Ronaldo or Neuer win? Vote!
So, who in your opinion, dear readers, is your favourite to win the prestigious prize at the ceremony in Zurich on January 12?
December 03, 2014
India has lot to contribute to the game: AFC president
Asian Football Confederation president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa inaugurated the refurbished Cooperage stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday and said hosting the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 will boost development of the game in the country. The refurbishing of Cooperage was done under FIFA's 'Win in India, With India' project.
India blanked 0-3 by France in women's world squash
Sans their top squash player Dipika Pallikal, India's struggle continued as they were blanked 0-3 by France for their second straight defeat in the ongoing WSF Women's World Team Squash Championship in Niagara Falls.
Confession! 'I'm a very crazy coach'
Manchester United are finally beginning to look like their old selves.
Sports Minister writes to AIBA, asks to revoke Sarita Devi's suspension
'Keeping in view all the factors and in the interest of promotion and development of boxing in India, I would urge you to take a very sympathetic view of the matter'
Bulgarian defender gets 10-match ban for attacking referee
The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said it has banned Lokomotiv Plovdiv defender Diyan Moldovanov for 10 matches for trying to hit a referee with a bottle on Saturday.
'It will be BORING, if Ronaldo wins Ballon d'Or again'
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has stated that 'it would be almost boring' to see Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo winning the prestigious Ballon d'Or award yet again.
Ligue 1: Marseille's lead under threat after Lorient draw
Jordan Ayew scored for Lorient against his former side Olympique de Marseille as the Ligue 1 leaders were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.
Pele out of intensive care, his kidney functions to be assessed again
Pele was doing well without medical complications, and was lucid and eating well.
Stadium violence and its distructive impact on football
Simeone urges Atletico fans to keep violence out of football
New couple alert: Caroline Wozniacki dating NFL star Kerrigan?
It appears there is a new power couple in the sporting world. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan attended a charity event with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and rumors suggest the two are romantically paired up.
Reception in India was phenomenal, says Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods said the response to his maiden trip to India was nothing short of phenomenal.
Florida State quarterback faces conduct hearing on rape claim
Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last year as the nation's top college football player, is accused of violating the university's standards during an December 2012 incident, which his lawyers have maintained was a consensual sexual encounter.
Agassi sees IPTL as welcome addition but not game-changer
Andre Agassi predicted fans would warm to the IPTL once they fully understand its complex scoring system.
Real Madrid's Khedira suffers concussion in King's Cup game
Sami Khedira spent the night under observation in hospital after suffering a concussion in Tuesday's King's Cup game.
'FIFA is not responsible for working conditions of labourers'
FIFA is not responsible for the working conditions of labourers helping to build stadiums for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, the president of world soccer's governing body Sepp Blatter said.
Meet 1st female footballer to be nominated for FIFA's goal of the year
Irish female footballer Stephanie Roche, who currently plays for French division 1 Feminine club ASPTT Albi, has earned a unique distinction of being the only woman to have been shortlisted for FIFA's goal of the year alongside fellow strikers Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez.
Revealed! Tennis ace Martina Hingis's secret to success
Super-talented five-time major singles champion Martina Hingis has revealed that chocolate and horse riding are secrets to her success.
EPL PHOTOS: Gerrard helps in Liverpool win, United beat Stoke
Steven Gerrard's future at Liverpool may be in doubt but the captain turned back the clock to score in a 3-1 victory at bottom side Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.
December 02, 2014
IPTL: Serena's Slammers lose again, Aces continue to dominate
Serena Williams returned to the scene of her WTA Finals win but could not prevent her Singapore Slammers team slumping to a fourth straight defeat in the IPTL.
'Chelsea hasn't lost in four months, so the team should feel good'
Chelsea have not been beaten at home by Tottenham Hotspur since 1990 when former England marksman Gary Lineker scored one of the goals in a 2-1 victory. But the Blues' remarkable record against Spurs at Stamford Bridge was of no interest to manager Jose Mourinho ahead of Wednesday's London derby.
'Manchester City were never out of the fight for the title'
Manchester City were never out of the title race and the Premier League champions did not need to change their style despite a frustrating to start the season, manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.
ISL: Kolkata close in on last four after goalless draw with Delhi
Atletico de Kolkata inched closer towards clinching a semi-final berth as they played out a goalless draw with Delhi Dynamos in a 12th round encounter of the Indian Super League on Tuesday.
IPTL is no holiday for U.S. Open champion Cilic
U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic is a firm believer in the new International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), insisting the four-city mixed team tournament is a perfect addition to his preparations for the new season.
Tiger Woods is now Hero's global brand ambassador
India's two-wheeler giant, the Hero Group, has signed American golf legend Tiger Woods as its brand ambassador in a four-year deal that targets capturing new markets in North America and Europe.
Swansea would only sell Bony for 'astronomical fee'
It would take an "astronomical fee" for Swansea City to part with in-form Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, manager Gary Monk said on Monday.
Liverpool's Balotelli apologises for 'racist' post on Instagram
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli apologised on Tuesday for his social media post which appeared to contain potentially racist and anti-Semitic references.
Financial Fair Play is a contradiction, says Mourinho
UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are "a contradiction" and only serve to protect big clubs with a long history of success, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Feels special to be part of the Ferrari legend: Vettel
Quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel says he is living a boyhood dream after completing his first weekend at Maranello as a Ferrari driver.
EPL: High-flying Southampton looking to grab full points at Arsenal
A 3-0 reality check at the hands of Manchester City was always a moment waiting to happen for Southampton. Just how they bounce back from Sunday's defeat may now determine their fortunes this season.
Injured Webber has no recollection of high-speed crash
Former Formula One driver Mark Webber has "no recollection" of the high-speed crash that left him "bruised and concussed" at the World Endurance series race in Brazil.
Australian Open tweaks heat policy for 2015
Australian Open organisers have tweaked their 'Extreme Heat Policy' for next year's tournament after being accused of forcing players to perform in "inhuman" conditions during a heatwave in January.
Now, Everest twins set to scale new heights... Mt Vinson in Antarctica!
Rediff.com's caught up with the 'Everest Sisters' in a candid interview, wherein they spoke about their passion for mountaineering and risk and challenges one has to face in the sport.
December 01, 2014
ISL: FC Goa register third straight win, drub NorthEast United
FC Goa registered their third win on the trot at home as they drubbed NorthEast United FC 3-0 to jump to second place in the Hero Indian Super League at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.
Hope to see India in 2022 WC: German Ambassador
Pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the football in India, German Ambassador Michael Steiner, on Monday said that he is looking forward to India's participation at the World Cup by 2022.
Georgia's Kalashnikova relishing chance to play against Paes
Georgian tennis player Oksana Kalashnikova wants to make most of her India tour. Invited by the organizers of the ongoing third Amanora Premier Tennis League in Pune, the 24-year-old of Russian origin is super excited about getting a chance to play against Indian tennis icon Leander Paes, albeit in an exhibition match.
Liverpool offer 'world class' Gerrard new contract
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract but because he is now 34, the midfielder might not play in as many matches as he has done in the past, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Monday.
Valencia vow to banish fan who threw bottle at Messi
Valencia will banish a fan who hit Barcelona forward Lionel Messi on the head with a plastic bottle on Sunday for life once they have been identified, the club said on Monday.
Was actor Mickey Rourke's bout fixed?
Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring after 20 years on Friday and defeated Elliot Seymour, who's 33 years his junior, within two rounds.
Tiger Woods is an inspiration, says girlfriend Lindsey Vonn
The US skiing star Lindsey Vonn has revealed that her boyfriend and golf star Tiger Woods is an 'inspiration' to her.
IPTL: Find out why Maria Sharapova feels like pressing 'snooze'
Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova was reportedly tormented on Saturday with the inaugural International Premier Tennis League tournament's shot-clock, saying that she feels like pressing the snooze all the time.
Djokovic set to tell life story in short documentary series
World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is set to reveal never before told stories about his life in a short documentary series in partnership with Australian winery Jacob's Creek.
First Look! Bhutia dedicates AFC honour to struggling Indian players
The only Indian inductee in the Asian Football Federation's Hall of Fame, former captain Bhaichung Bhutia dedicated the rare honour to the country's footballers who continue to 'struggle against all odds to prove themselves every single day'.
Soccer star Beckham and son 'shaken' after car crash
Retired English soccer star David Beckham and his teenage son Brooklyn were involved in a car crash outside Arsenal's training ground in Hertfordshire, north of London, but did not suffer any injuries but were shaken.
Golf sensation Ko to balance Tour demands with university life
Rookie golf sensation Lydia Ko says she will have to learn to balance the demands of the LPGA Tour with her upcoming studies after being admitted to one of South Korea's most prestigious universities.
FIFA mess: 'People are tired of Qatar allegations'
The public are growing tired of hearing about allegations of wrongdoing against Qatar's winning 2022 World Cup bid, according to organisers, with the Gulf state more interested in improving worker's rights than publishing Michael Garcia's report.
Soccer legend Pele's renal support removed until Monday
Brazilian football legend Pele's health continued to improve on Sunday, with doctors removing renal support temporarily to assess the evolution of a urinary tract infection.
Serie A: Pirlo and Pjanic keep Juve, Roma flying
Andrea Pirlo and Miralem Pjanic provided the moments of magic to inspire leading Serie A duo Juventus and AS Roma to battling victories on Sunday with the gap between the sides remaining at three points.
Crowd trouble mars Benfica win
Crowd trouble forced Benfica's Primeira Liga match at Academica Coimbra to be interrupted for five minutes late in the second half on Sunday, prompting the Lisbon club to protest at heavy-handed policing.
Plenty of scope for football and cricket to co-exist in India: Materazzi
In an exclusive chat with rediff.com Materazzi throws light on his team's rise in the ISL and the camaraderie among his players.
Meet Super Victor, mascot for 2016 Euro football C'ships
Following an online poll by fans across the world, the mascot for the Euro 2016 football championships has been named Super Victor.
British MP alleges 2018, 2022 WC bids 'completely corrupt'
A top lawmaker from England has revealed that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups bid is completely corrupt after allegations around the tournaments emerged.
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La Liga: Shocking! Deportivo fan dies in clash; Barca win
Barcelona left it late to snatch a 1-0 win at Valencia on Sunday after Atletico Madrid's 2-0 victory at home to Deportivo La Coruna was overshadowed by the death of a visiting fan hours before kickoff.
F1: Webber survives high-speed crash in Brazil
Former Formula One driver Mark Webber had a lucky escape from a high-speed crash at the World Endurance series race in Brazil.
November 30, 2014
Qatar will host 2022, says defiant Blatter
A defiant FIFA President Sepp Blatter declared there was no moving the 2022 World Cup form Qatar, despite widespread concerns about the bidding process that took the tournament to the Middle East for the first time.
Murray outlines marriage plans even as Manila Mavs lose again
British number one Andy Murray hopes to marry Kim Sears next year after the former Wimbledon champion announced their engagement last week after nine years together.
Macau Grand Prix Gold: Sindhu completes successful title defence
Two-time World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu lifted her first title of the season by successfully defending the USD 120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold trophy after seeing off Kim Hyo Min of Korea in the women's singles finals on Sunday.
Mickey Rourke wins bout...against a boxer 33 years his junior
Actor Mickey Rourke marked his return to boxing with a quick win against Elliot Seymour, a fighter 33 years his junior.
La Liga: Real Madrid set club record with 16th consecutive win
Real Madrid secured a club record 16th straight victory when Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale struck in a laboured 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday that put them five points clear of second-placed Barcelona in La Liga.
Man United's Di Maria faces injury absence, leaders Chelsea held
Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria will miss Tuesday's game against Stoke City and is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after limping out of Saturday's 3-0 win over Hull City.
PSG stay unbeaten, Ibrahimovic cuts Marseille's lead to a point
Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted a first-half penalty for a 1-0 home win against Nice that took his side back within a point of Ligue 1 leaders Olympique de Marseille.
November 29, 2014
China's 14-year-old Bingtao wins World snooker
China's 14-year-old cue sport sensation Yan Bingtao became the youngest player to pocket the IBSF World Snooker title after edging past Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad 8-7 in a thrilling final, in Bengaluru, on Saturday.
Van Persie is short of confidence: Van Gaal
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is lacking confidence and struggling to make an impact in matches, according to his manager Louis van Gaal.
Spitting was a normal reaction: Saudi striker Al Shamrani
Al Hilal striker Nasser Al Shamrani said it was a normal reaction to spit at Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic at the end of the AFC Champions League final earlier this month after claiming to be verbally abused by the Australian.
Bayern turnover tops half a billion euros
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich achieved record turnover figures for 2013/14 on Friday, matching their success on the pitch by breaking through the 500 million euros (398.05 million pounds) barrier for the first time.
Premier Tennis League: Myneni steers Baseline Bombers; Accurate Aces win
Saketh Myneni-led Baseline Bombers and Sriram Balaji-inspired Accurate Aces scored contrasting wins on the opening day of the 3rd edition of the Amanora Premier Tennis League at the Deccan Gymkhana courts, in Pune on Friday.
Soccer legend Pele improving, still in intensive care
Brazilian soccer great Pele "is in better condition" though he remains in an intensive care unit being treated for a urinary tract infection, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said on Friday.
Australian Open: Spieth shares lead after McIlroy blows up
American Jordan Spieth shot a two-under-par 69 for a share of a one-stroke lead with locals Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford after blustery conditions caused chaos in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.
Ligue 1: Victory sends Marseille marching four points clear
Olympique de Marseille stretched their Ligue 1 lead to four points after man of the match Florian Thauvin and Rod Fanni clinched a 2-0 home win over Nantes on Friday.
La Liga: Vela hat-trick earns Moyes his first win with Sociedad
David Moyes notched his maiden victory as coach of Real Sociedad as Carlos Vela scored a classy hat-trick in a morale-boosting 3-0 win at home to Elche in La Liga on Friday.
I don't care about FIFA awards: Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho raised a few eyebrows on Friday when he said he had no interest in awards like FIFA's FIFPro World XI list for 2014.
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold: Sindhu storms into final
Defending champion P V Sindhu marched into the final of the women's singles at the US $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold on Saturday.
November 28, 2014
International Premier Tennis League: Indian Aces win opener
Indian Aces sailed past Singapore Slammers 26-16 in the inaugural match of the much talked about International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in Manila on Friday.
World Snooker: 14-year-old Chinese sends favourite Advani packing
China's 14-year-old Yan Bingtao scripted a sensational upset on Friday, sending 12-time World champion Pankaj Advani packing with a 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals of the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship, at the Sree Kanteerava indoor stadium, in Bengaluru.
Lahiri eyes third title of 2014 after sole lead in Kings Cup
India's Anirban Lahiri took sole lead by signing for a five-under-par 67 after the second round of the King's Cup at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in Thailand on Friday. The five-time Asian Tour winner, who shared the overnight lead with compatriot S S P Chowrasia, compiled a two-day total of 12-under-par 132 to take pole position on his own, holding a two-shot advantage over Australia's Andrew Dodt.
Macau Open Grand Prix Gold: Sindhu, Prannoy in semis
Defending champion P V Sindhu and fellow-Indian H S Prannoy marched into the semi-finals of the women's and men's singles respectively at the US $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold on Friday.
Force India driver Hulkenberg to race F1 and Le Mans next year
German driver Nico Hulkenberg will race in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race with Porsche as well as Formula One with Force India, the German manufacturer said in a statement on Thursday.
Mayne-Nicholls still undecided about FIFA presidency bid
Prospective FIFA presidential candidate Harold Mayne-Nicholls will decide whether to run against embattled incumbent Sepp Blatter in the New Year, the Chilean said on Thursday.
Australian Open: Scott back into contention
Adam Scott soared back into contention with a five-under par 66 in the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, claiming a course record that lasted little more than half an hour.
5 reasons why Sunderland can spoil Chelsea's party again
Sunderland have the opportunity to end in-form Chelsea's run of 19 undefeated matches in all competitions this season.
EPL: Unfashionable Brentford men closing on impossible dream
The spotlight on London football usually shines on glamour clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United but rarely on unfashionable Brentford who last played in the top flight nearly 70 years ago.
Wigan owner Whelan charged by FA over racism row
Dave Whelan, owner of Championship side Wigan Athletic, has been charged by the FA for insulting Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.
Sports Shorts: Bastia striker Brandao gets jail term for headbutting Motta
Bastia forward Brandao has been sentenced to one month in prison for headbutting Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta, a French tribunal said on Thursday.
EPL injury update: Wilshere out for three months following ankle surgery
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out of action for three months after undergoing ankle surgery, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Europa League: Bad weather forces Estoril vs PSV suspension, to continue on Friday
Estoril's home Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven was suspended at halftime on Thursday due to adverse weather and will be finished on Friday, UEFA said.
La Liga: After records, Messi can focus on silverware
With the distraction of two individual scoring records safely out of the way, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi can turn his full focus on helping the club win the major silverware that eluded them last season.
Europa League: Pitch invaders mar Tottenham-Partizan match
Tottenham Hotspur could face punishment from European soccer's governing body UEFA after their Europa League game with Partizan Belgrade on Thursday was suspended for several minutes following three separate pitch invasions.
November 27, 2014
ISL: NorthEast stun leaders Chennaiyin
NorthEast United pumped in three first half goals in a rampaging show to drub table toppers Chennaiyin FC 3-0 in an absorbing Hero Indian Super League match to keep their hopes of a semi-final berth alive in Guwahati.
Chowrasia, Lahiri take charge at King's Cup
India's S S P Chowrasia showed his resolve to win again while compatriot Anirban Lahiri fired an ominous warnings to his rivals when they took a share of the opening round lead at the King's Cup on Thursday.
Sindhu survives Indonesian scare to enter quarters in Macau
P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy entered the quarter-finals of the women's and men's singles respectively in the Macau Grand Prix Gold after hard-fought victories on Thursday. However, it was curtains for B Sai Praneeth, who went down fighting to Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia, in his third round men's singles match.
Australian Open: Spieth upstages McIlroy, Scott
Rising American talent Jordan Spieth upstaged Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott with a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Coe announces plans to run for IAAF presidency
Sebastian Coe confirmed on Thursday he plans to run for the position of president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Look who got engaged last week
Britain No 1 Andy Murray's agent has confirmed that the tennis ace has got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears.
Sports minister urges AIBA to go easy on Sarita Devi
Throwing his weight behind veteran boxer Sarita Devi, minister of state for sports and youth affairs Sarbananda Sonowal said that he would request the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to be lenient on pugilist.
WADA may appeal Olympic champion Sun's three-month doping ban
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review the reasons behind the three-month ban handed to Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang and decide whether to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo strike sinks Basel; Arsenal make last 16
Cristiano Ronaldo renewed his personal battle with Lionel Messi by scoring his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind the Argentine's newly-set record, in Real Madrid's 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday.
November 26, 2014
Radwanska, Baghdatis help Pune Marathas seal first ever CTL title
Marcos Baghdatis subdued world number 16 Kevin Anderson in the crucial men's singles as Pune Marathas lifted the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL) trophy with a 27-23 victory over Delhi Dreams in the final on Wednesday.
ISL: Slepicka's brace helps FC Goa thrash Kerala Blasters
Substitute Miroslav Slepicka scored a brace as FC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 3-0 to move to the third spot in the Hero Indian Super League in Margao on Wednesday.
Giant-killer Srikanth unperturbed by pressure of expectation
Having beaten two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan to clinch the China Open title, India's latest badminton star K Srikanth said he is now confident of doing well in the future.
Boxer Manoj slams Kapil Dev, says Arjuna Award a 'fitting reply'
Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Manoj Kumar on Wednesday lashed out at Kapil Dev, saying the Arjuna Award is a "fitting reply" from him to the former India cricket captain, who had earlier refused to recognise the pugilist.
World Snooker: Advani advances, Chawla exits
Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra stormed into the last-32 stage, even as Kamal Chawla crashed out, in the Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championships, at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Wednesday. Advani, the 2003 World champion, prevailed over young Tomasz Skalski of Belgium 4-2, but not before facing the threat of being knocked.
Sarita Devi case: Tendulkar wants country behind beleaguered boxer
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar discussed the way forward for L Sarita Devi with Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday and urged the entire country to support the woman boxer who is facing a possible life ban from the International Boxing Association for refusing her bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games.
C'wealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar finally gets Arjuna award
Having emerged successful with his plea in the Delhi high court, India pugilist Manoj Kumar was conferred the Arjuna award by Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday.
Discus thrower Gowda backs boxer Sarita Devi after Asiad row
Throwing his weight behind veteran boxer Sarita Devi, who is currently serving a provisional suspension, India's ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda said International Boxing Association should review the system to avoid controversies in the future.
Here is why Fabregas was 'pissed off' with Spain teammate Ramos
Cesc Fabregas was "pissed off" with Spain teammate Sergio Ramos for raising doubts about his commitment to the national team but said the pair had buried the hatchet.
It is easy to destroy a reputation: Valcke on FIFA probe report
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday he did not know how much damage had been done to the organisation by the row over the non-publication of the Garcia report in full.
American skating team claims Olympics bronze... fifty years later!
Fifty years after Vivian Joseph and Ronald Joseph skated at the Innsbruck Olympics, the American pair on Tuesday officially claimed the bronze medal.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi treble sets goals record; Chelsea, City win
Photos from the Champions League matches played across Europe on Tuesday.
'Phenomenal Messi greatest player of all time'
Praise comes in from all quarters as Argentine breaks Raul's Champions League record.
Champions League: Teammates, manager back Gerrard as Reds fight to stay on
Under-fire Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may not be enjoying his best spell of form but he is still "a top class player", manager Brendan Rodgers said ahead of their Champions League clash with Bulgarian club Ludogorets.
Record-breaker Messi tricks in Barca win; Chelsea thump Schalke
Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suarez netted his first in Barcelona colours as the Spaniards comprehensively beat APOEL Nicosia 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
November 25, 2014
'Wenger's Arsenal dream is becoming a mirage, and a pain'
Arsene Wenger must start learning from his mistakes if Arsenal are to compete at the highest level of European football, Alisher Usmanov, the London club's second-largest shareholder, has said.
'Yes, it is difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country'
She might be one of the most sought-after sportspersons in India but tennis ace Sania Mirza says "it's difficult to be a Sania Mirza in this country" due
Walsh keen to return, but wants Hockey India to 'show desire'
Barely days after quitting as chief coach of the national men's hockey team, Terry Walsh has expressed a willingness to return to India provided Hockey India shows some "desire" to work out a "viable solution".
Phelps wins Golden Goggle as Male Athlete of Year
Michael Phelps was crowned 'Male Athlete of the Year' for a fifth time at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on Monday despite being suspended from competition for six months after a drunken driving arrest in September.
After winning China Open, Saina set sights on Dubai Super Series
Upbeat over winning the China Open an