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December 07, 2016
Ethics Board extends IAAF officials' suspension
Three senior athletics officials have had their provisional suspension from the sport extended by the IAAF's Ethics Board as it continues its investigation into their alleged involvement in a suspected cover-up of Russian doping cases.
Play stopped at Ladies European Tour event after caddie dies
The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament was suspended on Wednesday 7after the death of a caddie on the course, the Ladies European Tour said in a statement.
IBSF World Billiards: Kothari upsets Advani, Gilchrist in semis
December 06, 2016
Korea Masters: Kashyap moves into second round bye
India's Parupalli Kashyap reached the second round of the men's singles competition at the $120,000 Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold in Jiju, Korea on Tuesday.
Federer, Serena skip IPTL due to 'economic climate'
International Premier Tennis League founder Mahesh Bhupathi, one of India's most successful doubles player, confirmed the absence of the two star players.
December 05, 2016
Parikh shocks former champion Gilchrist at World Billiards
In the first upset of the tournament, India's Siddharth Parikh on Monday shocked multiple-time World champion Peter Gilchrist in a closely fought battle 500-483 at the 2016 IBSF World Billiards Championship in the 500 long-up format.
Another high for India's golf sensation Aditi
India's golfer Aditi Ashok scripted another piece of history in her fast-rising career by clinching partial playing rights on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour with a tied 24th finish in the Qualifying Tournament in Florida.
'Ronaldo doesn't have the brilliance of Messi'
Former Real Madrid and England manager gives a clear explanation to the Messi vs Ronaldo debate
December 04, 2016
Woods starts fast again, struggles at finish in Hero event
For a third day in a row, Tiger Woods treated his fans to a rousing start in his much anticipated return to competition but lost momentum over the closing stretch at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday.
December 03, 2016
IAAF overwhelmingly passes sweeping reforms
A sweeping reform package that changes how the scandal-hit governing body of world athletics operates was overwhelmingly passed at a special Congress on Saturday.
World Squash C'ship: Indian women blank Canada, finish 9th
India defeated Canada 2-0 to finish ninth in the World Women's Team Squash Championship in Paris on Saturday.
Rio Olympic champions Bolt and Ayana win IAAF awards
Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF's athletes of the year on Friday.
Sindhu achieves career-best rank of 7, Saina back in top 10
Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu jumped two places to achieve her career-best ranking of seven, while Saina Nehwal was also back in the top 10, in the latest BWF World Ranking.
December 02, 2016
India's campaign in Macau ends as Saina, Sai crash out
Top seed Saina Nehwal and her compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out of their respective quarter-final matches to draw curtains on India's challenge at the the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.
December 01, 2016
'Some way to go before Saina aspires to win big tournaments again'
Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has recovered from a serious knee injury sustained during the Rio Olympics in August and is back on the international circuit, is still not at her physical best and needs more time to reach that high level, feels her coach Vimal Kumar.
Saina, Praneeth enter Macau Open quarters
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal survived an early scare from Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday.
Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel
The plane that crashed in Colombia virtually wiping out an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, had no electrical power, and was preparing for an emergency landing, according to the pilot's final words.
November 30, 2016
Saina battles into the second round of Macau Open
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday fought hard to defeat Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini and enter the second round in the women's singles event of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
6-yr-old Kashmiri boy clinches gold at Asian Karate C'ship
Days after eight-year-old Tajamul Islam scripted history by becoming the first player ever from the sub-junior category to win a gold medal at the World Kickboxing Championship, another Kashmiri boy has made the country proud.
Possible for Saina to get back to the top, says Padukone
Asked about Saina Nehwal, whose 2012 London Games bronze medal winning show was a path breaker for Indian women's badminton, Padukone is confident that the 26-year-old former World number one will be regain her best form.
November 28, 2016
With Dubai Super Series in focus Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open
Saina Nehwal will lead India's charge in the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament which begins in Macau on Tuesday after three-time champion P V Sindhu pulled out of the event to prepare herself for the Dubai Super Series Finals.
Demonetisation fallout: Pro Wrestling League 2 postponed
Demonetisation has hit Indian sports as well with the second edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL) being postponed from its original scheduled start of December 15.
Nothing comes easy in boxing: Vijender Singh
Vijender Singh will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title against Francis Cheka in New Delhi on December 17.
India lose to Egypt in World Women's Team squash opener
India witnessed a disappointing start to its campaign at the World Women's Team Squash Championship as they were crushed 0-3 by top seed and title-favourite Egypt in their opening Pool A league match, in Paris on Monday.
World Snooker: Advani storms into quarters
Defending his 2015 title, Advani stayed on course with identical victories in the last-32 and the Round of 16 matches. The ace cueist overcame Pakistan's Babar Masih and then Keen Hoo Moh of Malaysia with 5-3 scorelines.
November 27, 2016
Soccer legend Maradona mourns 'second father' Castro
For soccer great Diego Maradona, Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro was more than a friend and fellow Latin American legend, he was "a second father."
Sindhu, Verma lose in final of Hong Kong Super Series
India's hopes of winning twin titles in the Hong Kong Open Super Series were dashed on Sunday when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and national champion Sameer Verma lost their respective final clashes in contrasting fashion in Hong Kong.
November 26, 2016
Shuttlers Pranaav-Sikki reach Scottish Open final
Top seeds, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are just one step away from notching up their second Grand Prix title of the season as the duo reached the finals of $55,000 Scottish Open, in Glasgow on Saturday.
Maradona pays tribute to 'friend, wisest man of all' late Fidel Castro
Former Argentina football captain Diego Maradona has paid his respects to his Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro who died on Friday night.
Aditi Ashok on a roll, wins inaugural Qatar Ladies Open
Indian teen golfer Aditi Ashok shot a final round of three-under 69 on a weather-hit last day to notch up her second successive victory on the Ladies European Tour at the inaugural Qatar Ladies Open in Doha on Saturday.
Super day for Indians Verma and Sindhu at Hong Kong Super Series
Sameer Verma stunned World No. 3 Jorgensen to enter the final, while Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu brushed aside local shuttler Cheung Ngan Yi's challenge to make the title round, her second final seven days.
Sachin strikes gold at Youth World Boxing Championships
World Junior bronze-medallist Sachin Singh (49kg) became only the third Indian boxer ever to strike gold at the AIBA Youth World Championships with a stunning unanimous victory over Cuban national champion Jorge Grinan in the summit clash at St Peterburg, Russia, on Saturday.
November 25, 2016
Ilyin stripped of Beijing, London weightlifting golds for doping
Kazak weightlifter Ilya Ilyin has been stripped of the gold medals he won at the Beijing and London Olympic Games after failing doping tests in re-analysis of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
Aditi in joint lead at Qatar; closes in on second title in row
Aditi Ashok put herself in line for a second straight title as she moved into shared lead at the end of the third round of the Qatar Ladies Open, in Doha on Friday.
Mary Kom set to receive 'Legends Award'
Celebrated Indian boxer M C Mary Kom is all set to add another honour to her glittering career when she receives the 'Legends Award' from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on its 70th anniversary on December 20.
World Youth C'ships: Sachin in final, India assured of silver
Indian boxer Sachin Singh (49kg) advanced to the AIBA Youth World Championship finals after notching up an impressive victory in the last-four stage in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.
HK Super Series: Sindhu fights way into semis, Saina knocked out
Rio Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Super Series after posting a hard-fought victory over Singapore's Xiaoyu Liang even as Saina Nehwal bowed of the competition on Friday, ending all hopes of a Saina-Sindhu semi-final battle.
Sindhu topples Saina in BWF world rankings
PV Sindhu jumped two places to grab the ninth spot, while former World No. 1 Saina, who is on a comeback trail after recovering from a serious injury, slipped five places to 11th spot.
November 24, 2016
Saina, Sindhu enter quarters of Hong Kong Open
Newly-crowned China Open champion P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal entered the quarterfinals of the women's singles competition at the Hong Kong Open Super Series tournament on a fruitful day for Indian shuttlers in Kowloon.
November 23, 2016
Saina, Sindhu enter second round in Hong Kong Open
On a comeback trail, Saina Nehwal made a resounding start to her campaign at the Hong Kong Super Series, advancing to the second round of women's singles with a hard-fought win over Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.
November 22, 2016
NBA to launch training academy in NCR next year
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has planned to launch NBA AcademyIndia, an elite basketball training centre in the National Capital Region (NCR), next April for the top men and women prospects from across the country.
379 Indian sports persons failed dope tests in last 4 years
sportspersons returned positive in 2013 while the number of dope offenders in 2014 and 2015 were 95 and 120 respectively.
November 21, 2016
Zaripova stripped of London Olympic steeplechase gold medal
Zaripova, who tested positive for turinabol, was among 12 athletes, including seven medallists, who were disqualified from their events following re-testing of samples, the IOC said.
Youth Boxing World C'ships: Sachin punches his way to pre-quarters
Asian Championships quarter-finalist Sachin (49kg) advanced to the pre-quarters of World Youth Boxing Championships with a comprehensive second-round victory in St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday.
It's a star-studded evening as wrestlers Geeta Phogat-Pawan Kumar wed
The stars descended at the wedding ceremony of Olympian wrestlers Geeta Phogat and fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar on Sunday.
Bhullar pips Jeev to win Indonesia Open
Jeev Milkha Singh of India, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied second place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72.
November 20, 2016
Reedie re-elected for a second term as WADA president
Reedie, 75, has been involved with WADA since its foundation in 1999 and was elected its third president in 2013.
Dream come true, says Sindhu after emulating Saina
Ecstatic after clinching her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu said she was left speechless with emotions as she has finally realised a long-time dream.
Congratulate India's golden girl PV Sindhu on her triumph!
Congratulate Indian badminton's golden girl P V Sindhu who continued her golden run in 2016 as she triumphed at the China Open to win her maiden Super Series title
Sindhu triumphs in China to claim maiden Super Series title
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China in the finals of the China Open badminton tournament in Fuzhou on Sunday.
November 19, 2016
World Youth Boxing C'ships: Sachin in round 2
Asian quarter-finalist Sachin (49kg) scored an emphatic victory over Mexico's Gustavo Antonio Alvarez to enter second round of the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday.
Jeev takes lead at Indonesia Open
Jeev Milkha Singh produced a bogey-free round of 66 to take an outright lead into the final round of the Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open on Saturday.
Sindhu rallies to reach China Open final
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu is just one step away from clinching her maiden Super Series Premier title having reached the final of the China Open after registering a come-from-behind win over Korea Sung Ji Hyun at the $700,000 tournament in Fuzhou, China, on Saturday.
Bolt's 100m record will be easier to break than 200m: Asafa
Out of the two world records held by track superstar Usain Bolt, his 100m dash timing of 9.58 seconds stands more likely to be broken than the 200m mark of 19.19secs, his fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell said on Friday.
November 18, 2016
Pope Francis, Schweinsteiger win prizes at BAMBI Awards
Germany soccer coach, Joachim Loew, was recognised with an "Integration" award and former skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger a honorary service accolade at the BAMBI Awards in Berlin on Thursday.
Indians off to mixed start at Youth Boxing World C'ships
Asian silver-medallist Ashish (64kg) was through to the second round but Srinivas (69kg) was ousted following an opening-round defeat as India's campaign at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships got off to a mixed start in St Pteresburg, Russia on Friday.
Guardiola defends Rooney over late-night socialising
Pep Guardiola became the latest high-profile Premier League manager to defend Wayne Rooney on Friday after the England captain apologised following the release of pictures of him socialising in the early hours while on international duty.
Sindhu quells Bingjiao challenge to reach China Open semi-final
Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the semi-finals of the China Open after defeating local favourite He Bingjiao in straight games at the $700,000 Super Series Premier event, in Fuzhou, China, on Friday.
November 17, 2016
Sindhu survives scare to enter quarters of China Open
Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu and Ajay Jayaram advanced to the quarter-finals after registering thrilling three-game wins over their respective opponents in the second round of the China Super Series Premier, in Fuzhou, on Thursday.
Sprinter Dharambir handed eight-year ban for doping
Haryana sprinter Dharambir Singh, who was barred from representing the country in the Rio Olympics at the last minute for failing a dope test, has been slapped an eight-year ban by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
November 16, 2016
China Super Series: Saina 'satisfied' despite first round loss
Saina Nehwal's comeback may have ended with a gruelling opening round loss at the China Super Series Premier in Fuzhou but the London Olympics bronze medallist said she was satisfied with the way she played.
Indian badminton manager from Arunachal denied visa by China
'When I checked with the Chinese Embassy about the status of my visa application, I was told by embassy officials that since I belong to Arunachal Pradesh, an approval from Beijing is required'
Saina loses in comeback match, Sindhu through at China Open
Making a comeback after a three-month injury lay-off, Saina Nehwal struggled to make an impression as she went down to Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in the first round of the China Open Super Series.
November 15, 2016
Los Angeles 2024 bid plays down concerns after Trump win
Los Angeles, bidding to host the summer Games for a third time after 1932 and 1984, was seen as the front-runner in the race with Paris and Budapest until Trump's election this month.
Demonetisation fallout: Pune International Marathon postponed
In the wake of Centre's decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500, the organisers of the Pune International Marathon (PIM) have postponed the run and has been rescheduled for January 2017.
Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom backs government's demonetisation move
Olympic bronze-medallist boxer and Rajya Sabha MP M C Mary Kom supported the government's decision to demonetise 500 and 1000 rupee notes, saying the move will stall the juggernaut of corruption.
November 14, 2016
Pistorius moved to different prison to aid rehabilitation
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been moved to a prison better suited to his rehabilitation while serving a six year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, a prison service spokesman said on Monday.
Vijender's next pro bout will be anything but easy
Ex-world champ Cheka 'ready to put Vijender in his place'
November 13, 2016
Teen golfer Aditi Ashok scripts historic Women's Indian Open victory
Teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok scripted history as she became the first Indian woman to win a Ladies European Tour title by clinching the Hero Women's Indian Open in Gurgaon on Sunday.
November 11, 2016
World Cup qualifiers: Wales' Ramsey could start against Serbia
Aaron Ramsey, a player that Wales manager Chris Coleman believes has the talent to represent any international side, will start Saturday's World Cup Group D qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff.
Pacquiao's WBO welterweight bout in graft spotlight
The Philippines' anti-graft agency has initiated an inquiry into whether the police chief broke the law by visiting the United States last week to watch boxer Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight victory, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
November 10, 2016
I should not think that I have to win every match: PV Sindhu
Rio Games silver medalist P V Sindhu says her performance at the Olympics has helped her to deal with failures and she realises now that she needs to work harder to win medals at big-ticket events like the World Championship and All England.
November 09, 2016
Long distance runner Ayana named alongside Bolt for IAAF awards
Jamaican Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson both made the shortlists for the IAAF's World Athlete of the Year awards on Wednesday after cleaning up the sprint golds at the Rio Olympics.
PBL: Marin tops price list, Saina unsold at player auction
Olympic champion, Spain's Carolina Marin turned out to be the costliest buy of the second edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL), while Kidambi Srikanth fetched the highest amount by an Indian at the players' auction, in New Delhi on Wednesday.
November 08, 2016
Marin, Sindhu & Saina to go under hammer for PBL 2
Top shuttlers, including Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain and Rio silver medallists P V Sindhu, will be for grabs when the high-profile Players' Auction for the lucrative Premier Badminton League (PBL) gets underway in New Delhi on Wednesday.
November 05, 2016
Historic! India women's hockey team clinch maiden Asian Champions Trophy
The Indian women's hockey team lifted its maiden Asian Champions Trophy title with a thrilling 2-1 win over China in the final, in Singapore on Saturday.
Gold for grapplers Tomar, Satyawart, Ritu Phogat at Singapore event
Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar, Amit Dhankar and Satyawart Kadian have bagged gold medals in their respective men's freestyle categories at the Commonwealth Wrestling championships in Singapore.
Bindra-led panel to monitor two national camps: NRAI
In a departure from regular practice, the National Rifle Association of India, which is aiming to restore sanctity of national camps, will let the Abhinav Bindra-led Rio Games Review Panel to supervise two of the four technical national camps slated early next year.
November 04, 2016
India to host 2020 Asian Beach Games subject to govt approval
India is set to host the sixth edition of Asian Beach Games in 2020 in Maharashtra subject to government approval, the Indian Olympic association said on Friday after its executive council meeting in Chennai.
November 03, 2016
Govt gives World Cup winning Kabaddi players Rs 10 lakh each
Acknowledging their World Cup winning feat, the Sports Ministry on Thursday announced a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each for the members of the Indian Kabaddi team, led by Anup Kumar.
What is the FIFA poppy row all about?
England and Scotland are planning to defy a FIFA ban on players wearing poppies during their World Cup qualifier on November 11, their Football Associations said on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Cubs end 108 year title drought to win World Series Baseball
The Chicago Cubs shed themselves of the "Curse of the Billy Goat" and ended a 108-year wait for a World Series title by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday in a thrilling Game Seven classic.
November 02, 2016
Somewhere in my heart I feel, it's end of my career: Saina
Making a comeback after undergoing a knee surgery, top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says that she sometimes feels her badminton career could come to an end due to the injuries she has suffered.
Ministry issues directive with aim to boost medal tally at 2020 Games
In a bid to ensure that medal prospects for the 2020 Olympics get sustained help for the next four years, the Sports Ministry has directed the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to identify potential medallists by the end of this month.
Shuttler Pratul Joshi wins maiden Bahrain International Challenge
Young Indian shuttler Pratul Joshi clinched his maiden international title by notching up a hard-fought win over Aditya Joshi in the $17,500 Bahrain International Challenge badminton final at Segayya in Bahrain.
PHOTOS: How your favourite sports stars celebrated Halloween
As the world celebrated Halloween on Monday, our favourite tennis stars and footballers didn't want to be left behind in all the celebrations.
Bitburger Open GP: Easy opening round wins for Verma brothers
India's Verma brothers -- Sourabh and Sameer -- advanced to the second round of the men's singles competition of the $120,000 Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Saarbrucken, Germany.
November 01, 2016
No funding for National Sports Federations who don't register
The Sports Ministry has made it mandatory for all the National Sports Federation (NSFs) to register themselves with NGO-PS Portal to receive grants.
October 31, 2016
Dipika suffers shock defeat in Wadi Dagla Open
India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal Karthik was stunned by qualifier Mariam Metwally of Egypt in the first round of the Wadi Dagla Open, a PSA world tour event, in Cairo on Monday.
India's Palpreet Singh picked in NBA D-League Draft
Palpreet Singh, winner of the ACG-NBA Jump National Finals, India's first national basketball talent search program, was selected 11th in the fourth Round of the NBA D-League Draft held in New York.
Sania stays atop rankings; Prajnesh sees big leap
India woman's tennis ace, Sania Mirza continues to hold on to her be world number one ranking in doubles, thanks to her consistent performance.
October 30, 2016
India has infrastructure, but not enough coaches: Saina Nehwal
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Sunday said India has adequate infrastructure for badminton but don't have enough coaches and academies.
October 29, 2016
Shooter Heena Sidhu pulls out of Iran event due to hijab rule
India's pistol shooter Heena Sidhu pulled out of the Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to the compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.
October 28, 2016
BFI gets Sports Ministry recognition as boxing parent body
In a massive fillip to the recently-formed Boxing Federation of India, the Sports Ministry has granted recognition to the body which was voted to office last month.
World Squash C'ship: Saurav Ghosal advances to second round
India's national champion Saurav Ghosal defeated Adrian Waller of England in the opening round to set up a clash against second seed Gregory Gaultier of France in the PSA men's world squash championship in Cairo on Friday.
Early exits for Sindhu, Prannoy at French Open
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu suffered another second round defeat when she went down fighting against He Bingjiao of China in the women's singles competition at the $300,000 French Open Super Series badminton tournament in Paris on Friday.
Pakistan team preparing for Junior World Cup In India
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Friday said the training of its team for the Junior World Cup in the Indian city of Lucknow is in full swing, even as it awaited clearance from the government.
Olympic legend Michael Phelps is secretly married
Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, unbeknownst to the world, competed at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil as a married man, having quietly wed his fiancée, former Miss California Nicole Johnson, weeks earlier, court records made public on Thursday showed.
October 27, 2016
Marriage prep likely to keep Yogeshwar out of Pro Wrestling 2
With Sushil Kumar's chances of participating in the second season of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) next to nil, another star India wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is also likely to opt out of the upcoming event taking the sheen away from the tournament.
Resolution passed to transfer sports to Concurrent List: Goel
In a significant but tricky move, Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said that a resolution has been passed to transfer sports from the State List of the Indian Constitution to the Concurrent List in a meeting of the National Sports Federations called by the government in New Delhi.
Three Kazakh weightlifters stripped of gold medals from 2012 Olympics
Three Kazakh weightlifters have been stripped of the gold medals they won at the 2012 London Olympics after failing doping tests, the International Olympic Committee said.
October 25, 2016
Will play China Open after consulting Matthews: Saina
Back to training after going through a rigorous rehabilitation process, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal said she is working hard to make a return at the China Super Series Premier but will take a call only after consulting her physio Heath Matthews.
No Olympic medal upgrade for wrestler Yogeshwar
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt's chances of the London Olympics medal being upgraded from bronze to silver is all but over but Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) claimed it was unaware of the development.
October 24, 2016
Liverpool have no defensive problems, claims Klopp
'I think 70-80 percent of the goals we have conceded are from set pieces. But they are all different and we are still working on it and we defended against Manchester United brilliantly'
PV Sindhu looks to bounce back at French Open
Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu will look to shrug off the disappointment of last week's second round exit at Denmark Open and eye her maiden Super Series women's singles title when she competes at the French Open this week.
October 23, 2016
Guardiola equals his worst record as manager as City draw
Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League on goal difference after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Lahiri finishes third as Thomas wins CIMB Classic title
Anirban Lahiri was searching for a maiden PGA Tour win at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course but the five-shot swing after he lodged his tee shot in a tree left the Indian with too much to do and he had to settle for a tie for third, four strokes back.
October 22, 2016
PM Modi leads accolades as India celebrate Kabaddi WC triumph
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the accolades for the Indian kabaddi team after it triumphed in the 2016 World Cup, its third in a row, on the back of a memorable second-half fightback against Iran, in Ahmedabad, on Saturday.
India maintain dominance, win Kabaddi WC for 3rd straight time!
India triumphed in the Kabaddi World Cup for a third straight time as they staged a remarkable fightback to overcome a tough Iran 38-29 in the
Lahiri continues blazing form in pursuit of maiden PGA Tour title
Anirban Lahiri moved into position to record a first PGA Tour victory when the Indian fired an exquisite third round seven-under 65 at the TPC Kuala Lumpur course to storm four shots clear of the field at the CIMB Classic on Saturday.
October 21, 2016
Kabaddi WC: India crush Thailand to enter final
India streamrolled a hapless Thailand 73-20 to storm into the final of the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, in Ahmedabad, on Friday.
Ministry blames coach for Jaisha's water fiasco at Rio Olympics
The Sports Ministry inquiry committee, which was probing long-distance runner O P Jaisha's complaint of not being provided water during the Rio Olympics marathon event, has blamed her coach Nikolai Snesarev for the fiasco.
October 20, 2016
Sindhu loses in 2nd round as India's campaign ends
Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu suffered a narrow loss against Sayaka Sato of Japan in the women's singles to draw curtains on India's campaign at the Denmark Super Series in Odense, on Thursday.
Champions League PIX: Bayern crush PSV; PSG down Basel
Images from the UEFA Champions League matches played on Wednesday
Kabaddi WC: Bangladesh smash Argentina 67 -26
With nothing but pride at stake, Bangladesh crushed Argentina 67 -26 in the last match of group A in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup 2016.
Sindhu enters second round at Denmark Open
Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu made a resounding start to her campaign at the Denmark Open, defeating China's He Bingjiao in straight games in the women's singles event of the $700,000 Premier Super Series badminton event in Odense.
October 19, 2016
Bolt up against Farah for IAAF World Athletes of Year award
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is set to retire after the World Championships in London next year, has been shortlisted for the 2016 IAAF World Athletes of the Year award.
Start of 'acche din' for Indian boxing?
Entrusted with the task of undoing four years of damage, Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh says the bickering that has ruined the sport is not very difficult to control and he is confident of bringing in a professional approach in the set-up with his corporate experience.
Manjrekar's attempt to troll Sania on Twitter backfired... and how!
Sanjay Manjrekar loves to court controversy. Or so it seems. After taking a dig at the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Twitter on Tuesday, the former India batsman took a swipe at tennis ace Sania Mirza.
Saina returns to training after knee surgery
India badminton player Saina Nehwal thanked her team of physios as she returned to the court for a training session on Tuesday.
October 18, 2016
Kabaddi World Cup: India enter semis with huge win vs England
India confirmed their place in the semi finals with a thumping 69-18 win over England in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
CBI registers case over wrestler Narsingh Yadav's dope test
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case in the doping scandal involving international wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was barred from participating in the Rio Olympics after banned substances were found in his urine samples.
Champions League: Napoli eye last 16 place and small slice of history
Napoli could become the first team in Champions League history to qualify from their group after only three games on Wednesday, providing welcome relief from their recent troubles.
Thuram criticises FIFA for ending anti-racism project
French World Cup winner Lilian Thuram has criticised FIFA's decision to dissolve its anti-racism task force, telling Reuters he found the decision "shocking".
Here's your chance to support these champs
Milkha Singh is supporting the Indian Wheelchair Basketball team's crowdfunding campaign to travel to Thailand for the Asia Oceania championship.
Saina Nehwal appointed member of IOC's Athletes' Commission
In a rare honour for an Indian sportsperson, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission.
Iran stunned by minnows Poland in Kabaddi World Cup
Iran's unbeaten streak in the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup came to a grinding halt after they were stunned by minnows Polland 25-41 in their league clash at the TransStadia in Ahmedabad on Monday.
South Korea to host some 2020 Olympics events, claim media
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking into hosting rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events for the 2020 Summer Games in South Korea if agreement cannot be reached to keep the enue for the races in Tokyo, Japanese media said on Tuesday.
This Indian Navyman ran the toughest marathon on earth
Not everyone completes the Badwater Marathon.
October 17, 2016
Three charged after death of sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter
Authorities in Kentucky have charged three men, including a father and son, in connection with the shooting death of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter outside a restaurant over the weekend, police said.
World Games: Wrestlers bag four medals
Indian grapplers clinched four medals, including a gold, at the just-concluded sixth edition of the Tifsa World Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
PV Sindhu to return to court in Denmark after Rio success
Expectations will be sky-high when Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu returns to international circuit this week, spearheading the Indian campaign at Denmark Open Superseries Premier badminton tournament starting in Odense from Tuesday.
Kabaddi World Cup: Iran edge past Japan to go top of table
Iran survived an early scare as they edged past Japan 38-34 to record their fourth successive win of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup at the iconic 'The Arena by TransStadia' stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
October 16, 2016
Dutch Open: Shuttler Jayaram loses in final
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram failed to notched up his third straight title in the Dutch Open badminton tournament as he went down fighting in the summit clash, in Almere, Netherlands, on Sunday.
US sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter shot dead
US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky.
Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik gets engaged
Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik got engaged to fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian in Rohtak on Sunday.
Title retained, boxer Neeraj set to break into WBC rankings
Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat is all set to break into the WBC's world rankings after retaining his welterweight Asia title by outpunching Australian Ben Kite in New Delhi.
Sourabh clinches Chinese Taipei title
On a comeback trail after recovering from a series of injuries, Sourabh Varma clinched the men's singles title at the Chinese Taipei Open
October 15, 2016
Kabaddi World Cup: India thrash Argentina
India cruised to a comfortable win over Argentina as their raiders flexed their muscle to notch a record 54 point margin win.
Will Sushil Kumar be new WWE sensation?
India's double-Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar, on Saturday, conceded that he has met top officials of the WWE but ruled out any immediate move to professional wrestling.
Respect government stance on Indo-Pak ties: Bindra
Sport and politics should not be mixed in an ideal world but in reality it can't happen in certain cases, feels champion shooter Abhinav Bindra amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack.
Chinese Taipei Grand Prix: Sourabh storms into final
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma stormed into his third successive summit clash after notching up a straight-game victory over local favourite and top seed Hsu Jen Hao in the men's singles semifinals of the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Taipei City, on Saturday.
Kabaddi World Cup: England hammer Argentina 68-28; Poland thrash USA
A terrific raiding performance by England saw them record a comfortable 68-28 win over Argentina in the Group A clash of the Kabaddi World Cup at the The Arena by TransStadia` in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Sri Sri signs on Sindhu to endorse health drink
This is only the second endorsement in the baba-led space by a celebrity after wrestler Sushil Kumar featured in an ad last year for Patanjali Ghee.
Top seed Jayaram marches into Dutch Open semis
Defending champion Ajay Jayaram continued his dominant run at the Dutch Open, reaching the semi-finals of the men's singles competition of the $55,000 Grand Prix tournament in Almere, Netherlands.
October 14, 2016
Dutch Open: Pranaav-Sikki reach semis
Indian combo of Pranaav Cherry Chopra and Sikki Reddy continued their rampaging run as they reached the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Dutch Open Grand Prix, in Almere, Netherlands, on Friday.
Will this be Bolt's last race in Jamaica?
Jamaica's Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will run his last race on home soil at next year's Racers Grand Prix, he said on Friday.
Chinese Taipei Grand Prix: Shuttler Sourabh makes semis
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma is one step away from making his third successive final as he entered the men's singles semi-finals of the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix following a hard-fought win over Japan's Kento Horiuchi, in Taipei City, on Friday.
Series of felicitation programs has not distracted Sindhu
Set to return to the international circuit at Denmark Open, India ace shuttler P V Sindhu, on Friday, said winning the silver medal at Rio Olympics has given her a lot of confidence and she would look to play without any pressure in the upcoming events.
October 13, 2016
Jayaram makes last eight at Dutch Open
Defending champion Ajay jayaram reached the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after notching up an easy straight game win over Norway's Marius Myhre in the men's singles competition, in Almere, Netherlands, on Thursday.
Mairaj finishes 4th at Shotgun World Cup Final
India's Mairaj Ahmad Khan finished 4th at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup Final in Rome on Thursday losing a shoot-off against Egypt's Azmy Mehelba in the skeet event.
'Devastated' skier Johaug returns positive test
Norwegian cross-country skier Therese Johaug says she is 'devasted' after her country's skiing federation confirmed the 28-year-old had returned a positive test for a banned substance found in sunburn cream on Thursday.
British Board of Control suspends Fury's licence
The association overseeing professional boxing in Britain suspended heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury's licence on Thursday.
Dipa Karmakar to return BMW, take another car
India's trailblazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar on Thursday denied reports that she was returning the BMW car presented to her by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for her historic performance at the Rio Olympic Games.
Paracyclist Mehta left bleeding after mistreatment at Bengaluru airport
As if the 'psychological hurt' was not enough, Indian paracyclist Aditya Mehta was also left bleeding after being forced to remove his prosthetic limb as part of a security check at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, on Thursday.
October 12, 2016
Jayaram, Kashyap enter 2nd round of Dutch Open
India's Ajay Jayaram, Parupalli Kashyap and Lakhanee Sarang entered the second round of the men's singles event of the Yonex Dutch Open badminton tournament in Almere on Wednesday.
India hoopster Amjyot Gill signs up for NBA D-League
India's most talented international basketball player Amjyot Singh Gill is all set to soar higher. After dominating in the Asian circuit over the last two years, the power forward from Chandigarh has signed the standard NBA Development League player contract making him eligible to get drafted into the D-League.
Kabaddi WC 2016: India record first win after crushing Bangladesh 57-20
India produced a dominant team performance as they eased past Bangladesh 57-20 in a must-win crucial Group A clash of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup here at the Arena by TranStadia on Tuesday.
Karmakar mulls returning BMW presented by Tendulkar
It looks like Dipa Karmakar, India's Olympic gymnast has a new problem on her hands and it has nothing to do with gymnastics-related infrastructure or the sport at all.
Johnson named PGA Tour Player of the Year
American Dustin Johnson was named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year on Tuesday after a sensational 2015-16 season in which he celebrated his breakthrough victory in a major championship.
Russian Olympic chief Zhukov to resign
Russian Olympic chief Alexander Zhukov intends step down as head of the national Olympic Committee to focus on parliamentary work, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
October 11, 2016
Doping: Russian Lysenko stripped of 2012 Olympic hammer gold medal
The double world champion, who now competes under the name Beloborodova, had already been banned by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for doping earlier this year.
Rome withdraws from bid to host 2024 Olympics
Italy's Olympic Committee has officially withdrawn its bid to stage the 2024 Games in Rome after the city council voted to oppose the project, committee chief Giovanni Malago said on Tuesday.
October 10, 2016
PHOTOS: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt gets engaged
London Olympics medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, got engaged to Sheetal Sharma in a private ceremony.
We represent country, armed forces protect nation, says Tendulkar
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, on Monday, launched the Marathi version of the book 'Four Miles to Freedom - Escape from a Pakistani POW camp' penned by Faith
Tiger Woods still 'the man'
As Tiger Woods prepares for his PGA Tour return at this week's Safeway Open, the big question is whether he will be able to recapture his previous greatness.
Olympic medallist first mocks Islam then apologises for offensive video
Double Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has apologised for a leaked video in which he and fellow gymnast Luke Carson appeared to mock Islam.
PHOTOS: Saina Nehwal visits Film Nagar Temple
On a recovery path after her recent knee surgery, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal visited the Film Nagar Temple in Hyderabad.
October 08, 2016
Indian shuttlers advance to Russia Open finals
Indian shuttlers Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Siril Verma continued their impressive run to storm into the finals of women's and men's singles events at the Russian Open Grand Prix here on Saturday.
Jitu finishes 6th in 10m air pistol in ISSF World Cup
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai finished sixth in the men's 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup Final in Bologna, Italy, on Saturday.
Sporting leaders back proposals to give more powers to WADA
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to give more power to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against drug-cheating by athletes, it said on Saturday.
October 07, 2016
Kabaddi World Cup: Korea stun favourites India
Korea's Jang Kun Lee produced a remarkable comeback as they beat favourites India 34-32.
Woods set to return to PGA Tour next week
Tiger Woods will make his long-awaited return to competitive golf at next week's Safeway Open in Napa, California, the PGA Tour said on Friday.
Russia Open: Ruthvika, Siril, Pranaav-Sikki enter semis
Indian shuttlers Ruthvika Shivani Gadde and Siril Verma notched up contrasting
Sakshi steers clear of 'allowing Pak players' controversy
Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik, on Friday, said athletes have the right to compete against fellow rivals anywhere in the world.
October 06, 2016
India aim to keep kabaddi World Cup trophy in the country
The Kabaddi World Cup is all set to begin, in Ahmedabad, on Friday, with organisers and players of competing countries expressing confidence of taking the game to new heights of popularity across the globe.
Russian Chicherova stripped of 2008 Olympics high jump medal
Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova was officially stripped of her 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal after she tested positive for banned substances in re-tests of samples, the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday.
Jitu Rai shoots silver at World Cup
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai shrugged off the disappointment of a poor Olympic campaign by clinching a silver medal in the 50m pistol event of the ISSF World Cup final, in Bologna, on Thursday.
WADA urges athletes to check accuracy of hacked data
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday that some of the athlete data leaked by a Russian cyber espionage group has been changed from its initial form, and has asked "affected parties" for feedback on any inaccuracies.
AIBA sidelines referees and judges used at Rio, pending investigation
Boxing body AIBA has sidelined all 36 referees and judges used at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics until an investigation has been concluded, it said on Thursday.
Is Fury dragging boxing 'through the mud'?
Wladimir Klitschko has accused world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of throwing boxing into disrepute after the Briton twice called off a fight against the Ukrainian, briefly retired from the sport and admitted to substance abuse.
Paralympian Deepa Malik told to 'chill' on flight, airline says sorry later
Malik, who was travelling on Vistara's Mumbai-Delhi flight UK 902 on Tuesday when the incident happened, also complained to the airlines about "poor handling" of wheelchair-bound passengers by the airline staff.
October 05, 2016
How NRAI plans to revive Indian shooting after Rio debacle
Criticised for lack of planning, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) decided to accept the recommendations of Abhinav Bindra-led review committee, which looked into Indian shooters' flop show in Rio Olympics, in 'toto' and said it will form a separate panel to ensure the implementation of the suggestions.
October 03, 2016
PHOTOS: Tendulkar felicitates Indian Paralympics medal winners
Four Indian Paralympics medal winners at the Rio Games last month -- Devendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Deepa Malik and Varun Singh Bhati -- were on Monday felicitated by a host of personalities, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Newly fashioned US team end Ryder losing streak
A more team-oriented US Ryder Cup squad took care of business on Sunday, completing a 17-11 thumping of Europe to snap a losing streak and validate changes in their approach to golf's top team competition.
October 02, 2016
EPL PHOTOS: Tottenham score shock win over City; United held at Stoke
Manchester United were denied by a spirited Stoke City performance as Joe Allen pounced late to secure the visitors their first point at Old Trafford since 1989 in a deserved 1-1 Premier League draw.
Indian golfer Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea
Ganganjeet Bhullar ended a long trophy drought with a one-stroke victory at the Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea on Sunday for his sixth title on the Asian Tour.
October 01, 2016
India must narrow focus to boost medal hopes in Tokyo: Padukone
After bringing home just two medals from the Rio Olympics, India needs to be realistic in its preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Games and should narrow its focus to a handful of sports, says former All England badminton champion Prakash Padukone.
Heavyweight world champion Fury 'tests positive for cocaine'
Heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for cocaine, ESPN reported on Friday citing a leaked letter sent by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA).
Scottish boxer dies after suffering severe bleeding in bout
Scottish boxer Mike Towell has died in hospital after the 25-year-old suffered serious injuries in a welterweight bout in Glasgow on Thursday.
September 30, 2016
Badminton Ranking: Saina climbs up to 5th, Sindhu 8th; Srikanth enters top 10
In women's singles, both Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu climbed up the ladder despite not playing in any recent tournaments.
September 29, 2016
Boxing icon Pacquiao admits drug use as a teen
Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel 'Manny' Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months.
Korea Open: Jayaram reaches quarters
Ajay Jayaram emerged as the lone survivor at the Korea Open after nothing up a convincing straight-game win over China's Huang Yuxiang to advance to the quarter-finals of men's singles of the Super Series event, in Seoul, on Thursday.
Government announces Rs.90 lakh cash awards for Rio Paralympians
The government has announced cash awards of Rs. 90 lakhs for Rio Paralympics 2016 medal winners.
September 28, 2016
Doping: WADA defends TUE system after leaked data
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday defended the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) system after some athletes' confidential medical data was leaked by a group of Russian hackers, shedding light on potential abuse.
Pole vault star Isninbayeva to stand for Russian athletics presidency
Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva will stand in the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) presidential election this year, she said on Wednesday.
Boxing Federation of India announces nationals
The newly elected President of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Ajay Singh, on Wednesday, announced that senior men's and women's nationals will be held
India's Palpreet Singh signs NBA Development League contract
Palpreet Singh, the winner of India's first national basketball talent search program, has signed the NBA Development League contract.
Tal Memorial Chess: Anand crushes Mamedyarov, jumps in joint lead
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand crashed through the defences of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to jump to joint lead after the end of the second round of 10th Tal Memorial Chess tournament in Moscow.
Saina's recovery on track, eyes comeback in November
Her recovery from a knee injury going on smoothly, India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal is hoping to return to the courts by the end of next month.
September 27, 2016
Punjab invites Pakistan to participate in World Kabaddi cup
Amid growing tension between India and Pakistan following Uri terror attack, Punjab has invited Pakistan along with other countries to participate in the 6th World Kabaddi Cup starting from November.
WWE star 'The Great Khali' shares his dream
After creating waves on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) circuit in the US, Dalip Singh Rana, also known as "The Great Khali" on Tuesday said his aim is to take the WWE kind of wrestling to every city in India.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
The start to the 13 Tests long season could not have been better for India. A convincing win in their 500th Test over New Zealand with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja weaving their magic on a turning track to hand India a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
Finally, light at the end of the tunnel for Indian boxing...
he days of turmoil in Indian boxing are over and the newly-elected federation will be welcomed into international fold this year itself, said International Boxing Association (AIBA) vice-president Edgar Tanner expressing confidence that the country's administrative revival will stand the test of time.
September 26, 2016
OP Jaisha water row: 'Report will be ready by next week'
Sports Minister Vijay Goel, on Monday, said that the report on the allegations made by marathon runner O P Jaisha that she was not properly looked after by the Indian officials during the Rio Olympics would be ready by next week.
Will boxer Fury be stripped of all his titles?
Tyson Fury will be stripped of his world heavyweight titles, UK's leading boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said while casting doubts over his return to the ring.
Baseball world mourns death of Miami Marlins star Fernandez
Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and a hero to Miami's Cuban community, was killed in a boating crash early on Sunday in Florida, the US Coast Guard said. He was 24 years old.
American football player in Canada killed in shooting
An American player in the Canadian Football League (CFL) was killed in an early morning shooting outside a nightclub in the western city of Calgary, the gaming body said on Sunday.
Olympians punished in 1968 get redemption with White House invite
Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two African-American athletes sent home from the 1968 Olympic Games for their raised-fist protest on the medal podium, will receive a long-awaited moment of redemption at a US team event at the White House this week.
Obama, Woods remember Palmer as 'pioneer' in golf
Golfing great Arnold Palmer died on Sunday, aged 87. His death left the golfing fraternity in mourning. Tributes flow...
Golfing great Arnold Palmer dies at 87
Arnold Palmer, one of golf's greatest players whose immense popularity drew a legion of fans known as "Arnie's Army" and helped propel the game just as television was coming of age, died on Sunday at age 87, the US Golf Association and golf media reported.
September 25, 2016
Berlin marathon: Bekele wins in near record time
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele narrowly missed out on a new world record when he out-sprinted Kenya's Wilson Kipsang to win the Berlin marathon in the second fastest race of all time on Sunday.
Boxing elections: Singh elected BFI president, Kowli back as secretary
Expected to end four years of administrative turmoil in Indian boxing, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) was elected to office with businessman Ajay Singh winning the Presidential poll by an overwhelming margin.
September 24, 2016
Here's how you can contribute towards India's Olympic performance
The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports (MYAS) has invited suggestions from all stakeholders and general public for improving performance of India in Olympics and other mega sports events.
Services, Railways fume at being left out of boxing polls
Livid at being ignored for elections to put together a new federation on Sunday, two of Indian boxing's biggest stakeholders -- Railways and Services Sports Control Board -- have lodged a protest with the Sports Ministry.
Now, Indian golfers adopt anti-doping rules
Indian golfers will now come under the ambit of international anti-doping rules as the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) which marks 10 years of its inception, on Saturday, took the initial steps in implementing the international doping guidelines.
September 23, 2016
After Rio Paralympics gold, Jhajharia aims for treble in Tokyo
The gold medal in men's javelin throw F46 category in the Rio Paralympics made Devendra Jhajharia the most successful Indian para athlete ever but he is in no mood to stop here and is eyeing for a treble in the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Paralympic medal winners to be recommended for Padma awards
In a bid to give increased recognition to their achievements, the medallists from the Rio Paralympics will be recommended for the Padma awards this year by the Sports Ministry.
Japan Open: Srikanth loses in quarters
India's challenge at the Japan Super Series came to a grinding halt when shuttler Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the tournament after suffering a defeat in the quarter-finals of the men's singles event here on Friday.
How India can win 50 Olympic medals in 2024
The NITI Aayog has big plans for Indian sport.
Messi injury a worry for Barca and Argentina
The rest of Barcelona's squad will have to do "a little bit more" to make up for the absence of five-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi for the next three weeks, according to captain Andres Iniesta.
September 22, 2016
PM Modi delighted to meet Rio Paralympians
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met the Indian athletes who took part in the Rio Paralympic Games, including the four medallists, and applauded them for making the country proud with their achievements.
Indian shooters finish second in Junior World Cup
Lakshaya and Kismat Chopra along with Manavaditya Singh Rathore on Thursday bagged the team bronze in the Men's Trap event as India ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup with a total of 24 medals to grab the second place in the overall standings.
Srikanth advances to quarterfinals of Japan Open
Rio Olympics quarterfinalist K Srikanth emerged as the lone survivor at the Japan Open after he reached the last eight stage of the men's singles competition at the Super Series event in Tokyo on Thursday.
Serie A: Juve go top, Napoli frustrated at Genoa
Champions Juventus returned to the top of Serie A with a 4-0 home rout of Cagliari on Wednesday, while former leaders Napoli dropped to second after being held to a goalless draw at Genoa.
New mayor kills off Rome's 2024 Olympics bid
Rome's new mayor, Virginia Raggi, pulled the plug on the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, saying staging the summer games would bury the Italian capital under mountains of debt and tonnes of cement.
Mongolian coaches banned for three years for Rio strip
Two Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped off in protest at the judging at last month's Rio Olympics have been suspended for three years, the sport's international federation said on Wednesday.
September 21, 2016
Cuba volleyball players found guilty of rape in Finland
Five volleyball players from the Cuban national team were found guilty on Tuesday of aggravated rape of a woman while they were in Finland in July for a World League tournament prior to the Rio Olympics.
Japan Open: Shuttlers Jayaram, Prannoy, Srikanth make second round
It was a mixed day for Indian shuttlers at the Japan Super Series as Ajay Jayaram, H S Prannoy and K Srikanth fought their way to the second round of the men's singles competition in Tokyo on Wednesday.
'This celebrity status is only because of my medal'
The Rio Olympics bronze medalist shared the stage with Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha during the Whisper 'Like a Girl' campaign.
September 20, 2016
Jitu, Sanjeev, Mairaj to represent India in ISSF WC Finals
Ace shooters Jitu Rai, Sanjeev Rajput and Mairaj Ahmad Khan will represent India at the season ending ISSF World Cup Finals to be held in the cities of Bologna and Rome in Italy next month.
Kashyap to face Srikanth in opening round at Japan Open
Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap advanced to the main draw of the men's singles competition of Japan Super Series after registering twin victories in the two rounds of the qualifiers in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Nadal, Farah speak out after hackers leak more WADA records
Tennis World No 5 Rafael Nadal and Olympic champion Mo Farah have spoken in defence after Russian cyber espionage group Fancy Bears leaked their medical data on Monday.
WADA leaks: Russian hackers publish medical data for Farah, Nadal
Documents relating to Farah, and published on the fancybear.net website, showed that the distance runner had no active Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) at the time of the Olympics.
September 19, 2016
Coach Nandi reveals how he got the best out of gymnast Dipa
Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi never used corporal punishment over his ward during a career spanning more than 15 years, but he used to attack the the star gymnast "psychologically" to stir up her emotions, that resulted in a historic fourth place finish in Rio.
Cycling: Data leak boosts Froome, puts Wiggins in spotlight
Chris Froome's credibility as triple Tour de France champion has only been boosted by the hacking of his private medical information, according to a South African physiologist who carried out tests on the Briton last year.
ISSF Junior World Cup: Indian shooters continue medal-winning spree
Indian shooters got off to a positive start on day one of the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun), clinching seven medals, including three golds, at Gabala in Azerbaijan on Sunday.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
A mix of interesting events, coupled with big, shocking results, in the sporting world, grabbed headlines last week.
Mapping the 2016 Paralympics: How countries fared at the Games in Rio
The Rediff Labs team analysed the data from Rio 2016 Paralympic Games' official website and created the above map with a total number of medals won by each country.
Why seeing Nadal makes me happy and sad
'And that was what I missed the most when I saw Nadal play in Delhi, the banter with my mom, because she's gone and I won't get to share that moment with her.'
September 18, 2016
Will wait 30 mins for you but win us a medal in Tokyo: Big B to Dipa
Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who finished a historic fourth in Rio Olympics vault, aspires to beat reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles of US in Tokyo Games four years later.
Tiger Woods is by far the best golfer, says Kapil Dev
An avid golfer himself, cricket great Kapil Dev on Sunday said Tiger Woods is by far the best golfer who continues to inspire millions to the sport.
Basketball: India beat Chinese Taipei to finish 7th in Asia Challenge
The Indian men's basketball team upstaged Chinese Taipei 80-68 in a classification match to finish seventh in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 in Tehrah on Sunday.
ISSF's Junior World Cup: Indian shooter grabs gold
Young Indian shooter Subhankar Pramanick clinched the gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event at the ISSF Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and
Belgian Open: Shuttler Sourabh falls at final hurdle
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma fell at the final hurdle as he lost to Lucas Corvee of France in straight sets in the summit clash of the Belgian International badminton tournament in Leuven.
Paralympics tragedy: Iranian cyclist death casts pall over Games
Iranian cyclist Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad has died after crashing in the C4-5 event at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, the first such death at the Games since they began in 1960, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has said.
September 17, 2016
Basketball: India lose to Japan 66-77, to play for 7th spot
Indian hoopsters lost their fifth place classification match against Japan 66-77 in the FIBA Asia Challenge Basketball Championship in Tehran on Saturday.
Australian rower Brennan 'beyond disappointed' by WADA data hack
Australian Olympic champion rower Kim Brennan has spoken of her deep disappointment that her integrity as a clean athlete has been called into question over a shot of adrenaline administered in a medical emergency.
When coach Nandi channelised Dipa's temper to her advantage
Star gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach Bisweshwar Nandi has dismissed the notion that it would have been better had the medalists and other top performers at the Rio Games been given financial before their sojourn to Brazil.
September 16, 2016
India finish 2nd with 8 medals on final day of Track Asia Cup
India ended their campaign in the Track Asia Cup at second position by bagging eight medals, including two gold, on the final day of the competition at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.
Amit Saroha misses a bronze in Rio Paralympics
India's Amit Kumar Saroha missed the bronze medal by a whisker in the men's F51 club throw competition at the Rio Paralympic Games on Friday.
Putin says WADA leaks raise a lot of questions
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) records leaked by hackers raised a lot of questions with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances, TASS news agency reported.
Russia doping: McLaren says final report still several months away
The final version of a report which has already revealed a system of state-sponsored doping in Russia is still several months away, its author Richard McLaren said on Friday.
CBI takes charge of wrestler Narsingh's dope case
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) said that the CBI has started its probe into the doping scandal of dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav after the PMO referred his case to the investigation agency.
Dhoni sheds light on how India can win medals at Olympics
Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that a combination of proper infrastructure and guidance along with passion can help India in becoming a 'sporting nation'.
Belgian Open: Shuttler Sourabh makes semis
Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma reached the semi-finals of the Belgian International Challenge after an easy victory over Kieran Merrilees of Scotland in the men's singles competition in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday.
Paralympics medalists Deepa Malik asks Sachin Tendulkar to meet her
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar showered praise on Deepa Malik, who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
September 15, 2016
South Africa to appeal Pistorius murder sentence again
South African state prosecutors will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave to challenge Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence after failing with a similar bid at a lower court, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.
AFC U-16 C'ship: UAE scrape past India in opener; Iran beat Saudi
India began their campaign AFC U-16 football championships campaign on a disappointing note, losing 2-3 to United Arab Emirates at the Nehru Stadium in Margao on Thursday.
Froome has 'no issue' with exemption leak in WADA hack
Triple Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he has "no issue" with his private medical records being leaked in a cyber attack by Russian hackers on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Kiev to host 2018 Champions League final
Kiev's Olympic stadium will host the final of the 2018 Champions League, the first final of Europe's top club competition to be held in Ukraine, UEFA said on Thursday.
Davis Cup: Ramanathan faces Nadal challenge in opening singles
Rafael Nadal to play against Ram Kumar Ramanathan on the first day of their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in New Delhi on Friday.
Hackers release another batch of athlete data?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Wednesday that another batch of athlete data has been leaked by the same Russian cyber espionage group that published confidential data earlier this week.
Racing driver Zanardi wins gold, 15 years after losing legs
Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi won his third Paralympic gold medal on Wednesday, a day before the 15th anniversary of the Champ Car crash that cost the Italian both legs and nearly his life.
September 14, 2016
Basketball: India vanquish Kazakhstan to enter Quarters
The Indian basketball team defeated Kazakhstan 100-90 in its last Group E game to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016 in Tehran on Wednesday.
Sports Min non-committal on Khel Ratna for paralympic medallists
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday refused to commit if medallists of the ongoing Rio Paralympics will be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award -- the highest sporting honour in the country.
PICS: Usain Bolt's first day at work
After becoming the first person to win all three events at three consecutive Olympic Games, Usain Bolt has a surprise for his fans.
6-year-old daughter inspired Jhajharia to second Paralympics gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia has revealed that a "deal" with his six-year-old daughter propelled him to win a record second gold medal in the
4 crore cash reward for Deepa Malik
The Haryana government has announced a cash reward of Rs. 4 crore for Deepa Malik, who scripted history by winning silver in the women's shot put F53 event at the ongoing Paralympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
PM Modi, celebrities hail Jhajharia's 2nd gold in Paralympics
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cricketers such as Virendra Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif congratulated the athlete for his stupendous feat at Rio.
Bolt leaves door open to 2017 sprint double at worlds
Usain Bolt has left the door open to running in both the 100 and 200 metres at next year's world championships where he said he will be more focussed on protecting his legacy than topping his world records.
Rio Paralympics: Javelin thrower Jhajharia creates history, wins another gold
Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia became the first Indian to clinch two gold medals at the Paralympics after he broke his own world record to clinch
Protesters disrupt Lochte's debut on dance competition
'Dancing with the Stars' host Tom Bergeron said on Tuesday he was shocked and unnerved by protesters who shouted "liar, liar" and rushed the stage after a live performance by Ryan Lochte, the gold-medal US swimmer who made up a story about being robbed at the Rio Olympics.
September 13, 2016
Williams sisters let off by WADA despite positive dope test?
Claiming to have accessed WADA's database, Fancy Bears' hack team claimed to have leaked dozens of files allegedly relating to United States athletes on the internet.
Russian javelin thrower Abakumova stripped of her 2008 Olympics silver
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday sanctioned four Russian Olympians who competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games for failing drug tests, including silver medalist Maria Abakumova.
I dared to dream and worked hard: Deepa Malik
The first Indian woman to clinch a Paralympic medal, a thrilled Deepa Malik says her F-53 shot put silver is a result of being daring enough to dream.
India's cagers pull off huge upset over higher-ranked China
In a rare feat, the Indian men's basketball team stunned formidable China in its second-round group E encounter to stay in contention for a quarterfinal berth in the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Tuesday.
Meet Deepa Malik! First Indian woman to win a medal at Paralympics
India's Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
PHOTOS: Saluting Paralympians and their undying spirit
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September 12, 2016
PM, Tendulkar laud 'phenomenal, inspirational' Deepa Malik
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sporting icons Sachin Tendulkar and Abhinav Bindra, India showered accolades on Deepa Malik, who created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
Deepa Malik first woman to win Paralympics medal with shot put silver
India's Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics when she bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
Govt-backed athletes should set up academies, centres: Sports Min
Touched with Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu's gesture to donate Rs 30 lakh from his prize money to his school, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday said that all athletes backed by the government should try to set up academies or centres of their own to inspire the youth.
Mariyappan India's flagbearer in Paralympic closing ceremony
Thangavelu Mariyappan, who became only the third Indian ever to clinch a gold medal in the Paralympics, will be the country's flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of the Rio Games on September 18.
Belgian Paralympian says not ready for euthanasia
Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has said she is still considering euthanasia but contrary to media reports, will not be ending her life immediately after the Games in Rio.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik rises to top-5 in world rankings
Riding on her bronze medal finish at the Rio Olympic Games, Sakshi Malik entered the top-five in the latest UWW (United World Wrestling) rankings, rising to a career-best 4th position in women's 58kg category.
September 11, 2016
Chinappa climbs to 10th in PSA rankings
Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa rose to 10th while Deepika Pallikal remained static at 19th in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) rankings.
Dipa Karmakar hails Paralympic Games medal winners
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who missed out on an Olympic medal by a whisker in Rio de Janeiro recently, on Sunday showered praise on Thangavelu Mariyappan and Varun Singh Bhati for winning gold and bronze in the Paralympics.
Rio Paralympics Games: Archer Pooja finishes 29th
Indian archer Pooja finished the ranking round at the 29th spot with a total of 513 points in the Recurve archery event of the Paralympics Games on Saturday.
September 10, 2016
Check out why Sports Minister met boxing star Vijender
Sports Minister Vijay Goel, on Saturday, met former Olympic bronze-medallist Vijender Singh to discuss the way forward for Indian boxing, which has been severely hampered by administrative wrangling in the past four years.
PM Modi leads country in lauding Paralympic medallists
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to India's lone individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra, congratulatory messages poured in from all corners for Rio Paralympic Games' T-42 high-jump gold-medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu and bronze medal winner Varun Bhati.
Mariyappan Thangavelu wins high jump gold at Paralympics
There was double joy for India at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday, as high jumpers Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze. Thangavelu scripted history, becoming the first Indian para-athlete to win a gold medal in the men's high jump-T42 final, on Day 2 of the Games at the Olympic Stadium.
September 09, 2016
'Ibrahimovic born for Manchester derby'
If ever a fixture was made for striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic it is Saturday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford, according to his former Barcelona team mate Thierry Henry.
Advani wins historic bronze at 6 Red Snooker World Championship
Pankaj Advani became the first Indian cueist to win a medal at the prestigious Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship after taking the bronze following his semi-final loss to Chinese Ding Junhui, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday.
'I won because of my technique, not my power'
It's a sport that is synonymous with power for most, but India's Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik says her achievements on the mat are not just because of brawn but also brain.
Sports Ministry to appoint observer for boxing federation's elections
The Sports Ministry will depute an observer for the much-awaited elections, scheduled for September 25 in Mumbai, to constitute a new Boxing Federation of India.
Belarus delegate banned for carrying Russian flag at Paralympics opening
A member of the Belarus delegation who carried a Russian flag at the Paralympic opening ceremony to support his country's near-neighbor that is banned from the competition was stripped of his accreditation, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Thursday.
September 08, 2016
Sports Ministry begins thorough probe into Rio debacle
The Sports Ministry on Thursday said it has started a "thorough review" of India's dismal outing at the Rio Olympics and is also seeking feedback and suggestions from the athletes who competed in the quadrennial extravaganza.
Belarus delegate carries Russian flag during Rio opening ceremony
The Belarus team carried Russia's flag as well as their own at the Paralympic Games opening ceremony, in a show of support for their near-neighbours, who were banned from the competition in Rio de Janeiro.
Saina Nehwal vows to return stronger in December
India's leading badminton player Saina Nehwal says she wants to come back into competitive action stronger after recovering from a knee surgery and indicated that her best may be yet to come.
Pankaj Advani cruises into last 16 of 6 Red World Championship
The Indian cueist, who maintained a clean slate in the group stage with an all-win record, trounced Germany's Lukas Kleckers 6-0.
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar, brand ambassador of India?
Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian woman Olympian in gymnastics who finished fourth in the Rio Games, should be made the brand ambassador of India, former Indian football captain Prasun Banerjee said in Agartala on Thursday.
Tiger Woods intends to make competitive return next month
Tiger Woods announced on Wednesday that he hopes to make his competitive return to golf next month, beginning with the PGA Tour's Safeway Open in Napa, California, after spending more than a year on the sidelines.
US swimmer Lochte gets ten-month ban over Rio scandal
American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months, US media reported on Wednesday, following a scandal involving the US Olympic athlete and three other swimmers at the Rio Games.
September 07, 2016
Sindhu: This is just the beginning; there is a lot more to come
'I didn't think before the start of the Olympics that I would make it to the final and win a medal.' 'I just thought of going there and giving my best, taking one match at a time.'
Kashyap wins on return; Prannoy, Jayaram also in round 2
A fit-again P Kashyap of India resumed his journey in international badminton by notching up a comfortable win, while H S Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram also advanced to the second round of Indonesia Grand Prix Gold in Balikpapan, Indonesia on Wednesday.
After triumphing in Brazil, Sikki-Pranaav eye CWG medal
Ecstatic after clinching a maiden Grand Prix title at the Brazil Open, the Indian mixed doubles pairing of N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra have set their sights on winning a medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Has Bolt proposed to his long-term girlfriend?
After sparking controversy with his late-night antics following his triumphant Rio Olympics campaign, legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt seems ready to settle down as he strongly hinted that he has proposed to long-term girlfriend Kasi Bennett.
Friendly: Smolov goal gives World Cup hosts Russia win over Ghana
Fedor Smolov's 20th-minute goal gave Russia their first win under new coach Stanislav Cherchesov as the 2018 World Cup hosts overcame Ghana 1-0 in a friendly in Moscow on Tuesday.
September 06, 2016
'With that score I would have won a bronze at the Olympics'
-year old Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had recently scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on July 23.
Unlike Olympics, no TV coverage for Rio Paralympics in India
Unlike the Olympics that was widely covered, the Rio Paralympics set to begin tomorrow will not have any television coverage in India as it failed to attract any national broadcasters after a city-based NGO on Tuesday highlighted the "discrimination" of the para athletes.
'We have forgotten the art of physical literacy'
'We have lost the importance of physical movement. It is important we encourage kids to take up sport.'
Less awareness in sports led to only 2 Oly medals: Mary Kom
London Games bronze medallist boxer M C Mary Kom on Tuesday described her trials for Rio Olympics as "unfortunate" and said things probably would have been in her favour had there been more competitions for women.
No gold for Yogeshwar as World body clears London Games winner
Yogeshwar Dutt's London Olympics bronze medal will not be upgraded to gold after the United World Wrestling (UWW) on Tuesday made it clear that the top-place finisher in men's 60kg freestyle -- Togrul Asgarov - never tested positive for a banned substance.
'People who taunted me now want to click selfies with me'
'People taunted me, saying 'You are a woman, why are you wrestling?'
UP CM Akhilesh to request CBI probe into Narsingh saga
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday assured wrestler Narsingh Yadav that his government will request the centre to order CBI probe into the doping scandal, which has led to the grappler being handed a four-year ban.
September 05, 2016
Call for Boxing elections on September 25 in Mumbai
With a view to break the impasse over the governing of boxing in the country, newly-formed and registered Boxing Federation of India has called for elections in Mumbai on September 25.
Shuttlers Sikki-Pranaav win Brazil Open Grand Prix title
Indian mixed doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra clinched their maiden Grand Prix title, bagging the Brazil Open with a straight games victory over Canadian combo of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich at Foz do Iguacu in Brazil, on Sunday.
Spain's Hortelano hospitalised after car crash
Spanish athlete Bruno Hortelano has suffered a serious hand injury in a car accident in Madrid and undergone an operation, his agent said on Monday.
September 04, 2016
Badminton: Pawar loses Brazil Open final
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar went down fighting against Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia in a thrilling men's singles final of the Brazil Open Grand Prix, in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, on Sunday.
Time to hand over the baton to the younger generation: Bindra
'The role of sports science, sport medicine is incredibly important in modern day sport. We can't do without it'
Fourth place at Rio Games was a great closure to my career: Bindra
'You can never break performance into black and white, there will always be grey and that's the nature of sport'
PHOTOS: Star turnout for Yuvraj's fashion label launch
It was a starry night as India's top sports and Bollywood celebrities came out in large numbers to support Yuvraj Singh, who launched his own clothing line YWC in Mumbai, on Saturday.
September 03, 2016
'If any woman reaches final at Olympics after 33 years, it is big'
India's steeplechase specialist Lalita Babar, who finished 10th in the recently-concluded Rio Olympics, said the transition from being a marathon runner to a steeplechaser wasn't an easy one.
China Open: Indian challenge ends as Ghosal, Chinappa out
The Indian challenge at the China Squash Open ended with the elimination of Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa following their respective defeats in the quarter-final round in Shanghai.
September 02, 2016
I don't think my silver will be upgraded to gold: Yogeshwar
Speaking exclusively to Aruneel Sadadekar/Rediff.com, the Haryana-based wrestler shed light on the latest reports of Asgarov testing positive and Sakshi Malik's bronze medal feat at the Rio Olympics.
China Open: Ghosal downs World No 8 to reach quarters
India's Saurav Ghosal upset world number 8 Miguel Rodriguez of Colombia to advance to the quarter-finals of the PSA China Open in Shanghai.
These girls have power
Manavi Kapur goes behind the scenes to find out what it takes to be a successful woman wrestler.
September 01, 2016
Russian athletes blocked from competing as neutrals at Paralympics
Russia's disabled athletes will not be allowed to compete as neutrals at this month's Rio de Janeiro Paralympics after their country was banned because of a state-sponsored sports doping programme.
Cuba's discus thrower Barrios stripped of Beijing silver medal
The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it has disqualified two athletes from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including a Cuban discus silver medalist, after retesting of samples found evidence they had used banned substances.
August 31, 2016
Salman fulfills promise, to pay Olympians through IOA
Bollywood actor Salman Khan lived up to his promise of paying Rs 1.01 lakh to all the participants of Rio Olympic Games and has requested the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to send him details of the athletes.
Yogeshwar's sample will be tested before upgradation to silver
Star India wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt will have to wait to know whether his bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics is upgraded to silver till the time his sample is cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Jaisha to train from next week ignoring medical advice
Athlete OP Jaisha is confident that she can start her training next week having recovered well from H1N1 fever which she contracted during the Rio Olympics even though the SAI doctor has advised her a month's rest.
NEEDED! A complete revamp for Indian boxing
Indian boxing's biggest names are demanding an all systems reboot to halt the sport's decline after a medal-less Olympic campaign in Rio and their roadmap goes beyond having the much-delayed national federation.
Gopichand's journey: From failing in IIT to champion player and coach
Chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, who guided Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu to Olympic medals in the successive Games, says he was lucky that he wasn't good in studies and it was a flunked IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) exam that paved his way to be a successful sportsperson.
Yogeshwar wants late Russian's family to keep London silver
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is not keen to collect the upgraded silver medal from 2012 London Olympics on humanitarian grounds given that the original second place finisher's positive dope test came after his death.
17 million watched Sindhu vs Marin clash on TV!
The Rio Olympics gold medal contest in badminton women's singles between India's P V Sindhu and Spain's Carolina Marin attracted 17.2 million TV viewers, according to the broadcasters.
Did this Indian couple fake Everest summit photos?
Nepal on Tuesday banned an Indian couple from mountain climbing in the country for 10 years after they tried to fake a successful ascent of Mount Everest with digitally altered photographs, officials said.
Disgraced Olympic swimmer Lochte to dance with stars
Disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is joining the 'Dancing With the Stars' cast, ABC television announced on Tuesday, as the gold medalist said he thought reaction to his tale about being held up at a Rio de Janeiro gas station had been blown out of proportion.
Team manager quits over hidden camera scandal
The manager of South Korea's national swimming team has resigned as an investigation continues into a scandal involving the alleged installation of hidden cameras to take pictures of female athletes, the national federation has said.
Czech Olympic champion gymnast Vera Caslavska no more
Czech gymnast Vera Caslavska, whose seven gold medals made her the country's most decorated Olympic athlete, has died at the age of 74 after a long illness, according to text messages sent by the head of the Czech Olympic Committee to co-workers.
Mary Kom and Sarita Devi: The untold story
'Mary just stopped talking to me. Maybe she did not like the fact that she was the gold medallist, but it was me (Sarita), not her, who was getting all the attention.'
US Open, Day 2: Ivanovic knocked out; Nishikori advances
Former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock 6-7(4), 1-6 loss against Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic in the women's singles first round at the 2016 US Open on Tuesday.
August 30, 2016
Over 100 Russians file cases to compete in Rio Paralympic Games
More than 100 Russian Paralympians have individually filed cases to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in order to be allowed to compete at next month's Games in Rio, Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Vice President Pavel Rozhkov said on Tuesday.
Girls made India proud at Rio Olympics: PM Modi
Showering praise on Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said these "daughters" were the saving grace of India at the Rio Games.
Van Basten quits Dutch national team for FIFA job
'I have agreed with Danny Blind to stay as an assistant until the end of the year'
PIX: Meet 100-year-old Indian who won gold at Masters Games track meet
In a gripping tale of unwavering dedication and passion towards the sport, a 100-year-old Indian runner has become the talk of the town after she picked up a gold medal in the 100-metre race at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada.
Yogeshwar's London Olympics bronze upgraded to silver
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze medal from the London Olympics was upgraded to silver after silver medallist from the 2012 Games -- deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia -- was stripped off his medal for using banned substance.
August 29, 2016
Need to build sports culture to win more medals: Gopichand
Pullela Gopichand, who has coached Olympic medallist shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu, on Monday said that India can win a bagful of Olympic medals only if sports culture is built in the country through nurturing talent at the grassroot level.
CRPF to appoint Sindhu as Commandant and brand ambassador
Country's largest paramilitary force CRPF has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu as it's brand ambassador and bestow the honorary rank of Commandant on the ace badminton player.
'I will show the world how to win a medal without a federation'
The coveted Olympic medal eluded him yet again, but, far from being bogged down, boxer Vikas Krishan says he is now aiming to become the first Indian to clinch two medals at the World Championships irrespective of whether a national federation takes shape or not.
'Did Sachin T pay for the BMWs he 'gave away' to Rio athletes?'
Shobaa De has raked up another row and is being trolled again for questioning the gifting of the BMW cars to Rio Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik, PV Sindhu and her coach P Gopichand as well as Olympian gymnast Dipa Karmakar.
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PHOTOS: Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa, Jitu conferred Khel Ratna
It was a celebration of woman power in sports as Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were on Monday conferred India's highest sporting honour -- the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna -- along with shooter Jitu Rai in a gleaming awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.
Shameful! Hockey Olympians made to sit on train floor
A shameful incident saw some of the four Indian women's hockey team players made to sit on the floor of the train while returning back home from Rio Olympics.
WATCH! Auto driver gifts shooter-daughter Rs 5 lakh gun
Despite a meagre income, Ahmedabad-based auto-rickshaw driver has gifted his 27-year-old daughter, who is a national-level shooter, a German-made rifle worth Rs 5 lakh, a corpus he had kept aside for her marriage.
August 28, 2016
PHOTOS: PM Modi hosts 'inspirational' athletes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, hosted the National Sports awardees, including Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu and bronze winner Sakshi Malik, at his 7 Race Course Road residence in New Delhi.
Manoj Kumar appeals PM Modi to sort out boxing mess
Bitter about the administrative mess which he feels cost him a medal at the Rio Olympics, pugilist Manoj Kumar says Indian boxing is on death bed right now and desperately needs intervention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Why Big B feels we should be proud of our athletes
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan says we all should be proud of our athletes as they bring greatest glory to the nation.
Sachin lauds Rio winners, hopes journey doesn't stop
Lauding PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for winning medals at the Rio Olympic Games, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday, said it is the beginning of a wonderful journey for the duo.
PHOTOS: Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa, Gopichand presented swanky BMW
Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu and bronze winner grappler Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar and badminton coach Pullela
August 27, 2016
Dipa Karmakar, associations welcome PM Modi's Olympics Task Force
India's gymnastics heroine Dipa Karmakar has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of setting up a Task Force.
Who is to be blamed for boxer's medal-less campaign in Rio?
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu says the
August 26, 2016
PM Modi announces Task Force to prepare India for next Olympics
With India getting only two medals in the Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, announced the decision to set up a Task Force to prepare a comprehensive action plan for effective participation in the next three Olympics.
'Narsingh would have won the silver if he had competed in Rio'
Continuing to back dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav, a top Wrestling Federation of India official on Friday claimed the 74-kg freestyle wrestler would have clinched the silver medal had he taken part in the Rio Olympics instead of being banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Ethiopian marathoner stays put in Rio, vows to fight for land rights
Ethiopian silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa, who did not return home after staging a protest against his government at the Rio Olympics, said on Thursday he feared for his life if he went back and vowed to keep up his fight for land rights.
Judge rejects prosecutors' request to appeal Pistorius sentence
South African Judge Thokozile Masipa on Friday rejected an application by state prosecutors to appeal Oscar Pistorius's six-year murder sentence, saying the petition had no reasonable prospects of success.
Boxer Sarita Devi producing champions in her academy
India's premier boxer legend Sarita Laishram Devi has started an endeavour to train young talents from her state of Manipur, with many budding boxers undergoing training at Sarita's boxing academy.
I didn't even expect to be in the fourth position at the Olympics: Dipa
'Our performance went really well though I am sad I couldn't manage a medal but I am happy to secure 15+ in the first level'
August 25, 2016
Olympic athlete OP Jaisha tests positive for swine flu
India's marathon runner OP Jaisha, who had triggered controversy after returning from Rio Olympics, has tested positive for swine flu on Thursday.
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte to be summoned to testify in Brazil
U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who has apologized for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games, will be summoned to testify before Brazil's Justice Department, Fox News reported on Thursday.
Expected at least two to make it to Round 2, says former TT ace Kamlesh
Conceding that the performance of the Indian team in the Rio Olympics table tennis competition was not up to his expectations, former national coach Kamlesh Mehta, on Thursday, said it does not mean they should not have taken the flight to Brazil.
Bindra to probe shooters' Rio Games debacle
India's first and only individual Olympic gold-medallist Abhinav Bindra was named Chairman of a five-member review committee to probe the shooters' Rio Games debacle but has rescued himself from questioning them as he was himself a part of the team.
FC Goa to train in Rio de Janeiro ahead of season
As a part of FC Goa's pre-season training and conditioning, the team will assemble at head coach Zico's football academy, Zico 10 in Rio de Janeiro, to prepare for the third season of the Indian Super League (ISL).
Badminton Rankings: Saina drops to No 9; Sindhu remains No 10
India's leading badminton player Saina Nehwal has dropped four places to be No 9 in the latest world rankings while P V Sindhu remains No 10 despite winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics.
Putin says ban on Russian Paralympic team is cynical, immoral
A ban imposed on Russia's Paralympic team to compete in Rio is cynical and immoral, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, while saying that Moscow acknowledged its mistakes and would improve the national anti-doping system.
Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban
Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has pledged to accept the verdict as he made his final appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his six-year ban from all football-related activities.
Twist in Jaisha row: Coach claims she refused personalised refreshments
The controversy stoked by marathon runner O P Jaisha took an interesting turn with Indian athletics contingent's middle and long distance coach Nikolai Snesarev, on Thursday, asserting that she herself had said no when asked by him if she would need personalised refreshment during the race in the Rio Olympics.
Ireland star Keane to hang up international boots
Ireland's most prolific goal-scorer Robbie Keane announced his retirement on Wednesday after an 18-year career in which he scored 67 goals for his country to put him 15th on the list of all-time international marksmen.
Sindhu sidesteps minister's offer, says Gopichand is 'the best coach'
India's Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu, who captured the imagination of the entire nation by winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics, has ignored Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali's offer for a 'better coach', saying that her current guru Pullela Gopichand is the 'best coach' for her.
US 'keeper Solo 'saddened' by six-month ban
She was handed ban for mocking Sweden, calling them "a bunch of cowards" at the Rio Olympics
August 24, 2016
Rio Olympics was like a cold war, says Russian swmimmer
Russian Yulia Efimova, who won two Olympic silver medals this month after being cleared to compete in Rio following a doping ban, has compared swimming in the Games to being at war.
Sehwag slams Piers Morgan for mocking India's performance in Rio
British journalist and television show host was heavily criticised on social media after he made fun of India's performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Bindra may head panel to review India's shooting debacle at Rio Olympics
The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has come up with a proposal to set up a special committee, to be headed by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, to carry out a comprehensive review of the shooters' below-par performance at the Rio Games.
Haryana CM forgets Sindhu's name, calls her from Karnataka
In a faux pas, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar forgot Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu's full name and also wrongly called her from Karnataka.
Brazil didn't mess up Olympics, nor did it make most of them
The enduring images of the Games will be not just the great sporting achievements - from US swimmer Michael Phelps' 28th Olympic medal to Usain Bolt's historic sprint 'triple triple' - but also the organizational problems, empty seats and crime.
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo, governor calls for unity
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike brought the Olympic flag to Japan from Brazil on Wednesday and called for all parties to work together to host a successful Summer Games in 2020.
Brazil police say IOC's Hickey discussed illegal ticket sales
Brazilian police said on Tuesday they had uncovered emails between detained International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Hickey and the British owner of a ticketing company they said masterminded a scheme selling Olympic tickets illegally.
Sakshi named brand ambassador of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' initiative
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday felicitated Rio Olympics bronze medal winner and wrestler Sakshi Malik.
OP Jaisha water row: Was there mismanagement on government's part?
Backing long-distance runner OP Jaisha's claim of having no support from the Indian officials at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi on Wednesday said that the incident revealed 'gross mismanagement' on the Centre's part.
Sakshi accorded grand welcome, presented Rs 2.5 crore cheque
Haryana on Wednesday honoured its 'daughter' Sakshi Malik by appointing her as brand ambassador of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' campaign and presenting the Olympic bronze medallist a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore.
League Cup: Liverpool rout Burton; West Brom, Watford booted out
Premier League clubs West Bromwich Albion and Watford were knocked out in the League Cup second round by lower-league opponents on Tuesday as a strong Liverpool side crushed championship Burton Albion 5-0.
August 23, 2016
SAI, NADA officials involved in Narsingh conspiracy: WFI President
Refusing to budge from its stance, the Wrestling Federation of India floated a new theory on Tuesday, alleging that some junior officials of the Sports Authority of India and National Anti Doping Agency are responsible for Narsingh Yadav being handed a four-year ban for doping.
Athlete Sudha tested positive for Swine Flu, not for Zika virus
Rio Olympian and Indian long distance runner Sudha Singh, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here for a suspected Zika virus infection, has tested positive for swine flu and will be out of action for at least two months, doctors said on Tuesday.
Grand welcome awaits Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik
A grand welcome awaits Rio Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik when she arrives home on Wednesday, with hectic preparations underway to give her a rousing reception at her village Mokhra Khas in Rohtak district.
Inquiry to probe apathy in marathon runner Jaisha's case
The Sports Ministry constituted a two-member committee to probe the allegations of official apathy leveled by marathon runner O P Jaisha, who claims to have been denied water refreshment during her event at the Rio Olympic Games.
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Russia loses appeal against Paralympics ban
Russia has lost its appeal against its ban from next month's Rio Paralympics because of a state-sponsored doping programme, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sports highest tribunal, said on Tuesday.
Marathoner Raut contradicts Jaisha's claim of AFI apathy at Rio
Contradicting marathon runner OP Jaisha's claim of official apathy in the Rio Olympics, co-runner Kavita Raut on Tuesday said that the Athletics Federation of Indian (AFI) had provided her with an option of having energy drinks during the race and, therefore, she has no complaints against the apex body.
Narsingh's fate sealed; CAS deems he 'intentionally' took banned substance
Dismisses sabotage angle, saying: "...all in all found the sabotage (s) theory possible, but not probable and certainly not grounded in any real evidence'
What needs to be done to produce medal-winning gymnasts?
India's gymnastics queen, Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi expects a more solid sports policy and bigger effort from SAI and the government
Khel Ratna for Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu
In an unprecedented move, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting award, will be conferred on four athletes this year. The Sports Ministry announced on Monday that Olympic medalists P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik will be honoured alongside trail-blazing gymnast Dipa Karmakar and ace shooter Jitu Rai.
After Speedo, Ryan Lochte loses Ralph Lauren sponsorship
US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lost all four of his major sponsors on Monday, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren Corp, following his apology for an "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games.
August 22, 2016
Jaisha alleges official apathy at Rio Olympics, AFI refutes charge
Marathon runner O P Jaisha on Monday alleged that Indian officials did not arrange for water and energy drinks during her race in the Rio Olympics run under scorching heat despite designated stations being given for the country, a claim denied by Athletics Federation of India.
My career all but over if ban not reviewed, says Narsingh
Dope-tainted Narsingh Yadav admitted that his career would be over if the four-year ban imposed on him by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) is not reviewed and said that the country should take up his case as India lost out on an Olympic medal in wrestling.
PHOTOS: Moments that stood out at the Rio Olympics!
Here is a flashback of the top moments from the just concluded quadrennial Games...
Rio Olympics: Stunning sporting moments
After the curtain have come down here are some of the stunning moments from the Rio Olympics that made everyone stand and cheer.
Wrestling: Furious Mongolians strip off over bronze medal defeat
Two Mongolian coaches stripped off and hurled their shoes in protest on Sunday after their wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig was denied victory for running away from his Uzbek opponent in the dying seconds of their bronze medal contest.
Population size has nothing to do with sporting excellence
'No country can go from zero to hero at the Olympics.'
WATCH! Rio silver medallist Sindhu returns home to hero's welcome
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu arrived, in Hyderabad, to a grand welcome at Hyderabad International Airport.
Tales of the expected and unexpected from Rio Olympics
In gymnastics, Biles and Uchimura soared while China crashed.
How Phelps and Lochte stand out for right and wrong reasons
Two swimmers made the biggest waves in Rio, Michael Phelps racing to retirement as the greatest of all time and US team mate Ryan Lochte slipping out of the country before police could stop him.
Sindhu set to receive a swanky BMW from Tendulkar
While bronze medallist Sakshi would soon be seen driving her new, customized Mahindra Thar, a brand new BMW awaits new badminton sensation Sindhu.
MAPPED: Which nations won medals in Rio?
India finished 67th.
PIX: Rio passes Olympic flag to Tokyo
Rains failed to dampen the famous Rio carnival spirit as this Brazilian city bid an emotional farewell to the thousands of athletes of the world in a colourful closing ceremony to bring down curtains on the 31st Olympic Games.
How Indian athletes fared at Rio Olympics
Performance of Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics.
It's a wrap! Bolt conquers, Farah delivers but too many empty seats
Usain Bolt delivered. Mo Farah, Elaine Thompson, David Rudisha, three world records and a dominant United States played their part too, as athletics enjoyed being back in the limelight.
Did Narsingh Yadav intentionally dope?
While handing down a four-year ban on Narsingh Yadav, the Court of Arbitration for Sports has ruled that the wrestler failed to produce any 'real evidence'
PHOTOS: Rio bids a colourful goodbye to 2016 Games
A bit of melancholy and unbridled joy converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief for having pulled off South America's first Games.
Gopi, Kheta Ram clock personal bests in marathon
The Indian duo of Thanackal Gopi and Kheta Ram put up an inspired show and clock their personal best timings to finish 25th and 26th respectively in the men's marathon at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
India's Olympics report card: Sindhu, Sakshi save the blushes
Two unassuming young women saved India the humiliation of returning empty-handed from the Olympics for the first time since Barcelona in 1992 with awe-inspiring performances at Rio.
IOA chief Ramachandran awarded Olympic Order
Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order for outstanding service to the Olympic movement on Sunday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 16 at Rio Olympics
The gold medallists on Day 16 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.
August 21, 2016
Sakshi to be India's flag-bearer at Games closing
The first Indian woman grappler to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in the 58kg freestyle at Rio, she was the obvious choice as P V Sindhu, India's only other medallist, who bagged a silver in the women's singles badminton, left for Hyderabad on Saturday.
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva earns IOC spot despite opposition
Double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva, a fierce critic of a Russian track and field ban at the Rio Olympics, was elected an International Olympic Committee member on Sunday but a third of the votes were against her.
Kenya's Kipchoge triumphs in men's marathon
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's Olympic marathon with a dominating performance, running alone into the Sambadrome and finishing in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.
WFI demands CBI probe into Narsingh Yadav doping scandal
Left red-faced by the four-year ban imposed on Narsingh Yadav by the Court of Arbitration (CAS), the Wrestling Federation of India has demanded a CBI probe into the doping scandal that has jeopardised the grappler's entire career.
Wrestling: Shock defeat for Yogeshwar in qualification round
In a massive heartbreak for India, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt slumped to a shock defeat in the men's 65kg freestyle qualification round bout against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia at the Rio Olympic Games.
Rio double shows I didn't just fluke it in London: Mo Farah
Britain's Mo Farah warned he aims to keep winning after becoming the first man in 40 years to retain the two Olympic distance crowns.
China blame 'fierce' competition for worst slump in 20 years
China blamed fierce competition for their Rio flop and promised to examine their "shortcomings" after slumping to their worst Olympic performance in 20 years.
Our sport is alive and strong, says IOC chief Coe
IAAF President Sebastian Coe gave a ringing endorsement to the Olympic athletics programme on Saturday, acclaiming a "remarkable week" that showed athletics is "alive and incredibly strong".
Russian Kolodko stripped of London Games shot put silver
Russian Evgeniia Kolodko has been stripped of her shot put silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics after testing positive for banned substances in a re-test, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.
Any danger to whistleblower Stepanova not an IOC issue: Bach
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be in danger after her revelations on doping in her country that triggered a massive scandal and forced her to flee, but it is not the International Olympic Committee's responsibility, the IOC said on Saturday.
Serie A: Higuain gets Juve going in 2-1 win over Fiorentina
Juventus launched their bid for a sixth successive league title after their record signing Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to grab a trademark winner in a 2-1 success over Fiorentina on the opening day of the Serie A season.
Is it time to call him Sir Mo Farah?
Rio repeat proves London was no fluke, says Farah
Park silences doubters with golf gold at Rio
Inbee Park has two words for doubters who thought she should sit out the Olympics and give her spot to another South Korean: gold medal.
Murray beats Raonic, to play Cilic in Cincinnati final
Sizzling hot Andy Murray roared into his seventh successive final with a commanding victory over Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: United States reclaim men's 4x400m title
LaShawn Merritt ran a blistering anchor leg to return the men's 4x400m title to the United States, and win his third Olympic gold medal, in the final athletics event of the Rio Games on Saturday.
First Look! When India's Olympic champions met!
This is a photograph that is sure to set off a billion smiles.
Record-breaking Ethiopian Ayana brushes doping suspicions
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana was supposed to be enjoying a glorious Olympic debut after shattering the women's 10,000 metres world record last week but the occasion was somewhat marred by immediate questions about whether she was clean.
I'm sorry. I over-exaggerated what was happening to me: Lochte
US gold medalist Ryan Lochte admitted to Brazil's largest broadcaster Saturday night that he had exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio -- but insisted he did not lie.
Basketball: US rolls past Spain to win sixth gold
The United States women's basketball team thumped Spain 101-72 to claim a sixth straight gold medal on Saturday to rubber-stamp their credentials as one of the greatest Olympic sporting dynasties of all time.
US win sixth straight gold in women's 4x400 relay
The United States won the Olympic women's 4x400 meters relay gold medal on Saturday in 3 minutes 19.06 seconds, their sixth straight victory in the event at the Games.
Farah completes distance double-double with 5000m gold
Briton Mo Farah became only the second man to retain both Olympic track long distance titles on Saturday when he produced an utterly dominant performance to add the 5,000m gold to the 10,000 he collected a week ago.
Rio Olympics: Neymar hands Brazil elusive soccer gold
Neymar shed tears of joy after delivering Brazil's first men's soccer gold medal with the winning penalty in a 5-4 shootout triumph over Germany after a thrilling final ended in a draw following extra-time on Saturday.
South Africa's Semenya takes 800 meters gold
Caster Semenya of South Africa took the gold medal in the Olympic 800 meters on Saturday in a personal best time of 1:55.28 seconds.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 15 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 15 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday:
August 20, 2016
Brazil prosecutors too slow to catch up with US swimmer Feigen
A Brazilian judge provided another twist to the saga of four US swimmers embroiled in a scandal at the Rio Games, suspending permission for one of the athletes, Jimmy Feigen, to leave the country - even though he had flown home hours earlier.
Golfer Aditi richer with Olympic experience, finishes 41st
India's teen golfer Aditi Ashok rounded off yet another week with a card of five-over 76 to end her campaign at the 41st spot in the women's golf event at Rio Olympics.
Can Yogeshwar Dutt deliver a gold medal for India?
Widely expected to clinch one last medal for India at the Rio Games, London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt is trying hard not to let the Narsingh Yadav episode affect him ahead of the men's 65kg freestyle event on Sunday.
China's Chen defeats Lee to win badminton gold
China's Chen Long stepped out of compatriot Lin Dan's shadow to spoil Lee Chong Wei's hopes of a golden Olympic swansong and win the men's badminton title in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Don't think Produnova is a death vault, says Dipa Karmakar
Experts may think it is the 'Vault of Death' but trailblazer Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar doesn't agree and says she will continue performing the Produnova despite the dangers that come with the daredevil act.
Saina likely to be out action for four months
Saina Nehwal, who underwent a knee surgery at a Mumbai hospital, is likely to be out of action for four months in a big setback for the badminton
Rio: Australian athletes released by police after agreeing to fine
Several Australian Olympic athletes were taken for questioning by Brazilian police late on Friday for entering the basketball arena without proper accreditation to watch a semi-final game between Australia and Serbia, an Australian team official said.
All hail the 'GREATEST' Usain Bolt
The runners who have lost to Usain Bolt for the past dozen years showered the Jamaican superstar with praise on Friday, after he completed his historic "triple-triple" in what he has said will be his final Olympics.
WATCH! Dipa gets a hero's welcome in return to India
Fresh from her historic feat at the Rio Olympics, gymnast Dipa Karmakar touched down in the country to a rousing welcome, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Highlights of Day 14: Sindhu clinches silver; others disappoint
P V Sindhu became the country's first-ever woman silver medal winner in the Olympic Games after coming second best against world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in a pulsating clash for the gold in the badminton singles on Day 14 of competition.
Rio 2016 quiz: Guess these Indian Olympians
Take our quiz to know who's who of the Indian contingent.
Olympic mission accomplished! 9 finals, 9 gold medals for Bolt!
Usain Bolt has enthralled hundreds of thousands in stadiums in Beijing, London and Rio as well as billions around the world.
Felix gets record fifth gold as US win relay
Allyson Felix became the first woman to collect five athletics gold medals.
In Isinbayeva's absence Greece's Stefanidi vaults to glory
Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country's first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games.
Coach Gopi will return Sindhu's phone, let her enjoy ice-cream
When it boils down to matters of discipline, Pullela Gopichand has no peers with PV Sindhu learning it the hard way since her formative years at the legendary coach's academy.
There you go...Bolt is the GREATEST!
Usain Bolt drew down the curtain on his brilliant Olympic career by securing a sweep of the sprint titles for a third successive Games when Jamaica successfully defended the 4x100 metres relay crown on Friday.
The Indians who made us proudest in Rio are all women
'Sakshi Malik's medal is her individual and singular accomplishment.'
Uttam's Take: Games Vijay Goel plays
Uttam Ghosh's take on Vijay Goel's antics in Rio.
#LochteGate means lesser-known swimmers may miss their pay day
Veteran swimmer Ryan Lochte's brush with Rio police has already hurt his appeal to sponsors - but for two lesser-known team mates, it means they may never get a chance to sign their first major deal.
Bolt seals triple-triple as Jamaica win relay; US disqualified
Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the three men's sprint titles for a third successive Olympics when Jamaica successfully defended their 4x100 meters relay title in 37.27 seconds on Friday.
What Bolt can do after retirement...
As he blazes through the Rio Games aiming for his historic third batch of three sprint gold medals, Jamaica's Usain Bolt has been clear this is his last time on the Olympic track, where he feels he has nothing left to prove.
'Hats off to Sindhu for the kind of effort she's put in'
Pullela Gopichand salutes P V Sindhu on her superb showing that saw her return with a silver medal from the Rio Olympics.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 14 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Friday, Day 14 of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Lochte apologises, team mate pays fine for lying to Brazil police
US Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology on Friday and his team mate Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay 35,000 reais ($11,000) to a charity after Brazilian police said they lied about being robbed at gunpoint at the weekend.
India's Olympic wonder women: From Usha's 4th to Sindhu's silver
Following P V Sindhu's silver and Sakshi Malik's bronze medals at the Rio Games, we look at India's women athletes, who have been at the forefront of India's Olympic dreams.
Russia's legendary pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva retires
Barred from competing at the Rio Games, Russia's double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva announced her retirement on Friday and said whoever won the women's pole vault in her absence would not have achieved a proper gold medal.
Will appeal to the Prime Minister: Narsingh
Banned for four years and disgraced after being eliminated from the Olympics Village, dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav vowed to take his battle to the Prime Minister's Office.
August 19, 2016
Sindhu will perform better in future, says her father
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will learn from her mistakes and perform better in future, her father P V Ramana said on Saturday.
Why Silver medal has turned Sindhu into hot property
When Pusarla Sindhu won a gold medal at the 2012 Asian junior badminton championships, her cricketing hero Sachin Tendulkar presented her with a car.
Saina to undergo knee surgery on Saturday
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who made an early exit from the Rio Olympic Games, will undergo a knee surgery in Mumbai on Saturday.
Sandeep Kumar finishes 34th in men's 50km Walk
The 30-year-old Indian clocked 4 hours 7 minutes and 55 seconds, which was 26:57 seconds behind the timing of gold medallist Matej Toth of Slovakia.
Really happy to win a silver: Sindhu
P V Sindhu said she is happy to win a silver in the women's singles badminton event after her gallant attempt to win a coveted gold for India ended in heart-break at the Rio Olympics.
Bindra, Tendulkar, Anand hail PV Sindhu's historic feat
India's biggest sporting legends Sachin Tendulkar, Abhinav Bindra and Vishwanathan Anand hailed PV Sindhu for her valiant performance in the Olympic final against world number one Carolina Marin.
BAI announces 50 lakh cash reward for Sindhu
Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta announced a reward of Rs. 50 lakhs for P V Sindhu after she settled for a historic silver medal at the Rio Olympics.
Sindhu loses to Marin; is first Indian woman to win Olympic silver
India's PV Sindhu went down fighting to Spain's World No 1 Carolina Marin in the women's singles badminton gold medal match at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
Lee defeats nemesis Lin to reach badminton final
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei shrugged off eight years of Olympic heartbreak on Friday to defeat his nemesis Lin Dan 15-21, 21-11, 22-20 and reach the final of the men's badminton after another classic encounter.
US swimmer Feigen to pay $11k to Brazil charity over robbery dispute?
US Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen will pay $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to settle a dispute over what police called a fabricated story about him and his teammates being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio games, ABC News reported on Friday.
Rio Games: Tracking Sindhu's march to India's Olympic history
India's PV Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach the final at the Olympics when she shocked Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in straight games in the women's singles at the Rio Games on Thursday.
Saina misses out on IOC membership
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has failed to get elected as one of the four athlete members of the International Olympic Committee, finishing sixth in the race to become a member of Athletics Commission of the global governing body of sport.
Iranian girl lands breakthrough taekwondo bronze
Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin kicked and punched down opponents and barriers as she became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal by taking taekwondo bronze in the 57kg category on Thursday.
'Like Produnova, I want to invent a skill that will bear my name'
'I have probably made the Produnova vault more famous than Elena Produnova ever did'
Okuhara wins women's badminton bronze
Japan's Nozomi Okuhara will be awarded the women's singles badminton bronze medal after China's Li Xuerui pulled out of their clash with a knee injury, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.
We couldn't convince CAS on conspiracy: WFI chief
Wrestling Federation of India, on Friday, conceded that it was not being able to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sports' panel that grappler Narsingh Yadav was a victim of conspiracy and sabotage, and that was why he lost the case and was ejected from the Rio Olympics with a four-year ban.
PHOTOS: Usain Bolt cements his greatness
After his Olympic sprint double at the London 2012 Games, Usain Bolt declared himself a "legend". After winning both events for a third time he opted for "the greatest".
Will Sindhu strike GOLD? Send your best wishes...
P V Sindhu is hoping to become India's first-ever woman Olympic gold medallist across all sporting disciplines when she takes on World champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the final of women's singles badminton event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Friday, August 19
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Friday.
Is De Grasse the rightful heir to Bolt's crown?
While the people who run athletics are dreading the day Usain Bolt leaves their stage, Canadian Andre de Grasse must be licking his lips at the prospect after emerging as the man most likely to fill the void.
Narsingh devastated at CAS verdict, says will prove innocence
His dream of representing the country in Rio Olympics shattered after a verdict of the CAS, a devastated Narsingh Yadav, on Friday, said that he will do everything to prove his innocence.
Highlights of Day 13: Sindhu shines; Narsingh ban dampens spirits
Shuttler P V Sindhu scripted a new chapter in Indian Olympic history with unprecedented feat but the embattled Narsingh Yadav's dreams lay in tatters after being slapped with a four-year doping ban on a bitter-sweet day for the country at the Rio Games.
American Eaton retains decathlon title
American Ashton Eaton won his second straight Olympic decathlon gold medal on Thursday, extending his reign in a sport whose champion earns the title of the world's greatest athlete.
'Narsingh defeated by compatriots rather than opponents'
Dejected by the four-year ban imposed on Narsingh Yadav by CAS, the Indian Olympic Association has said that the embattled wrestler has been
'What else can I do to prove to the world? I am the greatest'
"I don't need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world? I am the greatest" Bolt told reporters.
Bolt wins third successive 200m GOLD!
Usain Bolt of Jamaica won the men's 200 meters gold for the third successive Summer Games on Thursday, crossing the line in 19.78 seconds at the Rio Olympic stadium.
Rio 'robbery' incident cuts short Lochte's commercial victory lap
The week after winning his sixth career Olympic gold in Rio, US swimmer Ryan Lochte should have been doing a victory lap, cashing in on his performance with fresh sponsorship deals.
US embarrassed! Says sorry as swimmers leave Brazil to jeers
Two US Olympic swimmers flew home from Brazil on Thursday after a local crowd jeered them, calling them "liars" and "fakes", and police accused them of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav's Rio hopes dashed, banned for four years
Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Botched relay adds to Schippers' Rio misery
Dafne Schippers' Olympic disappointment turned into a nightmare as she took responsibility for a botched relay handover that cost her a chance for redemption at the Rio Games.
Barred from Games, Russia's Isinbayeva to join IOC athletes' body
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva was elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) athletes' commission on Thursday, despite being barred from the Rio Games over doping allegations.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 13 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 13 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday:
Canoe bronze medallist suspended 'after failed drug test'
Moldovan canoe sprint bronze medallist Serghei Tarnovschi was provisionally suspended from the Rio Olympics on Thursday, after he failed a pre-Games drug test.
Brazil police consider charging US swimmers with vandalism
Brazilian police are considering charging a group of US Olympic swimmers with vandalism and giving false testimony, Rio's police chief said on Thursday, accusing them of lying about an incident that has marred South America's first Games.
Aditi Ashok raises hopes of medal at Rio
Teen Indian golf sensation Aditi Ashok raised hopes of a medal after going just three strokes off the pace at tied seventh after the second round of the women's Individual event at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.
August 18, 2016
'Marin is a very tough opponent...it's not going to be easy'
Pusarla Sindhu sent Indian fans into a frenzy by blasting through Japan's Nozomi Okuhara to reach the gold medal decider for the women's singles at the Olympic badminton on Thursday.
Athletics: Clement wins 400m hurdles but Culson in tears
Kerron Clement, of the United States, held off fast-finishing Kenyan Boniface Tumuti to win the men's Olympic 400 metres hurdles.
Sindhu shocks Okuhara to enter Rio Olympics final
P V Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final at the Olympics when she shocked Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in straight games in the women's singles at the Rio Games on Thursday. The two-time World Championships bronze medallist scored a sensational 21-19, 21-10 victory over the All England champion in 49 minutes.
Grappler Babita eliminated after losing opening bout
Babita Kumari started her campaign in the women's 53 kg class wrestling at the Rio Olympics on a losing note on Thursday.
Colombian club owner banned for one year for punching referee
The owner of Colombian top flight club Boyaca Chico has been banned for one year for punching a referee after disagreeing with the official's decisions during a game.
Saina hospitalised to treat injured knee
India ace Saina Nehwal was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad to undergo treatment for her knee injury which affected her progress in the badminton event of the Rio Olympics.
In middle age, Rio's golden oldies teach youth a lesson
A group of athletes in Rio has found the secret to enhanced performance and it has nothing to do with doping.
Cincinnati: Murray and Nadal roll; Kerber wins
Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray picked up where he left off in Rio by drubbing Argentina's Juan Monaco to take his place in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Bronze medalist Sakshi set to receive Khel Ratna
Olympic bronze medal-winning wrestler Sakshi Malik is all set to be conferred with the country's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.
Mongolian Olympians left unpaid as country wrestles with crisis
As mostly sports-mad Mongolians cheer on the country's two medalists at the Rio Olympic Games, deepening economic troubles at home mean the new government cannot afford to pay its athletes.
Rio becomes unsafe for Olympians as British athlete held at gunpoint
A British Olympic team athlete was involved in an incident of theft in Rio de Janeiro while returning to their accommodation, the British Olympic Association said on Thursday. Enduring slavery, civil war: Tale of a South Sudanese marathoner at Rio
South Sudanese Olympic athlete Guor Marial may not be a hot medal tip for Sunday's marathon, but the former slave's road to Rio is one of the most astonishing stories of the games.
A windfall awaits bronze medallist Sakshi Malik
A windfall of cash rewards and incentives, amounting to at least Rs 3.5 crore, fittingly awaits Rio Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik.
All you need to know about Sakshi Malik: From Rohtak to Rio!
Haryana wrestler Sakshi Malik has come a long way in her fairy-tale journey to etch her name in the sporting history of the country.
'Beti Bachaon, Beti Padhao' slogan has gone a step ahead as 'Beti Khelao'
Brimming with pride at their daughter's historic achievement at the Rio Olympics, female wrestler Sakshi Malik's parents, on Thursday, urged all fathers to encourage their daughters, who wants to take up sports, saying the grappler's feat should set an example for all and sundry.
On Day 13, Sindhu bids for second medal for India
A day after unheralded grappler Sakshi Malik opened India's medal count with a
Sakshi thanks Sushil, Yogeshwar Dutt
Sakshi thanked Olympic medalists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt for showing wrestling the way.
'Vinesh has ligament tear, will take one week to recover'
Women wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who was stretchered off during her quarter-final bout at the Rio Olympics, has suffered a ligament tear and will take at least a week to recover, India's chef de mission Rakesh Gupta said on Thursday.
'Sakshi is reminder of what can happen if you don't kill a girl child'
"Admirable preparation by wrestler Sakshi Malik for the Rio Olympics. My best wishes are with her," Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate her.
How De Grasse surprised 'lazy' Bolt...
Usain Bolt admitted to being surprised by Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse's final burst of speed in Wednesday's Olympic 200 meters semi-final.
It's 1-2-3 for USA: Rollins leads medal sweep in 100 hurdles
Brianna Rollins of the United States won the 100 metres hurdles gold in a time of 12.48 seconds on Wednesday, leading compatriots Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin in the event's first ever Olympic podium sweep.
Jamaica's Thompson secures sprint double
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson completed a memorable sprint double on Wednesday after storming to victory in the women's 200 metres final, blowing away the field with a season's best run of 21.78 seconds.
Highlights of Day 12: Sakshi breaks open medal chest
Sakshi Malik ended India's frustrating medal drought with a dramatic bronze-winning effort on Day 12 of the Rio Olympic Games on Wednesday.
Brazil police stop US swimmers from boarding flight home
Federal police in Brazil stopped U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from boarding a flight to the United States at Rio de Janeiro's international airport on Wednesday, O Globo newspaper reported on its Web site.
Bronze medal is result of my 12 years of hard work: Sakshi
After ending India's agonising wait for an Olympic medal at the Rio Games with a bronze medal, Indian women wrestler Sakshi Malik said it was the result of her 12 years of persistent hard work.
Sakshi Malik wins bronze, India's first medal at Rio Olympics
Sakshi Malik got the better of Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the 58kg freestyle bronze medal play-off to earn India its first medal at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday night.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 12 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 12 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
Semenya cruises in 800m heats; Farah survives scare
Hot favourite Caster Semenya qualified for the women's 800metres semi-finals at the Rio Olympics with supreme ease on Wednesday and will no doubt be braced for another wave of discussions about her gender should she go on to take the gold medal on Saturday.
Bahraini overtures to Kenya-born runners attract controversy
Every year, hordes of foreign runners flock to Kenya's high-altitude training camps in the hope that some of the nation's long distance-running magic will rub off on them, embracing the motto, 'if you can't beat them, join them'.
Neymar scores fastest goal in Olympic history as Brazil rout Honduras
Neymar scored a brace, including the fastest goal in Olympic history, Gabriel Jesus got two more and Marquinhos and Luan added one each as Brazil swept past Honduras 6-0 into the final of the men's Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday.
Judge orders US swimmer Lochte, teammate not to leave Brazil
A Brazilian judge has ordered US swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen not to leave the country, saying they gave conflicting accounts of how they were robbed at gunpoint outside the Rio Games at the weekend.
Reflective China braces for diminished haul at the Rio Olympics
Defeats in sports dominated by China at previous Olympics have left the country in an unfamiliar third place on the medals table, with some predicting that Rio 2016 could witness the lowest haul in two decades.
Europe's top Olympic official arrested in ticketing probe at Rio Games
Brazilian police arrested Europe's top Olympic official in an early morning raid of his beachfront hotel in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, in connection with an investigation into ticket touting at the Olympics. The police said they had discovered evidence linking 71-year-old Irishman Pat Hickey to an international scheme to illegally pass Olympic tickets to touts who were reselling them at well above their original price.
August 17, 2016
Boxing scoring controversy: Referees, judges dropped
Olympic boxing's governing body has removed some judges and referees from the Rio Games after a controversy over fight decisions and the new professional-style scoring system. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement that it had reviewed all decisions in the 239 bouts to date and found "less than a handful" were not at the level expected.
Hockey: Dutch women reach final after shootout win over Germany
The Netherlands came out top in a sudden death shootout against Germany on Wednesday to go into the final of the Olympic women's hockey tournament and keep the target of a third successive gold medal in their sights.
Injury ends Vinesh Phogat's campaign
India's woman wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat fell by the wayside at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday. Malik was beaten in the 58kg quarter-finals while Phogat was stretchered off after suffering a knee dislocation during her 48 kg bout at the same stage.
Tintu Luka crashes out in 800m heats
Tintu Luka failed again on the big stage, unable to make it to the semi-finals in the women's 800 metres run after finishing sixth in her heat at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Srikanth loses to Lin Dan after gallant fightback
India's Kidambi Srikanth played his heart out before going down fighting against two-time defending champion Lin Dan in the quarterfinals of the men's singles badminton event at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Ace shooter Jitu Rai recommended for Khel Ratna
Asian Games gold medallist Jitu Rai has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for his exploits in pistol shooting in the last two years although he couldn't win a medal in the Rio Olympics.
'Sindhu has the surprise factor'
'The Chinese will be gunning for revenge now after Sindhu's victory.'
How Britain has dominated cycling...
As Britain's track cyclists left Rio's velodrome on Tuesday with their saddle bags laden with gold, their rivals were left scratching their heads wondering just how they managed to keep peaking at the Olympics.
Georgian lifts gold as Iran cry foul
Security forces were called to the Olympic weightlifting arena on Tuesday after Iranian coaches reacted furiously when Georgia's Lasha Talakhadze beat Behdad 'Salimi' Salimikordasiabi with a world record tally in the men's super-heavyweights.
Why there is a desperation to end India's poor run...
Eleven days of action have failed to bring India, that won a record six medals in London four years ago, a single podium finish and there's growing desperation to end this poor run.
I'm just focused on my next match: PV Sindhu
A visibly elated PV Sindhu rated her win over London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang as one of the best moments of her career hoping that she could maintain her good form against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics.
PHOTOS: Simone Biles slips on beam; shows she's human...
Simone Biles's all five-gold medal Rio Olympic dream is dashed on the balance beam after Wevers upstages her to win beam gold.
On Day 12, all eyes will be on shuttler Srikanth
Kidambi Srikanth, the centre of attention in the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, can take heart from Hyderabad city mate P V Sindhu for his men's singles quarter-final clash against Chinese badminton icon Lin Dan.
Sindhu can do better, says coach Gopichand
Indian badminton national coach Pullela Gopichand feels PV Sindhu can do much better in terms of her defensive ability as she faces world number three Nozomi Okuhara in the Olympic semi-finals on Thursday.
PIX: When an Olympic runner stopped to help competitor...
This was a moment that helped to restore faith in the ideals of sportsmanship.
Klishina seeks Russian redemption in long jump final
Russia's Darya Klishina booked a place in the Olympic long jump final on Tuesday, keeping alive her country's slim hopes of an athletics medal in Rio following the exclusion of its track and field squad over doping allegations.
Kenyan Kipyegon shocks Dibaba to win 1,500m gold
Kenya's Faith Kipyegon won the women's Olympic 1,500 meters on Tuesday after unleashing a devastating second half of the race to leave Ethiopia's world record holder Genzebe Dibaba trailing in her wake.
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McLeod wins 110 meters hurdles gold for Jamaica
Jamaican Omar McLeod raced to victory in 13.05 seconds on Tuesday to become his country's first ever Olympic 110 meters hurdles champion.
Why India is doing badly at the Olympics
'It is not the external world that is stopping Indians from winning medals. It is our culture.'
Highlights of Day 11: Sindhu's win overshadows Narsingh's dope saga
Shuttler PV Sindhu raised serious hopes of breaking India's long-awaited medal quest in the Rio Olympics by storming into the semifinals of the women's singles event with a stunning straight games win over London Games silver medallist Wang Yihan of China.
Sindhu shocks world No. 2 Yihan to enter Rio Olympics semis
P V Sindhu caused the biggest upset in the women's singles of the badminton tournament at the Rio Games, shocking China's world No 2 Wang Yihan 22-20, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals on Tuesday night.
Boxing: Conceicao secures golden first for Brazil
Robson Conceicao won host Brazil's first ever Olympic boxing gold medal on Tuesday, the lightweight drawing inspiration from a vociferous home support to secure a unanimous points victory over Sofiane Oumiha of France.
Cancer-survivor Lange wins gold for Argentina
Argentine helmsman Santiago Lange and crew Cecilia Carranza Saroli won gold in the Nacra 17 mixed-sex catamaran class at the Rio 2016 Olympics after a fast medal race that saw wind pick up smartly on the Pao de Acucar course on Guanabara Bay.
Sweden beat Brazil in shoot-out to reach women's soccer final
Sweden beat Brazil 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the teams were locked goalless following extra-time on Tuesday to reach the final of the women's football tournament at the Rio Olympics.
Biles wins record-equalling fourth gold with floor victory
Simone Biles showed off her sassy moves and explosive tumbles on the floor exercise to win a record-equalling fourth gold at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
American Claye hops, skips and jumps to the altar in Rio
Draped in an American flag, Will Claye dropped to one knee in front of long-term girlfriend Queen Harrison and asked her to marry him. She said yes.
August 16, 2016
'Stars align' for American Taylor to claim second Olympic gold
Christian Taylor of the United States retained his Olympic men's triple jump title on Tuesday, recording the longest jump of the year to claim the podium top spot.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 11 at Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists on Day 11 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
Usain Bolt eases into 200m semis in 20.28s
Defending champion Usain Bolt eased through Heat 9 of the 200 metres in 20.28 seconds at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Nigeria's Ejowvokoghene Oduduru took second place.
Badminton: Danes end Chinese reign in women's doubles
Giant-killing Danes Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl stunned China's second-ranked pair in the semi-finals of the women's badminton doubles at the Olympics to end the Asian nation's 20-year stranglehold on the title.
Croatia's Sandra Perkovic bags gold in women's discus
Croatia's Sandra Perkovic overcame nerves and early fouls to successfully defend her Olympic discus title, winning with a best throw of a 69.21 metres.
This gold medallist didn't know he won until a friend called him!
Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands won the men's marathon swimming event off Rio's Copacabana Beach on Tuesday in a race so close that he did not realise he had won until a friend called from home to give him the good news.
Wrestler Hardeep exits in Greco Roman first round
India's Greco Roman wrestler Hardeep Singh lost his opening round bout in the 98 kg category by technical points to Turkey's Ildem Cenk at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
Narsingh's Rio participation in doubt after WADA rejects 'clean chit'
The World Anti Doping Agency has rejected the National Anti Doping Panel verdict on wrestler Narsingh Yadav after he was given a clean chit to compete in Rio Olympic Games, according to reports on Monday.
Former FIFA President Joao Havelange dies aged 100
Joao Havelange, who was the president of the world's football governing body FIFA from 1974 to 1998, has died at the age of 100.
'I can't understand why they booed in such an outrageous way'
Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal to a chorus of boos from the crowd after beating Kazakhstan's Vasily Levit on a unanimous points decision.
If something happens to me, it is not an accident: Stepanova
The Russian runner who helped expose a system of state-backed doping in her country says she fears for her life and has been forced to move after hackers tried to find her location.
Cycling: Italy's Viviani recovers from crash to win omnium gold
Elia Viviani's Olympic gold medal hopes seemed to have vanished in a tangle of legs and carbon fibre after a crash during the finale of the men's omnium but the Italian recovered to claim an emotional victory.
Gay athletes at Rio Games bring hope to LGBT cause in Brazil
Dressed as a mermaid with shells covering his nipples, Brazilian Murilo Sousa voiced hope that the record number of openly gay athletes at the Rio Games would boost acceptance in his South American nation, amid a backlash over same-sex marriage.
Women's Hockey: Netherlands, New Zealand, Britain and Germany in semis
Defending champions Netherlands will face Germany, while Britain take on New Zealand in the women's hockey semi-finals of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Tuesday, August 16
Badminton players P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth carry India's medal hopes on Day 11 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Recap: Srikanth, Sindhu bright spots but India suffer more humiliation
A recap of the performance by Indian athletes on Day 10 at the Rio Olympics on Monday
Record-creating Da Silva soars to dramatic pole vault gold
Thiago da Silva won Brazil's first athletics gold of their home Games on an extraordinary, unforgettable Monday night in Rio, producing an Olympic record of 6.03 metres in the pole vault to beat hot favourite Renaud Lavillenie and send the fans into raptures.
Discus Throw: Seema crashes out of Rio Games after 20th place finish
Discus thrower Seema Antil added her name to the long list of Indian athletes who have crashed out of the Rio Olympics on Monday after finishing a lowly ninth in her Group B qualifying round, and 20th overall.
Kiribati weightlifter adopts unique style to spread message at Rio
Pacific islander dances to raise climate change awareness
Miller dives over line to deny Felix 400m gold in photo finish
Bahamian Shaunae Miller launched herself over the finishing line with a desperate dive to pip Allyson Felix to the women's Olympic 400 metres gold medal by the narrowest of margins on Monday.
Defending Champion Rudisha retains 800m title
Kenya's David Rudisha stormed to victory in the Olympic 800 metres final on Monday, retaining his title with a devastating final-lap sprint.
Cycling: Fire threatens mountain bike course
A fire was threatening the course that will stage the Olympic mountain bike competition on Monday after a controlled rubbish burn spread out of control in high winds.
'Sorry' Vikas stops short of blaming banned federation for ouster
'I'm really sorry to have let you down'
Vikas Krishan halted in quarter-finals by Uzbekistan's Melikuziev
Former Asian Games gold medallist Vikas Krishan took a pounding from second seed Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals of the men's middleweight (75 kg) and bowed out of the Rio Olympic Games on Monday night.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 10 in Rio
India's report card on the tenth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Sindhu in quarter-finals after easy win over Tzu Ying
P V Sindhu had things her way before making it to the quarter-finals in the women's singles badminton competition with a 21-13, 21-15 victory over Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying at the Rio Olympics on Monday night.
Egyptian judoka sent home over handshake refusal with Israeli
Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been sent home from the Rio Olympics after refusing to shake the hand of Israeli Or Sasson following the end of their bout, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.
Overhead TV camera falls in Olympic park, injures two
An overhead television camera suspended by cables crashed to the ground in the Olympic Park on Monday, lightly injuring at least three people among the crowds below, the latest in a string of mishaps to hit South America's first Games.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 10 at the Rio Olympics
Bahrain's Ruth Jebet blew away the competition to win the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase gold on Sunday, but narrowly missed out on the world record.
My attack really worked, says Srikanth after beating Jorgensen
Having stunned world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen in straight games, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth said he was well-prepared with his strategy against the Dane that helped him secure a quarter-final spot at the Rio Olympics.
August 15, 2016
Sehwag wants plane and train to be named after Dipa, Lalita!
Indian athletes have so far (Monday) not being able to win a single medal at Rio Olympics. But there are two performances- Dipa Karmaka's historic 4th place finish in Artistic Gymnastics and Lalita Babar finishing at a respectable 10th spot in 3000m Steeplechase- because these performances have come in events in which India had no significant performances in the past.
Dipa was inconsolable after returning to Games Village: Coach
No one knows whether Dipa Karmakar believed in the old adage "Smile when it hurts most" but her resplendent smile after missing out on what would have been a path-breaking medal in Indian sport belied the storm brewing up in her mind.
PHOTOS: 7 agonizing injuries at the Rio Games
The 2016 Rio Olympics has witnessed some scintillating performances, wherein many young athletes achieved glory for their nation.
I could have bettered my timing, says Lalita Babar
Lalita Babar feels she could have bettered her timing after the long distance Indian runner capped her fairy-tale journey in the Rio Olympics with a top-10 finish in the 3000m steeplechase final on Monday.
Lalita Babar 10th in Steeplechase; Maheswary, Nanda flop
Lalita Babar failed to reproduce her fine showing in the qualification round and finished 10th in the women's 3000m Steeplechase final as Indians continued to disappoint in track and field at the Rio Olympics on Monday. Babar clocked 9:22.74 seconds, nearly three seconds outside her National record of 9:19.76s, set in the qualification round on Saturday.
Srikanth shocks world No 5 to enter quarter-finals
Kidambi Srikanth's hopes of a medal in the men's badminton competition at the Rio Olympics remain alive. India's sole men's singles player in the tournament scored hard-fought 21-19, 21-19 victory over world No. 5 Jan Jorgensen to enter the quarter-finals on Monday.
Poland's Wlodarczyk sets women's hammer world record
World champion Anita Wlodarczyk improved her own world record with a throw of 82.29 metres in the women's hammer final at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
These athletes get a hero's welcome at home...
Singaporeans waved flags and cheered for swimmer Joseph Schooling on his return to the island city state on Monday after winning the country's first Olympic gold medal.
Hockey captain Sreejesh apologises for letting the nation down
Indian hockey team's captain PR Sreejesh has apologised for letting the nation down after his team's 1-3 loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Russia's Klishina to compete after appeal upheld
Russian long jumper Darya Klishina will compete at the Rio Olympics after her ban from the Games was struck down by sport's highest court on the eve of her event.
On Day 10, India's medal hopes rest on Lalita, Krishan
Woman steeplechaser Lalita Babar carries the fervent hopes of the sports fans to finally open India's medal tally on day 10 of the Rio Olympics on Monday.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Monday, August 15
India's schedule on Day 10 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Monday.
Spanish marathoner swimmer mingles with crowd at Copacabana
Erika Villaecija did as thousands of Rio de Janeiro's residents and visitors did on Sunday afternoon - she went to the city's famed Copacabana Beach.
Here's how Russia's Mustafina won on bars
With the help of a toy monkey and an afternoon nap, Russia's Aliya Mustafina finally ended the US women's stranglehold on gymnastics in Rio by winning the asymmetric bars for a second successive Olympics, with a routine full of grace and power.
PHOTOS: A proposal on the podium...
China's He Zi received the shock of her life when team-mate and boyfriend Qin Kai rushed up with a diamond ring during the medal ceremony of the women's 3 metre springboard event, marking the second marriage proposal of the Olympics.
Rio crowd boo Gatlin, cheer Bolt
American Justin Gatlin felt the full force of the crowd's ire on Sunday and scowled back in response before finishing second to Usain Bolt in the Olympic 100metres final to miss his shot at becoming the oldest man to win the event at age 34.
Two more medals to go and I can sign off as immortal: Bolt
'Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.'
PHOTOS: Bolt celebrates with other champs!
Jamaica's Usain Bolt roared into Olympic history, capturing an unprecedented third consecutive 100 metres with a time of 9.81 seconds on Sunday to confirm his place in the greatest athletes.
Bolt makes history in Rio; wins third successive Olympics 100m gold
Jamaica's Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres with a time of 9.81 seconds on Sunday.
Brilliant Van Niekerk smashes 400m world record
Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa won the men's 400 metres gold in a world record time of 43.03 seconds at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday.
Whitlock bags historic gymnastics golds; Biles shines again
Max Whitlock ending the long wait for a champion by claiming victory in the floor exercise and pommel horse finals.
Jaisha, Kavita finish way behind in women's marathon
O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut, India's best distance runners and medallists at the Asian Games in the past, found themselves out of depth in the women's marathon at the Rio Olympics and finished way behind in the 150-plus field on Sunday.
After four years my target will be gold, says Dipa Karmakar
Trailblazing Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar said that she's not disappointed at missing out on a historic bronze in the vault final of the Rio Olympics and that she's satisfied of her performance.
Dipa will be stronger and better in Tokyo, says proud father
Dulal Karmakar is a proud man today even if her daughter Dipa missed a historic Olympic medal in gymnastics by a whisker in Rio Games, saying the 'Produnova' girl will come better and stronger in 2020 Tokyo Oylmpics.
Chawrasia, Lahiri end up way down
India's campaign in golf at the Olympics ended on a disappointing note as SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri finished tied 50th and tied 57th respectively after going through contrasting days at the Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 9 in Rio
India's report card on the ninth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Amitabh, Sehwag laud gymnastics star Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar's historic 4th place finish in Artistic Gymnastics drew praise from the entire nation. The Tripura girl performed with exceptional grit but missed out on a medal by a narrow margin.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 9 at the Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medallists from Day 9
Dipa delights, but misses Vault bronze by a whisker
Dipa Karmakar missed a bronze medal by a whisker, finishing fourth in the women's vault final at the Rio Games on Sunday. Nonetheless, the Tripura gymnast made history, coming up with the best-ever performance by an Indian gymnast at the quadrennial Games.
August 14, 2016
India's hopes of medal in hockey dashed by Belgium
A lacklustre India squandered a one-goal advantage and went down 1-3 to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the men's hockey competition at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. The eight-time Olympic gold medallists took the lead through a fine field goal from Akashdeep Singh in the 15th minute before Belgium scored three field goals through Sebastien Dockier (34th, 45th minute) and Tom Boon (50th) to dash India's hopes of their first medal after their last gold in 1980 at Moscow.
US swimmer Lochte says gun held to forehead in taxi hold-up
US gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte was robbed in a taxi hold-up in Rio de Janeiro after leaving a party where he had been celebrating the end of the Olympic swimming programme.
India's shooting campaign ends after Narang, Chain fail to progress
Rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to progress to the finals of the men's rifle 3-position to crash out of the competition and end India's shooting campaign at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday.
Boxing: Manoj Kumar loses 0-3 in pre-quarters
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar (64kg) put up a spirited show but could not match the power of fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in his pre-quarterfinal bout to bow out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Saina administered dexamethasone injection to curb pain: Vimal
A knee inflammation affected Saina Nehwal's movement in her second group game on Sunday that led to her crashing out of the Rio Olympics, and her personal coach Vimal Kumar said that the star player had to be administered a dexamethasone injection after the opening round match to curb the pain but it didn't have desired results.
I played with a heavily strapped knee: Saina
After a shocking exit from the Rio Olympics, Saina Nehwal cited an inflammation in her right knee as the reason for her hampered on-court movement.
Saina shocked; Sindhu, Srikanth keep badminton medal hopes alive
In one of the biggest upsets for the India, medal hope Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Rio Games after suffering an straight-game loss upset against lower-ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in her second Group G match at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Tripura waits for Dipa's performance in Rio
Excitement and expectations has reached a feverish pitch in Tripura as the people from the small north-eastern state will watch their favourite daughter Dipa Karmakar vault into history during the finals at the Rio Olympics, on Sunday night.
It's time for the wrestlers to shine in Rio
A turbulent run-up to the Rio Games behind him, Narsingh Yadav will be eyeing a
Who is to blame for Indian shooters' dismal show?
National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) President Raninder Singh took upon himself the blame for the shooters' dismal outing at the Rio Olympics, saying it was a mistake on his part to allow the athletes to train with personal coaches.
PM Modi has words of encouragement for athletes in Rio
India might be medal-less in the ongoing Olympics so far, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the athletes competing in Rio should not get disheartened as 'victory and setbacks are all a part of life'.
Kohli backs Olympic contingent; lashes out at critics
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has thrown his weight behind India's Olympic contingent, which is yet to win a medal at the Rio Games, saying that the athletes have given their heart and soul to be there despite not getting top-class facilities that other nations provide.
The world expects a Bolt of lightning
Usain Bolt is perhaps the only man who can salvage a dismal year for athletics with one final flash of lightning, says Dhruv Munjal.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Sunday, August 14
India's schedule on Day 9 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.
United States wins 1,000th Olympic gold medal
The United States won its 1,000th Olympic gold medal on Saturday when the American women's 4x100 metre medley relay team clinched victory at the Rio Games.
Thompson keeps 100 meters title in Jamaican hands
Jamaica's Elaine Thompson surprised even herself by storming to victory in the Olympic women's 100 meters on Saturday as compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce failed in her bid to win a third straight title.
Lalita shines before Sania-Bopanna stumble in tennis
India were left to rue a missed opportunity in tennis with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna's losing in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles after Lalita Babar became the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event, on Day 8 of the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday.
Farah sprints to 10,000m defence at Rio Olympics
Britain's Mo Farah recovered from an early fall to sprint clear of the field in the home straight and retain his Olympic 10,000 metres title with a brilliant tactical display on Saturday.
Golden send-off for Phelps as US wins 4 x 100 relay
The United States won the men's 4x100 metres medley relay on Saturday after Ryan Murphy had given them a world record start that propelled Michael Phelps to a 23rd gold medal in his final Olympic race.
Blume wins Denmark's first swim gold since 1948
Denmark's Pernille Blume beat the favorites to win the 50 meters freestyle in 24.07 seconds on Saturday and give her country a first Olympic swimming gold medal since 1948.
Badminton: Attri-Reddy beat Japanese duo to win last group game
The Indian pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy beat Japanese duo Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa 23-21, 21-11 to win their 2nd group B match on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: Chawrasia tied 22nd, Lahiri joint 57th in third round
Indian golfers SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri were placed tied 22nd and joint 57th after posting two-under 69 and four-over 75 respectively in the third round of the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 8 at the Rio Olympics
Drysdale wins close single sculls gold
How Indian athletes fared on Day 8 in Rio
India's report card on the eigth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Narsingh Yadav will be tested after Aug 19 bouts: Coach
Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has no further hurdle in his path for his 74kg freestyle bout on August 19 as his coach said he would not have to appear for any reinstatement test.
Rio Olympics: Germany cruise into semis with 4-0 win over Portugal
Rampant Germany hammered Portugal 4-0, with four players sharing the goals, to progress to the semi-finals of the Rio Games football tournament on Saturday.
August 13, 2016
Sole Russian athletics competitor at Rio suspended from Games
Russia's sole track and field competitor at the Rio Olympics, Darya Klishina, has been suspended from the Games, a source told Reuters on Saturday.
Stepanova records illegally accessed after WADA hack
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's electronic account at the World Anti-Doping Agency has been illegally accessed, WADA said on Saturday.
Ethiopia's Diro finishes 7th after losing shoe, gets final entry
Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro got tangled up with two other runners in Saturday's 3,000m women's Olympic steeplechase and stopped to tear off her damaged right shoe and sock, but she kept on running to finish seventh.
Badminton: Jwala and Ashwini lose all their three group matches
Already out of medal contention, India's women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered their third successive loss in their final Group A match against Thailand's Supajirakul Puttita and Taerattanachai Sapsiree in the badminton event.
Lalita tears national mark to enter women's 3000m Steeplechase final
Lalita Babar qualified for the women's 3000m steeplechase final after finishing fourth in the qualifying Heat 2 with a national record time, while compatriot Sudha Singh was eliminated in the Olympic Games on Saturday.
'Sluggish' Bolt does enough to win 100m heats
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt won his 100metres heat after what he called a "sluggish" start on Saturday, but looked pained after the race as he prepared to fend off the challenge of American Jason Gatlin for the Olympic crown.
Shooters Mairaj, Gurpreet fail to advance
India shooter Gurpreet Singh failed to make the final of men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol after finishing seventh in the qualification round at the Rio Games.
Why THIS picture went viral today...
Joseph Schooling, a bespectacled lad of 13, posing beside Phelps.
Most heart-warming story from the aquatics pool in Rio...
Moments after becoming the first male swimmer to win an Olympic gold in the same event 16 years apart, 35-year-old Anthony Ervin said he would look to make the United States swimming team for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Bolt v Gatlin: Cracker of a contest on the cards
Always the crown jewel in the Olympic athletics programme, the Rio 100 metres final is shaping up to be extraordinary for many reasons.
Why Schooling will cherish win against Phelps for rest of his life...
A journalist obliged by asking Schooling how it felt to become "the go-to butterflier in the world right now", the 21-year-old hesitated and glanced to his left at Phelps.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Saturday, August 13
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Saturday.
I want nothing less than a gold, says boxer Vikas
Just one win away from winning an Olympic medal after a comprehensive victory over his opponent in his pre-quarterfinal bout, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan says he wants nothing less than a gold in the Rio Games.
Indians at Rio Olympics: Focus on Sania, Bopanna on Day 8
India's focus on day eight will be centered around tennis mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna who are to take on the US pair of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, on Saturday night, in the semi-finals at the Rio Olympics.
Dutee Chand flops; Anas and Ankit also crash out
Sprinter Dutee Chand, who made it to her first Olympics after fighting the odds arising out of a 'gender test', finished a disappointing seventh in her 100m heats on the opening day of athletics event, in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday.
I'm ready to retire, says Phelps
No means no. No amount of cajoling, arm-twisting and pleading by his team mates and swimming fans around the world will make Michael Phelps change his mind about retiring after the Rio Olympics.
Highlights of Day 7: Tennis, boxing bring smile after spate of failures
India lifted its sagging morale as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna cruised into the semi-finals while pugilist Vikas Krishan advanced to the quarters on a day the shooters, archers, shuttlers and track and field athletes suffered reverses at the Rio Olympics.
Carter steals shot gold to deny Adams
American Michelle Carter stunned champion Valerie Adams with a throw of 20.63 meters on her final attempt to win Olympic shot put gold and deny the New Zealander a third successive title on Friday.
Ledecky smashes record in 800m to take freestyle treble
Katie Ledecky of the United States destroyed the field in the 800 meters freestyle on Friday and broke the world record to complete a rare Olympic swimming treble.
Schooling denies Phelps a 23rd
Joseph Schooling won the men's 100 meters butterfly final on Friday to secure Singapore's first Olympic gold medal and deny Michael Phelps a 23rd in the last individual race of the American's extraordinary career.
We lost to 'cowards', says US keeper
US goalkeeper Hope Solo called Sweden "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympic women's football tournament on penalties on Friday.
Vikas Krishan storms into quarter-finals
India boxer Vikas Krishan stormed into the quarter-finals of the men's 75kg category after beating Turkey's Onder Sipal by unanimous decision in a clearly dominating bout.
Sania-Bopanna enter semi-finals, one win away from medal
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna subdued Britain's Andy Murray and Heather Watson with remarkable ease to breeze into the mixed doubles semifinals of the Rio Olympic Games here.
Chawrasia tied 30, Lahiri tied 51 after Rd 2 at Olympic golf
An erratic SSP Chawrasia brought home a second successive even-par 71 to lie tied 30th while Anirban Lahiri carded a disappointing two-over 73 to be placed tied 51st after the second round of the golf event at
Egyptian booed for not shaking hands with Israeli at Rio Games
Egypt's Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson after their judo match at the Rio Olympics on Friday, drawing boos from the crowd and stirring a debate about intolerance at the Games.
American Rhode wins record sixth medal in six Games
American shooter Kim Rhode won the bronze medal in women's skeet shooting on Friday, an honour that put her in an elite record-holding group of just five other athletes who have won a medal in six different Olympic Games.
Swimming: Gulf women aiming to break down barriers
Nada Albedwawi dreams of one day swimming on a relay team but she knows that can only happen if enough other Emirati women take the plunge.
Bhokanal qualifies for Final C after finishing 2nd in Semis
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal Baban clocked 7:19.02 minutes to finish second in men's singles sculls semi-final C/D 2 and qualify for Final C at the Rio Olympics on Friday.
German coach suffers life-threatening injury in taxi crash
Germany's canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze is fighting for his life after sustaining serious head injuries in a car crash earlier on Friday, the German Olympic team (DOSB) said.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 7 in Rio
India's report card on the seventh day of the 2016 Olympics.
August 12, 2016
Gowda, Manpreet, Johnson disappoint on Day 1 of track and field
Indians had a disappointing outing on the opening day of the track and field events at the Rio Olympics, Vikas Gowda, Manpreet Kaur and Jinson Johnson failing to progress to the next round, on Friday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 7 at the Rio Olympics
Check out the gold medal winners on Day 7 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday:
'Oly committee warning to cancel accreditation of Goel biggest insult.'
Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad said Rio Olympics Organising Committee's warning that it will cancel the accreditation of Sport Minister Vijay Goel over his alleged violation of protocols is the "biggest insult" to the nation and had brought it a "bad name".
Rio Games: Ethiopia's Ayana shatters world record to win 10,000m
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana smashed the world record to win the Olympic 10,000 metres title on Friday, blowing away the competition in one of the greatest ever long-distance races at the Games.
Squash star Dipika Pallikal lifts Australian Open title
India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal warmed up for the World Doubles Championship, which begins in Darwin on Monday, by winning the PSA Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday.
Jwala-Ashwini out of Olympics after second defeat
The experienced Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were eliminated from the women's doubles at the Rio Olympics after losing their second successive Group A match on Friday. In a rollercoaster game against the Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek, Jwala and Ashwini went down 16-21, 21-16, 17-21 in 48 minutes.
Shooters Narang, Chain Singh flop in 50m Rifle prone
Seasoned marksmen Gagan Narang and Chain Singh flopped in the 50m Rifle prone position event at the Rio Olympics on Friday, finishing 13th and 36th respectively. While Narang, who won bronze in 10m Air Rifle at the London Games, signed off with a total score of 623.1, Chain finished way down in the qualification round with a score of 619.6.
Atanu exits in pre-quarter-finals; Indian archers draw a blank at Rio
Atanu Das failed to make the most of opportunities that came his way in his men's individual recurve pre-quarter-final and bowed out of contention, as Indian archers drew a blank at the Rio Olympics, on Friday.
Bulgarian athlete Danekova 'shocked' after positive dope results
The Rio Olympics athletics programme suffered its first doping setback as Bulgarian runner Silvia Danekova has tested positive for EPO, sources told Reuters on Thursday.
First round matches are always tricky: Saina
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal said that unheralded Brazilian opponent Vicente Lohaynny "surprised her" as the first round at major events are always "tricky and difficult to play".
My body is in pain, my legs are hurting, I'm tired: Phelps
Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 metres individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games.
PHOTOS: Check out the first 'dead-heat' at Rio Olympics
Canadian Penny Oleksiak and Simone Manuel of the United States were inseparable at the finish and even more united in joy after a stunning 100 metres freestyle dead-heat rewarded both with Olympic gold on Thursday.
Diminutive Biles stands tall among greats
Since making her debut at the 2013 world championships, the 19-year-old American has become an unstoppable force. Last year she became the first woman to win a "three-peat" of all-around golds at the worlds.
Chinese swimmer Chen fails doping test at Rio Olympics: report
Chinese Olympic women's swimmer Chen Xinyi tested positive for a banned substance at the Rio Olympics on August 7, state media said on Friday citing the country's swimming association, the latest doping scandal to mar competition at the Games.
10 Track & Field events you must not miss at the Rio Olympics
Ten days of athletics competition at the Rio Olympics begin on Friday. Check out the 10 events not to miss at the Olympic Stadium.
Rio badminton: Srikanth downs Mexica's Munoz in opener
World No. 11 Kidambi Srikanth overcame some stiff resistance in the second game from lower ranked Mexican rival Lino Munoz before winning his Group H clash in straight games in the badminton singles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday night.
No reports of misbehaviour against me in Rio, says sports minister
India's sports minister Vijay Goel on Friday defended the allegations of misbehaviour levelled against his entourage by the Organising Committee stating that nothing of that sort has happened.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Friday, August 12
Check out India's schedule on Day 7 of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Friday.
Phelps wins 200m individual medley for 22nd Olympic gold
Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 metres individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 6 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the sixth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Coronation complete as Biles wins all around gold
Simone Biles' triumph made her the fourth successive American to win the title -- following the successes of Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas -- which is the longest winning streak by a country in the Olympic discipline. Cycling: Britain win gold in men's team sprint
Britain won the men's track cycling team sprint gold for the third consecutive Olympics after defeating New Zealand on Thursday, with Callum Skinner anchoring them to victory in the first event of the track programme. PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 6 at Rio Olympics
Poland's Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska and Natalia Madaj edged past Britain's Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley in the final meters of the race to snatch the gold medal in the women's double sculls at the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday.
Don't ask about past, just want to win Olympic medal: Narsingh
Overcoming the dope scandal, which almost derailed his hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics, wrestler Narsingh Yadav said he would want to forget about the toughest phase of his life and solely focus on winning a medal on August 19.
Topsy-turvy day for India on day 1 of Olympic golf
India's Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a topsy-turvy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 respectively in the opening round of the golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
With only one Russian in the fray, Americans eye a bumper haul
The United States is expected to run away with the athletics competition in Rio, taking podium spots often the preserve of Russians such as double pole vault gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva and 110m hurdles world champion Sergei Shubenkov.
Athletics: Less than 10 percent of champions retain title
Usain Bolt has somewhat skewed the picture by making it look so easy but when it comes to retaining an Olympic athletics title, history shows that it is an extraordinarily difficult thing to achieve.
Dipika in final of Australian Open squash event
Top seed Dipika Pallikal entered the finals of the Australian Open squash event, a PSA world tour event, after posting a 6-11 11-6 11-7 11-4 win over Hana Ramadan of Egypt.
August 11, 2016
Saina, Sindhu win opening matches easily at Rio Games
The London Olympics bronze medallist beat world No. 73 Brazilian Vicente Lohaynny 21-17, 21-17 in 39 minutes, while Sindhu, a two-time World Championships bronze winner, had things her way against Laura Sarosi of Hungary, winning 21-8, 21-9 in 27 minutes.
Inderjeet claims discrepancy in dope result, NADA denies
Indian shot putter Inderjeet Singh, who returned positive for banned substances last month, alleged that his dope samples might have been tampered with as the National Anti-Doping Agency gave him two different results on the same sample collected on June 29, a claim denied by the NADA.
Rowing: Poles snatch win over Britain in women's double sculls
Poland's Magdalena Fularczyk-Kozlowska and Natalia Madaj edged past Britain's Katherine Grainger and Victoria Thornley in the final meters of the race to snatch the gold medal in the women's double sculls at the Olympic rowing regatta on Thursday.
Shiva Thapa no match for Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez
The 22-year-old Indian pugilist, competing in his second Olympics, was no match for fourth-seeded Cuban Robeisy Ramirez in the opening round and lost 0-3 while also sustaining a cut above his left eye.
Rio OC threatens to cancel Sports Minister Vijay Goel's accreditation
The Rio Olympics' organisers have threatened to cancel the accreditation of India's Sports Minister Vijay Goel if unaccredited people accompanying him do not end their "aggressive and rude" behaviour.
Jwala-Ashwini thrashed by Japan's world No. 1 pair in opener
The Indian combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa disappointed in their opening outing in the women's doubles at the Rio Olympics badminton event, losing in straight games to the world No. 1 Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto on Thursday.
India's challenge in women's archery over after Bombayla, Deepika lose
India's challenge in women's archery at the Rio Olympics ended on Thursday after Laishram Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari were beaten in the pre-quarter-finals. While Deepika was blanked 0-6 by world No. 2 Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, Bombayla lost 2-6 to world No. 18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico.
Rio 2016: Indian boxers get new kits, no threat of disqualification
Threatened with disqualification for not wearing vests bearing their country's name, India's boxers at the ongoing 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have got their kits replaced as required by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and will now compete without any hindrance.
Will India's track and field athletes live up to expectations?
For a discipline that has given Indian athletes only the Olympian's tag, the country's track and field participants will begin their campaign in the Rio Olympics on Thursday, with little hope to break the 116-year-old medal jinx.
Isinbayeva to run for Russian athletics federation chief
Yelena Isinbayeva is to run for president of the Russian athletics federation (ARAF), the double Olympic pole vault champion said.
USA's basketball stars survive Australia scare in Rio
Carmelo Anthony came to Team USA's rescue with a record-breaking effort on Wednesday as the defending Olympic basketball champions beat Australia 98-88 in a thrilling encounter to extend their overall winning streak to 20 games.
Is Ukraine's Verniaiev 'perfect' heir to Uchimura's throne
Ukranian Oleg Verniaiev nearly dethroned the man he calls "the king of gymnastics" on Wednesday, coming within a razor's edge of denying Japan's Kohei Uchimura a second straight Olympic gold medal in men's all around gymnastics.
When bikini-clad women were replaced by fans in jackets
Damp beach volleyball players and a bundled up crowd found out the hard way on Wednesday that grim rain and wind can even beat down on Rio's picture-perfect Copacabana beach.
Rio Olympics: Will Sania and Saina sizzle on Day 6?
The shuttlers led by Saina Nehwal will make their first appearance in the Olympic Games on Thursday along with men golfers as India still waits for its first medal after five days of fruitless labour in this Brazilian city.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Thursday, August 11
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Thursday.
'Absence of Russia would not forever cloud Rio'
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe announced a shake up of the organisation on Wednesday aimed at ensuring there can be no repeat of the corruption scandals that have dogged athletics' governing body during his first, tumultuous, year in office.
Ledecky takes third gold; Efimova makes second final
Freestyle queen Katie Ledecky made sure of her third swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics, and fourth of her career, after anchoring the US women to victory in the 4x200 meters relay on Wednesday.
Golden night for Kazakhstan: Balandin, Rahimov take gold
Dmitry Balandin of Kazakhstan snatched a shock victory in the men's 200 meters breaststroke on Wednesday as the Central Asian country grabbed two Olympic gold medals in the space of an hour.
Highlights of Day 5: Archery, boxing lift Indian spirits at Rio
Women archers were on target in the individual events, while Manoj Kumar scripted a triumph of the underdog in the boxing ring on the fifth day of the Rio Games.
Police patrols beefed up at Rio Games as security concerns mount
Rio Olympics organizers stepped up police patrols on Wednesday as security concerns mounted over the threat posed by street violence, with a Games bus being hit by stones and a security patrol coming under fire near Rio's international airport.
Uchimura wins gold, first all around gymnast in 44 years to do an encore
Kohei Uchimura left it late -- very, very late -- before a heart-stopping horizontal bar routine lifted him into the pantheon of greats as he became the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles on Wednesday.
Weightlifting: Ahmed earns landmark podium for Egypt
Jubilant teenager Sara Ahmed became the first Egyptian woman to stand on an Olympic podium when she finished third in the women's 69kg at Riocentro on Wednesday.
Rio Olympics: Britain oust champions China to claim first diving gold
Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears dethroned reigning champions China to claim their country's first ever diving gold medal in the men's 3 metre springboard event on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 5 at the Games
American Kristin Armstrong became the first cyclist to win the same road event at three different Olympic Games on Wednesday.
Boxing: Manoj Kumar stuns Evaldas Petrauskas to enter pre-quarters
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) stunned ex-Olympic bronze-medallist Evaldas Petrauskas in a fiercely-contested opening bout to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Rio Games.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 5 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the fifth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Archery: Deepika in pre-quarters of women's individual recurve
Deepika Kumari advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the women's individual recurve event as Indian archers rounded off a good day in office at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Canoe: Great Britain's Clarke takes gold
Dark clouds and drizzle were just what Britain's Joseph Clarke needed to make him feel at home and win gold on the frothy whitewater of Rio's K-1 slalom course on Wednesday.
Fencing: Canadian upsets Italian 'idol' to make history
A year ago Eleanor Harvey was not sure she would make the Rio Games, but on Wednesday she stunned one of her heroes in Canada's strongest individual fencing performance ever at the Olympics.
Rio Olympics: Move over Leonidas, here comes Michael Phelps
After 2,160 years of history, give or take a decade, the greatest athlete of ancient Greece is no longer alone on his pedestal.
Stats: Record-breaking women's time trial champion Kristin Armstrong
American Kristin Armstrong became the first cyclist to win the same road event at three different Olympic Games on Wednesday, taking gold in the women's 29.7km time trial.
Pacquiao confirms November 5 fight against Vargas
Manny Pacquiao confirmed on Wednesday he will come out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas.
Refugee wins over fans in clash with world champion
When Congolese refugee Popole Misenga stepped out to face the defending world champion in Wednesday's under 90-kilogram Judo competition he figured he'd be on the floor immediately.
Security beefed up at Games after officials say bus hit by stones
Rio Games organizers stepped up police patrols around the Olympic Park on Wednesday after two people were injured when a bus was hit by what security officials said were stones hurled by vandals.
Shooting: Veteran Aldeehani wins gold in men's double trap
Six-time Olympian Fehaid Aldeehani battled wet and blustery conditions to win the gold medal in the men's double trap event on Wednesday.
Track and Field star Felix still aiming for the triple encore at Rio
The disappointment of missing out on an individual Olympic double has not left Allyson Felix, but the world 400 metres champion could still win three gold medals at the Rio Games.
Police find second bullet in equestrian centre at Rio Games?
Police have discovered a second bullet inside the Olympic equestrian centre close to the stable area, a security source said on Wednesday, the second time a stray shot has been picked up at the venue over the past week.
Cycling: Golden farewell for Cancellara as he wins time trial
Swiss Fabian Cancellara rode off into a golden retirement with a second Olympic time trial title after a masterful ride that eclipsed Tour de France champion Chris Froome on Wednesday.
'I was breastfeeding so could not have doped'
Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya protested her innocence after winning the silver medal in the women's time trial on Wednesday, a week after almost flying home because a previous doping ban looked like ruling her out of the Olympics.
Rugby: Fijians send NZ packing, Japan shock again to reach semis
Rugby powerhouse New Zealand were knocked out of the inaugural Olympic sevens tournament in the quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 12-7 loss to top seeds Fiji.
August 10, 2016
At sprawling Rio Games, even spectators are worn out
Less than a week into the Olympics and people are looking tired around Rio de Janeiro.
American Armstrong wins third straight time trial cycling gold
Veteran American Kristin Armstrong claimed a third consecutive road time trial gold to deny former Russian doper Olga Zabelinskaya what would have been a controversial triumph on a rain-soaked course at the Rio Games on Wednesday.
I had prepared well, but was unlucky: Jitu Rai
His Olympic medal aspiration blown away by the 'wind', Indian shooter Jitu Rai's Russian coach Smirnov Pavel said efforts should be made to set up ranges in windy conditions in the mountains.
Lifter Sivalingam out of medal contention
India's weightlifting campaign at the Rio Olympics ended in disappointment, with Sathish Kumar Sivalingam finishing fourth in the men's 77kg Group B category on Wednesday.
Judoka Avtar Singh's Olympics campaign over
Indian judoka Avtar Singh bowed out of the Rio Olympics after losing to the Refugee Olympic Team's Misenga Popole in the second round of the men's 90kg elimination Round of 32 on Wednesday.
Jitu Rai exits after failing to make 50m Pistol final
Ace marksman Jitu Rai flattered to deceive before crashing out of the Rio Olympics, failing to make it to the final of men's 50-metre pistol, his pet event, on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Asian Games gold medallist finished 12th in the six-series qualifying round after being placed fourth at the end of the fifth and penultimate series at the Olympic Shooting Centre.
Bombayla impresses on way to Individual Recurve pre-quarters
Archer Laishram Bombayla Devi advanced to the pre-quarter-finals in the women's individual recurve competition, defeating Chinese Taipei's Lin Shih-Chia, at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Lahiri, Chawrasia eye medals as golf returns to Olympics
Reigning Asia No. 1 Anirban Lahiri and Indian Open winner SSP Chawrasia will carry the country's medal hopes when they tee off here tomorrow as golf makes a return to Olympics after a gap of 112 years.
PHOTOS: Counting Michael Phelps's 25 Olympic medals
The greatest Olympian ever now has 25 (gulp!) Olympic medals, including two silver and two bronze medals.
Narsingh has left for Rio: WFI President
'WADA had never intervened in Narsingh's matter and no clearance is required.'
'Wardrobe malfunction' could not stop Phelps from winning 21st gold!
Even a late 'wardrobe malfunction' could not stop Michael Phelps from winning his 21st Olympic gold medal for the United States in the Rio pool on Tuesday.
Indian shuttlers Rio campaign: Hopes pinned on Saina Nehwal
Four years after a bronze at London Games made her the toast of the nation, Saina Nehwal will once again carry a billion hopes when she along with the other six shuttlers, including doubles exponent Jwala Gutta, begin their campaign at the Rio Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, on Thursday.
Other teams can only marvel at US dominance
The US women's gymnastics team, anchored by all around world champion Simone Biles, won the team gold medal at the Olympics on Tuesday by the widest margin ever.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Wednesday, August 10
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Wednesday.
In PIX: Michael Phelps, the father...
Michael Phelps shared the limelight with his three month old son Boomer.
Rio Olympics bus hit by gunfire, no one seriously hurt
A bus carrying journalists at the Rio Games was hit by gunfire on a highway between Olympic venues on Tuesday, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured in the incident.
Highlights of Day 4: Archery, hockey give India reason to smile
Archer Atanu Das and boxer Vikas Krishan entered the pre-quarterfinals, while the men's hockey team stood up to the challenge posed by Argentina to virtually sew up a last-eight spot on a reasonably successful day for Indian athletes in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps wins historic 21st Olympic gold
USA swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200-meter butterfly, his 20th Olympic gold.
Phelps's selfie puts Atlanta barbershop on world map
Michael Phelps, poses with a crowd of smiling barbers and customers after getting a haircut on his way to the Olympics.
Two tales of struggle and answering the call of the Olympic dream
Indian Judoka, Avtar Singh's parents take maiden flight to cheer son, who will go up against Pople Misenga from the Olympic Refugee Team. Read on about the intense and interesting story of both Judokas...
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 4 at the Games
China continued to put up dominating performances in the pool, this time taking gold in women's 10 metre synchronized diving on Tuesday.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 4 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the fourth day of the 2016 Olympics.
Boxer Vikas Krishan beats American Conwall to advance to Round of 16
India's Vikas Krishan out-punched American Charles Conwall to win his middleweight (75kg) preliminary bout 3-0 at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
Judo: Slovenia's Trstenjak wins gold, France on the board
Slovenia's Tina Trstenjak defeated Clarisse Agbegnenou of France in the women's -63kg category at the Rio Games on Tuesday, becoming her country's second Olympic champion in judo.
China grab gold in women's 10 metre synchronized diving
China's Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia claimed gold in the women's synchronized 10 metre platform diving event at the Rio Games on Tuesday, with Malaysia and Canada respectively taking the silver and bronze medals as the venue's pool turned a bright green hue.
Russia under siege: 'We don't react ...not guilty of anything'
Weakened and bruised by sport's biggest doping scandal in decades, Russia is under siege at the Rio Games.
Judo: 'Kelmendi OK to refuse France drug test'
Judo's governing body said that athletes were not obliged to take unscheduled drug tests when training in France in June and that those who refused, including Kosovo's gold medallist Majlinda Kelmendi, subsequently tested negative the next week.
Russian great Salnikov claims atmosphere in Rio like 'Cold War'
Russian swimming chief Vladimir Salnikov said on Tuesday the atmosphere surrounding his team at the Olympics reminded him of the Cold War, and criticised American breaststroke champion Lilly King for attacking the integrity of her Russian rival.
Canoeing: France's Gargaud Chanut wins C1 gold
French paddler Denis Gargaud Chanut won Olympic gold in the canoe slalom C1 final on Tuesday as world champion and favourite David Florence surprisingly failed to feature.
No Greek tragedy here: Korakaki takes gold, second medal
Greek shooter Anna Korakaki took the gold medal in the women's 25 metre pistol event on Tuesday, two days after she won a bronze and became the first woman to win a medal in shooting for Greece.
France takes first gold in team eventing; Germany win individual gold
France won its first gold medal of the Rio Games in eventing on Tuesday in a dramatic show jumping final, rising two places from the cross country phase after riders from Australia and New Zealand knocked rails down.
Rio Olympics: Sania-Bopanna draw Stosur-Peers in mixed doubles round 1
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, who are touted as India's best bet for a tennis medal in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, have been seeded fourth and will be up against the Australian duo of Samantha Stosur and John Peers in their opening mixed doubles match at the Games.
Rio Olympics: Japan stun All Blacks in rugby sevens opener
New Zealand hopes of becoming the first Olympic rugby sevens champions suffered a major setback on Tuesday when they lost their opening match to Japan and Sonny Bill Williams for the tournament to an Achilles injury.
Raised in the favela, racism inspires Brazil's golden girl to greatness
Brazil's first gold medallist of the Rio Olympics basked in her new-found fame on Tuesday, with Judoka Rafaela Silva taking aim at the racism that first threatened to defeat her and then became the affront that spurred her to greatness.
August 09, 2016
Rio Olympics: Murray in third round, Djokovic's campaign ends
Britain's Andy Murray enjoyed a routine win over Argentina's Juan Monaco to ease into the third round of the tennis tournament at the Rio Games on Tuesday, while Spain's world number nine David Ferrer was knocked out.
Rio Olympics: China questions gold medal obsession
A scarcity of gold medals in the first few days of the Olympics is leading China to reflect on its past obsession with finishing first, amid agreement that being champion is no longer everything.
Speeding Rio Games bus injures three reporters inside
A Rio Olympics media bus, driving above the speed limit, hit a speed bump injuring three reporters travelling inside it, with one being taken to hospital, a Games official said on Tuesday.
Shooting: Heena Sidhu fails to qualify in 25m pistol event
Shooter Heena Sidhu, from whom a lot was expected in the run-up to the ongoing Olympic Games, put up yet another flop show to finish a distant 20th in the 25m pistol event for women in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
Australia 'won't apologise to China' in Olympics doping row
Australia will not apologise to China after Mack Horton called his rival and fellow Olympic swimming gold medallist Sun Yang a ''drug cheat'', delegation head Kitty Chiller said on Tuesday.
Archer Atanu Das in last 16 of Individual Recurve
Atanu Das provided the silver lining on another disappointing day for Indians at the Rio Olympics, entering the pre-quarter-finals of the Individual Recurve event on Tuesday.
Why India can still hope for medals in Rio
>There's still hope and plenty to play for, says Rediff.com's Aruneel Sadadekar.
Brazil women's rugby player accepts Olympic marriage proposal
Brazilian women's rugby player Isadora Cerullo melted hearts when she accepted a marriage proposal from her girlfriend at the medals ceremony for the first Olympic rugby sevens competition on Monday. Rower Dattu Bhokanal crashes out in quarter-finals
Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal finished fourth in the quarter-finals of the men's single sculls to be out of medal reckoning in the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.
Milkha holds IOA responsible for India's poor show in Rio
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh lashed out at the Indian Olympics Association, holding it responsible for the poor performance of the Indian sportspersons at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
IOA goodwill ambassador Salman refers to Dipa Karmakar as 'Deepika'
Salman Khan, whose appointment as IOA's goodwill ambassador in April was slammed by Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, seemed to have no clue about who Dipa Karmakar was and how she fared so far at the Rio Games.
Have Brazilians crossed line in taunting US athletes?
US women's soccer star Hope Solo has been mocked for voicing public concerns over the Zika virus -- crowds chant "Zika! Zika" when she touches the ball during Rio Olympics.
Dutch gymnast expelled for night of drinking in Rio
Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder has been expelled from the Olympics for "gravely" violating team rules by going out for a night of drinking in Rio after qualifying for the finals of the rings event, the Dutch team said.
PIX: 'Brazilians are very passionate, very vocal, very loud'
Brazilians brought a soccer fan's raucous attitude to the Rio Games on Monday, wildly cheering their own athletes, booing and mocking opponents -- and creating uncomfortable moments for Olympic athletes unaccustomed to no-holds-barred partisanship.
Wish India's darling Dipa Karmakar a happy birthday!
Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round, will compete for a historic medal in the finals on August 14.
Bindra, Jwala slam Shobhaa De for mocking India's athletes in Rio
Shobhaa De took to Twitter to post a harsh and stinging message for the Indian athletes currently competing at the Rio Olympic Games.
Swimming great Phelps ready to reclaim lost butterfly gold
On Monday, the 31-year-old proved he is in fighting form for his 200 metres butterfly rematch with Chad le Clos, the South African who four years ago denied him a third consecutive gold medal in the event.
Pissed off Phelps backs Lilly King
Michael Phelps backed compatriot Lilly King's attitude toward Russian Yulia Efimova at the Olympics on Monday and said more people should follow her lead.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Tuesday, August 9
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Tuesday.
I am at peace with my decision to retire: Bindra
Abhinav Bindra's body language belied any emotions whatsoever on what was the final day of an illustrious career as he made it clear that he was done with aiming bull's eye and ready to move to the next phase of his life although he does not know what it is.
'I'm converting my shooting range into vegetable garden'
Abhinav Bindra announced his retirement from the sport that had brought him world-wide attention and fame after he won the gold in the same event in Beijing in 2008, saying he's 'done' and will now convert his shooting range into a
PIX: In search of star power, media lap up Usain Bolt show...
As a dozen scantily clad Brazilian Samba dancers gyrated on to the stage, rocking peacock-style headdresses and glittery thongs, Usain Bolt was not about to be intimidated or upstaged.
Japan end China's reign as team champions
Not even the curse of the pommel horse could halt Japan's march to the men's team gymnastics title at the Rio Olympics on Monday as China's eight-year reign as champions came to an end after a day of slips, trips and stumbled landings.
Have faith, it's getting cleaner, assures Bolt
Usain Bolt waltzed in to sprinkle a bucket of stardust over Rio on Monday, and while there were Samba smiles and dancing girls, the biggest name at the Olympics could not escape the ever-present specter of doping.
Hungary's Hosszu claims second gold; wins 100m backstroke
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the women's Olympic 100 meters backstroke on Monday to claim her second gold of the Rio Games, edging out Kathleen Baker of the United States.
Kosovo gold medallist refused drug test before Rio
The International Judo Federation said on Monday that Kosovo's judo gold medallist Majlinda Kelmendi had refused to take an unscheduled drug test in France ahead of the Rio Games but that the procedure looked "questionable" and any sanction given would not be applied outside France.
Sun responds to drug taunts with freestyle gold and more...
Sun Yang became the first Chinese swimmer to win the Olympic men's 200 metres freestyle gold medal on Monday.
Here's what Bindra's trainer has to say after near medal miss
Shooter Abhinav Bindra's technical trainer Heinz Reinkemeier denounced Indian media's 'obsession' for Olympic medal and emphasised that an effort can be categorised as 'good performance' even without a medal.
Rio police arrest Namibian boxer for attempted sexual assault
Brazilian police have arrested a 22-year-old boxer who was the flag bearer for the Namibian national team on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a room maid in the Olympic village, the second boxer detained on such charges at the Games.
'Marta better than Neymar!' Brazil warming up to women footballers
Brazil's women's football team was greeted by hundreds of adoring fans in Manaus on Monday, as their performances and fame all of a sudden eclipsed that of their struggling male counterparts.
Paralympics ban for Russia different from IOC decision: Bach
Russia's exclusion from next month's Paralympic Games in Rio is a different situation from the IOC's decision to allow some Russian competitors to take part at the Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
Beach Volleyball PHOTOS: Mixed fortunes for Brazil
Brazil's male and female beach volleyball pairs enjoyed mixed results on Monday, with the men losing to Austria but the women crushing Argentina to book a place in the final 16.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 3 at the Games
Hosts Brazil won their first gold of the Rio 2016 Summer Games after Rafaela Silva won the women's-57kg judo event on Monday.
Rio to make new flags for China after criticism over flaws
The Rio 2016 organising committee is making new flags for China after Chinese citizens watching the ceremony on television complained that the stars were incorrectly positioned.
Cycling: Australians crash in training for team pursuit
Australian track cyclist Melissa Hoskins was taken to hospital after crashing in training for the women's team pursuit at the Olympic velodrome on Monday.
Russia sees politics behind Paralympics ban, vows to appeal
The same scandal has led to 109 out of 387 athletes originally included in the Russian team for the Rio Olympics being banned, including its entire track and field squad.
'Somebody had to be fourth, and I am fourth!'
Abhinav Bindra's quest for a second Olympics medal ended in disappointment, as he lost a tense shoot-off in the men's 10 metre Air Rifle event on the third day of competition at the Rio Games on Monday.
Sailing: Regatta sets sail on dirty water, tricky winds
Olympic sailing began an 11-day regatta on Monday with near perfect winds as competitors showed little fear of heading back into waters criticised for sewage-borne pathogens and floating garbage.
Rugby: Australia clinch inaugural women's sevens gold
Australia won the first women's rugby sevens Olympic gold medal by beating New Zealand 24-17 in the final at the Deodoro Stadium in Rio on Monday.
Saudi royal vows to break 'societal norms', get more women into sport
A US-raised Saudi Arabian princess freshly appointed to increase female participation in sport plans to help licence gyms and modify outdoor spaces for women in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom, she said in an interview on Monday.
American fencer makes history, wears hijab in Olympics
Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American athlete to compete in the Olympics with a hijab, which she wears to adhere to the tenets of her Muslim faith.
Brazil police detain director of THG Sports for illegal ticket sales
Brazilian police said on Monday they had detained a director of international sports hospitality company THG Sports and a woman working as an interpreter at the Rio Olympics on charges of fraudulent marketing of tickets for the Games.
Rio: Net-savvy Canadian teen medal winner has data issues
Canada's Penelope Oleksiak came to the Olympics hoping to get to a final and gain experience for the next games in Tokyo in 2020.
August 08, 2016
Rio Games: Indian swimmers Sajan, Shivani finish 41st and 28th
Young Indian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Shivani Kataria expectedly made inglorious exits in their respective events at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 3 in Rio
Check out India's report card on the third day of the 2016 Olympics.
Germany sink India with late goal
The Indian men's hockey team's habit of conceding late goals continued to haunt them as reigning double Olympic champions Germany scored seconds from the final hooter to steal a 2-1 victory in a thrilling Pool B match at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
Italy's Campriani takes 10m air rifle gold, Bindra misses medal
Italy's Niccolo Campriani won gold in the Olympic men's 10-metre air rifle on Monday with a score of 206.1 after Serihy Kulish of Ukraine made his final shot poorly, widening what had been a razor-thin gap between the two.
Manavjit, Chenai fail to qualify for Trap semi-finals
Trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were unable to improve upon their opening day's performance and failed to qualify for the men's trap semi-finals at the Rio Olympics on Monday.
Abhinav Bindra misses 10m Air Rifle medal by whisker
Abhinav Bindra narrowly missed a medal in the men's 10m Air Rifle event at the Rio Olympics, losing a nail-biting shoot-off against Ukrainian marksman S Kulish after the two were tied third at 163.8 in the race to reach the medal round.
It's OK to cry: Phelps consoles Held
When American Ryan Held needed a supportive shoulder to lean on after claiming an emotional first Olympic medal on Sunday, he found just what was needed in the man who has collected more than any other athlete in the history of sport.
Vikas to open India's Olympic boxing campaign
An American ended his Olympic dream in 2012 amid controversial circumstances and Vikas Krishan will have redemption on mind when he takes on another American Charles Conwell in his opening bout to kick off India's boxing campaign in the Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday.
Here's why Phelps has those big red circles all over his back
It might look like a giant case of chicken pox but in fact the most decorated swimmer, Michael Phelps, is hoping these spots will lead him to innumerable podiums at the Rio Olympics.
I'll be fine, says Van Vleuten after horror smash
Annemiek van Vleuten suffered three fractured vertebrae and a concussion after a horrifying high-speed crash in the Olympic women's road race on Sunday but the Dutch rider said she will be fine and was more disappointed at missing out on a medal.
When gymnastics undisputed Queen wished Dipa Karmakar...
India's Dipa Karmakar received a big boost when she was wished luck by none other than three-time world champion Simone Biles.
In practice, I perform way better than this: Dipa Karmakar
"I'm happy but wish I could have done a bit better. In practice, I perform way better than this," Dipa karmakar said.
Why this Aussie swimmer is hated in China...
Chinese web-users unleashed their fury on the social media accounts of Australian Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton, demanding he apologise for calling swimming rival Sun Yang a "drug cheat".
How strong winds, doping and VIP robbery is plaguing Rio Olympics
Damaging wind gusts, a fresh doping controversy and the robbery of a visiting government minister presented the Rio Games with a perfect storm of problems on Sunday, forcing organisers to scramble to keep the world's biggest sporting event rolling on.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Monday, August 8
The Indian contingent's schedule at the Rio Olympics for Monday.
Steeplechaser Sudha Singh confident ahead of Rio
14 Asian Games bronze medalist and national record holder Sudha Singh wants to make amends for a disappointing outing at the London Olympics.
More records fall as legendary Phelps wins his 19th Olympic gold
Michael Phelps won the 19th gold medal of his Olympic swimming career on Sunday after helping the US men's team to victory in the 4x100 metres freestyle relay.
Gymnastics: Simone Biles leads way for sensational Americans
Simone Biles showed the world why she is an Olympic champion-in-waiting as she and her American teammates blew away the opposition by almost 10 points in women's gymnastics qualifying at the Rio Games on Sunday.
PHOTOS: The gold medallists on Day 2 at the Games
China got its first gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics thanks to some sharp shooting skills by Olympic debutant Zhang Mengxue on Sunday.
Deepika blames India's quarter-final ouster on 'windy conditions'
After failing to deliver when it mattered most, India's ace archer Deepika Kumari blamed her mediocre showing in the 4-5 defeat to Russia in the quarter-finals of the women's recurve competition at the Rio Olympics on windy conditions.
Historic! Dipa Karmakar qualifies for vault finals
Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar scripted history as she became the first Indian to make the cut for the individual vault finals in her debut Olympic Games after finishing 8th in the qualifying round in Rio de Janeiro.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 2 in Rio
Check out how Indian athletes fared on the second day of the 2016 Olympics.
Youngest at Rio Olympics, 13-year-old rips suit but wins her heat
The youngest competitor at the Rio Olympics ripped her swimsuit minutes before her race on Sunday but still managed to beat her two rivals.
August 07, 2016
Zlatan gives Mourinho first trophy at Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's winner ensured that Jose Mourinho's reign at Manchester United got off to a winning start as the FA Cup holders beat champions Leicester City 2-1 in England's Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday.
Russia banned from Rio Paralympics over doping
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday banned all Russians from its own Games next month because of the widespread doping culture that it says has polluted sport in the country.
Rio Olympics: China's first gold won by woman shooter
First-time Olympian Zhang Mengxue secured China's first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday by winning the women's 10-metre air pistol event and extending China's gold medal streak in the sport.
Rio Olympics: Second day of rowing postponed due to weather problems
The second day of the 2016 Olympic rowing regatta was called off on Sunday due to problems caused by rough weather, organisers said.
Indian women archers pipped by Russia in Recurve quarters
Deepika Kumari failed to deliver when it mattered most as Russia beat India in a closely-contested quarter-final 5-4 via the shoot-off in the women's recurve archery competition at the Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.
Sandhu, Chenai disappoint; Sidhu exits 10m Air Pistol in qualification
Indian shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai were placed at the 17th and 19th spots after the first day of the Men's Trap qualification event at Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Oscar Pistorius suffers injuries in jail, rushed to hospital
South African track star Oscar Pistorius, serving six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend, was treated in hospital for minor wrist injuries on Saturday before being returned to custody, a prison service spokesman said.
Sachin Tendulkar meets IOC president Thomas Bach
Sachin Tendulkar has met International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the sidelines of the Rio Olympics, which the Indian cricket icon termed as "wonderful".
Brazilian pride soars after opening ceremony and first medal
To begin with, the opening ceremony drew praise from all quarters. Then there were parties all over Rio de Janeiro and finally, the hosts nation Brazil's first medalist.
Mudranov predicts more gold for Russia
Beslan Mudranov won Russia's first gold medal at the Rio Games in judo and fired a warning shot that his country had plenty more to prove.
Campbell sisters power Australia to record and relay gold
Australia's women, powered by sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, beat the United States and Canada to win the Olympic 4x100 metres freestyle relay in world record time on Saturday, retaining the title they won in London four years ago.
Hungary's Iron Lady finally strikes gold...in a new world record
Five times a world champion but without a single medal from three previous Olympics, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu finally struck gold on Saturday and demolished the 400 metres individual medley world record as well.
Here's what cost Jitu a medal in 10m air pistol...
India's biggest medal hope Jitu Rai got a wake-up call when he finished eighth in the finals as the much-fancied shooters drew a blank in the pistol
Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu fails to complete her event
India's Saikhom Mirabai Chanu turned in a highly disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics, as she could not get an overall total in women's 48kg after failing to lift the weight in any of her three attempts in clean & jerk section. In a field of 12 lifters, she was one of two who did not finish (DNF) her event.
How Indian athletes fared on Day 1 in Rio
Results of the Indian athletes on Day 1 at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Syrian refugee Mardini a winner in the water at Rio Olympics
She shrugged off a suggestion that all the attention around her might have prevented her from just enjoying the experience of the Games.
Archery: South Korea restore order with men's team gold
South Korea's archers routed the United States to win the men's team gold at the Rio Olympics on Saturday and restore a dynasty broken by the Americans at London four years ago.
Rio 2016: Early exits for Ivanovic, Radwanska and Venus Williams
Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic exited the Olympic Games in the first round on Saturday, though the Serb refused to blame the wind or soaring temperatures that some players said were making it tricky to play in Rio.
Cycling: Van Avermaet wins thrilling men's road race
Belgium's Greg van Avermaet snatched gold in a thrilling and incident-packed men's Olympic road race, out-sprinting Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang alongside the Copacabana beach after a spectacular day of racing along Rio's coastline on Saturday.
French gymnast Said suffers horror leg break at Rio Olympics
French gymnast Samir Ait Said discovered the perils of pursuing his Olympic dreams when he suffered a broken leg that was left dangling from below his knee following a crash landing from the vault during men's qualifying at the Rio Games 2016, in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Rio 2016: UK's Peaty breaks own world record in 100m breaststroke
Adam Peaty demolished his own world record in the heats of the 100 meters breaststroke on Saturday as he launched a bid to become the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal for 28 years.
Rio 2016: Jitu Rai finishes 8th in men's 10m air pistol
Star Indian shooter Jitu Rai was way off the mark in the men's 10m Air Pistol final, finishing a lowly eighth to bow out of the competition in the Rio Olympics on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro.
Huge queues and angry fans mar the start of Rio Games
The Rio Olympic Games got off to a shambolic start on Saturday as fans queued for hours at security checkpoints to enter venues, with some missing their events and many athletes competing in front of eerily empty stands.
Hockey grapples with Olympics 'wake up call' in Rio
The FIH has responded by introducing a number of changes to the way hockey will be played and broadcast at the Rio Games.
August 06, 2016
Rio 2016: India's best hope Jitu Rai qualifies for 10m Air Pistol final
Leading medal hope in shooting, army's Jitu Rai, qualified for the men's 10 m air pistol by finishing sixth out of 46 competitors in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Rio 2016: I'm a soft target and people want to take potshots at me, says Paes
An emotional Leander Paes did not hide his disappointment after losing the first round men's doubles match with Rohan Bopanna stating that he has "become a soft target" and that is the reason why people are "taking potshots" at him.
Rio bomb squad blows up backpack near cycling course - official
A loud blast was heard near the finishing line of the men's cycling road race at the Rio Olympics on Saturday but there were no signs of panic or injuries and the race continued, a Reuters witness said.
Two shot dead at Rio Olympic sites
Police shot a mugger near the stadium where the Rio Olympics opening ceremony took place and a woman was killed close to another Olympic site, police said Saturday.
Rio 2016: Paes-Bopanna crash out in first round
Leander Paes's dreams of winning a second Olympic medal went up in smoke as he and Rohan Bopanna made an inglorious exit in the opening round of the men's doubles competition, losing in straight sets to the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot 4-6 6-7 (6-8)
Table Tennis: India's campaign ends in first round
Mouma Das' Olympic appearance was short-lived as the Indian veteran lost to higher-ranked Romanian, Daniela Dodean Monteiro, in the first round of the women's singles table tennis competition in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Tendulkar lands in Rio Games Village to cheer for India
One of his cherished memories was being in the Commonwealth Games village in Kuala Lumpur way back in 1998 and Sachin Tendulkar had that same feeling of deja vu as he dropped in at the Olympic Games athletes village in Rio on Saturday.
Meet the first gold medal winner of Rio Olympics
American teenager Virginia Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, holding her nerve to clinch the women's 10m air rifle event.
Medal Table: Rio Olympics 2016
The medal tally at the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Olympics: Shooters Chandela, Paul crash out in qualification round
India's shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ayonika Paul were way off the mark in the 10m Air Rifle Women's event, finishing way behind the leaders to bow out in the qualification round, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday.
Rio Olympics: Rower Bhokanal enters quarter-finals
Indian rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal entered the quarter-finals of the Men's Single Sculls
5 talking points from Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony
The Rio 2016 Olympics have opened with a colourful and pulsating ceremony at Maracana stadium on Friday night.
One of the funniest things at the Olympic Games...
It is safe to say Michael Phelps has no need for a lifeguard watching over him in the Olympic pool but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 18 gold medals among his career haul of 22, will have one anyway at the Rio Games.
Cypriot, Greek competitors test positive for drugs
Cypriot weightlifter Antonis Martasidis and an unnamed Greek competitor have tested positive for banned substances and have been expelled from the Rio Olympics, their teams said on Friday.
Rio Olympics: A beginner's guide to rowing
As India's Dattu Bhokanal will be competing in the men's singles sculls rowing event fat the Rio 2016 Olympics, on Saturday, here is a beginner's guide.
No obstacle insurmountable for Dipa Karmakar's coach
When Bisweshwar Nandi caught his first glimpse of the Olympic rings after touching down in Rio with his gymnastics protege Dipa Karmakar, he felt an instant surge of adrenaline.
Dipa aims to touch greater heights in Rio
She has already grabbed a piece of history by becoming the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics and Dipa Karmakar would aim to touch greater heights when she competes at the Rio Games, in Rio de Janeiro.
Olympic hoodoo still haunts Deepika Kumari
Archer Deepika Kumari expressed bewilderment after a dismal show during the women's team event where the Indian team finished a dejecting seventh in the qualification round of the Rio Olympics Games.
Meet Iran's first female flagbearer
Iran had one of the best moments of the Rio Olympics opening ceremony when archer Zahra Nemati carried the Iranian flag into the Maracana Stadium on Friday.
Vanderlei de Lima lights cauldron; Gisele steals the show
Brazil unfurled a vast canvas celebrating its rainforest and the creative energy of its wildly diverse population in welcoming the world on Friday to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, all to the pounding beat of samba, bossa nova and funk.
PHOTOS: Rio 2016 flag bearers
Rediff.com presents the most popular flag bearers. Take a look...
In favela above opening ceremony, pride and disappointment
Residents of the Mangueira favela or slum, which overlooks the Maracana Stadium where the 2016 Olympic opening ceremony was held, expressed a mix of pride and disappointment as the Games opened in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Watch: Bindra leads India at Parade of Nations in Rio
Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra, who is competing in his fifth Games, led the Indian contingent at the parade of nations during the Open Ceremony of the Rio Olympics on Friday night.
PHOTOS: Rio kicks off Games with ode to forests, favelas and funk
Fireworks light up the night sky above the Maracana as some 50,000 spectators present, and some 3 billion people tuned in around the world as Brazil lifted the curtain on its second major sporting event in two years, after the 2014 soccer World Cup.
Rio Olympics: India's schedule for Saturday, August 6
The Indian contingent's schedule in the Rio Olympics for Saturday.
August 05, 2016
IOA announces Rs 50 lac cash award for Rio gold medallist
The Indian Olympic Association, on Friday, announced a Rs 50 lac cash award for the gold medal winning athlete in the Rio Olympics.
Russian Stepanova to not appeal Rio ban
Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over her ban on running as an independent athlete at the Rio Olympics, she said on Friday.
Pele will not light Olympic cauldron due to muscle pain
Brazilian soccer legend Pele will not light the Olympic cauldron at Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, a spokesman for the 75-year-old, three-time soccer World Cup winner said.
Rio Olympics: Brilliant Kim sets 72-arrow world record
South Korea's Kim Woo-jin made the most of perfect shooting conditions to set a 72-arrow world record in the Olympic archery at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Friday and fire an ominous warning at challengers to his gold medal claims.
Rio Olympics: Moroccan boxer arrested for sexual assault
A Moroccan Olympic boxer was arrested on charges he sexually assaulted two women in the Olympic Village, Rio de Janeiro police said on Friday.
Rio Olympics: Archers Deepika, Bombayla, Atanu advance to round of 32
India's Atanu Das showed fine composure and skill to bounce back from a poor start in his maiden Olympics to finish fifth in the qualification round as archery got the underway at the Rio Olympics in Brazil's historic Samba street in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
Torch begins final race to stadium from beneath Rio's Christ
The Olympic torch was raised before Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Friday on the final leg of its journey to the opening ceremony of the Olympics, as Brazil excitedly put the final touches to seven years of preparations.
Champions League draw: City face Steaua Bucharest in playoff
Pep Guardiola's ManchesterCity will play Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League playoff round after the draw was made in Nyon on Friday.
Lifter Mirabai aims for medal at Rio Games
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will have an outside chance of a podium finish for India when the weightlifter begins her campaign in the women's 48kg category at the Rio Olympic Games on Saturday.
First Look: What the Indian contingent will wear at the Games Opening
Rediff.com presents the attire of the Indian Contingent for the Opening Ceremony at the Rio Olympics 2016.
Will Semenya go on to the track with distinct advantage?
Caster Semenya is seen as a near-certainty for Olympic gold on the track in Rio and her expected success in the 800 metres looks just as sure to bring up further examination of her running credentials.
Landmark Olympic moments that changed history
There are moments at the Olympic Games that have a sporting significance, and then there are those that leave an indelible mark on humanity.
Will boxers pack a punch? Tough draw for Shiva, Manoj
A tough draw will put their grit to test when the three-member Indian boxing team begins its Olympic campaign, aiming to lift the gloom that pervades the sport back home owing to the long-standing administrative mess.
Indian shooters in Rio: Will Jitu open medal campaign?
A star-studded Indian shooting contingent will begin their Rio Olympics campaign
PIX: Stars we spotted at the Rio Olympics
Prior to the kick-off of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Rediff.com spotted some of the biggest names in sport at the Olympic Village. Check it out.
Why Brazil athletes are not dope tested ahead of Rio...
Brazil's athletes were not subject to dope tests for almost a month before the Rio Olympics, the country's sports ministry has said while refuting allegations it was a political decision to ensure the Games were not plunged further into crisis.
Russia says 271-strong team will be cleanest at the Games
Russia will be represented in most sports at the Rio Olympics, with 271 of its sportsmen and women cleared to participate ahead of the opening ceremony, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) head Alexander Zhukov has said.
Rio Olympics celebrated with a doodle fruit!
As the Rio Olympics is all set to go underway, the search engine giant celebrates it with an interactive doodle.
PIX: Party time in Rio after rollercoaster run-up to the Games
With a little bit of chaos and a last-minute sprint on preparations, Rio de Janeiro was ready on Friday to revel in a moment seven years in the making: the opening of the Olympic Games.
Rio mess: No jerseys for hockey team; no room for Paes
While every other team practises their hardest in the few hours left for the Rio Olympics 2016, the Indian contingent was left looking for rooms, extra pair of jerseys and assembling chairs.
India's strength at the Rio Olympics
India will be represented by a record 121 athletes, including 54 women, at the Olympics.
Muscle pains could keep Pele from lighting Rio cauldron
Pele's doctors have given him the go ahead to light the Olympic cauldron on Friday, but muscle pains may bar the Brazilian soccer great from the torch ceremony that opens the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Video: How well do you know the Olympics?
We asked youngsters in Mumbai a few questions on the Olympics.
August 04, 2016
Check out these Olympic firsts!
The Olympics is not just about sport, but tradition.
At 41, it's mission possible for Tom Cruise fan Chusovitina at Olympics
Chusovitina may not want to look old for her Hollywood hero but in a sport over-populated with teenagers, she is almost pre-historic as her gymnastics lifespan of competing in seven successive Olympics defies logic.
Indian archers eye redemption at Rio Olympics
Indian archers would look to make amends for the flop-show in London when they take aim in the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Friday -- archery and football kick-start before the official opening ceremony of the Games.
Rio Olympics: Djokovic to play Del Potro in first round
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will face Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, the player who denied him a medal in London, in the opening round of the Rio Olympics after the draw was made on Thursday.
Meet the first Indian woman to be elected as IOC member
The International Olympic Committee on Thursday announced that Nita Ambani, has been elected as an individual member of the IOC, and will become India's first woman to join the prestigious body.
Constrained by war, Syrian athletes dream of Olympic glory
Syria's Olympic Committee is sending seven athletes to compete in Rio this month, in athletics, swimming, judo, table tennis and weightlifting.
Mischievous Phelps leaves door ajar for sixth Games
A mischievous Michael Phelps hinted the Rio Games may not be his last. The most decorated Olympian of all-time said on Wednesday he is excited his infant son Boomer would be in the stands to watch "the potential" last races of his career.
Focused Indian archers to skip Rio Games opening ceremony
Focused on winning their first ever Olympic medal, the Indian archers will skip the much-awaited opening ceremony of the Rio Games on Friday.
Military training helps Pakistani shooters reach Rio Olympics
Two members of the small Pakistani contingent participating at the Rio Olympics have the country's military to thank for much of their training.
NBA D-League tryouts: Will Punjab's Palpreet leave a lasting impression?
Palpreet Singh Brar, standing 6'9 can be an intimidating figure. But sit with him for a chat and his easy-going demeanor and straight-faced humour will have you alter any perceptions harboured of the 21-year-old.
IOC nod for Russians: 11 boxers, 29 swimmers cleared for Rio Games
All 11 Russian boxers who qualified for the Rio Olympics have been given the all clear to compete at the Games, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said on Thursday.
The Olympic Quotient III
Check out Bikash Mohapatra's Olympic Quotient III!
American rivals to feel 'full wrath' of lightning quick Bolt
Usain Bolt is promising to let American sprinter Justin Gatlin "feel his full wrath" as he zones in on an unprecedented treble-treble of gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
India's woman wonders at the Olympics
Rediff.com presents India's Olympic wonder-women...
PHOTOS: Torch alights on Rio shore ahead of Olympic opening
After a 20,000-km (12,400-mile) journey through the vast nation, the torch crossed Guanabara Bay in a sailboat piloted by former medalists, in a nod to one of the competitions where the host country has claimed Olympic glory.
August 03, 2016
Shooters face headaches all of their own at Rio Games
Security concerns around the Olympics present a unique set of headaches for the shooters.
Rio Games: Pokemon chasing proves costly for Japanese Olympian
Kohei Uchimura's bid to become the first gymnast in more than 40-years to win back-to-back Olympic all-around gymnastics golds began with a costly error as his as addiction to Pokemon Go landed him with a near $5,000 phone bill.
Wolfsburg's Draxler going to Arsenal?
Julian Draxler has said he wants to leave German side VfL Wolfsburg, a month after the club claimed he was "100 percent certain" to stay.
Swimming champ Phelps to be US team flag bearer at Rio Games
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 18 gold medals among his career haul of 22, will carry the US flag in Friday's opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.
Vijender rises to No 10 in WBO rankings
Vijender Singh broke into the World Boxing Organisation's (WBO) rankings at No 10 after being crowned its Asia Pacific super middleweight champion in Delhi last month.
All you wanted to know about the Rio Olympics venues
The battle for Olympic medals will take place in 32 venues in Rio de Janeiro.
Check out the Rio Games schedule
Find below a detailed look at the Rio Olympics schedule.
'Narsingh will go to Rio and return with gold'
'We have ensured that whatever he eats or drinks comes in a packaged form and is thoroughly checked.'
Nadal confirms he will play at Rio 2016
Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will play at Rio 2016 despite suffering with a wrist injury as he prepares for the Olympic Games.
Bolt invites favela kids to training base in Rio
Access to Usain Bolt has been scarce for the media desperate to speak with arguably the biggest star of the Rio 2016 Games as he prepares to defend his three Olympic titles.
World wrestling body clears Narsingh for Rio
Wreslter Narsingh Yadav's chances of participating in the Rio Games have been boosted after the United World Wrestling, gave him a clean chit.
Copacabana beach perfect setting for volleyball
They have played for Olympic gold in parks, next to car parks and on royal parade grounds, but at the Rio Games beach volleyball will actually be played -- on a beach.
Brazil to deploy military to tourist sites, stadium
Brazil said on Tuesday it was deploying the military to patrol the emblematic tourist sites in Rio de Janeiro to guard against the "minimal" chance of an attack, though security at the Olympic stadium appeared slack three days before the Games.
8 legends to watch in Rio
In Rio, over 10,000 athletes will compete for the biggest prize in sport -- an Olympic gold medal.
PIX: Indians upbeat at welcome ceremony in Rio
A short display of Brazilian culture, including their music and dance, greeted the Indian contingent at the formal Welcome Ceremony in the Games Village for the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Why this swimmer plans to shun social media...
Emily Seebohm is turning off the Twitter taps, and saying farewell to Facebook, as the Australian swimmer seeks success at this month's Rio Olympics.
Australia and US rivals ready for Rio duel
The big beasts of Olympic swimming have rolled into Rio, with Michael Phelps and the mighty US team following their Australian rivals, and the buzz of expectation is building.
Will Pele light the Olympic flame at opening ceremony?
Pele has been invited to light the Olympic flame at the Rio Games on Friday but the Brazilian soccer great is checking with his sponsors to see if he is free to lead the torch ceremony in the Maracana stadium.
Another dope shock for Indian athlete?
If reports are to be believed, a renowned track and field athlete from Haryana has failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) last month.
'Shadow of death' hangs over Rio before Games
A sharp increase in police killings has cast "a shadow of death" over Rio de Janeiro as it prepares to host the Olympic Games, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
Rio Olympics: Government assures support to Narsingh
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday said that the government will provide all support to help dope-cleared wrestler Narsingh Yadav represent the country at the forthcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
August 02, 2016
Rukna Nahi Hai... a tribute to the Rio-bound athletes
A record contingent of 121 athletes, including 54 women, will represent India at the Rio Olympics.
Will WADA give all clear to Narsingh for Rio Olympics?
A day after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), its parent world body WADA said that it will review the case.
Shot putter Inderjeet fails 'B' sample test too; Rio hopes virtually over
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh's confirmatory B sample also returned positive for banned substances, virtually ending his hopes to compete in the Rio Olympics.
How childhood beating led Serugo to Rio Games
Ronald Serugo had a thought beaten into him - some boxing skills might be good.
Lego presents Olympic model of Rio city ahead of games
Lego, the world's biggest toymaker, has developed a large model of Rio de Janeiro city to celebrate the host of the 2016 Olympic Games, set to open in a few days.
India will win 1 gold. How true are these Rio predictions?
The world's two largest economies, the United States and China, will again win most gold medals at the Olympics and Britain will push Russia into third place in the overall standings, Goldman Sachs predicted in a survey released on Monday.
Meet Gaurika Singh, the youngest Olympian at Rio 2016
The youngest athlete at Rio 2016, swimmer Gaurika Singh, has only just become a teenager. However, she is a 13-year-old with some decidedly serious life experiences.
Rio opening ceremony will represent a slice of life in Brazil
The Rio de Janeiro Olympics opening ceremony on Friday will break with the recent tradition of large-scale and expensive shows, featuring a low-emissions cauldron and an "analogue" experience, executive producer Marco Balich said on Monday.
World's 'Second Fittest Woman' ready for Rio
Australian weightlifter Tia-Clair Toomey is unlikely to win a medal at the Rio Olympics but she can claim to be the fittest woman there.
PHOTOS: Sania, TT squad at Rio Games Village
Tennis star Sania Mirza arrived at the Games Village of the Rio Olympics and so did the table tennis squad while the Indian hockey team won its practice match against Spain.
Meet the seven smallest nations at the Rio Olympics
An astounding 11,400 athletes will travel from more than 200 countries to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Quotient II
Quizmaster Bikash Mohapatra is back with the second Olympic Quotient!
August 01, 2016
'I was on the right side and confident of getting justice'
A relieved Narsingh Yadav has said he is eager to go to the Olympics now and win a medal for the country.
Sushil and coach make dramatic u-turn on Narsingh
Ace wrestler Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh made a complete U-turn on his stance against Narsingh Yadav after the latter was cleared of dope charges by WADA on Monday.
NADA clears Narsingh in dope scandal, says wrestler a victim of sabotage
Tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-Doping Agency panel, probing the positive tests on his urine samples on Monday. It ruled "there is no negligence on the athlete's part and he is a victim of sabotage".
India marksman Nanjappa battles career-threatening illness to Rio Games
Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games three years after being told by doctors that his career was over.
India's hockey coach complains about facilities at Olympic Village
The Indian hockey teams at the Olympics are facing a shortage of chairs and Television sets at the Games Village and chief coach Roelant Oltmans has complained that the players' apartments are not properly furnished.
Why IOC is defending Russian presence in Rio...
Partial sanctions against Russian athletes over the country's state-run doping system are preliminary, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said on Sunday, defending the organisation's position amid vocal criticism.
Will 'distracted' Mahrez stay with EPL champions Leicester?
Speculation about a possible transfer to Premier League rivals Arsenal has unsettled LeicesterCity winger Riyad Mahrez, manager Claudio Ranieri has said.
How troubled Rio Games are finally coming together...
Rio de Janeiro will deliver a successful Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Sunday, despite delays in preparations, lack of funds and the country suffering from its biggest political and economic turmoil in decades.
Rio theft: Computer, shirts stolen from Australia's Olympic village
Team shirts and a laptop computer belonging to a cycling official have been stolen from the Australian building in the athletes' village at the Rio Olympics, team chief Kitty Chiller said on Sunday.
PIX: India's latest check-ins at the Rio Olympics village
Promising gymnast Dipa Karmakar, the women's hockey team and shooter Heena Sidhu on Sunday checked into the Olympic Village to further boost the Indian contingent at the Rio Games beginning on August 5.
India's London Olympics heroes... Where are they now?
These athletes made India proud four years ago.
July 31, 2016
Sindhu will take it one game at a time at the Rio Olympics
Adapting to the conditions in Rio and changing on-court strategy in match situation will be the key to success, according to ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu, who is aiming to add an Olympic medal to her two World Championship bronze medals.
First-ever refugee team ascends to Rio's Christ statue
Members of the first-ever Olympic refugee team visited Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ statue Saturday, with smiles as wide as their arms were outstretched, imitating the landmark's open embrace as they posed for photos.
Two Russians appeal ban from Rio Olympics
Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have launched an appeal against the ruling banning them from next month's Rio Olympic Games even though they have never failed a doping test.
PM conveys best to Rio contingent, says 200 Olympians target for 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished luck to the Rio-bound Indian contingent and exuded confidence that they will not only clinch medals but also win hearts with their conduct during the Olympic Games starting on August 5.
July 30, 2016
The wait continues! Narsingh's doping verdict deferred to Monday...
The suspense over wrestler Narsingh Yadav's participation in the Rio Olympic Games was prolonged further after the National Anti-Doping Agency deferred its final verdict on the doping scandal to Monday.
Gameiro joins Atletico from Sevilla on four-year deal
French striker Kevin Gameiro has joined Atletico Madrid on a four-year deal from fellow La Liga side Sevilla, the Champions League finalists said on Saturday.
Rosberg on pole for home German grand prix
Nico Rosberg will start his home German Grand Prix on Sunday from pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.
Why this US sailor is cleaning Rio's bay before Olympics
Bobbing on Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay in a blue and white fishing boat, American sailor Brad Funk uses a plastic bin to scoop rubbish from the waters where Olympic sailing races will take place next month.
Rogers Cup: Wawrinka, Nishikori in last four; Halep, Kerber to face off
Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka advanced into the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-3 victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Friday.
FIFA probe: Ex-Guatemalan chief pleads guilty to US bribery charges
A former president of Guatemala's football federation pleaded guilty on Friday to charges he received bribes to award lucrative media and marketing rights for football matches, the latest development in the US corruption investigation into world football's governing body FIFA.
Australia team safe after Rio Olympic Village fire evacuation
The Australian team said they evacuated their building at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro because of a fire in the basement on Friday, one week before the Games open.
Russian weightlifters barred from Rio Games
Russia's weightlifting team has been barred from competing at the Rio Olympics in August over doping offences, the sport's governing federation said on Friday.
Indian contingent settling into the Olympic Village in Rio
With the much-awaited Olympic Games getting underway next week, the Indian contingent members have begun trickling into the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.
July 29, 2016
Indian Hockey teams arrive in Rio with Olympic glory in sight
Determined to put up a top-notch performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Indian men and women's hockey teams arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
F1 tightens flag rules for qualifying
Formula One qualifying will be halted under "double-yellow" conditions starting during this weekend's German Grand Prix in a tightening of rules aimed at avoiding a repeat of the controversy surrounding Nico Rosberg's pole in Hungary.
Soccer: Northern Irish striker Lafferty charged for betting
Norwich City and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has been charged with a betting offence, the Football Association said on Friday.
Will Narsingh be left off with only a warning?
A day after Narsingh Yadav's dope scandal hearing completed, there was no clarity over when the NADA's Anti-Doping Disciplinary Penal will announce its final verdict, which will decide the wrestler's Rio Olympics fate.
AIBA disappointed with elections delay in Indian boxing
"Disappointed" with India for not holding elections to form a new boxing federation despite specific deadlines, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has set September 25 as the "final" cut-off for the country to have a new body.
South African swimmer Le Clos plays mind games with champion Phelps
Ahead of his much-anticipated clash with the celebrated Michael Phelps at the Olympics Aquatics Stadium in Barra da Tijuca, South African Chad Le Clos has announced that he's the best out there.
'Archer Champia's experience would have come handy at Rio Games'
Former Olympian and chief coach Limba Ram says the Archery Association of India has done 'grave injustice' to Mangal Singh Champia, who was denied a place in the team for the Rio Olympics.
Rogers Cup: Sania-Martina storm into quarters; Bopanna ousted
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis produced a sublime performance as they marched into the quarter-finals of the women's doubles event at Rogers Cup in Toronto on Friday.
WHO chief going to the Olympics, says Zika risk low
The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games is both low and manageable, the chief of the World Health Organisation said on Friday, a week before the event kicks off in Rio de Janeiro.
I am a living legend, says Usain Bolt
By his own charismatic admission, Usain Bolt is a living legend.
Rio Olympic torch relay riot deepens woes
Barely a week before the Rio Olympics opening ceremony, organisers are scrambling to put the final pieces in place.
Why the Zika virus is causing alarm
Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.
July 28, 2016
'I am hopeful that the NADA panel will give a right decision'
Despite not having enough evidence to prove the allegations of a sabotage, Narsingh Yadav put up a brave face sounding hopeful that the NADA panel will give a proper verdict on his doping scandal.
Narsingh to learn his fate on Saturday or Monday
The suspense over wrestler Narsingh Yadav's Olympic participation was on Thursday prolonged further after the National Anti-Doping Agency deferred its final verdict on the doping scandal surrounding him to Saturday or Monday at the end of a two-day hearing in New Delhi.
Indian athletes start arriving in batches in Rio for Olympics
With little over a week left for the beginning of Rio Olympics, the Indian athletes have started arriving in batches here for the sporting extravaganza.
Police team visits SAI centre to probe Narsingh's dope case
A police team on Thursday visited the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here to hold investigations in the wake of Dope scandal allegedly involving embattled Narsingh Yadav ahead of his proposed Olympic run.
Nadal's injury situation "delicate", says Ferrer
Rafa Nadal's injury situation is "delicate" ahead of the Rio Olympics, according to Spanish team mate David Ferrer. 'Narsingh can replace Rana after green signal by NADA'
The Indian Olympics Association (IOA), on Thursday, said that it will not object to wrestler Narsingh Yadav replacing Praveen Rana in the Rio Olympics if he is cleared by NADA in an ongoing dope scandal.
How the Rio Olympics ban has affected these Russian athletes
Here is the current state of play among the 28 Olympic sports.
India's long-serving national boxing coach hints at retirement
He stopped short of saying retirement but India's long-serving national boxing coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has hinted at stepping down from his position after next month's Olympics, saying that he wants to 'rest' post the Rio campaign.
Usain Bolt arrives in Rio for shot at immortality
Jamaica's Usain Bolt has landed in Rio de Janeiro more than a week before the Olympics opening ceremony to fine tune his preparations for his attempt at an unprecedented triple-triple of gold medals in the men's sprints.
How Russia's synchro stars provide bright contrast their doping scandal
Two namesake coaches who have propelled Russian synchronised swimming to one medal after another hope to blow rivals out of the water once again at the Rio Olympic Games.
No thanks for the London memories, says Campbell
Australian swimming has moved on from the debacle in the London pool four years ago and it's 'disrespectful' to keep reminding the Olympic team about it in the leadup to Rio de Janeiro, 100 metres freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell has said.
Unsung Olympic heroes return to take limelight
Lithuania's Laura Asadauskaite will be favourite to defend her Olympic title when modern pentathlon enjoys a rare share of the global sporting spotlight on the final weekend of the Rio Games.
Wrestling federation satisfied with Narsingh's hearing
Narsingh Yadav's chances of representing India at the upcoming Olympics might have diminished further after a second failed dope test but the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is still hopeful of a favourable verdict by the NADA panel, saying that his lawyers, on Wednesday, presented a strong case.
July 27, 2016
Shot putter Inderjeet's June 29 sample is clean: Sources
The dope sample of shot putter Inderjeet Singh taken on June 29 during National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Hyderabad has returned clean but the case relating to his earlier A sample which came out positive still stands, according to sources.
Green Tribunal refuses to order demolition of Siri Fort Sports Complex
The National Green Tribunal has refused to order demolition of the Siri Fort Sports Complex, including its squash and badminton courts, in Delhi, but held that the entire complex and its various constructed portions would not be put to any kind of commercial use or non-sport activities.
Why most Brazilians believe Rio Olympics will hurt the country
Around 60 percent of Brazilians believe the games, expected to cost about 40 billion reais ($12.2 billion), will bring more harm than good to Brazil, while 32 percent believe the games will bring more benefits to the country than losses.
After creating history Neeraj eyes Tokyo Olympics
Disappointed but not disheartened to miss out on a Rio Olympic berth, sensational javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, on Wednesday, said he is looking to put in the hard yards to earn India a medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
IAAF to Russia: Rio athletics ban will stand
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has received a reply from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), saying the exclusion of Russian track-and-field athletes from the Rio Olympics cannot be reversed, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
NADA to decide Narsingh's fate on Thursday
Narsingh Yadav's chances of making it to the Olympics will be known on Thursday. The National Anti-Doping Agency's disciplinary panel adjourned its hearing on the dope scandal surrounding the wrestler on Wednesday evening, even as he failed a second dope test and lodged a police complaint against two fellow-grapplers.
Narsingh's doping scandal reaches police
The alleged conspiracy in the Narsingh Yadav dope scandal began to unravel, on Wednesday, with the wrestler identifying two fellow grapplers as the saboteurs,
Man who 'spiked' Narsingh Yadav's food identified?
The man who could have possibly 'spiked' wrestler Narsingh Yadav's food supplements has been identified.
First time at the Olympics... they offer hope at Rio
Meet first-time Indian athletes hoping to make an impression in Rio.
Why Sushil Kumar cannot go to Rio...
Sushil Kumar later ruled himself out of the running to take Narsingh's spot at Rio.
Olympics boxing: New dawn, same old controversy
The professionals, whose arrival ends 112 years of amateur exclusivity but continues the sport's long tradition of controversy, will be harder to spot.
Praveen Rana named replacement but there is hope for Narsingh
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) of India has replaced Narsingh Yadav with Praveen Rana in the 74kg category of wrestling for Rio Olympics.
Narsingh's Olympic dreams all but over!
Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday said that doors are almost shut for dope-tainted wrestler Narsingh Yadav to go to Rio Olympics and said it is time for the conspiracy theories to stop.
Narsingh fails second dope test; Rio Olympics hopes fade
Narsingh Yadav's hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics appeared bleak after he failed a second dope test, which was conducted on his samples on July 5.
Which is the toughest sport at the Olympic Games?
An Olympic event since 1900, water polo has recently been gaining in popularity across the United States but has a long tradition in Eastern Europe, whose national men's teams are perennial medal contenders.
'Drug cheats will compete in Rio Olympics'
Russian drug cheats will be competing at next month's Rio Olympics, the whistleblowers who helped uncover the country's doping scandal have told the BBC.
Can Brazil end the long wait for elusive gold?
There are 28 sports at the Olympics but many home fans will be happy if the hosts win just one as their young soccer team seek to finally secure the only international title that has so far eluded Brazil.
Now Maharashtra CM bats for Narsingh
Raising doubts on the possibility of foul play in the Narsingh Yadav doping scandal, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinted the wrestler may have been 'tricked or framed', while asking the Union Sports Minister to look into the case.
July 26, 2016
Wrong to point fingers at us, says Sushil Kumar's coach
Rubbishing rumours that he had engineered the dope fiasco surrounding Olympic-bound Narsingh Yadav, a fuming Satpal Singh said it was wrong to point fingers at him and his protege without any proof.
Did Putin play a role in getting Russian judo team approval for Rio Games?
The International Judo Federation -- which lists Russian President Vladimir Putin as its honorary president -- will allow the sport's Russian squad to participate in the Olympics, its head told Reuters on Tuesday.
What's the easiest thing to win at Rio Olympics?
Rio can still pull off a dazzling Games, but organizers are scrambling to sell some 1.7 million tickets, or 28 percent of the scaled-back total made available for sale.
Can Froome add Olympic gold to Tour triumph?
Bradley Wiggins has backed Chris Froome to emulate his 2012 Tour de France and Olympic time trial double success but felt his former Sky team mate's task is more difficult as next month's Games are in Rio de Janeiro.
No promotion, no sponsors but boxer Manoj keeps punching
A promotion promised six years back hasn't come through even now and the sponsors also never quite warmed up to him but Olympic-bound boxer Manoj Kumar says his stubborn streak prevented him from quitting the sport during what seemed like a never-ending dark phase.
Check out The Olympics Quotient
Presenting an interactive quiz on the greatest sporting show on earth.
Dutee Chand: What a runner! What a life!
Behind sprinter Dutee Chand's rise is a hidden journey filled with pain and hardship.
Yogeshwar throws his weight behind Narsingh
Olympic medal winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt joined the chorus of support for Narsingh Yadav, caught in a dope scandal, saying that the matter should be investigated thoroughly.
Australia hails quick fix of problems in athletes' village
Australia's Olympic delegation in Rio de Janeiro said on Monday that organizers had made "fantastic" progress in fixing problems with unfinished housing, although officials admitted that only two-thirds of the buildings had passed full safety checks.
IOC has 'no interest in clean sport'
A Russian whistleblower who helped uncover the biggest doping scandal in decades has told Reuters that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is more concerned about protecting the organisation than ridding world sport of drugs cheats.
Brazil hope to kick sand in US face
Home favourites Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca will be out to prove American Kerri Walsh Jennings's dream of a fourth successive Olympic gold is built on sand when beach volleyball returns to its spiritual home at the iconic Copacabana beach.
Shot putter Inderjeet too fails dope test; cries conspiracy
Just a few days after wrestler Narshing Yadav was caught for doping, another Rio Olympics qualified athlete Inderjeet Singh, a shot putter, has failed a dope test.
Will China's Wu become the most decorated female Olympic diver?
China's Wu Minxia will make her bid to become the most decorated female Olympic diver at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Phelps, the greatest Olympian? No, says historian
An Olympic historian disagrees with a widely held consensus that American swimmer Michael Phelps is the greatest ever Olympian.
July 25, 2016
FIFA ethics panel bans ex-head of German FA for one year
FIFA's Ethics Committee has banned Wolfgang Niersbach, the former president of the German Football Association, for one year for failing to report potential misconduct surrounding the award of the 2006 soccer World Cup in Germany.
Seven Russian swimmers ineligible for Rio Games: FINA
FINA has ruled that seven Russian swimmers, including breaststroke medal hopeful Yulia Efimova, are ineligible to compete in the Rio Olympics, world swimming's governing body said on Monday.
Former India footballer Marto Gracias passes away
Former India football player Marto Gracias died in Mumbai on Sunday following a cardiac arrest, according to informed sources.
'Narsingh's Rio dreams virtually over; no chance for Sushil too'
Sports Minister Vijay Goel has hinted that Narsingh Yadav's prospects of participating in the Rio Olympics is virtually over, but said the wrestler will be given a fair chance to defend himself.
Exclusive! Narsingh Yadav speaks out!
'My roommate and training partner Sandeep (Yadav) has also tested positive, which has confirmed my suspicion.'
Russian whistleblower out of Rio Games after controversial decision
Yulia Stepanova, the key whistleblower in the Russian doping scandal that almost led to her country being completely excluded from the Rio de Janeiro Games, will miss the Olympics after the runner was controversially ruled out due to her doping past.
Kremlin hails IOC decision to allow clean Russian athletes at Rio
The Kremlin said on Monday it welcomed the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which allowed clean Russian sportspeople to compete in next month's Rio Olympics.
Here is how Sushil reacted to Narsingh Yadav's positive dope test...
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has said the dope scandal surrounding fellow wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who was picked ahead of him for the Rio Olympics, is "unfortunate".
Phelps, Bolt will not be the only big stories at Rio Olympics
When record Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the king of sprinting Usain Bolt resume their hunt for world records and gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month they will not be the only big stories in town.
What spurs this Indian boxer to triumph at Rio Olympics...
Vikas Krishan Yadav has learned from the bitterest experience that he can leave nothing to chance in the Olympic ring and it is a lesson the Indian boxer will carry with him to the Rio Games.
Wrestling federation throws its weight behind Narsingh
The Wrestling Federation of India, on Monday, threw its weight behind Narsingh Yadav, whose Olympic participation is in serious doubt after a failed dope test, saying the grappler is a victim of conspiracy.
PHOTOS: Rio scrambles to be ready for Olympics as athletes arrive
Olympic organizers are still scrambling to finish everything from a beach volleyball venue to a new subway line, set to open just days before the opening ceremony. At the village, where lines formed Sunday as athletes began checking in, work crews were still making last minute repairs.
Why this long jumper is calling IOC 'spineless'
Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has branded the International Olympic Committee's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia at next month's Rio Games as "spineless" and expressed surprise that more athletes were not speaking out.
'Failed test of Narsingh's roommate raises suspicion'
With Narsingh Yadav's roommate Sandeep Yadav at the Sports Authority of India Sonepat camp also testing positive for the same banned substance, Wrestling Federation of India said that it strengthens the conspiracy theory and indicates at a clear case of sabotage.
Why Australians are staying away from Olympics Village
The Australian Olympic team refused to move in to Rio de Janeiro's village for athletes on Sunday, saying the accommodation was "not safe or ready" for next month's games."
PHOTOS: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village
Athletes Village opens officially, on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout.
Tour de France: Froome seals great status with third title
Briton Chris Froome cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders when he secured his third title on Sunday after a three-week rocky ride.
Here's why WADA is 'disappointed' by IOC decision on Russia
The International Olympic Committee's decision to reject calls to ban all Russian competitors from the Rio Olympics could lead to "lesser protection for clean athletes," the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Sunday.
Russian Olympic team has 13 athletes with doping history
Russia's Olympic team has 13 sportspeople with a history of doping, R-Sport news agency quoted Russian Olympic Committee chief Alexander Zhukov as saying on Monday.
July 24, 2016
IOC will not impose blanket ban on Russia for Rio Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their sports federations, it said on Sunday.
How Sushil reacted to Narsingh's failed dope test
Sushil, who is yet to make a formal statement on the matter, put out a cryptic tweet after the controversy broke out.
It's a conspiracy against me: Narsingh
His Olympic dream in jeopardy after a failed dope test, wrestler Narsingh Yadav claimed innocence, saying that the scandal is a conspiracy against him.
Javelin thrower Chopra creates history
Neeraj Chopra scripted history by smashing the junior world record in javelin throw en route to a gold medal with a stunning effort of 86.48m at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Meet the second oldest Aussie to make Olympic debut
Sixteen years after being an unused reserve at her home Sydney Olympics, Australian rider Sue Hearn will finally make her Games debut at the age of 60 in Rio.
'Narsingh has brought shame to India,' says Sushil's coach
With Narsingh's participation in serious doubt, Aruneel Sadadekar/Rediff.com spoke exclusively to Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh.
Big Blow! 'Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh fails dope test'
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that they found two samples taken fromNarsingh Yadav positive for dope.
Dipa Karmakar: Vaulting from primitive beginnings to the Olympics
As the first Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar knows she has to pull off something spectacular if she wants the world to take notice.
This mother and son are out to make history in Rio
The Rio Olympics will be the eighth Games for Georgian shooter Nino Salukvadze, but it will be the first time when she will be joined by a very special team mate - her own son.
July 23, 2016
Vijender calls on the country to pray for Rio-bound athletes
Worried about the administrative logjam in Indian boxing, recently-crowned WBO Asia Pacific champion Vijender Singh pleaded with the officials to put together a new federation at the earliest for the sake of country's pugilists.
Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks leads about possible Olympic threat
Brazil held 10 presumed Islamist militants in isolation cells at a maximum security jail on Friday as police combed their computers and mobile phones for information about possible threats to next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps hoping Rio swansong hits the right notes
Having ended his career once in London on what he considered a sour note, Michael Phelps enters the Rio de Janeiro Olympics pool for his second swansong determined to bow out on his own terms.
Sports can be a means for national integration, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for promotion of sports in the country, saying that this can go a long way in helping national integration.
Bolt shines on London return but hurdler Harrison takes the glory
Usain Bolt delivered on his top billing by winning the 200metres at the London Diamond League on Friday but the Jamaican was upstaged for once as American sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison broke one of the oldest world records in the book.
July 22, 2016
ISL final row: FC Goa's fine reduced, 15-point penalty revoked
In a massive reprieve for FC Goa, the Appeals Panel of Indian Super League, on Friday, revoked the 15-point penalty imposed on the club for "bringing disrepute" to the event following last year's final besides reducing the Rs 11 crore fine and lifting the ban on the franchise owners.
45 Beijing and London Games athletes test positive after retest: IOC
Forty-five athletes have failed dope tests after their samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Games were re-analysed, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.
Russia's Olympics ban will scare drug cheats, says Bolt
The ban on Russia's track and field athletes from the Rio Games will scare drug cheats and help cleaning up the sport, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt said.
Brazil arrests 10 for 'amateur' terror plot against Rio Olympics
Brazil arrested 10 people on Thursday suspected of belonging to a poorly organised group supporting Islamic State (IS) and discussing terrorist acts during the next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
July 21, 2016
Saina seeded No. 5 at Rio Olympics; Sindhu 9
India's No 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded fifth and compatriot P V Sindhu ninth in the women's singles at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In the men's draw, Kidambi Srikanth, who is ranked world No 11, is seeded ninth.
Why Indian boxing is taking a beating
National coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu explains how the administrative mess in Indian boxing is hurting.
Why Putin won't fire sports minister over doping scandal
The reason: Vitaly Mutko has delivered victories on the sports field for the past decade and a half to match Putin's ambition of restoring national pride, and the Russian leader stands by the people who give him loyal service.
South Africa to appeal Pistorius six-year murder sentence: Radio 702
The South African government will appeal Oscar Pistorius's six-year murder sentence, Talk Radio 702 said on Thursday.
Russia's appeal against Rio Olympics athletics ban rejected
The ruling by the CAS, sport's highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports.
China asks Rio-bound athletes to sign no-drugs pledge
China has asked Olympic-bound athletes and coaches to sign a pledge not to use banned drugs and pass a written test, as it seeks to enforce its zero-tolerance stance on doping, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
Usain Bolt targets third sprint sweep to close Olympic chapter
Usain Bolt is determined to concrete his legacy by capping eight years of sprint dominance by defending his 100, 200 and 4x100 metres relay titles in Rio in what he has said will be his final Olympics.
July 20, 2016
What connects Barca star Neymar and Deepika Padukone?
Vin Diesel is back in the xXx movie franchise and this time he returns with not one, but two beautiful surprises in the film.
Premier Futsal: Kolkata 5's, Bengaluru 5's settle for 1-1 draw
In a match that witnessed some twists and an orange card flashed, two strong sides Bengaluru 5's and Kolkata 5's settled for a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested game on the second day of the Goa leg of the Premier Futsal in Mapusa, Goa on Wednesday.
Tour de France: Zakarin wins 17th stage, Froome keeps lead
Chris Froome took another big step towards a third Tour de France title when he dropped his main rivals in the finale of the 17th stage, a 184-km mountain trek won by Russian Ilnur Zakarin on Wednesday.
Gymnastics judges banned over flawed judgements
Three gymnastics judges have been banned and five more given warnings for biased or unsatisfactory scoring at recent events, the sport's world governing body announced on Wednesday.
Dola hopeful of Indian archers breaking Olympics jinx at Rio
Former World champion Dola Banerjee expects India's archers to break their Olympics medal jinx at the Rio de Janeiro gathering from August 5 to 21.
'IOC reluctant' to ban Russia for Rio Olympics'
The IOC seems reluctant to ban the entire Russian team from next month's Olympic Games, despite mounting concern over doping violations, the co-author of the report that led to Russia's ban from track and field events said on Wednesday.
Refugee athletes get sponsorship at Rio Olympics
Visa Inc, operator of the world's largest payments network, said on Wednesday it had signed sponsorship deals with all ten members of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) refugee team, essentially becoming their first corporate sponsor.
Why Ethiopia ignored this Olympic gold medallist for Rio Games...
Triple Olympic gold medal winner Kenenisa Bekele said he was bitterly disappointed to be left out of Ethiopia's team for the Rio Olympics and blamed members of the country's athletics federation he said knew nothing of the sport.
What Indian shuttlers must do to win medals at Rio...
India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says the draw hardly matters if the shuttlers are focused on gunning for a medal at the Olympics. He believes that it will boil down to two good back-to-back matches under pressure to earn a medal at the Rio Games, starting August 5.
Why this Kenyan runner is going the distance for Israel...
Chemtai, a diminutive 27-year-old and a marathon novice, gained Israeli citizenship earlier this year through her coach, Dan Salpeter, after the two married in Kenya. They will be in Rio next month.
Why Rio risks empty Olympic legacy...
The largest athlete's village in the history of the Games is a visceral monument to now-faded optimism. Planned when Brazil was booming, its harnessing of private sector wealth was meant to set the gold standard for a sustainable Olympics. Instead, the worst recession in generations pushed the luxury apartments out of reach.
Why Cavendish pulled out of Tour de France...
Britain's Mark Cavendish has pulled out of the Tour de France to manage his workload ahead of the Rio Olympics, his Dimension Data team said in a statement on Tuesday.
When will Tiger get out of the Woods?
Tiger Woods has shut it down for the rest of the professional golf season, bringing into question his playing future as the best golfer of his generation will be away from the sport for over a year when, and if, he returns.
IS threat to Rio Olympics: Brazil to deploy 85,000 troops
'All threats related to the Rio 2016 Games are being meticulously investigated, particularly those related to terrorism.'
July 19, 2016
IOC delays decision on banning Russia from Rio Olympics
Russia's participation in the Rio Olympics remains in the balance on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would 'explore legal options' for banning the country from the Games.
AFI fumes at discus thrower Punia for training in Russia ahead of Olympics
Top discus thrower Seema Punia's decision to train in Russia to prepare for the Rio Olympics has left the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) fuming as that country is now at the centre of an unprecedented doping scandal.
Why half of Brazil is opposed to hosting the Olympics
The Datafolha polling institute survey published in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper also found that 63 percent of those asked in the latest poll think the Olympics will bring more costs than benefits, up from 38 percent three years ago.
China says expects tough challenge for medals at Rio
China expects strong pressure to win medals at next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro from teams which have begun to better challenge its dominance in sports like badminton, state media said on Tuesday.
Sochi effect: Should Russian gymnasts be banned from Rio?
Russian gymnasts must be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games and not tarred with the same brush as the country's banned track and field athletes, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said on Monday.
Russian doping's first casualty
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suspended Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, who was named in a report on the doping of Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the government said on Monday.
How the world of sport reacted to Russian doping
Here are some reactions from the world of sport on of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Will IOC chief Bach step up and do what's right?
Thomas Bach's response to a report that found Russia concealed hundreds of positive doping tests ahead of the Sochi Winter Games will determine his legacy as International Olympic Committee president, athletes leaders said on Monday.
Why are these wrestlers suing WWE?
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc was sued on Monday by Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and dozens of other retired male and female wrestlers seeking to hold it responsible for neurological injuries they claimed to suffer by participating in its bouts.
PHOTOS: It's crazy, chaotic at Tour de France!
Highlights from all the stages of the the Tour de France cycling race.
IOC vows 'toughest sanctions' on Russian athletes and organisations
With the Rio Olympics less than three weeks away, the IOC on Monday promised "the toughest sanctions available" after a report found Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests in many sports ahead of the Sochi winter Games.
July 18, 2016
Tour de France: Sagan pips Kristoff for third stage win
World champion Peter Sagan claimed his third 2016 Tour de France stage victory when he pipped Alexander Kristoff on the line at the end of the 16th stage, a 209-km ride from Moirans-en-Montagne on Monday.
WADA says IOC should consider ban on Russian athletes in Rio
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday recommended that the IOC and International Paralympic Committee should consider banning all athletes entered by the Russian Olympic Committee for next month's Rio Olympics.
Spotlight on Salman Khan at IOA's Olympic contingent send-off
The Indian Olympic contingent was given a warm send-off on Monday, but it was Bollywood actor and IOA's Goodwill Ambassador Salman Khan who turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes, instead of the 20-odd Rio-bound athletes present on the occasion.
Russia helped cover up doping among its athletes at Sochi Games
Evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics was confirmed on Monday in a report by an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Be careful what you wish for, Amir Khan warns Vijender
"Be careful what you wish for, kid", was British boxing star Amir Khan's response to Vijender Singh and his promoters as they proposed a possible showdown between the two in the coming months.
Thai badminton ace Ratchanok cleared of doping violation
World number four Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of an anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday, paving the way for the Thai medal hope to compete at the Rio Olympics.
Saudi Arabia to send four women to Rio Olympics
The Saudi Olympic Committee has approved four female Saudi athletes to compete as part of the conservative Gulf kingdom's team at the Rio Olympics, a spokesman said on Sunday.
Nadia still turning heads 40 years on from perfect 10
She was once the ponytailed Romanian teenager excited at the thought of owning coloured socks and eating bubble gum yet Nadia Comaneci went on to captivate the world by performing an Olympic feat that continues to stir the emotions four decades later.
Mary Kom 'excited' ahead of Parliament debut
'I am feeling so nervous. I will be among so many big politicians.'
Froome toying with Tour de France rivals
Chris Froome has been so strong on this year's Tour de France that at times he appears to have been toying with his rivals.
British Open: Stenson lands first major at Troon
Record-breaking Swede Henrik Stenson became the first Scandinavian male to capture a major when he won the British Open on Sunday, beating Phil Mickelson in an extraordinary final-round duel.
July 17, 2016
Vijender hints at showdown with Amir Khan
Elated and exhausted in equal measure after being crowned the WBO Asia Pacific champion, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh says he will savour the triumph for a while before looking at the possibility of a showdown with Pakistan-origin British star Amir Khan, who is keen for a face-off with him.
PM Modi, President, Dhoni congratulate Vijender
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modicongratulated Vijender Singh on clinching the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight
Some athletes want total Russia ban if doping report damning
Several anti-doping agencies, including those of the United States and Canada, want a complete ban on Russia competing at the Rio Olympics if next week's key report into allegations of state-backed doping at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics is damning, they said on Saturday.
Tour de France: Cavendish powers to 30th win as Froome retains lead
Mark Cavendish claimed his 30th Tour de France victory and fourth in this year's race when he left sprint rival Marcel Kittel trailing at the end of the 14th stage on Saturday.
'I am sure Vijender will win a World title'
Vijender Singh's UK-based promoter Francis Warren tells Rediff.com's Harish Kotian that he can't wait to see the Indian boxing sensation get a chance to challenge for the World title.
What next for 'King' Vijender after smashing India debut
After becoming the first Indian to win a pro title, Vijender Singh said the real journey starts for him now in his quest to become the World champion in the professional circuit.
PHOTOS: Mary Kom, Rahul Gandhi, Sehwag in 'Vijender's corner'
Getting a ringside view of the action were Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Indian Premier League commissioner Rajiv Shukla, Olympic champion boxer MC Mary Kom, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, cricketers Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.
July 16, 2016
Vijender wins WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title
In front of a packed arena, in his first pro bout that lasted all ten rounds, Vijender Singh beat Kerry Hopes 98-92-98-92 and 100-92 in a close contest to win the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title fight in New Delhi on Saturday.
Vijender: 'I'll look for a knockout early on'
In Australian Kerry Hope, Vijender Singh faces a plucky opponent who has the potential to surprise the home favourite
'Vijender will knock Hope out in 4 or 5 rounds'
'He has been in Bollywood movies, he has been in the Olympics three times, he has been all around the world fighting.'
Vijender 'prepared to fight 10 rounds' against Hope
'I have not fought in a 10-round fight before, but my training will help me give my best till the end.'
July 15, 2016
Tour de France: Dumoulin wins 13th stage; Froome extends overall lead
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the 13th stage of the Tour de France, a 37.5-km individual time trial from Bourg-Saint-Andeol on Friday.
'Indians are prepared for Zika virus'
The dreaded Zika virus may be of serious concern to some taking part in next month's Rio Olympics, but Indian shot put hopeful Inderjeet Singh just
Paddler Batra seeks ace shuttler Saina's advice
Given a chance national women's table tennis champion Manika Batra is keen to get tips from her idol, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, ahead of her debut in next month's Rio Olympic Games.
Why no Pakistan athletes have qualified for the Rio Olympics...
The seven participants due to represent Pakistan at next month's Games have all been given wildcard entries.
Tour de France continues in sober mood after Nice attack
The Tour de France continued in a low-key but defiant mood under heightened security on Friday, with riders, spectators and race officials observing a minute's silence for the scores of victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice.
Working on my half smashes to get closer to my goal: Saina
Bolstered by Australian Open triumph, India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is now working on her half smashes under the watchful eyes of coach Vimal Kumar to get closer to the goal of winning a gold medal at next month's Rio Olympics.
Park is back and hopes to make a splash at Rio
Former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan is confident of winning a medal at next month's Rio Games despite the lack of preparation time following his qualification drama.
Australian Kumar to miss Rio after failed dope test, to fight ban
Australian wrestler Vinod Kumar failed a doping test during an Olympic qualification event in Algeria in April and is set to be dropped from the team for the Rio Games.
'Vijender is poised to break into the big league'
'If a person whom Vijender had thrashed earlier is now a World champion, why can't Vijender be champion now too?'
July 14, 2016
Mickelson grabs golf history, equaling record-low 63
Phil Mickelson grabbed a piece of golf history at the British Open on Thursday, capturing a share of the record for the lowest score in a major championship -- and coming within fractions of an inch of taking the record outright.
Ronaldinho, Giggs in star-studded Premier Futsal
Football superstars Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will showcase their skills in front of Indian fans when the Premier Futsal begins amid hype and anticipation in Chennai on Friday.
Rio's Olympic security force complains of lack of pay, beds
Officers who form part of the security force for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are complaining about delayed salaries and unfurnished accommodations, where many are forced to sleep on the floor. Can't keep dwelling on the past: Bopanna on teaming with Paes
Forget the past and communicate as much as possible -- that's how Rohan Bopanna plans to make his partnership with Leander Paes click in next month's Olympics as he feels there is no point in holding on to the bitterness which has marred Indian tennis.
FIFA Rankings: Portugal climb two places; Wales, Iceland see big jump
Cristiano Ronaldo-led Euro 2016 champions, Portugal inched closer to the top-five after climbing two places to 6th in the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.
Olympic medallist Vonn will watch Rio Games from home
Olympic gold medallist Lindsey Vonn has been spotted wearing eye-catching attire, and attending award functions.
USA's Felix hopes that the race in Rio is clean
The crackdown on athletes caught up in recent doping scandals is a step in the right direction for the sport, Allyson Felix says, but the American sprinter is still worried it will not be a level playing field at next month's Rio Olympics.
Despite rape probe, Cuba's volleyball team to compete at Olympics
The Cuban men's volleyball team will compete in the Rio Olympics despite the detention of six of its players in Finland over a suspected aggravated rape, an official at the National Sports Institute (INDER) said, according to website Cubadebate and other state-run news outlets on Wednesday.
The National Anthem inspires this Olympian
'I would not be running had it not been for the army.'
What the German sailors are worried about in Rio Olympics...
German Olympic sailors, one of whom was infected last year by a flesh-eating bacteria after a test run in Rio de Janeiro's sewage-tainted Guanabara Bay, said this week they are less worried about health risks than racing effectively in shifty winds and wild currents while avoiding floating debris.
Blanket ban on Russia for Olympics would not be fair: IOC chief
Athletes from one sport should not be punished for the sins of those from another, the IOC president said on Wednesday, cooling speculation that Russia could be banned from the Olympics altogether for systematic doping.
Islamist planned attack on French Olympic team: intelligence chief
A Brazilian Islamist militant was plotting an attack against the French delegation at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of a French intelligence agency has said.
July 13, 2016
Tour de France: Froome on the attack again as Sagan takes stage
Chris Froome showed again he will attack his rivals on every terrain as the Briton extended his overall lead in the Tour de France with a surprising move in Wednesday's 11th stage, which was won with panache by world champion Peter Sagan.
India's Rio Olympics-bound sportspersons dope-free: NADA
National Anti-Doping Agency Director General Navin Agarwal says all the Rio Olympics-bound sportspersons have undergone testing for banned substances and are dope-free. He, however, conceded that there were issues regarding testing of a few Rio-bound sportspersons as they were not available at the 'whereabouts' provided by them as mandated under the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) of the World Anti-Doping Agency, but NADA was able to get their testing done later on.
Vijender does the 'Dishoom' with John ahead of title bout
Vijender Singh believes his bout against Australia's Kerry Hope -- for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight crown -- will go a long way in determining the future of pro boxing in the country.
Pistorius could compete in 2020 Paralympics
Disgraced South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius may compete at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, according to the country's Olympic committee chief. Attacking Saina Nehwal eyes success at Rio
Adapting quickly to playing conditions at the Rio Olympics will pose the biggest challenge for players, says Saina Nehwal, who is aiming to better the badminton bronze she won in London four years ago.
Brazil customs workers to strike ahead of Rio Olympics
Tax auditors plan to down tools every Tuesday and Thursday until the government issues a decree to raise their wages.
Boxer Pacquiao to come back from retirement later this year?
Manny Pacquiao is planning to fight again later this year, just three months after announcing his retirement from boxing, ESPN reported on Tuesday.
Dutch swimmer beats cancer to punch ticket to Rio Olympics
Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February and had surgery in March, will take part in her fourth Olympics after being named on Tuesday in a 17-strong squad for next month's Rio Games.
Deepika, Serena inspire fans to 'sweat with sport'
The new Da da ding Nike ad, featuring actor Deepika Padukone, has gone viral. It has been appreciated by most but panned by some, and despite the mixed reviews it has nearly crashed the internet.
July 12, 2016
Tour de France: Matthews wins stage 10, Froome retains yellow
Michael Matthews completed his set of grand tour victories when he prevailed in the 10th stage of the Tour de France at the end of a royal breakaway on Tuesday.
Barcelona sign centre back Umtiti on five-year deal
Barcelona have signed centre back Samuel Umtiti from Olympique Lyon for 25 million euros ($27.75 million), the La Liga winners said on Tuesday.
I'm no traitor, insists cleared Russian Klishina
Long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian athlete cleared to compete in this summer's Olympic Games in Rio, says she does not feel a traitor.
India's top golfers won't miss Rio Olympics
Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia will be representing the nation at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Meet Bangladesh's first athlete to qualify for Olympics
Golfer Siddikur Rahman has become Bangladesh's first athlete to qualify for Olympics after finishing 56th in the final eligibility rankings for the Rio Games.
10 Biggest Sports Surprises of 2016
16 is at the halfway stage and the year has already seen some stunning sporting wins, underdogs emerging triumphant on the biggest stages of them all.
Greatness calling Biles at Rio Olympics
In a nod to the domination of her sport, Simone Biles has already entered the debate as the greatest gymnast of all-time even though she has yet to turn a single somersault on the Olympic stage.
Despite injury, Bolt headlines Jamaica's Rio team
Sprint king Usain Bolt was named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races despite an injury that kept him from qualifying at trials, the Jamaican Olympic Association said on Monday.
July 11, 2016
3 more Indian athletes, including Maheswary, qualify for Rio Olympics
Three track and field athletes, including veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary, on Monday booked their berths for next month's Rio Olympics with national record breaking performances in the fourth Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru.
The 'big' WBO Asia title is no big deal for me: Vijender
It is the the biggest fight of his emergent professional career, but Indian boxing star Vijender Singh said the WBO Asia title contest against Kerry Hope is no huge deal for him and he is taking it as just another stepping stone in the circuit.
I have some unfinished business, says Phelps
One of the most decorated Olympians of all time, American swimming legend Michael Phelps has sent out a warning to his rivals, saying he still has "some unfinished business" left going into the Rio Olympic Games.
Russia's Maria Sharapova to miss Rio Olympics
Maria Sharapova will miss next month's Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday decided to defer its decision on the Russian multiple grand slam champion's appeal against a two-year doping ban until September.
July 10, 2016
Tour de France: Dumoulin wins stage, Froome carries lead into rest day
Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands attacked near the foot of the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France in extreme weather conditions as Alberto Contador pulled out of the race on Sunday.
IAAF turns down 67 Russian applications to compete as individuals
The IAAF's Doping Review Board has turned down applications from 67 Russian athletes to compete internationally as "neutral" individuals, following a blanket ban on the country's track and field athletes for systematic doping.
India's 4x400m relay teams qualify for Rio Olympics
The Indian men's and women's 4x400m relay race teams virtually qualified for Rio Olympics after clocking impressive timings at the 3rd Indian Grand Prix athletics event in Bangalore on Sunday.
Krishna Poonia fails to qualify for Rio Olympics
Krishna Poonia has failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics as she could not touch the qualifying standard in the competitions she took part in the United States.
Russian jumper cleared to compete as neutral athlete in Rio
Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete internationally as a neutral athlete after a successful appeal against a blanket ban on her country's track and field athletes for systematic doping.
Grapplers Sandeep, Narsingh bag medals at Spanish GP
Rio-bound Indian grapplers, Sandeep Tomar and Narsingh Yadav won the silver and bronze medals in 74kg and 57kg respectively at the Spanish Grand Prix Wrestling championship in Madrid on Saturday.
July 09, 2016
Tour de France: Inventive Froome takes charge after stunning attack
Briton Chris Froome stunned his passive rivals to snatch the overall leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France when he won the eighth stage with a lightning attack on the final descent on Saturday.
Russian swimmer Simonova gets four-year doping ban
Russian breastroke swimmer Vitalina Simonova has been suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced.
How India's sprint ace Dutee is gearing up for Rio Olympics
Rio Olympics-bound Indian sprinter Dutee Chand said she is working hard to improve her speed endurance so that she doesn't taper off in the last 40 metres of the 100m event during next month's mega-event.
Badminton: Jayaram outclasses Pawar to enter US Open semis
It was a tough day for the Indian shuttlers barring Ajay Jayaram, who sailed into the men's singles semi-finals with a comfortable win over compatriot Anand Pawar in the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in El Monte.
Another top golfer withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears
World number two Dustin Johnson has become the latest golfer to withdraw from next month's Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.
July 08, 2016
CAS clears way for swimmer Park at Rio Olympics
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared the way for former Olympic swimming champion Park Tae-hwan to compete at the Rio Games after upholding his appeal against a Korean Olympic Committee doping ban, Yonhap news reported on Friday.
July 07, 2016
'Bolt is important but he's not the only athlete.'
The prospect of Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt missing the Rio Olympics through injury will rightly give organisers and fans palpitations.
Babos-Shvedova stun Sania-Martina in Wimbledon quarter-finals
Defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis suffered a shock defeat in the women's doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon, beaten by Timea Babos of Hungary and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-5 on Thursday.
Is Brazil ready to stage successful Olympics?
Brazil's interim President Michel Temer is optimistic that the country will stage a successful Rio Games, despite facing health and financial turmoil ahead of the August 5-21 Olympics.
Slow and injured, Stepanova's comeback falls flat
Yulia Stepanova's much-heralded return to action turned into a damp squib on Wednesday when the Russian whistleblower, running as an independent athlete, dropped out of her 800 metres heat with a foot injury having been off the pace throughout.
Will withdrawals hurt golf's future at Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) may reconsider golf's place on the programme due to the growing number of big-name withdrawals from the Rio Games, former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has said.
July 06, 2016
KP labels Pistorius sentence as 'pathetic'
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has labelled the South African court's decision of handing Oscar Pistorius a six-year jail term for killing his girlfriend as 'pathetic' and 'shambles'.
Pistorius defence team say will not appeal six-year sentence
Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will not appeal a six-year prison sentence given by a South African High Court judge on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, his defence team said.
Oscar Pistorius jailed for six years for murder of girlfriend
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius was sent to prison for six years on Wednesday for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, the latest twist in a trial that has gripped the world.
Russia names athletics team for Rio despite ban
Russia has named a track and field team for the Rio Olympics which includes gold medallists Yelena Isinbayeva and Ivan Ukhov among 68 athletes who are hoping an IAAF ban on them competing will be lifted by sport's highest court later this month.
July 05, 2016
Should athletes caught for doping be banned for life?
Double Olympic champion Valerie Adams feels the suspension on Russian athletes from the Rio Games is a positive step towards eradicating doping and the New Zealand shot putter has called for a life ban on drug cheats.
One month to go for Rio Olympics!
Rio de Janeiro, on Monday enters the one-month
Sprint queen Meares on track for more Rio glory
The turn of the Olympic cycle has ushered in a new generation of riders plotting to overthrow track queen Anna Meares, but the seasoned Australian is confident of being in top gear to defend her sprint title at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Is IAAF a corrupt institution?
A distraught Alysia Montano called her career 'a farce' and branded the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) "a corrupt institution" after crashing out of the US Olympic trials on Monday.
Boxer Neeraj one win away from Olympic qualification
World Boxing Council Asian champion Neeraj Goyat was the lone Indian left in fray for an Olympic berth after he entered the semi-finals even as other two bowed out following first round losses in the International Boxing Association's
July 04, 2016
Rio Olympics: CAS decision on Russian athletes by July 21
The Russian athletes say they are being punished despite having competed without doping and that they should be eligible to race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month.
Blake completes Jamaican sprint double in Bolt's absence
Olympic double silver medallist Yohan Blake completed the sprint double at the Jamaican Championships when he easily won the men's 200 metres on Sunday.
Euro 2016: Germany's Khedira out of semi-final v France
Germany's holding midfielder Sami Khedira will miss their Euro 2016 semi-final against hosts France on Thursday after he sustained an adductor muscle injury in their quarter-final win over Italy, coach Joachim Loew said on Monday. PHOTOS: PM Modi gives Rio-bound athletes a special send-off
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday, met the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and wished them luck.
Canada Open Grand Prix: Praneeth, Manu-Sumeeth win titles
It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the $ 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary, Canada.
Euro: France end Iceland fairy tale in 5-2 quarter-final decimation
France decimated Iceland in a 5-2 win to end the Nordic nations Euro 2016 dream run in the quarter-final on Sunday.
July 03, 2016
6-Nation hockey: India draw with Spain in final game
India played out a 1-1 draw in their final match of the 6-Nations invitational hockey tournament in Valencia, on Sunday.
Contador crashes in Tour de France first stage
Alberto Contador's Tour de France chances suffered an early blow on Saturday when the Spaniard crashed with about 80 km left in the first stage.
Road to Rio a bumpy one for Franklin
Missy Franklin was the 17-year-old darling of American swimming in 2012, returning home from the London Olympics with four gold medals and being hailed as the sport's brightest young star.
Rio Olympics: Injured Bolt to learn fate on Thursday
Usain Bolt is still in contention to compete in the 200 metres at next month's Olympics in Rio despite missing his country's trials through injury, the Jamaican athletics team boss said on Saturday.
PM Modi to meet Rio-bound athletes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet the Indian athletes who will represent the country at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 02, 2016
Australia's Cate Campbell breaks 100m freestyle world record
Australian swimmer Cate Campbell broke the women's 100 metres freestyle world record at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday, sending an ominous warning to her rivals at next month's Rio Olympics.
Austria GP: Nico Rosberg to take grid penalty after crash
Nico Rosberg's hopes of a third successive Austrian Grand Prix win took a hit on Saturday when he crashed in final practice and damaged his Mercedes' gearbox, incurring a five-place grid penalty.
Shuttlers Jayaram, Praneeth reach Canada Open semis
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals of the $55,000 Canada Open Grand Prix badminton tournament after notching up contrasting victories in the men's singles competition in Calgary, Canada.
India's quarter-miler Nirmala Sheoran punches ticket for Rio Olympics
Indian quarter-miler Nirmala Sheoran on Friday secured her Rio Olympics berth after clocking an impressive 51.48 seconds in the women's 400 metre category in the National Inter-State Senior Athletics championships at the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.
Phelps, Lochte add chapter to rivalry, Clary closes book
Michael Phelps outdueled Ryan Lochte to win the 200 metres individual medley at the U.S. Olympic trials on Friday while Katie Ledecky suffered her first setback on the road to the Rio Games.
Bolt pulls out of Olympic trial final, doubtful for Rio Games
World record holder Usain Bolt withdrew from Jamaica's Olympic trials minutes before the men's 100 metres final on Friday.
July 01, 2016
Jayaram, Prannoy in last 8 of Canada Open
India's shuttlers continued their good run at the Canada Open. Six singles players, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, qualified for the quarter-finals in the US $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary.
Gurpreet scripts Indian football history!
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's ground-breaking journey through uncharted territory reached the most important milestone as he became the first Indian
Mary Kom to be part of Vijender's WBO title fight
Five times World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be part of Vijender Singh's bout for the WBO Super Middle-weight Asia Pacific Championship Title, to be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium, in New Delhi, on July 16.
Here's how the famed Korean archers are preparing for Rio Olympics
South Korean Olympic archers will be hoping to avoid striking out in Rio after they announced plans to conduct open training sessions in a baseball dome to harden themselves for potentially hostile environments at the August 5 to 21 Games.
Russian doping whistleblower Stepanova eligible to compete
Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's application to compete as an individual athlete has been accepted, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Friday.
6-Nation hockey: India has no option but to beat Argentina
Indian men's hockey team lost 0-1 to New Zealand to slump to its its second defeat in the six-nation Invitational tournament and will now face the
New Zealand to replace banned Russian sculls team at Rio Games
Russia's men's quadruple sculls crew have been banned from the Rio Olympics after one of their members failed a doping test in May, the world governing body FISA said on Friday.
Bolt race marred by series of false starts; moves into 100m semis
Usain Bolt negotiated a series of delays and a false start in his own race before easily winning his quarter-final of the 100m in 10.15 seconds at Jamaica's national championships on Friday.
June 30, 2016
Russian star Isinbayeva applies to compete at Rio Olympics
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has applied to world athletics governing body IAAF to compete at the Rio Olympics despite Russia's ban, athletics authorities in Moscow on Thursday.
Saina moves up to fifth, Jwala-Ashwini slip four places
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal moved one place up to occupy the fifth spot while P V Sindhu remained unchanged at 10th in the latest Badminton World Federation Rankings issued on Thursday.
Former Boston Marathon champ Grigoryeva banned for doping
Former Boston Marathon winner Lidiya Grigoryeva has been banned for 2 1/2 years for doping.
'Golfers dream of green jackets, not Olympic gold'
An Olympic gold medal was not the pinnacle of the sport for golfers according to world number four Rory McIlroy, and he had no concerns about his decision to withdraw from the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Indian shuttlers march on at Canada Open
India witnessed another fruitful day at the Canada Open as all its shuttlers, including Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy, entered the third round of the $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament, in Calgary, Canada.
Olympic champ Phelps swims his way to Rio Games
Michael Phelps gifted himself an early birthday present by winning the 200 metres butterfly at the US Olympic swim trials on Wednesday to punch his ticket to the Rio Summer Games.
Body parts wash ashore next to Rio Olympic venue
Parts of a mutilated body washed up on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, police said, just meters (yards) from where beach volleyball athletes will compete in the upcoming Olympics.
'Will change London bronze to Rio gold'
'It is important to keep new tricks in your bag to win at the biggest event of world sports.'
June 29, 2016
Phelps pulls out of 100 freestyle at US trials
Michael Phelps continued to trim his program at the U.S. Olympic swim trials, scratching from the preliminaries of the 100 metres freestyle on Wednesday.
We are taking steps to address Zika virus risk: IOA
Many top athletes around the globe might be pulling out of the Rio Olympics due to Zika virus concern but chef de mission of the Indian Olympic contingent Rakesh Gupta said they are taking every possible step to address any possible risk.
'Saina Nehwal can turn Olympic bronze into gold medal'
Saina Nehwal is better equipped to win a medal in Rio in August than the Indian shuttler was when she claimed a bronze at the London Olympics four years ago, former All England champion Prakash Padukone said.
This Palestinian swimmer glides past obstacles to reach Rio Games
Palestinian swimmer Mary al-Atrash can't wait to make a splash at the Rio Olympics in August, but participation, rather than a podium finish, is probably the best she can hope for.
How are the Rio Olympic gold medals made
Ask athletes what goes into Olympic gold medals, and they will likely say sweat and years of training. For Brazil's National Mint the answer is simpler: recycled silver.
'Champions silver is a big boost'
'The silver medal at the Champions Trophy has instilled the confidence that we can match or even beat some of the best teams in the world.'
Hurdles champion Pearson pulls out of Rio Olympics
Australia's Olympic champion high hurdler Sally Pearson has pulled out of the Rio de Janeiro games after tearing her hamstring in training.
For some golfers Olympic thrill trumps Zika fears
When it comes to golfers and their interest in competing at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a curious gender divide is emerging which, at first glance, is counter-intuitive.
6-nation hockey: India rally to beat Ireland
Putting behind their disappointing opening match loss against Germany, a valiant India rallied from a goal deficit to register a 2-1 win over Ireland in their second game of the six-nations invitational hockey tournament.
June 28, 2016
World No.1 golfer Day withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika fears
The world's top-ranked golfer Jason Day on Tuesday withdrew from August's Rio Olympics, citing fears over the Zika virus.
Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup
Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal in the men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Ajerbaijan, on Tuesday. The Indian marksman scored 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.
I'm eagerly waiting to knockout Kerry, roars Vijender
Vijender Singh said he is doing high intensity training ahead of his much-awaited title fight at home and hopes to 'knockout' Australian Kerry Hope early for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Championship crown.
Is Rio on your mind? Plan ahead is the mantra!
Come August and the world's finest athletes from 206 countries will be out to prove their best at the Olympics.
'Just wait and see, Mary Kom will be back soon!'
'It is performing for my country which motivates me every day.'
June 27, 2016
Jwala-Ashwini pair eyes Canada title ahead of Rio Games
Rio-bound Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will look to boost their confidence ahead of the Olympic Games when they start their title defence at the Canada Open badminton tournament, starting in Calgary on Tuesday.
Man arrested in Brazil for attempt to douse Olympic torch
A man has been arrested for trying to extinguish the Olympic torch by throwing a bucket of water over it as it passed through his farming town of Maracaju in central Brazil, an officer at the local police station said on Monday.
Vikas Krishan feels he's good for bronze at Rio
Vikas Krishan, one of the three Indian boxers to qualify for the Rio Olympics, is confident of winning a bronze medal at the upcoming Games, which could be his last.
How a pizza pole helped Bindra win gold at Beijing Olympics
Abhinav Bindra's insane search for perfection had pushed him to climb, as a simulation of sorts, a 40-feet high 'pizza pole' that saw him conquer his 'fear' and go on to win a historic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
June 26, 2016
Advantage England over Lanka before rain abandons game
Rain forced the abandonment of the third one-day international between England and Sri Lanka on Sunday with the hosts' hopes of taking a 2-0 lead thwarted just four overs into their run chase at Bristol. Three more Indian athletes qualify for Rio Olympics
Quartermiler Mohammad Anas and long jumper Ankit Singh booked their Olympic tickets with national record shattering efforts while 200m specialist Srabani Nanda also qualified for the Rio Games in various competitions aboard on a memorable day for Indian track and field athletes on Sunday.
Moto3: Mahindra makes history with epic first win at Assen
Italian teenager Francesco Bagnaia made history at the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen on Sunday, fighting every inch of the way to claim not only his first Grand Prix win, not only the first win for the Mahindra Moto3 team, but the first ever in the history of the sport for an Indian constructor.
PHOTOS: Kohli, Bachchans, Ranbir kick off Pro Kabaddi's 4th season
It was a starry evening in Mumbai as some of India's most followed sportsmen and Bollywood stars graced the opening ceremony of the fourth season of the Pro Kabaddi League, on Saturday.
Archery: Das edges past Talukdar to qualify for Rio Olympics
The Archery Association of India (AAI) on Sunday selected Atanu Das to represent the country in the men's recurve event at the Rio Olympics after conducting trials in Bengaluru.
'Vijender is an amateur, not in my league'
Former European champion and an experienced Australian boxer Kerry Hope dared India's knockout king Vijender Singh ahead of their WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight championship title to be held in New Delhi on July 16.
Sushil reveals he was advised to retire after Beijing Olympics
In a country where winning an Olympic medal is a rarity and bagging two in a row a distant dream, India's lone double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar revealed that he was advised to 'bow out on a high' after his bronze-medal feat at the 2008 Beijing Games.
June 25, 2016
Swiss Shaqiri's stunning goal counts for nothing eventually
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri finally made his mark at Euro 2016 with an astonishing goal but was unable to savour the moment as they were knocked out by Poland on penalties on Saturday.
Exclusive! Dutee Chand on her journey to the Olympics
India sprinter Dutee Chand, who qualified for the Rio Olympics, at an event in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Saturday, tells Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com that she gives her best when pushed by better and faster athletes.
Boxing is dead in India, says Mary Kom
India's most decorated woman boxer MC Mary Kom today rued that the sport is as good as "dead in India" because there has been no competition happening with national association in a limbo.
Kerber eyes German Wimbledon-Euros double
Angelique Kerber is looking forward to a potential German sporting double over the next fortnight, aiming to win Wimbledon as one of the favourites while also cheering on her national football team at Euro 2016. ISSF World Cup: Shooter Jitu Rai pips three-time Oly champ to win silver
Jitu Rai pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of Korea to clinch the silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup, in Baku, on Saturday.
Dutee Chand defies the odds to make Rio 100m
Dutee Chand qualified for Rio Olympics in the women's 100m event after meeting the qualification mark at XXVI International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty.
The REAL motivation behind Paes's bronze in Atlanta Olympics
Leander Paes, one of the 12 individual Olympic medal winners that India has produced in its sporting history, says that surviving the Centennial Park
June 24, 2016
Premier League says Brexit will not harm its appeal
Britain's decision to leave the European Union will not harm the prestige of the world's most popular domestic soccer competition, the Premier League said on Friday.
World Cup: Pooja Ghatkar finishes fourth in women's 10m Air Rifle
India's Pooja Ghatkar continued her good run, registering her second 4th place finish of the year in a World Cup stage on day three of the sixth and final International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) at Baku, Azerbaijan on Friday.
Three Indian pro boxers register for AIBA Olympic qualifiers
Three Indians, including World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian title-holder Neeraj Goyat, have registered for the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Qualifying tournament for professional boxers scheduled to be held in Venezuela from July 3 to 8.
Pistorius says murdered girlfriend would want him to go free
Oscar Pistorius said that Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he was convicted of murdering on Valentine's Day 2013, would want him to go free, in a television interview due to be broadcast on Friday.
Through to Olympics, injured Vikas, Manoj settle for bronze
Assured of an Olympic berth, Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) settled for a bronze medal in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament.
Vijender's Olympic hopes end as Vikas qualifies for Rio
With Vikas Krishan making the cut for Olympics in the 75kg category, the door is shut on the much celebrated Vijender Singh, who was eyeing qualification to the Rio Games ever since the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allowed professional boxers to compete in the quadrennial showpiece.
June 23, 2016
Boxers Manoj Kumar, Vikas Krishan qualify for Rio Games
Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Asian Games champion Vikas Krishan (75kg) qualified for the Rio Olympics after advancing to the semi-finals of the AIBA World qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Thursday.
Russian athletes to file suit against IAAF ban
Russian athletes will file a class action suit against a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Russia says weightlifting ban is a 'psychotic episode'
Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko said a decision by the International Weightlifting Federation to ban Russia weightlifters from the Rio Olympics was like "a psychotic episode", R-Sport news agency reported on Thursday.
'Rio water worries overblown'
The last thing members of Brazil's Olympic sailing team want to talk about is the water.
Russia faces another Rio ban over dope tests
Russia's weightlifters face being banned from the Rio Olympics, subject to confirmation by the International Olympic Committee, in another collective doping punishment to hit the country.
Heartbreak! No Mary Kom at Rio Olympics
It's final. The speculation over Mary Kom, the five times world champion's, participation at Rio is over.
IOC is intimidating Kenyan athletes, says former champion
By forcing Kenyan athletes to undergo additional drugs tests before allowing them to compete in Rio, the International Olympic Committee is trying to intimidate his countrymen, a former running champion said on Wednesday.
June 22, 2016
Hockey India rally behind captain Sardar
Hockey India sought ten weeks' time to respond to the Delhi Commission for Women's notice on the allegations of sexual harassment against hockey captain Sardar Singh but firmly threw its weight behind the Indian captain by questioning the complainant's 'belated' charges.
Hurt Anju resigns as Kerala Sports Council president
Hurt by allegations of corruption levelled against her by state Sports Minister E P Jayarajan, India's lone athletics World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George today resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council.
IOA, ad-hoc committee pursue AIBA Olympics wildcard for Mary Kom
In a last-ditch attempt to fetch M C Mary Kom a berth at the Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association and ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country have officially sent a request for a wildcard entry to the celebrated boxer who could not make the cut via the qualifiers.
Euro 2016: Is Croatia the favourites now?
Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic believes his country are now one of the favourites at Euro 2016 after beating Spain to win Group D.
Golfer McIlroy withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears
Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy will not compete in this summer's Rio Olympic Games, citing health fears over the Zika virus, he said on Wednesday.
Hard working Nehwal senses GOLDEN Rio opportunity
Saina Nehwal eschews the 'natural talent' tag thrust upon her by Indian media and says only hard graft and good coaching have given her the chance to turn the Olympic badminton bronze she won four years ago in London into gold at the Rio Games.
Brazil extends $850 million emergency loan to Rio for Olympics
Brazil's government authorized an emergency transfer of 2.9 billion reais (US $850 million) on Tuesday for the cash-strapped state of Rio de Janeiro to help pay for infrastructure projects and security for the Olympic Games in August.
Boxer Vikas closes in on Olympic berth
Vikas Krishan (75kg) became the third Indian
June 21, 2016
IOC discusses more crackdowns on drugs cheats before Olympics
Leading sports powerbrokers gathered at the International Olympic Committee's headquarters on Tuesday morning to discuss further crackdowns on drug cheats before the Rio Games.
IOC offers Rio lifeline to Russian track and field athletes
Individual Russian track and field athletes assessed as clean will be able to compete for their country in Brazil, the Olympic Games' top official said on Tuesday, diluting a blanket ban the sport's global federation had called for.
Olympic Qualifiers: Devendro in semis; Manoj, Sumit enter QFs
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the semi-finals, while Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) entered the quarters to be just one win away from clinching Olympic berths at the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament in Baku on Tuesday.
Australian Paralympic sailor robbed at gunpoint in Rio
An Australian Paralympic sailor and team official were robbed at gunpoint while training in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, raising fears about the security of athletes and tourists in the leadup to the Olympic Games.
Pro boxers who compete in Rio Olympics will lose titles: IBF
Professional boxers who compete at this year's Olympics will be stripped of their International Boxing Federation titles, the IBF said in a statement on Monday.
Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt granted bail to appeal rape sentence
A South African high court on Monday granted disgraced former grand slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt bail while his lawyers appeal a six year sentence for rape and sexual assault handed to the former tennis star in 2015.
June 20, 2016
Olympic qualifier: Devendro in quarters, Manoj in last-16
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) stormed into the quarter-finals, while the experienced Manoj Kumar (64kg) entered the last-16 stage in the International Boxing Association's World Olympic Qualification tournament after notching comprehensive victories in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Russia says doping whistleblower competing at Rio would be 'absurd'
It would be "absurd" if Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics while clean Russian athletes are barred from the Games, R-Sport agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Monday.
LeBron validates greatness by winning title for Cleveland
LeBron James may be the self-proclaimed "King" but after delivering an NBA title to long-suffering Cleveland on Sunday.
NBA Finals: LeBron's Cavaliers stun Warriors in thriller to clinch title
LeBron James powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in an electrifying Game Seven to complete an improbable comeback unlike any seen before and capture their first NBA championship.
June 19, 2016
Bindra appeals to AIBA to 'fix' Indian boxing mess
Olympic champion shooter Abhinav Bindra appealed to AIBA to help clean up the administrative mess in Indian boxing and pave the way for the country's pugilists to participate at the Rio Olympics under the national flag.
Olympic boxing qualifiers: Sumit enters last 16
Indian boxer Sumit Sangwan (81kg) advanced to the pre-quarterfinal of the AIBA World Olympic qualification tournament after notching up a hard-fought win over eighth seed Juan Carlos Carrillo of Colombia in Baku.
Lahiri, Jeev exit early in US Open
Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and Jeev Milkha Singh exited early, as did many other big names, including multiple Major winners Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, after the completion of second round in the US Open in Oakmont.
IAAF should be disbanded, roars Russian sports minister
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday the world athletics' governing body, IAAF, had unfairly shifted blame for the doping scandal to Russia's athletics federation and should be disbanded, R-Sport agency reported.
Euro 2016: Expanded format exposes Europe's flabby middle
When UEFA decided eight years ago to expand the European Championship from 16 to 24 teams, its then president Michel Platini promised the standard of the tournament would not drop.
Formula One? No! Baku is all about Rio for boxers
Formula One has taken over the city streets but for Cuban Olympic boxing champion Robeisy Ramirez, being in Baku is all about the road to Rio.
June 18, 2016
IOC 'fully respects' IAAF ban on Russian athletes
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) dented any slim hopes that Russian athletes might have had of competing at the Rio Games in August by backing the IAAF's decision to uphold its ban on the country for systematic doping.
India will carry confidence into Olympics, says hockey coach
India hockey coach Roeland Oltmans is delighted at his team's outstanding performance at the Champions Trophy and said it will boost their confidence to
Boxers Satish, Sumit advance in World Olympic qualifiers
Asian Games bronze-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg)
Russia opens criminal case against former anti-doping chief
Russian federal investigators said on Saturday they had opened a criminal case against the country's former anti-doping chief on charges of abuse of office.
Rio state declares financial emergency, requests funding for Olympics
Emergency measures are needed to avoid "a total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management," a decree in the state's Official Gazette said.
PM Modi leads country's praise of Indian hockey team
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to eminent sports personalities, the country was wholesome in its praise for the Indian hockey team's gutsy effort.
Hockey India rewards team for claiming silver medal
India's silver medal winning performance in the 36th Hero Champions Trophy has earned the players and team officials a reward from Hockey India.
Russia cries foul, rest of world welcomes IAAF's ban
Russia claimed the IAAF's decision to continue its ban of Russian athletics on Friday was unfair and threatened legal action, while the rest of the world welcomed the move and urged the IOC not to go against it.
Euro 2016: Czechs erase Croatia's two-goal deficit amidst flare disruption
Czech Republic's Tomas Necid scored a stoppage-time penalty as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Croatia in a dramatic Euro 2016 Group D encounter on Friday that was interrupted due to flares thrown on the pitch.
June 17, 2016
Boxing school in Rio slum shows sport's power before Olympics
Beneath a street lamp in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums, 19-year-old boxer Wanderson de Oliveira does pull-ups from a metal bar outside the Fight for Peace academy while two skinny young boys watch intently. Russian legend Isinbayeva to go to court over IAAF ban
Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva intends to prove in court that an IAAF ban on Russian athletes from international competition is a violation of human rights, TASS news agency reported on Friday.
Indian weightlifters Sathish, Mirabai qualify for Rio Olympics
Indian weightlifters Sivalingam Sathish Kumar and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu earned the right to compete at the Rio Olympics in men's and women's weight categories respectively after topping the selection trials.
IAAF votes to keep Russia banned ahead of Rio games
World athletics' governing body decided on Friday to maintain its doping ban on all Russian athletes, Sky News reported, quoting unnamed sources, leaving the country's hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics dependent on Olympic chiefs giving special dispensation at a meeting next week.
Manoj Kumar in second round of AIBA Olympic qualifier
Former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (64kg) clinched a hard-fought victory but two other Indian boxers bowed out after losing in the first round at the AIBA World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Will Russia be banned from Rio Olympics?
Russia said on Friday it is ready to do everything from a legal point of view to defend Russian athletes if they are banned from taking part in the Rio Olympics over doping allegations.
IAAF rejects 'corruption' claims against chief Coe
Athletics' governing body the IAAF has rejected claims by the BBC that its president Sebastian Coe misled a British government probe into doping and that he was helped in his presidential campaign by the son of his predecessor in the position.
Ecstatic England fans party in Lille after winning 'Battle of Britain'
Beer-swilling English football fans bathed in public fountains on Thursday evening in the northern France town on Lille to celebrate their team's victory over Wales in nearby Lens, with little sign of the tensions seen there in previous nights.
June 16, 2016
Saina and Srikanth rise two spots in badminton rankings
Riding on her stupendous performance at the Australian Open Super Series, Indian ace Saina Nehwal jumped two places to reach the World No. six in the latest BWF ranking released on Thursday.
Banned Park's Rio appeal rejected
The Korea Olympic Committee has turned down Park Tae-hwan's appeal to overturn a controversial doping suspension, leaving the swimmer's hopes of competing at the Rio Games in the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
2016 Olympics: Rio Games athletes' village unveiled
The village will host more than 18,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes, officials, staff and volunteers in 31 buildings and more than 3,600 apartments.
Double OIympic lifting champ Ilyin retests show he doped at 2012 Games
Four Olympic weightlifting champions from Kazakhstan, including the sport's most celebrated figure Ilya Ilyin, are among 10 lifters to have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the London 2012 Olympics after their samples were reanalysed.
WADA says drug testers routinely obstructed by Russian athletes
Testers were also routinely obstructed from gaining access to athletes who used military cities as the location for their whereabouts knowing doping control officers would need special permission to gain access.
Room prices rocket in Rio as landlords dig for Olympic gold
With hotels mostly booked, landlords are charging a pretty penny for tourists still seeking accommodation in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August -- asking as much as $2,305 per night for a three-bedroom apartment far from venues and beaches.
June 15, 2016
Pistorius walks on stumps in court; to be sentenced on July 6
Oscar Pistorius shuffled without his prosthetic legs through a Pretoria court on Wednesday to demonstrate how vulnerable he is without his artificial limbs, an attempt by the athlete's defence team to avoid a long jail sentence for murder.
'There will be a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympics'
Rio de Janeiro will benefit from hosting the Olympic Games, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said as Brazil struggles to cope with its worst recession in decades.
WHO sees 'very low' risk of further Zika spread due to Olympics
There is a 'very low risk' of further international spread of Zika virus as result of the Olympic Games to be held in Brazil, the heart of the current outbreak linked to birth defects, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Tuesday.
He is the oldest player at the Euro and he's 'best in the world'
Gabor Kiraly became the oldest man to play in the European Championship when he helped Hungary to a 2-0 victory over Austria on Tuesday, leaving coach Bernd Storck to declare he was still among the world's best.
June 14, 2016
Saina Nehwal on her chances at the Rio Olympics
'I would rate myself as the hardest working player, but I need to improve a lot technique-wise'
Bolt to run at Rio Games warm-up event in London
Usain Bolt will fine-tune his preparations for the Rio Olympics by competing at the Anniversary Games in London on July 22.
Olympics embarrassment looms as Tokyo governor faces calls to quit
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, under fire for using tax money to pay for family vacations and artwork, faces growing demands to quit over a scandal that may affect national elections and embarrass Tokyo as host of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
June 13, 2016
Paes's racquets auctioned for Rs 1.5 lakh; Dhoni's kit for Rs 1 lakh
Leander Paes's Wimbledon mixed doubles winning racquets and India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's keeping gloves and pads fetched Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively during a charity event.
Revealed: Saina seeks Kohli's aggression
Rio-bound Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who just clinched the Australian Open Super Series title in Sydney, said she wants to be aggressive like India Test skipper Virat Kohli.
Is India ready for Rio?
As preparations for the Rio Olympics gather pace, India may be headed for yet another paltry medal haul.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius to be sentenced for murdering girlfriend
South African Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced this week for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending years of legal twists and turns.
Euro 2016: Superb Germany overpower Ukraine to record 2-0 win
In what was a thrilling match of end to end action, Germany powered past Ukraine by a 1-0 margin in their Euro 2016 Group C campaign-opening match in Lille on Sunday.
June 12, 2016
'Australian Open victory should spur Saina's prep for Olympics'
Saina Nehwal's personal coach Vimal Kumar is happy that the newly crowned Australian Open Super Series champion "attacked well" and displayed more determination during her hard-earned win over China's Sun Yu.
Froome in good shape for Tour after third Dauphine win
Britain's Chris Froome looks in good shape to defend his Tour de France title next month after winning the Criterium du Dauphine for the third time in four years on Sunday.
Bolt clocks year's second fastest time to win Racers GP
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt ramped up his preparation for the Rio Olympics as he recovered from a stumble to win the men's 100 meters at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Jamaica.
PM Modi congratulates Saina on Australia Super Series win
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning
Usain Bolt prepared to return Olympic relay gold
Usain Bolt has told Reuters he would have no problem giving back one of his six Olympic gold medals if a Jamaican relay team mate is confirmed to have failed a drugs test.
Saina beats Sun to win Australian Open Super Series title
Saina Nehwal defeated China's Sun Yu 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 to clinch her second Australian Open Grand Prix Gold title.
June 11, 2016
Hockey Champions Trophy: India beat Great Britain 2-1
India's defence held its ground against desperate Great Britain as they clinched a 2-1 victory in the 36th Champions Trophy in London on Saturday. The victory puts India at the top of the league standings with four points.
Boxer Vikas assured of extra Olympic shot
Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan assured himself of an extra shot at Olympic qualification in style, beating Kenya's Nickson Abaka in a gruelling six-round contest of the AIBA Pro Boxing fight night.
Mourinho wished me a good Euro: Fellaini
Jose Mourinho, the new Manchester United manager, has sent a good luck text to the club's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who will make his bow at the European Championship on Monday.
Last chance for Indian men's archery team to make Rio cut
The Indian men's archery team will have one last chance to book a Rio Olympics berth when the qualification round is held on the sidelines of the World Cup.
Saina thrashes Wang to enter Australian Open final, Srikanth loses
Saina Nehwal defeated 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Yihan Wang 21-8, 21-12 in just over half an hour in the semi-finals.
PHOTOS: Ali feted by the famous and fans in final farewell
Religious and political leaders joined celebrities, sports stars and tens of thousands of ordinary people on Friday in bidding farewell to Muhammad Ali, the boxing champion who jolted America with his showmanship and won worldwide admiration as a man of conviction.
Thousands of mourners gather to bid Muhammad Ali a final goodbye
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was on Friday buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
June 10, 2016
Bindra to call it quits after Rio Olympics
Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual gold medallist at the Olympics, will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career at the upcoming Rio Games, where he will be the country's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony, on August 5.
Bindra named India's flag-bearer at Rio Olympics
The 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist will be making his fifth Olympic appearance this year.
'Professional boxers are scared of losing to amateurs'
International Boxing Association (AIBA) Pro Boxing managing director Mirko Wolf, on Friday, defended the world body's decision to allow professional boxers in the Olympics.
World leaders, celebrities to pay final tribute to Muhammad Ali
World leaders, celebrities, boxing fans and people who admired Muhammad Ali as a man will gather on Friday in his Kentucky hometown for one last goodbye to a towering global figure who died a week ago at age 74.
Fans prepare for final goodbye as legend Ali will be laid to rest
Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend.
Australian Open: Saina, Srikanth advance to semis
Saina Nehwal dug deep for a fighting victory over Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon while Kidambi Srikanth continued his good run to make the semi-finals of the $750,000 Australian Super Series Badminton tournament.
Jeev Milkha Singh qualifies for fifth US Open appearance
Experienced Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh will make his fifth appearance at the US Open next week after Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee withdrew due to personal reasons.
Muhammad Ali's life celebrated by thousands at prayer service
A Muslim funeral for Muhammad Ali on Thursday drew thousands of admirers to the boxer's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where mourners prayed over the body of a man who battled in the ring and sought peace outside it.
June 09, 2016
Muhammad Ali's Muslim funeral service to draw thousands
The world begins two final days of mourning for Muhammad Ali on Thursday when the boxing great will be honoured with a Muslim funeral a day before receiving a final goodbye with an interfaith service.
Saina, Srikanth in Australian Open quarters
London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina trounced Malaysia's Jin Wei Goh 21-12, 21-14 in 37 minutes to set up a women's singles quarter-final with 2013 World champion and second seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. In the men's singles, Srikanth defeated Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-19, 21-12 in 34 minutes.
Russia's doping scandal payback for winning 2018 World Cup?
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday his country's doping scandal was payback from those unhappy Russia had won the rights to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Ali's legend floats like a butterfly through a hometown festival
A celebration of MuhammadAli's life continued on Wednesday in the late boxing champion's hometown of Louisville, where a daylong "I AmAli" Festival passed his legend on to a new generation through stories and arts and crafts.
Meet India's Olympics swimming hopeful
'To win a medal at the Olympics you need 12 to 15 Virdhawals and Sejwals.'
June 08, 2016
Rio Olympics: China cool on another badminton sweep
China shrugged off badminton's biggest Olympic scandal to sweep all five titles at London four years ago but the Asian super-power is trying to keep a lid on expectations of another bumper gold medal haul at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Euro 2016: France launches attack alert app
France launched an app to alert users to attacks on Wednesday, two days before the Euro 2016 soccer championship gets underway under a state of emergency imposed after militant Islamists struck Paris in November.
Euro 2016: England must ignore expectations, says midfielder Lallana
England must ignore talks about their Euro 2016 prospects and focus instead on getting off to a good start in their tournament opener against Russia on Saturday, midfielder Adam Lallana has said. Saina enters Round 2; Sindhu knocked out in Australia
Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal entered the second round of women's singles with a comfortable victory but P V Sindhu suffered an upset defeat in the opening round to crash out of the US $750,000 Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament in Sydney on Wednesday.
Zika fallout: Rio-bound British long jumper freezes sperm
The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil has led Britain's Greg Rutherford to have his sperm frozen before heading out to defend his long jump title at the Rio Olympics.
Gayle equates himself to soccer stars Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic
West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has equated himself with football superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo in his recently-released autobiography 'Six Machine'.
Woods not ready to return to action at U.S. Open
Tiger Woods ruled himself out of next week's U.S. Open at Oakmont and the Quicken Loans event he hosts to benefit his foundation, saying on Tuesday he is not yet ready to return to competition.
Zika-free warmups suggest minimal risk at Olympics
The local organizing committee for the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro said on Tuesday not a single case of Zika infection has been reported among 17,000 athletes, volunteers and staff during test events in the run-up to the games.
June 07, 2016
Defunct federation hurting Indian boxers: Mary Kom
The lack of an effective Indian boxing federation has damaged the competitiveness of the sport and contributed to the decline of boxing in the country, women's Olympic flyweight bronze medallist MC Mary Kom said on Tuesday.
The Marathwada rower who fought family crises to make Rio Games
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal has battled adversity to secure Olympic qualification and his journey to Rio has been made even more remarkable following a childhood bout of aquaphobia and fears for his mother's health during his final preparations.
Brazil sports minister plays down Zika fears for Rio
Brazil's Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani expects there to be almost no cases of the Zika virus during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, adding that the country is prepared for the Games, despite health concerns and political instability.
Indian athletes star with 17 medals, finish 3rd at Asian Junior C'ships
India ended their campaign at the 17th Asian Junior Championships in style as they finished third by winning 17 overall medals, including 7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Monday.
Ali's family didn't consider donating brain, says doctor
Muhammad Ali and his family never seriously considered donating the boxing great's brain for research, according to the doctor who treated him.
Serena passes suspended Sharapova as top woman earner
Serena Williams may have been second best at the French Open on Saturday but the American has moved ahead of fellow tennis player Maria Sharapova to top the women's earnings list in sports, according to Forbes Magazine.
Actor Will Smith to be pallbearer at Muhammad Ali funeral
Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday, joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend.
'I will try my best to box in the Olympics'
'A few months ago, everybody was saying, "Why isn't Vijender taking part in the Olympics?"'
June 06, 2016
"We're prepared", says Paris police chief ahead of Euro 2016
Paris' police chief said on Monday he would be receiving thousands of reinforcements ahead of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament and that his force was as prepared as it could be to face the risk of a militant attack in the French capital.
Sushil Kumar to approach WFI, larger bench of High Court
His plea for selection trial dismissed by the Delhi High Court, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar will again approach the Wrestling Federation of India and then a larger bench of the same HC in his quest for competing at the Rio Olympics before deciding on whether to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court.
Bindra says Sushil should go to Rio to support Narsingh
When the Delhi high court dismissed the petition of Sushil Kumar, Twitter erupted.
Legendary Zatopek's legs to run wild in Rio
The triumphs of Czech great Emil Zatopek will be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro with dozens of pairs of electric-powered life-sized legs created by artist David Cerny.
The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!
'Every Ali obituary I read made the point that he 'transcended his sport' -- a reference to the many battles he fought with America even as he fought in America.'
Rio Olympics: China issues corruption warning
China's top graft buster followed up a series of inspections of elite sports training centres by reiterating its warning against corruption in the run-up to the Rio Olympics on Monday.
'Vijender doesn't have time left for Olympic trials'
Vijender Singh might say that he would give Olympic qualification a shot after doors were thrown open for professional boxers but his UK-based promoter Francis Warren, on Monday, made it clear that India's biggest star simply does not have the time left to try for a Rio ticket.
Unbeaten Vijender to face Hope in WBO title bout in Delhi
Former European champion Kerry Hope was on Monday unveiled as Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's opponent for the eagerly-anticipated WBO Asia title bout to be held on July 16 in New Delhi.
Muhammad Ali's funeral to be live streamed
The family of Muhammad Ali has decided to grant a wish of the late champion boxer - he wanted the world to be present at his funeral.
Delhi HC dismisses wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea to hold selection trial
The Delhi High Court on Monday, dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea seeking selection trial with Narsingh Yadav for 74 kg freestyle category for a berth at the Rio Olympics.
June 05, 2016
Djokovic joins greats with maiden French Open title
Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time. Manohar Aich, India's first Mr Universe dies at 104
4-year-old bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who was once a household name in Bengal after becoming India's first Mr Universe in 1952, died at his Baguiati residence this afternoon, according to family sources.
This is who Kerala's Sports Minister thinks Muhammad Ali was
A day after being extensively trolled in the social media for his gaffe describing late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali as a Keralite, Sports Minister E P Jayarajan admitted his "mistake."
Indian 4x400m relay team wins gold in Samorin Meet
The Indian 4x400m women's relay team, led by Jauna Murmu, Ashwini Akkunji, Anilda Thomas and MR Poovamma, clocked 3.31.39sec to win the gold medal at the PTS Athletics Meeting in Samorin, Slovakia.
Euro 2016: French floods, strikes cast pall over tournament
The swollen Seine receded on Sunday, but between flood damages, strikes and terror fears, France was firmly stuck in the doldrums just five days before the Euro football tournament. 'Judgement Day' for Sushil as HC decides on trials on Monday
Fighting for an Olympic ticket on the unfamiliar legal turf, Sushil Kumar's glorious wrestling career may meet an unceremonious end when the Delhi High Court pronounces its verdict on Monday on who gets to board the flight to Rio between him and Narsingh Yadav.
Two killed in accident on opening day of Isle of Man TT races
Two motorcycle riders have died in separate accidents on the opening day of the annual Isle of Man TT races, organisers said.
Champions Trophy will be our mental test, says Sreejesh
The Indian hockey team's stand-in captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh says the
Pro Boxing comes to India, Vikas to fight in Delhi
Professional boxing in India is all set to get a massive fillip as the national capital will host an AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) fight night on June 11 featuring
Ali's demise leaves Tendulkar's childhood dream 'unfulfilled'
No matter how many records he may have achieved in his glorious career, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's will always regret about one of his unfulfilled dream-meeting his childhood hero, Muhammad Ali.
Indian women relay team remains in hunt for Rio qualification
The Indian women 4x400m relay quartet of Jauna Murmu, Ashwini Akkunji, Anilda Thomas and M R Poovamma enhanced its Rio Olympic Games qualification chances by winning a gold medal at the PTS athletics Grand Prix with an impressive timing of 3:31.39.
Muhammad Ali to be buried in Louisville after local hero's sendoff
Muhammad Ali's hometown of Louisville will honour the former boxing champion on Friday with a procession through the Kentucky city and public funeral at a sports arena, a tribute befitting a local hero who achieved global stature as a humanitarian.
Bill Clinton will give eulogy for Ali at interfaith service
Former American President Bill Clinton will be among those giving a eulogy for Muhammad Ali at an interfaith service in the boxer's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, the family announced.
Muhammad Ali, 'the greatest', remembered
The death of Muhammad Ali, the former heavyweight champion known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance, triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.
June 04, 2016
PHOTOS: A peek into the Celebrity Classico 2016
A charity football match was played to raise funds for the severe drought in Maharashtra.
Farah says 2017 could be his last year on track
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah said next year could be his last on the track as he looks to concentrate on road racing.
How the world media reacted to Muhammad Ali's death
Here is a look at how the world media has reacted to Muhammad Ali's death.
PHOTOS: Indian wins sand art contest in Bulgaria
Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has won gold medal in a world sand art championship in Bulgaria.
Vijender pays homage to Ali: 'A legend never dies'
Indian star pugilist Vijender Singh on Saturday paid rich tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74 after losing his long-standing battle against Parkinson's disease.
Indian hockey players return empty-handed
Indian eves returned empty-handed from the four-nation invitational tournament, in Darwin, after losing 1-2 to Japan in the bronze medal play-off match, on Saturday.
'Greatest' boxer Muhammad Ali's tryst with India
Indians had an opportunity to see legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in action in 1980 when he visited the country for exhibition bouts.
PM Modi mourns Muhammad Ali's death
Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the sporting world in mourning the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali, who passed away in the United States after a long battle with the Parkinson's disease.
There will never be another Muhammad Ali, the world reacts
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali died on Friday, aged 74. Following are some of the immediate reactions to the news:
Judoka Avtar Singh qualifies for Rio Olympics
Judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Rio Olympic Games in under 90kg weight category, the national federation said on Saturday.
Muhammad Ali: The greatest of all time
Bikash Mohapatra salutes boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali, in his own words
Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing champion, he was a championship talker. Here are some famous quotations from Ali.
Key fights in the boxing career of Muhammad Ali
Important bouts in the career of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali: 'Greatest' boxer, showman, ambassador
More than 60 years ago, a bicycle thief in Louisville, Kentucky, unknowingly set in motion one of the most amazing sports careers in history.
'The greatest, the boldest, the prettiest!'
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, died on Friday aged 74, had a record-setting boxing career. His unprecedented flair for showmanship and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century,
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74
The former World heavyweight boxing champion passed away on Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed.
June 03, 2016
Seema Tomar finishes 5th in shooting World Cup
Former World Cup silver medalist Seema Tomar of India missed out a podium finish and finished fifth in women's trap event at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in San Marino on Friday.
Spanish Moto2 rider Salom dies in crash
Spanish Moto2 rider Luis Salom has died after crashing during a free practice session at the Catalunya Grand Prix, world championship organisers said on Friday. Bolt could lose relay gold after team-mate tests positive
Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Nesta Carter has returned an anti-doping violation for the banned stimulant Methylhexanamine after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, two sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.
Rio Games refugee team will have 10 athletes, reveals IOC
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday unveiled its first ever team of refugees which will have 10 members and 12 officials and will compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games under the Olympic flag.
Nita Ambani first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani's wife Nita Ambani has been nominated for membership in the International Olympic Committee and will become the first Indian woman to be on the apex sporting body if she gets elected at the IOC Session scheduled from August 2 to 4.
Marin ends Saina's run in Indonesia Super Series
Saina Nehwal was disposed off by World No 1 Carolina Marin of Spain in the quarter-finals of the $900,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier, in Jakarta, on Friday.
Road to Rio: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat learns from mistakes
Vinesh Phogat was unable to hold back the tears in Istanbul last month when she emerged from a turbulent fortnight with a gold medal around her neck and a ticket to the Rio Olympics in her possession.
Ayana misses world record, Gatlin wins sprint in Rome
Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana ran the second fastest women's 5,000 metres in history as she missed out on the world record by just over a second at the Rome Diamond League in Rome, on Thursday.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali in hospital with 'respiratory' ailment
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized for a respiratory issue, family spokesman Bob Gunnell said on Thursday.
June 02, 2016
Djokovic, Serena avoid distractions of French Open 'circus'
A competitor lambasted the French Open as "one big circus" on Thursday as soggy weather once again came back to exasperate players seeking a foothold in the semi-finals of the rain-hit claycourt major.
Lalpekhlua helps India beat Laos, move toward Asian Cup Qualifiers
Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua scored the winner as India beat Laos by a solitary goal in a play-off match to put themselves in a strong position of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers, in Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday.
Di Matteo to manage relegated Aston Villa
Aston Villa have appointed former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager, the BBC reported on Thursday.
Sushil Kumar row: HC says trial not mandatory for selection
'Problem is that the sports code is nowhere prescribing that trial is mandatory. It has given flexibility and autonomy to the organisation to decide (mode of selection)'
Devendro, Vikas in team for AIBA Olympic boxing qualifiers
Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) and Asian Games bronze-medallist Vikas Krishan (75kg) will spearhead a nine-strong Indian team at the AIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, starting June 16, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
How 'Karma' played a part in this Haryana-born Aussie Olympic wrestler
The path to the Olympics is paved with potholes for many athletes but few can claim to have overcome hardship like wrestler Vinod Kumar, who was thrown from a speeding train by a rival's family in India before landing on his feet in Australia.
Saina storms into Indonesia Open quarters; doubles pairs out
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier tournament with a comfortable straight-game win over local favourite Fitriani Fitriani in the women's singles event in Jakarta on Thursday.
How Brazil is planning to guard the Olympics against terror attacks
The attacks that killed 130 people in Paris last November and 32 in Brussels in March forced a reassessment by Brazil's security forces. An anti-terrorism effort is now at the heart of their planning for the Olympics.
Trump blasts PGA Tour for plan to move Miami golf event to Mexico
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a golf resort developer who has railed against Mexico in the 2016 campaign, lost an important golf tournament to that country when the PGA Tour said it would leave his Trump Doral course in Miami.
'Saina's experience works in her favour in Rio'
'Saina and Sindhu are top contenders, but they will have to beat players who are playing solid badminton at this juncture.'
June 01, 2016
Baseball, surfing among five sports recommended for Tokyo 2020
Five sports, including baseball, skateboarding and surfing, are on track to feature at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the IOC on Wednesday recommended their inclusion to attract a younger audience, said a source close to the discussions.
Indonesia Open: Jwala-Ashwini, Manu-Sameer advance
Indian shuttlers had a relatively good day in office at the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Jakarta on Wednesday, with the women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa and the men's team of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy progressing to the second round.
'Sure there will be legal clauses attached to Vijender's Olympics participation'
Kishen Narsi, chairman of the AIBA's ad-hoc committee for India, says would be happy to guide Vijender Singh in the best possible manner in his bid to make it to Rio.
French Open: Paes, Bopanna out of men's doubles
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea were knocked out of the French Open men's doubles event after being handed a straight-set defeat in the quarterfinals in Paris on Wednesday.
Pro boxers allowed in Olympics but Vijender might not be there
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) might have allowed professional boxers to compete in the Olympics but India's biggest pro star Vijender Singh will not be seen in the Rio de Janeiro Games as he hasn't been left with any time or chance to make the cut.
Pro boxers allowed to compete at Rio Olympics
Professional boxers can compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the sport's governing body ruled in a landmark decision on Wednesday.
Mary Kom may have an outside chance to fight at Rio Olympics
She couldn't make the cut through qualifiers but star woman boxer M C Mary Kom's Olympic dream is not quite over yet as India has decided to seek a wildcard entry for her in the Games scheduled from August 5 this year.
This shooter is India's best bet for gold in Rio
'I will put in my hundred percent in the Olympics,' promises Apurvi Chandela who took to shooting after watching Abhinav Bindra win gold in the Beijing Olympics.
When finishing second best hurts!
Atletico Madrid and Royal Challengers again failed when it mattered most.
May 31, 2016
Indonesia Super Series: Saina advances, Manu-Ashwini ousted
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal staved off a challenge from a lower-ranked Pai Yu Po of Chinese Taipei to make a positive start to her women's singles campaign at the $900,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Jakarta on Tuesday.
'I am focusing on my aggression'
'Aggression is very important.'
May 30, 2016
Delaying Rio Games would give false security on Zika: WHO
Postponing the Rio Olympics due to fears that the event could speed the spread of the Zika virus would give a "false" sense of security because travelers are constantly going in and out of Brazil, the chair of the WHO's Emergency Committee said. Rajyavardhan's son wins gold as Indians on target at Junior Shotgun Cup
Manavaditya Rathore, son of former Olympic Silver medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, won the gold medal at 8th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Finland, on Sunday.
Nepalese soldier wins Tenzing-Hillary Marathon on Everest
Nepali soldier Bed Bahadur Sunuwar won the world's highest marathon in the snow-covered foothills of Mount Everest.
May 29, 2016
Wheelchair champion Weir makes history
Briton's Paralympic champion David Weir became the first wheelchair athlete to complete a mile in under three minutes on Sunday.
Rio will be my best Olympics: Seema Punia
Indian discus thrower Seema Antil-Punia, who secured Rio berth after clinching gold at the Pat Young Throwers Classic held, in California, on Sunday, believes, "I have a gut feeling that Rio will be my best Olympic Games."
Kyrgios slapped with French Open's biggest fine
Australian controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with the largest fine at the French Open for uttering an audible obscenity during his third round loss to Richard Gasquet.
NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones killed in Dallas shooting
Rookie New Orleans Pelicans basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones died after being shot early on Saturday when he broke into a Dallas apartment, authorities said.
Discus thrower Seema Punia qualifies for Rio Olympics
Indian discus thrower Seema Punia has qualified for the Rio Olympic Games with a throw of 62.62 metres.
May 28, 2016
Joshna goes down fighting in final of Hong Kong meet
India's top squash player Joshna Chinappa fell at the final hurdle after giving a close fight to top seed Joelle King of New Zealand in the PSA HKFC International squash tournament in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika
More than 100 medical experts, academia and scientists on Friday have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world.
May 27, 2016
The boxer who ensured India didn't return empty handed
Where stalwarts like MC Mary Kom failed, Sonia Lather brought home a medal.
IOC says 23 from 2012 Olympics test positive in rechecks
A total of 23 athletes from five sports tested positive for banned drugs in re-checks of 265 samples from the London 2012 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.
World Women's Boxing: Sonia settles for silver
Indian pugilist Sonia Lather was assured of a medal in the 57kgs at the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship, only the colour had to be decided on Friday in a thrilling final in Astana, Kazakhstan.
'Zika not a reason to cancel Olympics'
Zika virus outbreak in Brazil does not pose enough of a threat to warrant cancelling or putting off the Olympic Games set to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, a leading US health official said.
Veteran Kaka called up for Brazil's Copa America squad
Brazil have called on Kaka as a late addition for next month's Centenary Copa America in the United States, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.
May 26, 2016
Para athlete Saroha wins gold in record breaking performance
Indian para athlete and Arjuna Awardee Amit Kumar Saroha from Haryana won the gold medal in men's club throw (F-51) at the recently concluded 2016 French Open Athletics Championship in Paris.
Sonia Lather storms into final of World Boxing C'ships
Sonia Lather (57kg) stood just one win away from ending India's six-year-old gold medal drought at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship as she advanced to final after outpunching Kazakhstan's Aizhan Khojabekova in the last-four stage in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday.
HKFC International: Joshna in semis; Dipika loses
Joshna Chinappa defeated Rachael Grinham to secure a place in the semi-finals.
IOC says no reason to doubt Tokyo on bid payments
The International Olympic Committee said on Thursday it saw no reason to doubt assurances from Tokyo about the legitimacy of payments made during its successful bid to host the 2020 Games.
Finally, some positive news about F1 legend Schumacher's health
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who is still recovering from his 2013 skiing crash, is on the way to positive recovery.
May 25, 2016
Shooter Heena Sidhu misses final by a point
Former world number one Heena Sidhu missed out on qualifying for the final of women's 10-metre air pistol event by just one point on the concluding day of the ISSF World Cup in Munich on Wednesday.
India thrash Pakistan 3-0 to enter final of Asian Snooker C'ship
India earned a shot at Pakistan in the semifinals of the Asian Snooker Championship taking place in Abu Dhabi.
Mike Tyson lashes out at AIBA. Here is why...
Mike Tyson has branded the Amateur International Boxing Association's (AIBA) decision to let professional fighters take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics as "ridiculous" and "foolish".
Tokyo 2020 Olympics payments probe team established
The Japanese Olympic Committee on Wednesday established a team to investigate whether any illegal payments were made during its successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Russia to make sports doping criminal offence
Russia is to bring in legislation that will mean individuals found guilty of doping are punished under the country's criminal code, according to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
May 24, 2016
How government is encouraging Rio-bound athletes...
In a bid to ensure that Olympic medallists get immediate recognition, the Sports Ministry said medal winners from the upcoming Rio Games will be considered for this year's Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards.
Why golf champion McIlroy might skip Rio Games
Rory McIlroy took a long time to decide he would represent Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics but the 27-year-old world number three could now miss golf's return to the Games after a 112-year absence because of concerns over the Zika virus.
May 23, 2016
French officials fret over stadium security ahead of Euro 2016
Security failures highlighted at this weekend's French cup final need to be urgently sorted out before the start of Euro 2016 in three weeks' time, an official in charge of security at France's national football stadium said on Monday.
Cueist Pankaj Advani creates history!
India's ace cueist Pankaj Advani created history in Abu Dhabi by clinching the Asian 6-Red Snooker title.
No Olympic quota for Indian women boxers
Indian women boxers failed to secure a single Olympic quota berth at the AIBA World Championships after Pooja Rani (75kg) bowed out.
Irish Open: McIlroy holds off Knox to win
Rory McIlroy shot a closing 69 to win the Irish Open for the first time after a thrilling final-round duel with Russell Knox at the K Club on the outskirts of Dublin on Sunday.
May 22, 2016
Oldest Olympic champion Sandor Tarics dies at 102
The world's oldest Olympic champion, Sandor Tarics, has died at the age of 102 in San Francisco, the Hungarian Olympic Committee MOB said on its website on Saturday, citing information from the family.
In their ninth attempt, Denmark finally win the Thomas Cup
Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2 in the final Sunday, making the Scandinavian country the first European team to win the competition.
May 21, 2016
Bagan route Aizwal to claim Fed Cup title for 14th time
India striker Jeje Lelpekhlua scored twice as Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan thrashed Aizwal FC 5-0 in the summit clash to clinch the Federation Cup football tournament title for a record-extending 14 times in Guwahati on Saturday.
Exclusive! 'Mary Kom was robbed of a win'
'Mary dominated but the scoring did not go in her favour. I think she was robbed of a bout.'
Lahiri lands an eagle, makes cut at Byron Nelson on PGA Tour
Anirban Lahiri landed a crucial eagle on the back nine to make a cut for the weekend at the $7.3 million AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour.
Munich shooting WC: Jitu, Prakash go through; Bindra finishes 15th
India's pistol ace Jitu Rai displayed good form to sail through to the qualification round of the men's 50-metre pistol event on the opening day of the ISSF World Cup in Munich on Saturday.
Brother of Brussels suicide bomber set for Rio Olympics
Mourad Laachraoui, the brother of one of the Brussels suicide bombers, has won gold at the European Taekwondo Championships and is now set to compete for Belgium at the Olympic Games in Brazil.
Big blow for India as Mary Kom, Sarita Devi fail to qualify for Rio
Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom and Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi failed to qualify for the Olympics after they went down in their respective second round bouts of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Saturday.
WFI back-tracking from its promise: Sushil
Sushil Kumar said that the Wrestling Federation of India has gone back on its words to conduct a trial in men's 74kg freestyle category.
Bolt glides to easy victory in 100m in Ostrava
Sprint king Usain Bolt ramped up his preparations for the Rio Olympics by pulling away to post a time below 10 seconds in the 100 metres at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting.
Pro Kabaddi League goes biannual after early success
Stadiums across eight cities have often been packed and the second season witnessed a 20 percent rise in viewership, and the third edition which concluded last month saw a further 35 percent increase.
May 20, 2016
Pooja Rani makes last-16 at World Boxing C'ships
Asian Games bronze medallist Pooja Rani (75kg) entered the pre-quarter-finals in the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championships with a hard-fought victory over Ukraine's Mariya Borutsa, in Astana, on Friday.
Dutee wins second gold, but way off Olympics qualification
Promising sprinter Dutee Chand bagged her second gold medal, winning the women's 200 metres, in a clean sweep of medals by Indians at the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, on Friday.
Advani advances to knockouts of Asian 6 Reds Snooker C'ship
Continuing his winning streak,Pankaj Advani secured passage into the knockout stage of the Asian 6 Reds Snooker Championship by beating Khaled Alastal 5-0 in his third group match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Indian shooters gear up for Olympics with World Cup in Munich
Former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra will lead the 25-member Indian shooting contingent in the third leg of the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup (Rifle/Pistol), to be held in Munich from May 19 to 26.
Uber Cup: Indian women settle for bronze
Indian women's team settled for a bronze medal after suffering a 0-3 defeat at the hands of defending champions China in the semi-finals of the Uber Cup badminton championship, in Kunshan, on Friday.
Egypt's first woman rally driver shows desert racing not for men only
Yara Shalaby set up the Middle East's first women's rally team, the Gazelle Rally which has seven drivers and has secured sponsorship for 2016.
Indian Olympic contingent is one team: Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal, in a video message, has silently appealed to her country to look at the Indian Olympic contingent as one team rather than a group of individual athletes.
Golfer Mickelson embroiled in trading scandal
Gambling debt, stock tip lead to $1 million settlement but no charges for golfer Phil Mickelson.
May 19, 2016
Dutee wins gold in Taiwan but still short of Olympic mark
Left to compete within an hour of reaching here from China, promising sprinter Dutee Chand won the gold in women's 100m sprint event in the Taiwan Open Athletics Championships on Thursday.
Doping findings rough for athletics: Bolt
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt said the finding of 31 positive doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics marked a rough point for athletics, but backed the World Anti-Doping Agency in its effort to crackdown on drug use in the sport.
Sushil Kumar vs Narsingh Yadav selection row escalates
India are grappling with a dilemma over who to select between the logical candidate or a sentimental favourite as the country's representative in men's 74kg freestyle wrestling at the Rio Olympics.
Uber Cup: Saina loses, but Ruthvika assures India bronze
Indian women's badminton team assured itself of at least a bronze medal after notching a comfortable 3-1 win over Thailand in the quarter-finals of the Uber Cup, in Kunshan, on Thursday.
World Boxing C'ships: Mary Kom, Sarita sail into Round 2
MC Mary Kom began her campaign in style by outpunching Sweden's Juliana Soderstrom in her opening bout of the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championships in Astana.
May 18, 2016
Women's 4x100m relay team breaks national record at IAAF Meet
The Indian 4x100m women's relay team broke the 18-year-old National record to finish in 4th position at the IAAF World Challenge in Beijing on Wednesday.
Why Sushil Kumar's Olympic dream is shrinking
Sushil Kumar's fight for an Olympic berth suffered another blow with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) strongly hinting that they would prefer Narsingh Yadav for the Rio event by insisting on not having a trial given the quota winner's "consistent performances".
India in Uber Cup quarters despite losing to Japan
The Indian women's team qualified for the quarter-finals in the Uber Cup badminton tournament despite a 2-3 defeat to 2014 runners-up Japan in their third and final Group D match, in Kunshan, China, on Wednesday.
Why hockey team can bring glory to India...
Roelant Oltmans fully understands what a men's hockey medal would mean to India's success-starved fans but the Dutch coach will not burden his players with the pressure of bringing one home from the Rio Games.
Indian boxers get tough draws in women's World C'ships
The event, in Astana, Kazakhstan, is the final qualifying tournament for women boxers in the 51kg, 60kg and 75kg Olympic categories and has 12 Rio tickets on offer. Which means pugilists will have to at least make the semi-finals in the three chosen divisions to book a berth.
Making a splash! STUNNING images from the European Aquatics C'ships
Rediff.com brings you images from the May 9-22 meet. Enjoy the feast your eyes!
Tokyo 2020 bid to be investigated
A Japanese official who led the successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said on Wednesday the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) plans to investigate the bidding.
Britain's Peaty wins European gold in Rio warm-up
Rio-bound world champion Adam Peaty gave Britain their first swimming gold of the European aquatics championships on Tuesday with the fastest time of the year in the 100 metres breaststroke.
May 17, 2016
WFI may convince Sushil to give up Rio Olympics hopes
With the Delhi high court on Tuesday directing Wrestling Federation of India to hold a meeting with Sushil Kumar, the decorated grappler's hopes of competing at the Olympics seems almost over as the Federation is not keen on conducting a trial in the contentious men's 74kg category.
IOC says 31 athletes could miss Rio Olympics after Beijing re-tests
Thirty one athletes from six sports could be banned from this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics after 454 doping samples were re-tested from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.
Uber-Thomas Cup: Saina takes women closer to quarters, men face ouster
Saina Nehwal guided the Indian women's team to a dominating 5-0 win over Germany to stay on course for a knockout berth in Uber Cup, but the men's team suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against Hong Kong, staring at an early exit in Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, China.
Delhi HC issues notice to WFI on Sushil Kumar's plea for trials
The Delhi HC had issued a notice to the Wrestling Federation of India and the Centre in reply to the plea by wrestler Sushil Kumar over his selection battle with Narsingh Yadav for the Rio Olympics.
Hamstrung Bolt 'will be fine' in time for World Challenge
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt received treatment for "slight discomfort" in his hamstring following his 100 metres victory in Saturday's Cayman Invitational, his coach Glen Mills said on Monday.
May 16, 2016
Sushil Kumar moves court seeking trials for Rio Games
The 32-year-old wrestler, who a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver at the London Games in 2012, was omitted from the Wrestling Federation of India's Rio preparatory camp, which will begin in Sonepat on Wednesday.
Sports sagas: When real life inspired reel...
Rediff.com gives you a look at films in the past that have captured the lives of sporting icons, and their rise to glory, on the silver screen.
National record has come at right time, says Olympics-bound runner Sudha
Olympics-bound runner Sudha Singh, who created a national record in women's 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai.
Government will not involve itself in Sushil-Narsingh tussle
'The Federation, which is an autonomous body, is the final authority'
Uber Cup: Indian women maul Australia
Indian women made a stupendous start to their campaign at the Uber Cup badminton tournament by thrashing Australia 5-0, in Kunshan, on Monday.
May 15, 2016
Another setback for Sushil...not part of Rio camp
Sushil Kumar, the double Olympic-medallist has been omitted from the Wrestling Federation of India's Rio Preparatory camp, which is scheduled to begin in Sonepat from Wednesday.
Thomas Cup: India lose against Thailand in opener
Indian ace shuttler Ajay Jayaram's gallant fight ended in a defeat in the opening match as Indian men's team suffered a 1-3 loss against Thailand in their campaign-opener at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament, in Kunshun, on Sunday.
Asian Squash: Silver for Indian eves, lose to Malaysia
Indian women's squash team ended their successful Asian Team squash Championship with a silver medal as they lost to Malaysia by 0-2 margin in the final, in Taipei, on Sunday.
Justice Mukul Mudgal in FIFA governance committee
In a major development for Indian football and judiciary, world governing body FIFA has turned to Justice Mukul Mudgal, who has been appointed as deputy chairman of its governance committee.
May 14, 2016
Gatlin breezes to victory in 100m at Shanghai Diamond League
American Justin Gatlin stepped up his preparations for the Rio Olympics with an impressive victory in the 100 metres at the Diamond League in Shanghai on Saturday.
Desperate Sushil may move court if denied trial against Narsingh
His chances of a third successive Olympic appearance hanging in balance, two-time medallist Sushil Kumar will not hesitate in going to Court if his demand for a trial against Narsingh Yadav is not accepted by the Wrestling Federation of India.
Narsingh vs Sushil: Grappling's slugfest
Former coaches say that it will be a tough call.
Vijender records sixth straight KO win in pro boxing
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's rampaging winning streak remained intact as he carved out a sixth successive knockout victory by battering Poland's Andrzej Soldra on Friday.
May 13, 2016
Liverpool living in the moment but ready for Europa League final
Liverpool are "100 percent" ready for the Europa League final against defending champions Sevilla on May 18, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.
Suspended grappler Babita may be allowed to compete at Rio Games
The Wrestling Federation of India is likely to pardon temporarily suspended Babita Kumari for forfeiting her bout in a recent qualifying event and allow her to compete at the Rio Games, as she secured an Olympic berth after her rival failed a dope test.
WFI may hold meeting on Tuesday to break Sushil-Narsingh deadlock
Caught in the middle of a controversy over arranging a selection trial to choose between Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Pancham Yadav for this year's Rio Olympics, the Wrestling Federation of India is likely to meet on Tuesday to break the deadlock, which is threatening to snowball into a massive furore.
At 52...Daddy Mike Powell going to the Olympics?
Confident of beating the best of today even at 52, world record-holding long jumper Mike Powell has announced that he would try to qualify for this year's Olympic Games.
Russian doping claims nonsense, slander by a turncoat: Kremlin
Allegations by a former head of Russia's drug testing laboratory that dozens of Russian athletes used doping when they competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics are "slander by a turncoat" and are absolutely groundless, the Kremlin said on Friday.
How to beat Zika? WHO prescribes safe sex and avoiding poor areas
People travelling to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should avoid visiting impoverished and overcrowded urban areas to prevent catching the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Doping program fuelled Russian medals at Sochi Olympics?
Dozens of Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, including at least 15 medal winners, were part of a state-run doping program.
May 12, 2016
'Narsingh must fight Sushil to decide who goes to Rio'
'Narsingh is a very senior wrestler and has done a fabulous job by sealing the Olympics berth.'
Vijender confident of stopping Poland's Soldra
Unstoppable thus far in his fledgling pro career, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh takes on Poland's Andrzej Soldra in his first eight-round professional fight in Bolton on Friday.
Rahman joins Olympic Goodwill Ambassadors' list
Oscar-winning music composer A R Rahman has agreed to be a Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian Olympic contingent for the Rio Games. He joins cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan, who all had earlier accepted the role offered by the Indian Olympic Association.
World boxing body gives lifeline to India for elections
The looming threat of an Olympic expulsion has ended for Indian boxers after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) agreed to extend the deadline for formation of the proposed new federation, which took another step forward by getting itself registered as a society.
Confusion over Sushil or Narsingh for Rio Olympic wrestling prevails
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), on Thursday, denied sending any list of Olympic probables, sans Sushil Kumar, to the Indian Olympic Association, insisting that the two-time medallist is not yet out of contention for the Rio Games.
'Tokyo won 2020 Olympics bid in a clean way'
Japan's top government spokesman said on Thursday that Tokyo's campaign to host the 2020 Olympics had been clean.
No evidence against Sardar Singh in sexual harassment case: Ludhiana Police
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by Ludhiana Police Commissioner Paramraj Singh Umranangal to probe the sexual harassment allegations against Sardar Singh has given a clean chit to the Indian hockey team skipper.
May 11, 2016
Khatri, Babita bag Olympic berths; take wrestlers count to 8
Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured spots at the upcoming Rio Olympics after their rivals failed a dope test, taking the total number of quota places from India to eight.
I am scared I may get trapped again: Dutee
The year-long suffering she faced following the controversial "gender test" in 2014 has hurt promising sprinter Dutee Chand so much so that she still feels that she may get trapped and her resurrected career may be in ruins again.
Soldra promises 'horror show' for Vijender on Friday
Confident of ending Vijender Singh's unbeaten streak, Poland's Andrzej Soldra said the Indian boxing star has "had it easy" so far and will be shocked in his sixth professional bout come Friday.
Brooklyn Beckham is dating this US actress!
Chloe Grace Moretz has made her relationship with David Beckham's son, Brooklyn, official.
WADA to investigate Russian doping claims relating to Sochi Olympics
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is to investigate Russian doping allegations relating to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, WADA said on Tuesday.
Meet Steph Curry's younger bro!
'Just to see him, his path in the NBA and to take his game to where it is at the moment has been great.' Seth Curry on his elder brother, the awesome Steph Curry.
PHOTOS: Putin shows off ace stick skills in all-star ice hockey game
Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his stick skills with a goal and two assists in an amateur ice hockey game at a 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics venue on Tuesday.
May 10, 2016
Grappler Sushil demands trial with Narsingh as both eye Rio berth
'I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at the Olympics'
Banned Indonesia wants Mourinho to train national team
Indonesia wants former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho to train its beleaguered national football team, the country's sports minister said on Tuesday.
How Bindra is a true goodwill ambassador...
Abhinav Bindra eager to motivate India's Rio Olympics contingent.
'Wasn't trying to expose Russia, I was trying to expose corrupt sports officials'
Whistleblower nearly aborted efforts to expose Russian doping
Stay away from Rio, says Rivaldo
Former Brazil football great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Work halted on some Olympic projects 88 days before Games
With less than three months to go until the start of the Games, work on parts of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park and Olympic Village was halted on Monday amid fears for the safety of workers, Brazil's Ministry of Labour and Employment said.
May 09, 2016
Manu-Sumeeth feel no pressure to deliver at maiden Olympic appearance
'Experience is important. But if you work hard, you can improve faster. There is a three-month gap now and we will look to train harder and improve our fitness for Olympics'
May 08, 2016
Jamaica International: Thompson clocks sizzling 10.71 in Kingston wind
Elaine Thompson clocked a sizzling wind-assisted 10.71 seconds to win the 100 metres at the Jamaica International on Saturday, sending out a warning to her sprint rivals ahead of August's Rio Olympics.
Phelps becomes father of boy
Michael Phelps became a father on Thursday when his fiancee Nicole Johnson gave birth to a boy, the Olympic swimming champion announced on Instagram.
Kyrgios 'lobs return' at Aus Olympic chef de mission
If tennis player Nick Kyrgios has been chastened by a warning about his future behaviour from Australia's chef de mission for the Rio Olympics, he is not showing it.
Madrid Masters: Djokovic to meet Murray in blockbuster final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will meet second-ranked Andy Murray in a blockbuster final at the Madrid Open after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday.
WBC middleweight boxing: Khan knocked out by Alvarez
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez landed a devastating right hook to knock out Amir Khan in the sixth round and claim the WBC middleweight title clash in Las Vegas on Saturday.
May 07, 2016
Pakistan drub India to retain Asian Kabaddi Cup
Defending champions Pakistan retained the Asian Kabaddi Championship title.
Women's wrestling: Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik book Rio berth
Ace Indian wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik created history by grabbing two spots in women's wrestling for India for the Rio Olympics, in Istanbul, on Saturday.
May 06, 2016
After Vinesh, another overweight wrestler disqualified
The Indian contingent was left red-faced for the second time in 15 days after Gurpreet Singh became the latest wrestler to be disqualified from an Olympic qualification event for being overweight.
Germany's Guendogan ruled out of Euro 2016 with knee injury
Germany midfielder Ilkay Guendogan has been ruled out of Euro 2016 after sustaining a serious knee injury in training with Borussia Dortmund, the club said on Friday.
Every game in Rio will be a final for me: Sindhu
'I have certainly gained the respect of my rivals by consistently maintaining my ranking inside the top-10 mark.'
India finish fourth in junior shooting World Cup
Indian shooters ended their campaign at the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, at a creditable fourth position, finishing with three gold, four silver and three bronze.
How this British canoeist will deal with Zika threat...
British slalom canoeist Fiona Pennie is leaving nothing to chance at this year's Rio Olympics where she will fit a mosquito net to her boat between races to minimise the threat of the Zika virus.
Is athletics chief Coe under pressure to get Russia to Rio?
Former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound believes world athletics chief Sebastian Coe is under mounting pressure to find a way for suspended Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics.
May 05, 2016
ISL final fracas: FC Goa fined Rs 11 crore; owners banned
The five-member Regulatory Commission of the Indian Super League met in Mumbai over the three days, in continuation of its earlier sittings since February 2016, to hear the submissions of the respective parties in the matter of Football Sports Development Limited vs FC Goa; FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC; FC Goa vs Elano Blumer and Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa.
How 'Goodwill Ambassador' Salman plans to promote India's Olympic stars
Aiming to put the spotlight on athletes and energise fans to motivate them to be at their best, the 50-year-old star has started a campaign to introduce the players with a tweet.
Much-awaited BWF rankings seal 7 Indian shuttlers Rio dreams
Seven Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal and Jwala Gutta, officially earned qualification berths for the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after the much-awaited BWF world rankings were released on Thursday.
Rohit offers his best wishes as Olympics-bound athletes 'go for gold'
Star cricketer Rohit Sharma has wished luck to the Indian sports contingent, which will take part in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games from August 5-21, by presenting an autographed bat to ace marksman Gagan Narang.
German cyclist looks to race with 3D-printed prosthesis in Rio
German paralympic cyclist Denise Schindler hopes to race with a 3D-printed leg prosthesis in Rio de Janeiro in September.
India win team bronze on day four at ISSF junior WC
India closed their campaign on the fourth day of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup winning a team bronze medal in the 25m pistol women's event in Suhl, Germany, on Wednesday.
Boxer Khan aims verbal jab at Trump
England's Amir Khan sparked loud roars of laughter ahead of his WBC middleweight title fight with Mexican Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on Saturday when he aimed a light-hearted verbal jab at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
May 04, 2016
Champions League: Real banking on Ronaldo goal power against City
Real Madrid are hoping the fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo can lead them into the Champions League final although strike partner Karim Benzema remains a doubt for Wednesday's return match with Manchester City.
7 Indian shuttlers set to qualify for Rio Olympics
An unprecedented seven Indian shuttlers are set to qualify for the Olympics Games at Rio de Janeiro when the official BWF rankings are released on Thursday.
Champions League PIX: How Atletico dumped Bayern to reach final
Atletico Madrid reached the Champions League final on away goals on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich, in which both sides missed a penalty, with the exhilarating tie finishing 2-2 on aggregate.
May 03, 2016
PHOTOS: Olympic flame lands in Brazil for three month relay to Games
Some 12,000 torch bearers will carry the flame for the first Olympic Games held in South America. In Brasilia, they will include a refugee from the Syrian civil war, 12-year-old Hanan Daqqah, who arrived in Brazil with her family in 2015.
'58 Indian weightlifters caught for doping last year'
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's revelations came just a few days after India has been placed at the third spot in worldwide dope violation in 2014 in a report published by World Anti-Doping Agency.
Soccer shots: Levante relegated; Werder earn Bundesliga lifeline
Levante were relegated from La Liga after a six-season stay in the Spanish top flight as two late goals condemned them to a 3-1 defeat at Malaga on Monday.
Leicester title triumph makes a poet of Messi
Lionel Messi spoke for the great and the good of world soccer, not to mention millions of grassroots fans, when he acclaimed Leicester City's extraordinary Premier League triumph by tweeting: "The reason why we all love football. Congratulations"
Sachin joins Bindra, Salman as IOA's goodwill ambassadors for Rio Olympics
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has accepted the Indian Olympic Association's invitation to become a goodwill ambassador for the country at the upcoming Rio Olympics. He is third goodwill ambassador roped in by the IOA after Bollywood actor Salman Khan and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra.
ISSF Junior WC: Silver lining for shooter Yashaswini, other Indians
Yashaswini Singh Deswal has won the individual silver medal in the junior women's air pistol event after she shot a total of 197.7 points on the second day of the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
'NBA is a business; you got to be very adaptable'
Rising New York Knicks cager Robin Lopez talks to Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com about the excitement of playing in the NBA, his family and future.
Leicester win EPL for first time after Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur's hopes of a first victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 26 years disappeared as a 2-2 draw left Leicester City celebrating the Premier League title on Monday.
May 02, 2016
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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Serena deletes airbrushed Instagram photo after being slammed
Serena Williams recently faced a social media criticism after she posted a photoshopped picture of herself.
'Nothing wrong if famous film stars promote sport'
'If the appointment of Salman Khan helps promote sports in our country, then what's the harm?'
May 01, 2016
Fed Cup: Sporting down Mumbai FC; Lajong beat East Bengal
A late goal against the run of play by Sumeet Passi helped Sporting Clube de Goa prevail over Mumbai FC 1-0 in their Federation Cup first leg football tie at the Cooperage ground, in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Will Vijender's momentum carry into India?
'I've got a huge Indian homecoming to look forward to this summer so it's vital I get pasy next opponent in Bolton.'
Archery World Cup: India win one silver, two bronze
Indian women's team settled for the silver after losing to Chinese Taipei in the final, while men's trio and mixed pair won their respective bronze playoffs in the first stage of Archery World Cup at the Yuanshen Stadium, in Shanghai, on Sunday.
April 30, 2016
It's 5th straight win for Vijinder; pummels Royer in longest bout so far
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's power-packed punches went unchallenged yet again as he notched up his fifth successive knockout win.
National Athletics: Olympics-bound Luka wins gold, Mayookha injured
Rio-Olympics bound Tintu Luka grabbed the spotlight as she won the gold in women's 800m race on an uneventful third and final day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships, in New Delhi, on Saturday.
Asia Badminton C'ships: Saina fails to break semis jinx
Saina Nehwal once again faltered at the semi-final stage as she suffered a straight game defeat at the hands of China's Wang Yihan in the women's singles at the Asia Badminton Championships, in Wuhan, China, on Saturday.
April 29, 2016
Phogat sisters among 4 Indian wrestlers banned for indiscipline
The Wrestling Federation of India issued show cause notice to four wrestlers, including the Phogat sisters - Babita Kumari and Geeta - and handed them temporary suspension for indiscipline.
Unbeaten Vijender promises another knockout against Royer?
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's unbeaten run will be put through a tough challenge when he squares off against experienced Frenchman Matiouze Royer in a super middleweight contest, in London, on Saturday.
India's women's team in archery World Cup final
India's women's recurve team shocked top seeds Germany 5-3 to set up a gold medal clash with Chinese Taipei in the first stage of the archery World Cup at the Yuanshen Stadium, in Shanghai, on Friday.
Asia Badminton C'ship: Saina seals semi-final spot
Saina Nehwal continued her consistent run in international circuit, reaching yet another semi-final at the $ 200,000 Asia Badminton Championship, in Wuhan, China, on Friday.
Bindra joins Salman as Rio Games ambassador
'I will be writing to every member of the Indian Olympic team and offering them any help they may want.'
Sachin approached to become Rio Games Ambassador, Salman to stay
In what comes as a late reaction following the backlash received over Salman Khan's appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for India for Rio Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has now turned to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar to be the Indian contingent's ambassador.
Disgraced cyclist Armstrong asks US judge to end government lawsuit
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has asked a US judge to decide a more than $100 million lawsuit against him by the federal government without holding a jury trial.
April 28, 2016
After World record high Deepika makes quarter-final exit at World Cup
A day after her World record-equalling feat, Deepika Kumari made a shock quarter-final exit from the individual events of the Archery World Cup, first stage at the Yuanshen Stadium, in Shanghai, on Thursday.
'Salman is popular and will bring visibility to the Olympics'
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly sees nothing wrong in Salman Khan bringing the glamour quotient to India's table for the upcoming Olympics.
Asia Badminton C'ship: Saina sails to quarters, Sindhu ousted
Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal reached the quarter-finals of the Asia Badminton Championship after brushing aside Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol in straight games, in Wuhan, China, on Thursday.
Oly champ Ennis-Hill deeply concerned by Zika virus threat
Britain's world and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is deeply concerned about the threat of the Zika virus in Brazil ahead of this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Abs that Bollywood will envy!
Body-building and the traditional form of kushti (wrestling) rein supreme in this little village near Mumbai.
UEFA Champions League: When Atletico found its 'Saul' against Bayern!
Saul Niguez announced himself as one of Europe's most promising midfielders by scoring a stunning individual goal to edge Atletico Madrid a step closer to their second Champions League final in three years.
Boxing Federation of India gets Sports Ministry's NOC
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India on Wednesday has granted an NOC (no objection certificate) for the registration of the newly-formed boxing federation, in addition to depute an observer for the federation's elections.
Nadal to carry Spain flag at Rio Games
Fourteen-time grand slam singles tennis champion, Rafael Nadal, will carry Spain's flag at the opening ceremony for this year Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he said on Wednesday.
Russia tops WADA's 2014 doping blacklist, India among top 10
Russia was the leading doping offender in global sport during 2014, followed by Italy and India, the World Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday.
Host nation Brazil receives Olympic flame for Rio Games
The flame will be flown in special safety lanterns to Switzerland for a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva on Thursday
April 27, 2016
Unfinished velodrome main concern 100 days from Olympics
The velodrome is only 85 percent ready and workers need another 30 to 40 days to finish the structure, meaning there will not be time for a proper test event before the games begin on August 5.
NBA looking to win clicks and eye-balls of cricket-obsessed Indians
Now, with an aim to make basketball the second-most followed sport in India, the NBA launched its customized NBA.com in Mumbai on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Cities light up buildings 100 days before Rio Olympics
From the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg to the London Eye in Britain, cities around the world are lighting up buildings and landmarks in the yellow and green colours of the Brazilian flag on Wednesday to mark 100 days until the Rio Olympics.
Archer Deepika equals World record in Shanghai
The former World No.1 and winner of two Commonwealth Games gold medals shot 686 in the 72-arrow ranking round to equal the feat of London Olympics gold-medallist Ki Bo Bae of Korea.
Saina, Sindhu score easy first round wins
Olympics-bound Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu easily won their women's singles first round matches in the Badminton Asia Championships, in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday.
100 days to Rio: Venues ready, but many challenges remain
Brazil has long been known as a country that can throw a great party as long as the guests do not mind a location that still has the builders in it.
Indian GP: Odisha athletes missing Rio berth prompts government action
'The Centre should take the matter seriously and ensure creating an opportunity to Srabani Nanda and Amiya Mallick to participate in the Rio Olympics'
100 days to Rio: 'Quite a few Indians can win gold'
'Shooting is number one.'
PHOTOS: Syrian amputee carries Rio Olympic flame through Athens refugee camp
A Syrian amputee swimmer ran with the Olympic flame through a refugee camp in Athens on Tuesday to highlight the plight of the million people who fled their homes for Europe since last year.
April 26, 2016
Vijender accepts Amir Khan's challenge to fight in India
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh is ready to trade blows with Pakistan-born British professional Amir Khan and accepted his challenge to fight in India, saying it will prove to be a big boost to the sport in the country.
Haryana-born wrestler Dahiya to represent Australia at Rio Olympics
Indian origin wrestler Vinod Kumar Dahiya is all set to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics after he qualified in the 66kg weight category in the Greco-Roman event.
Olympian Mary Kom is now Rajya Sabha MP!
It was a moment of pride for Olympian boxer MC Mary Kom as she took oath as a Rajya Sabha MP in New Delhi on Tuesday.
WADA names cycling doping expert to spearhead RUSADA rebuild
The World Anti-Doping Agency has appointed former war crimes investigator Peter Nicholson to help troubled Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) overhaul its anti-doping program.
Tiger registers for US Open but return date still unknown
Tiger Woods has registered to play in June's US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania but has not set a timetable for his return to the PGA Tour.
April 25, 2016
Nadal files suit against French ex-minister over drug test allegations
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has begun legal proceedings against former French cabinet minister Roselyne Bachelot after she alleged that the Spaniard had failed a drug test.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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Salman as India's Rio Olympics ambassador: Right or wrong?
Do you think the IOA has done the right thing in apponting Salman as the brand ambassador which they clam is to the motivate the athletes and also increase awareness of Olympic sports in the country? Or do you think the appointment is just a gimmick?
Amir's next fight? Vijender can get a shot against British pro
'Vijender Singh is the talent that India has in professional boxing and I would want to fight him in India soon.'
Indian athletes lose out after GP meet ends in farce with power failure
The one-day meet, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications.
Tokyo 2020 unveils new logo after plagiarism claims
Tokyo 2020 organisers unveiled a new Olympic logo featuring traditional Japanese designs on Monday, seven months after they were forced to scrap the original motif over accusations of plagiarism.
Shooting World Cup: Mairaj wins India's first skeet medal
Indian shooter Mairaj Ahmed Khan made a successful start to his campaign at the ISSF World Cup by winning a silver medal in men's skeet event in Rio de Janeiro.
Rower Dattu Bhokanal qualifies for Rio Olympics
Indian rower Dattu Bhokanal, on Monday, qualified for the Rio Olympics after winning a silver in the finals of men's single sculls at the 2016 FISA Asian and Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta at Chung-ju in South Korea.
Fit Ronaldo to travel with Real for Champions League semi-final tie
Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will travel with the team for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester City after recovering from a thigh injury.
April 24, 2016
MotoGP: Rossi wins Spanish Grand Prix from pole
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday with a dominant pole-to-flag ride for the 113th victory of his career in all categories.
Brilliant Kipchoge and brave Sumgong light up London Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge produced the second fastest run in marathon history to successfully defend his London Marathon title while his Kenyan compatriot Jemima Sumgong showed remarkable courage after a fall to win the women's race on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Man City go third, Newcastle hold Reds to rally
ManchesterCity moved up to third in the Premier League on Saturday while Newcastle United boosted their hopes of survival by coming back from two goals down at Liverpool to draw 2-2 and secure a precious point.
IOA mulling inclusion of PT Usha, Anju George as Olympic ambassadors
Forced on the back foot after being slammed for appointing Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador of India's Olympic contingent, the IOA said, on Sunday, it would also rope in icons from music, cricket, and other sports to motivate the athletes.
Grappler Sandeep Tomar wins bronze, secures Olympic berth
Wrestler Sandeep Tomar secured an Olympic quota place for India in the men's 57kg freestyle category with a bronze-medal finish on the final day of the 1st World Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Mixed reactions to Salman's appointment as Olympics goodwill ambassador
Bollywood star Salman Khan's appointment as the Indian Olympic contingent's goodwill ambassador has not gone down well with star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who feels a sportsperson should have been chosen for the role.
April 23, 2016
Rio Olympics: Salman to be Goodwill Ambassador of Indian contingent
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been named goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - an unprecedented appointment in the run-up to the quadrennial extravaganza.
EMBARRASSING! 400 grams heavier, Vinesh disqualified from Oly qualifier
In an embarrassment for India, ace female wrestler Vinesh Phogat was, on Saturday, disqualified from the 1st World Olympic Qualifying event for being overweight on a day when other women grapplers also failed to book Rio Games berth.
So when will Tiger Woods return to PGA Tour?
With Tiger Woods hitting golf balls at a juniors clinic in South Carolina earlier this week, media speculation has been mounting that the former world number one could make his PGA Tour return within the next month.
This refugee amputee will be a torch-bearer for Rio Games
A Syrian amputee swimmer, granted asylum in Greece, will be a torch-bearer for the 2016 Rio Games and is to run with the Olympic flame through a refugee camp in Athens on Tuesday.
April 22, 2016
Sindhu, Prannoy go down tamely in China Masters
India's campaign at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament ended as P V Sindhu and H S Prannoy crashed out of the women's and men's singles after straight-game defeats in their respective quarter-finals, in Changzhou, on Friday.
WADA suspends Beijing anti-doping laboratory
Beijing's National Anti-Doping laboratory was suspended for a maximum of four months by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday after failing to comply with international standards.
Pankaj Advani in Asian Snooker semi-finals
India's ace cueist cruised into the semi-finals, beating Syria's Karam Fatima by five frames to nil, after a narrow victory earlier on Thursday in the last-16, where compatriot Ishpreet Chadha gave him a tough fight till the very last.
Exclusive: Olympics-bound Dipa Karmakar speaks to Rediff
'I don't think that I have done anything great. I haven't won any Olympic gold medal.'
April 21, 2016
What you must not miss in the EPL this weekend
Rediff.com brings a preview of the main matches coming up this weekend in the English Premier League.
Olympics-bound Dipa wants to continue creating history
Ecstatic and exhausted in equal measure after becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar, on Thursday, said she would look to continue scripting history wherever she competes.
Prannoy, Sindhu cruise into China Masters quarter-finals
India's star women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashiwini Ponnappa also made the last eight stage, but it was curtains for the men's doubles duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.
Dipa's best is yet to come, believes coach Nandi
Olympics-bound gymnast Dipa Karmakar's coach, Bisweshwar Nandi said that the Indian gymnast's best is yet to come and her hunger for perfection would take her to places.
Gagan, Chain Singh eye final spot in men's 50m rifle prone
India's Gagan Narang and Chain Singh will be vying for a spot in the finals of the men's 50m Rifle Prone event after coming through unscathed in the elimination rounds on day six of the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Countdown to Rio Games begins with Olympia torch lighting
The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics countdown got under way on Thursday with the lighting of the torch at the site of the ancient Olympics, with organisers hoping it will shift attention away from Brazil's political and financial turmoil.
April 20, 2016
PHOTOS: Sun god Apollo presides over final Olympic flame rehearsal
The high priestess raised her arms towards the sky, invoking the sun god Apollo at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Wednesday in the final rehearsal for the flame that will burn at the Rio Games later this year.
Relegation-threatened Newcastle check Manchester City surge
Manchester City gave renewed hope to the chasing pack in the battle for a Champions League spot as they were held to a battling 1-1 draw at relegation strugglers Newcastle United on Tuesday.
IOC chief predicts 'spectacular' Rio Games despite crisis
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said on Tuesday that the Rio de Janeiro Olympics would be 'spectacular' and a 'great success' despite a political and economic crisis gripping the host nation.
Usain Bolt eyes triple treat at Rio Olympics
Sprint king Usain Bolt aims to crown his legacy with an unprecedented Olympic threepeat at the Rio Games, and to top that off by running the first ever sub-19 seconds 200 meters.
How a 'Blade Jumper' turned to science to earn Rio Games place...
Paralympic champion Markus Rehm said he hoped new scientific studies would prove he gains no advantage through his prosthesis and clear him to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.
April 19, 2016
ISL: Former Costa Rican Alex Guimaraes named Mumbai City FC coach
Former Costa Rican midfielder Alexandre Guimaraes has been named head coach of Mumbai City FC, for the third season of the Indian Super League.
After recovering from coma, boxer Blackwell retires
Nick Blackwell has announced his retirement from boxing after sustaining serious injuries against Chris Eubank Jr. in the British middleweight title fight last month that left him in an induced coma with bleeding in his brain.
China Masters: Mixed day for India shuttlers as Prannoy advances
Indian ace shuttler HS Prannoy produced a remarkable performance as he breezed past Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong to progress through to the second round of the China Masters here on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Berlin rolls out red carpet for Laureus Awards
Laureus Awards were handed over in Berlin on Monday with celebrities stealing the spotlight on the red carpet.
Gymnast Dipa's next 'objective is an Olympic medal podium'
After becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar has set her eyes on a podium finish at the Rio Games scheduled to be held in August.
What makes Man United's Rashford so special...
'Hopefully, for many years,Marcus Rashford will be in this club and can make history for the club.'
ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai moves into qualification round
Jitu Rai, the world number one in men's 50m pistol, shot a 555 in his elimination round to sail through to the qualification round of the event, to be contested on Thursday, along with the finals, on day four of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun) being played in Rio De Janerio's Olympic Shooting Centre.
Ethiopians sweep Boston Marathon
Ethiopian runners vying for a place in the summer Olympics dominated the Boston Marathon on Monday, taking the top three spots in the men's division for the first time, and the top two spots among the women.
Petrova suspension lifted after U-turn on meldonium
Bulgarian triple jumper Gabriela Petrova had her doping suspension lifted by the IAAF on Monday, less than a week after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced an amnesty for athletes who had tested positive for meldonium before March 1.
Dominant Djokovic, Serena claim top honours at Laureus Sports Awards
World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.
Gymnast Karmakar records another historic feat, wins gold in vaults
Gymnastics officials said that Dipa's feat was the first time an Indian woman clinched a gold in a global gymnastic competition.
April 18, 2016
Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Rediff.com brings these and other big news from the sporting world, encapsulated in this photo feature...
Tendulkar heaps praise on Olympic bound gymnast Dipa
Accolades poured in for Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius sentencing set for June 13-17
Disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will face sentencing in June following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.
Dipa Karmakar creates history, first Indian gymnast to qualify for Olympics
Dipa Karmakar produced a strong show, finishing ninth in the first of the four subdivisions of the women's artistic category, at the Final Qualifier and Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.
April 17, 2016
Messi, Bolt, Serena vie for Laureus honours
From soccer genius Lionel Messi to sprint king Usain Bolt, a shimmering array of the world's greatest sports stars are in the race for top honours at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards -- also called the 'Oscars of Sport' -- to be presented.
Shooting World Cup: Sandhu's finals chances brighten; Jitu misses out
Indian shooter Manavjit Sandhu rallied to third place after the second day of qualification in the Men's Trap Shooting event at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup being held at Rio di Janerio's Olympic Shooting Centre.
April 16, 2016
Advani gets off to positive start at Asian Snooker Championship
Indian ace Pankaj Advani started his Asian Snooker Championship campaign with a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia's Sulaiman Almisfer in Doha on Saturday.
Table tennis: Sharath, Mouma fight back to book Rio Olympic berths
India's table-tennis ace Achanta Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das booked their tickets to the Rio Olympics after winning their respective final rounds in Stage 2 of the Asia Olympic Qualification tournament in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Manavjit, Chenai get off to good start at Shooting World Cup
Indian trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Kynan Chenai got off to positive starts on day one of competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup at Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
April 15, 2016
Sumariwalla re-elected AFI president
Adille Sumariwalla was re-elected unopposed as the president of Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for a second term at its Annual General Body Meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
April 14, 2016
Sindhu loses in 2nd rond, India's campaign ends in Singapore
India's campaign at the Singapore Open Super Series ended on Thursday after P V Sindhu in the women's singles as well as the men's and mixed doubles pairs lost their respective second round matches to crash out of the tournament.
Mary Kom is boxing world body's ambassador for women's World C'ship
Iconic Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom added another honour to her list of accolades as she was named one of the eight ambassadors for the upcoming World Championships by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Asian TT Qualifiers: Ghosh, Manika book their Rio Olympic berths
Indian table tennis players Soumyajit Ghosh and Manika Batra booked their Olympic tickets by winning their respective groups in the Asian Qualifiers in
Kobe Bryant, the legend gets royal send-off
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant lit up the National Basketball Association with a work ethic.
April 13, 2016
Doping to become criminal offence in the UK?
There is also the question about whether doping should be made a specific criminal offence which I think is something we should be looking at and debating in this house
Sharapova could return sooner as WADA announces meldonium amnesty
'The situation with Sharapova could be resolved after April 21 when we meet with the head of the international federation. After that all should be become clear. It is too early to talk about Sharapova competing at the Olympic Games'
Singapore Super Series: Pranaav-Sikki enter 2nd Rd; Srikanth, Jayaram lose
India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy reached the second round but it was curtains for men's singles shuttlers at the Singapore Super Series, on Wednesday.
Sania Mirza 'humbled, honoured' by Padma Bhushan
Sania Mirza has expressed that she felt ' honoured' and ' humbled' after being conferred with India's third highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan for her contribution in the sport of tennis.
April 11, 2016
When Sushma Swaraj came to Olympic champ Bindra's rescue
Swift intervention by Ministry of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj ensured shooting ace Abhinav Bindra was accompanied by his coach, whose passport got stolen in Germany while the duo were travelling to Rio de Janeiro for the ISSF World Cup, a test event for the upcoming Olympics.
Believe it or faint! Mallya says he bought T20 team in CPL for just $100
Troubled businessman Vijay Mallya claimed that he paid mere US $100 to buy Barbados Tridents, a franchise in the Caribbean Premier T20 League.
Retired NFL star Will Smith shot dead in New Orleans
Will Smith, a prominent member of the New Orleans Saints team that won the NFL's Super Bowl in 2010, was killed by a gunman who shot the retired football player after ramming his car near the city's famed French Quarter, police said on Sunday.
All you need to know about Augusta Masters champion Danny Willett
Danny Willett won the 80th Masters by three strokes on Sunday to become the first English winner at Augusta National Golf Club since 1996.
Willett wins Augusta Masters after stunning Spieth meltdown
He is only the second Englishman following three-times champion Nick Faldo to win the coveted Green Jacket
April 10, 2016
Lee Chong Wei defeats world no 1 Chen Long to win Malaysia Open
Malaysia's top badminton player Lee Chong Wei wrested the Malaysian Open title when he defeated world number one Chen Long at Shah Alam on Sunday.
Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley in farewell fight
Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in the rubber match between the fighters on Saturday, prevailing in what the Filipino has said is the final fight of his career.
April 09, 2016
Hawke's Bay Cup: Indian eves beat Canada to earn first win
The Indian women's hockey team ended its winless streak by notching up a close 1-0 triumph over Canada in a classification game of the Hawke's Bay Cup, in Hastings, on Saturday.
Saina knocked out of Malaysia Open as semis jinx continues
Saina Nehwal's semi-final jinx continued as she suffered another defeat against her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles at the Malaysia Super Series Premier, in Shah Alam, on Saturday.
Lahiri makes the cut at Augusta Masters
Anirban Lahiri battled tough weather conditions and somewhat inconsistent breaks in the second round as he made the cut for the weekend at the prestigious Augusta Masters.
Spieth and McIlroy front and centre at the Masters
Golf fans can look forward to the tantalising prospect of world number two Jordan Spieth and third-ranked Rory McIlroy continuing their battle for Masters glory in the final pairing in Saturday's third round.
April 08, 2016
Malaysia Open: Saina seals semis spot; Sindhu sinks
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal sealed a semi-final spot after a hard-fought victory but compatriot P V Sindhu crumbled under pressure to bow out of the women's singles competition at the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier tournament, in Shah Alam, on Friday.
Tago wants mercy for Olympic medal hope Momota over casino visit
A team mate of Japanese badminton Olympic medal hope Kento Momota on Friday confessed to taking the world number two-ranked player to an illegal casino and tearfully begged officials to allow the star to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
10 beautiful moments from Pat Farmer's Spirit of India Run
He ran past beautiful villages, stunning deserts, verdant fields... running 4,400 km in 64 days on the Spirit of India run.
April 07, 2016
Malaysia Open Super Series Premier: Saina, Sindhu enter quarters
Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu continued their winning run at the Malaysia Open notching up contrasting victories to reach the quarter-finals of the women's singles competition at the USD 550,000 Super Series Premier tournament.
Olympic gold medallist Park's Rio hopes dashed
Olympic gold medallist swimmer Park Tae-hwan, who completed an 18-month doping ban in March, will be unable to compete at the Rio Games after the Korean Olympic Committee opted against amending a rule that tacks three more years onto doping suspensions.
Hawke's Bay Cup: India eves lose in quarters
Indian women hockey could never recover from three early setbacks and ended up losing the Hawke's Bay Cup quarter-final 1-3 to Japan, in Hastings, on Thursday.
April 06, 2016
Malaysia Open: Saina, Sindhu in second round; Prannoy, Srikanth exit
Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu entered the second round, but it was a disappointing day for India's men as two of them made an early exit from the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton, in Shah Alam, on Wednesday.
Indian men win Asian Nations Cup Chess
Indian men won the Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament with a 3-1 victory over Vietnam in the final round as they pushed formidable China down to second place in Vietnam on Wednesday.
'Blade Jumper' Rehm running out of time for Rio
Amputee long jumper Markus Rehm is running out of time to make the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August as the world athletics body has not yet set the criteria for ruling if he can compete with his prosthetic leg. Augusta Masters: Champion Spieth feels pressure only from himself
While the expectations of his fans soared sky-high after Jordan Spieth's sensational 2015 campaign, the American feels much greater pressure from himself as he prepares for his Masters title defence this week.
Augusta Masters: McIlroy launches bid to complete rare golf feat
Rory McIlroy will do jigsaw puzzles to kill the time before the opening round at the Masters on Thursday, but finding the final piece to a career grand slam is upper-most on the Northern Irishman's mind.
April 05, 2016
Legendary click! When Kohli met a Real galactico!
India's batting sensation Virat Kohli had a fan-boy moment when he met Portugal's football legend Luis Figo for a meal on Monday night.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
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Video: Archis Patil, the freestyle footballer
Archis Patil was forced to abandon professional football after injuries, but his passion for the sport found other outlets, discovers Hitesh Harisinghani/Rediff.com
Platini's Panama account was declared in Switzerland
Banned UEFA President Michel Platini's Panamanian bank account was declared to the authorities in Switzerland, where he lives, his lawyer said in an interview published by French newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday.
Kashyap's Olympic dream ends
Still grappling with a knee injury, Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning shuttler P Kashyap's chances of qualifying for the Olympics have all but ended as he has been forced to withdraw from this month's Malaysia Super Series Premier and Singapore Open.
Olympic gold medal winners to get major exemptions
Golf's major championships threw their support behind the sport's return to the Olympics on Monday, offering exemptions for men's and women's gold medal winners this year to all grand slam events.
April 04, 2016
Ko wins second LPGA major with Mission Hills triumph
New Zealand's Lydia Ko became the youngest player to win two LPGA major championships when she birdied the par-five 18th to clinch the ANA Inspiration by one stroke in Rancho Mirage, California.
Five players to watch at the 2016 Augusta Masters
Five players to watch at the Masters, which starts on Thursday at Augusta National.
April 03, 2016
India Open: Ratchanok shocks Olympic champion Li; Momota triumphs
Top Thai shuttler Ratchanok Intanon pocketed her second Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series title with a straight-game victory over Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the women's singles final at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, in New Delhi, on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Classy Medvedeva bags world figure skating title on debut
Russian teenager Evgenia Medvedeva put on a flawless display with a record-setting free skate to cap a stunning debut senior season with the women's title at the world figure skating championships in Boston on Saturday.
Recovering Woods to skip Augusta Masters
Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will not be able to participate in next week's Augusta Masters as he is ' not physically ready' for the opening major of the year.
UK doc claims he prescribed dope to EPL footballers, England cricketer
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said it was "deeply concerned and shocked" by a Sunday Times report in which a British doctor alleged he had prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.
April 02, 2016
Defending champion Saina Nehwal loses in semi-final at India Open Super Series
Defending champion Saina Nehwal suffered a heartbreaking narrow loss to Olympic Champion Li Xuerui in the semifinals of the India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi on Saturday.
April 01, 2016
India Super Series: Saina reaches semis after thriller, Sindhu sinks
Defending champion Saina Nehwal upstaged Korea's Sung Ji Hyun to reach the semi-finals but it was curtains for P V Sindhu in the women's singles of the India Open Super Series, in New Delhi, on Friday.
Olympic-bound Shiva signs off with silver at Asian Qualifiers
An Olympic quota place pocketed, Indian boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) ended his campaign with a silver medal after losing in the final of the Asian/Oceania Qualifying Tournament Qian'an, China on Friday.
March 31, 2016
Saina, Sindhu in India Open quarters; Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei ousted
Defending champion Saina Nehwal and two-time World Championships bronze medallist P V Sindhu advanced to the quarter-finals, but it turned out to be a dismal day for star shuttlers Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei at the India Open Super Series in Delhi on Thursday.
Shiva Thapa qualifies for Rio Olympics; heartbreak for Mary Kom
World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg), on Thursday, became the first Indian boxer to make the cut for this year's Olympics by entering the Asian Qualifying Tournament's final but the celebrated M C Mary Kom (51kg) failed to book her Rio Games ticket after losing in the last-four stage, in Qian'an, China.
More doping tests or less viewers, world champion warns
Swimming authorities need to increase the number of doping tests to preserve the sport's credibility and stop fans turning away according to Britain's triple world champion and double world record holder Adam Peaty.
'Blade Runner' Pistorius sentencing set for June 13-17
Disgraced Olympic and Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius will face sentencing in June following his conviction for murdering his girlfriend.
March 30, 2016
India Open: Saina, Sindhu win but men's challenge ends
Defending champion Saina Nehwal entered the pre-quarterfinals but it turned out to be a disastrous day for the men with all of them, including reigning champion K Srikanth, failing to cross the opening hurdle at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super Series badminton.
5 things Saina Nehwal needs to do to before Olympics...
Take a look at what fit-again Saina needs to do before going into the Olympic Games in August this year.
March 29, 2016
Fight that sent boxer into coma should've been stopped: Surgeon
The British middleweight title fight between Chris Eubank Jnr. and Nick Blackwell which left the latter fighter in an induced coma should have been stopped earlier, a leading neurosurgeon said. Nehwal looks at Padma Bhushan honour as fresh motivation
Jubilant after receiving the Padma Bhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee, India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has admitted that the prestigious award will encourage her to perform even better and bring more accolades to the country.
March 26, 2016
Is the ruling body of athletics protective of drug cheats?
The IAAF ruling body of athletics is proactive in tackling doping and not protective of drug cheats, according to president Sebastian Coe.
Asian Olympic Qualifiers: Indian boxers make disappointing start
The Indian boxers' campaign in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers was off to a disappointing start with all three in action, on Saturday, including former Commonwealth Games champion Manoj Kumar (64kg), bowing out with opening round losses in Qian'an, China.
Vijender meets cricket legend Tendulkar, discusses pro boxing
Star boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday invited Sachin Tendulkar for his WBO Asia title fight in New Delhi and briefed the cricket legend about the structure and future of professional boxing.
The man who changed football
'Generations of football fans will eternally be grateful to Johan Cruyff and what he did for the beautiful game,' says Aabhas Sharma.
March 25, 2016
Asian Olympic Qualifiers: Mary Kom, Shiva get top seeding
Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom (51kg) and World Championship bronze-winner Shiva Thapa (56kg) were given the top billing in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament draw held in Qian'an, China on Friday.
March 24, 2016
Badminton Rankings: Saina static at No 6; Prannoy slips to 27
Despite clinching the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold title last week, Indian shuttler H S Prannoy slipped three places to World No 27 in the latest BWF rankings released on Thursday.
Russian race walker stripped of 2012 Olympic gold
Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin will be stripped of the 50km walk gold medal he won at the 2012 London Olympics.
Doping: Swimming body FINA ready to probe Russia allegations
Swimming's world body FINA promised on Wednesday to investigate "as a matter of utmost urgency" new allegations of Russian doping if they could be substantiated by evidence.
March 23, 2016
Bolt to set tracks ablaze at London Anniversary Games
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt will run in the London Anniversary Games ahead of his multiple title defence at the Rio Olympics in August.
Vijender Singh discusses state of Indian boxing with PM
He is no longer a part the amateur boxing circuit but concerned about the shambolic state of its administration in India, professional star Vijender Singh took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting.
March 22, 2016
Tintu's lack of international exposure worries PT Usha
She is frustrated with the lack of exposure for Tintu Luka, but sprint legend P T Usha said she is still optimistic of her protege's chances at this year's Olympic Games.
Russian wrestlers may miss Rio Games because of doping
Russia's wrestling team may not compete at the Rio Olympics because of 'tens' of positive doping results.
CAS poised to rule on bans for six Russian athletes
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will make a final ruling this week on "selective" doping bans handed out to six Russian athletes, including four Olympic champions.
Rio 2016 will be my last Olympics, confirms Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt has confirmed that Rio Olympics will be his last, snuffing out the possibility of extending his career to the 2020 games in Tokyo.
March 21, 2016
Meldonium tests reignite doping scandal in Russian athletics
The Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) said on Monday four athletes had tested positive at the Russian Winter Indoor Athletics Championships in February.
'A busy few months' before Vijender comes home for WBO Asia title
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh's next bout was postponed from April 2 to April 30 due to technical reasons.
Beleaguered Indian boxers head to China for Olympic qualifiers
Determined to keep the Olympic dream alive despite the long-standing administrative mess, a spirited Indian boxing team, featuring the likes of M C Mary Kom and Shiva Thapa, will take off on Monday night for the Asian Qualifiers in Qian'an City, China.
March 20, 2016
Prannoy clinches Swiss Open title
H S Prannoy clinched his second Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title by notching up a straight game victory over Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the summit clash of the Swiss Open.
Saina Nehwal crashes out of Swiss Open
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament in Basel.
Gurmeet creates history! 1st Indian to win Asian Walk C'ships
Gurmeet Singh, on Sunday, created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to clinch a gold medal in the Asian 20km Race Walk Championships as he won the men's event with his season's best effort.
Chawrasia delights home fans with two-stroke Indian Open win
SSP Chawrasia staved off the challenge of compatriot Anirban Lahiri and South Korean Wang Jeung-hun to end a run of second-place finishes by winning his home Indian Open for his third European Tour title on Sunday. Hardeep bags surprise Olympic quota place in Greco-Roman
Hardeep sprung a surprise by booking an Olympic quota place for India in Greco-Roman wrestling, which is not the country's forte, after making the 98kg category final on the last day of the Asian Olympic Qualification championship, in Astana, on Sunday.
March 19, 2016
Manavjit in for Rajput in Indian shooting team for Rio Olympics
Trap shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu got the nod ahead of Sanjeev Rajput as the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced its final shooting squad of 12 for the Rio Olympic Games in New Delhi on Saturday.
MotoGP: Valentino Rossi to race on with Yamaha until 2018
Italian MotoGP great Valentino Rossi plans to keep on racing until he is nearly 40 after signing a new contract for the 2017 and 2018 seasons with Yamaha that should see out his career at the Japanese manufacturer.
Yogeshwar grapples his way to an Olympic berth
Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt secured an Olympic quota place for India after making the final round of the men's 65kg freestyle event on the second day of the Asian Olympic Qualification in Astana on Friday.
Swiss Open badminton: Saina, Prannoy advance to semis
Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and H S Prannoy registered fighting victories in the last eight contests at the $120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Basel on Friday.
March 18, 2016
In the absence of Russians, Suhr, Lavillenie vault to indoor world glory
Pole vaulters Renaud Lavillenie and Jenn Suhr claimed the first gold medals of the World Indoor Championships with record-breaking clearances on Thursday, while IAAF chief Sebastian Coe was reminded that restoring fan trust could take time.
Benzema heard as witness in new money laundering case
French striker Karim Benzema was heard as a witness several months ago in an investigation over money laundering, a source close to the soccer player said on Friday, confirming a report by French daily Liberation.
Swiss Open: Saina, Prannoy enter quarter-finals
Two-time champion Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy progressed to the quarter-finals after straight-game victories in the women's and men's singles respectively at the $ 120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Basel.
Candidates Chess: Anand crushes Svidler; back in title hunt
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand staged a brilliant comeback by crashing through the defences of Peter Svidler of Russia in the sixth round of Candidates Chess tournament in Moscow.
Gold medals easier to win than fan trust at worlds
Winning gold medals will prove easier than winning back fan trust, admitted IAAF chief Sebastian Coe as he prepared to open the world indoor athletics championships on Thursday.
March 17, 2016
Sindhu advances to quarters of Swiss Open
Taking the Indian challenge forward, P V Sindhu progressed to the women's singles quarter-finals after a tough win over Yu Po Pai in the USD 120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament, in Basel on Thursday.
Saina slips to 6th in badminton world rankings
A quarterfinal loss at the All England Championship saw Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal slip three places down the rung to the sixth spot in the latest BWF world ranking on Thursday.
Hope funds for my preparations are released, says shooter Sidhu
India's top pistol shooter Heena Sidhu is hoping funds sanctioned to her by the government as part of its TOP scheme for her Olympic preparations are released on time.
Chance for Yogeshwar Dutt to seal berth for Olympics
Star grappler Yogeshwar Dutt would seek to grab an Olympic quota place in his first opportunity when he spearheads a 17-member Indian campaign at the Asian Olympic Qualification wrestling championship, starting in Astana, Kazakhstan from Friday.
Another Russian athlete tests positive
Russia's Yulia Efimova faces a life ban after the breaststroke specialist tested positive for meldonium, with her temporary suspension confirmed by the All-Russian Swimming Federation (ARSF) on Thursday.
World Indoors: No Russians, no stars, no buzz
With no Russians, few stars and the sport engulfed in a doping crisis the world indoor athletics championships begin this week with officials holding their breath and eager to put the spotlight back on the track.
Swiss Open: Saina, Sindhu sail into pre-quarters; Jayaram loses
Two-time champion and top seed Saina Nehwal and P V
March 16, 2016
Swiss Open: Praneeth, Prannoy, Jayaram, Sameer in Round 2
India made a resounding start to their campaign at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold with four Indian shuttlers advancing to the second round of the men's singles competition, in Basel, on Wednesday.
IOC re-tests Beijing, London samples ahead of Rio
'We are trying passionately to protect those clean athletes who are going to Rio 2016'
March 15, 2016
Mary Kom, Shiva in boxing squads for Asian Olympic qualifiers
Five-time World champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) pipped arch-rival Pinki Jangra to the India's women's squad, while World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) made the cut in a star-studded men's boxing team for the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in China from March 23.
Bencic, Ivanovic, Murray sent packing at Indian Wells
Swiss seventh seed Belinda Bencic was stunned by Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova while former champion Ana Ivanovic was also sent packing in third-round action at the BNP Paribas Open in California.
March 13, 2016
All England Badminton Championships: Lin Dan wins sixth title
Lin Dan earned his sixth All England badminton title when he routed Chinese teammate Tian Houwei 21-9, 21-10 in the final.
Dedicate my win to Pathankot terror attack martyrs: Vijender
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh has dedicated his fourth successive professional triumph to the Indian Armed Forces personnel who were martyred in the Pathankot terror attack.
Vijender clinches fourth successive pro-boxing win
There was no stopping Indian boxing star Vijender Singh as he notched up his fourth successive knockout professional win by pummelling Hungary's Alexander Horvath in under three rounds in Liverpool on Saturday night.
March 12, 2016
With Sharapova's admission, many cans of worms will open
'The suspicion of doping will hang over numerous men and women players including the elite stars,' says Desh Gaurav Chopra Sekhri.
Rugby sevens world body reveals names of banned Russian players
The two Russia national rugby sevens players suspended from all competition for taking the banned substance meldonium are Alexey Mikhaltsov and Alena Mikhaltsov, the sport's governing body, World Rugby, said on Saturday.
'Improving' Tiger Woods working hard on short game
Tiger Woods is toiling diligently to improve his short game but there is still no timetable for his return, the former number one said on his website on Friday.
March 11, 2016
All England: Saina's exit draws curtains to India's campaign
India's campaign at the All England Badminton Championships came to a disappointing end with Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma all exiting from the tournament in Birmingham on Friday.
March 10, 2016
Now, Ethiopia moves into the doping spotlight
This year Olympic Games could feature an athletics programme without two of the sport's most powerful nations -- Russia and Kenya -- while a third, Ethiopia, is under immense pressure to show it has adequate anti-doping measures.
All England C'ships: Saina, Srikanth advance after Praneeth stuns Lee
Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma also advanced to the second round of the $550,000 tournament at the Barclaycard Arena.
India's Sai Praneeth stuns three-time champion Lee at All England
Three-time champion Lee Chong Wei was sensationally beaten by India's B Sai Praneeth in the first round of the All-England Championships on Wednesday, putting a firm dent into his preparations ahead of the Rio Olympics .
SPOTTED! Djokovic's dinner date with Deepika Padukone
Actress Deepika Padukone is making waves in Los Angeles.
Russia running out of time for Rio, says Pound
Athletics superpower Russia is running out of time to eradicate doping and may not be able to send a track and field team to this year's Rio Olympics, Dick Pound, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission, said on Wednesday.
March 09, 2016
All England Championships: Jayaram, Prannoy, Gutta-Ponappa crash out
Indian shuttlers had a bad day in office as Ajay Jayaram and H S Prannoy failed to cross the opening hurdle at the prestigious All England Championship in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Will Rio Olympics lift troubled sports world?
American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, said on Tuesday he hopes this year's Rio Olympics can help heal a sports world hit by recent doping and corruption cases.
What will happen to brand Sharapova now?
In the day following Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova's admission that she failed a drug test, sponsors Nike, Porsche and Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer dropped her like a hot potato.
March 08, 2016
Dhruv Sitwala retains Asian billiards crown
Reigning Asian billiards champion Dhruv Sitwala successfully defended his crown at the Asian Billiards Championship, beating compatriot Bhaskar Balachandra 6-2 in the final in Colombo, on Tuesday.
India name probables for World cup preliminary qualifiers
Star striker Sunil Chhetri is among a 28-strong Indian probable squad announced for the 2018 soccer World Cup preliminary qualifying round matches against Iran and Turkmenistan.
Bolt is greater than Owens, Lewis, says Johnson
Athletics legend Michael Johnson feels Usain Bolt has surpassed the likes of him and Carl Lewis by his sheer consistency and can easily be considered the 'greatest' track-and-field star in the world at this point.
'Satnam, Bhullar can inspire Indian kids to dream of shot at NBA'
On his first visit to India, former three-time NBA champion Brian Shaw talks of potential that Indian youngsters possess to make the cut in the NBA and shares his views on the sensational Stephen Curry and his partnership with Shaqueille O'Neal.Norma Godinho/Rediff.com listens in.
March 07, 2016