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July 04, 2015
British Grand Prix: Hamilton on pole at Silverstone
The pole was Hamilton's eighth in nine races this season and the 46th of his career for the championship leader, who won at Silverstone last year and has a 10 point advantage over the German.
McEnroe urges Nadal to 'get a new damn coach'
Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has advised Rafael Nadal to sack his long-term coach, uncle Toni and 'get a new damn coach' to get back to top form.
The Vijender effect! Mandatory for athletes to play for 6 yrs?
Haryana government on Saturday said it is considering making it mandatory for a sportsman to compete for at least six years.
From boxing champ to drain cleaner, Krishna Rout seeks life of dignity
With a temporary job at the Howrah Municipal Corporation for the last 15 years, and earnings of merely 200 a day, Rout has decided to appeal to West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, to give him a permanent government job.
PHOTOS: Women's World Cup will have its share of parties
The women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan on Sunday may not rival the Super Bowl, but soccer fans, wild with excitement.
'What's going on? Where is the support?'
Tomic slams 'disrespectful' Tennis Australia.
This Argentina side is one of the best... But will they win?
The current generation of Argentina players is one of the best ever even though the team have not won a major trophy in 22 years, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday.
Union slams FIFA and demands player involvement
The general secretary of the world players' union FIFPro has blasted FIFA.
Wimbledon: Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis ease into 3rd round
India's Sania Mirza and Switzerland's Martina Hingis entered the women's doubles third round.
It's going to get messier! Spain fires Davis Cup captain Gala Leon
The new president of the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) has fired the nation's first female Davis Cup captain, Gala Leon, two weeks before the Group I second-round tie away to Russia.
Once an idol, now an enemy...
Serena Williams once featured among Heather Watson's bedroom posters but after the Briton almost ran her idol out of Wimbledon.
Copa America PHOTOS: Peru clinch third place
Peru beat Paraguay 2-0 at the Copa America on Friday to ensure they finished in third place.
July 03, 2015
Hockey World League: Belgium thrash India to enter final
India were outclassed 0-4 by hosts Belgium in a lop-sided last-four clash, with Florent Van Aubel's fine hat-trick playing a pivotal role in the side's passage to the final of the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Djokovic, Sharapova restore order at Wimbledon
It was job well done for Novak Djokovic as he silenced Bernard Tomic and his Australian Fanatics with an emphatic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the Wimbledon third round on Friday.
Shameful! Shocking! Sad day for Pakistan hockey!
A pall of gloom shrouded the Pakistan hockey community after the national team failed to qualify for the Olympics.
Wimbledon still abuzz over dread-locked Brown
Dread-locked German Dustin Brown was nowhere to be seen at Wimbledon on Friday, at least into the early afternoon, but his shock upset of Rafa Nadal the night before remained the talk of the tournament.
Pakistan lose to Ireland; out of Rio Olympic race
Pakistan men's team slumped to a new low as it failed to qualify for next year's Rio Olympics.
These players have a superior record over Nadal...
Nadal, is known to have a superior win-loss record over most top players (including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic), but believe it or not, there are players on the circuit who have an edge over Nadal.
Bopanna, Mergea make it to Wimbledon pre-quarters
India's Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea battled past Thomas Bellucci and Guillermo Duran in straight sets to progress to the pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon men's doubles event, in London on Friday.
F1 ditches plan to bring back refuelling
Formula One has abandoned controversial plans to reintroduce refuelling from 2017 after teams decided it would not be a good move, Force India deputy principal Bob Fernley said on Friday.
Chelsea sign Falcao on one-year loan from Monaco
Chelsea have signed Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, the Premier League champions said on Friday.
And the spotlight is on...
Referees in unwanted spotlight ahead of FIFA Women's World Cup final.
PHOTOS: Celebrities glamour-up Wimbledon
As the stars of tennis sweat it out in pursuit of the Wimbledon Championship crown at the resplendent All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, stars of another planet descend on venue and watch their favourites in action.
Who will win the Women's World Cup final?
Japan, US have revenge on their minds.
ISL: Anelka returns to Mumbai team, this time as player-manager
Former France and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will return to Mumbai City FC as the team's marquee player-manager for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the club announced on Friday.
Slumping Nadal set for first slam-less year since 2005
Rafael Nadal is likely to end the year without a grand slam singles title for the first time since his debut French Open crown in 2005 following his shock Wimbledon exit on Thursday, his uncle and coach Toni has conceded.
Dustin Brown, who?
Dustin Brown stole the show at Wimbledon with a sensational upset win over Rafael Nadal. Find out more about this German journeyman...
Wimbledon 'all-white' clothing rule is quite extreme: Federer
Players' efforts over the years to get Wimbledon's "all-white" clothing rule relaxed got a boost when Roger Federer said he thought the policy as it stood was "quite extreme".
Argentina odds-on favourites to lift Copa America
Argentina are odds-on favourites to win the Copa America for the first time since 1993 by beating Chile in Saturday's final.
'My motivation is to be back to that level but I don't know if I can'
It was a clearly deflated Rafa Nadal who admitted he has no idea whether he can ever reproduce the form that helped him win two Wimbledon titles after maverick Dustin Brown inflicted a fourth successive embarrassment.
Rome 2024 Olympic Games bid endorsed by Italy's CONI
Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games was unanimously endorsed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in what bid president Luca di Montezemolo described as an important signal of support.
Hernandez has collarbone surgery, to be out for four weeks
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez had surgery on a fractured collarbone and will be out for four weeks missing the Gold Cup, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) said.
Superman Dustin sends Nadal to the dustbin again
A 30-year-old German journeyman who once travelled around Europe's Challenger Circuit in a camper van joined a list of Wimbledon luminaries who go by the names of Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis and Nick Kyrgios.
'If F1 continues on its current path, it is headed for a major crisis'
Former FIA president Max Mosley has warned that Formula One risks serious difficulties unless it changes direction and cuts costs.
Shakhtar Donetsk sell record scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan
Shakhtar Donetsk have sold their all-time leading scorer Luiz Adriano to AC Milan for eight million euros (6 million pounds), the Ukrainian club announced.
Duchess of Cornwall is proud owner of a Murray souvenir
Every fan visiting Wimbledon hopes to be lucky enough to walk out of the All England Club with more than just a memory of watching a tennis hero -- and Britain's royal family is no different.
Portugal winger Nani to have Fenerbahce medical
Portugal winger Nani is set to join Fenerbahce from Manchester United with the Turkish club saying negotiations were underway and he will be in Istanbul on Sunday for a medical.
Nadal loss sends shockwaves round Wimbledon
The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters at Wimbledon was spectacularly halted on Thursday when twice champion Rafa Nadal was bundled out by German qualifier Dustin Brown who played the match of his life.
July 02, 2015
Hockey World League: India beat Italy, keep Olympic dreams alive
India kept their Olympic qualification dreams alive by beating lower-ranked Italy in the shoot-out in a classification match of the women's Hockey World League semi-finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerp.
United States asks Swiss to extradite 7 in FIFA inquiry
The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday.
Sushil opts out of World Championships with shoulder injury
Two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar has opted out of the World Championships after sustaining a shoulder injury, thereby taking the sheen out of the upcoming selection trials, slated for July 6-7 in New Delhi.
Nicol David's reign extends to 9th year...
Malaysia's Nicol David celebrates her ninth year as world squash No 1 this week.
Serena wastes no time putting Babos behind her
Serena Williams wasted no time in sweeping aside big-serving Hungarian Timea Babos.
England's Laura Bassett will head home a hero...
England coach Mark Sampson said defender Laura Bassett would head home as a hero.
With eyes on ISL's domestic draft, Zico to arrive in Goa on Monday
FC Goa's chief coach Zico will arrive in the state on July 6 to take stock of all new signings.
Wimbledon: Sania-Hingis advance to second round
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis advanced to the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, defeating the duo of Saisai Zheng and Zarina Diyas in the opening round on Wednesday night. The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the Chinese-Kazakh team 6-2, 6-2.
Avian star 'Rufus' patrols the skies during Wimbledon
Male tennis players from the United States are almost as rare as hen's teeth at Wimbledon this year, but a hawk native to North and South America definitely rules the roost when it comes to clearing the championship courts of pigeons.
Woods 'began dating' Amanda while he was with Lindsey
Tiger Woods has been accused of having an affair with Amanda Boyd, the ex-wife of his fellow golfing professional Jason Dufner.
Who will win this year's Tour de France? Meet the top contenders
Check out the main contenders for this year's Tour de France, which starts on Saturday in Utrecht, Netherlands.
There will be life after Zlatan Ibrahimovic...
Having spent so long depending on the outrageous individual talent of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedes have often wondered what the future holds after his retirement. Their UEFA Under-21 championship-winning side may just have provided the answer.
Meet the 'bad girl' of British tennis
Naomi Broady was branded the 'bad girl' of British tennis.
Copa America: Chilean euphoria tempered by past setbacks
Chile's euphoria at reaching the final of the Copa America was tempered by the reminder that every time they have been in this position before they have finished as runners-up.
Wimbledon: Ivanovic dumped out by American qualifier
Ana Ivanovic became the highest-profile casualty of Wimbledon's opening days as the seventh seed fell to 158th-ranked qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a second round clash.
Women's World Cup: Japan into final courtesy England own goal
An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory, setting up a title rematch with the United States.
Netherlands appoint Blind to replace Hiddink as coach
Danny Blind was named the new coach of the Netherlands, replacing Guus Hiddink who resigned this week after a run of poor results.
Inter Milan sign Brazil defender Miranda from Atletico
Inter Milan have completed the signing of Brazil centre back Miranda from Atletico Madrid as they look to shore up a defence that struggled during a disappointing 2014-15 season.
Serve and volley: Back to the future as moribund tactic is revived
The yellowing obituaries are looking premature as serve-and-volley tennis creeps, with a few tweaks, towards a renaissance of sorts.
Jasjit's brace helps India seal semis spot
Jasjit Singh sent two rasping penalty corner drag flicks into the net as India edged past hosts Malaysia 3-2 to move to the semifinals of the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
July 01, 2015
Wimbledon in meltdown as temperatures soar
When tennis fans from Arizona say it is hot at the Wimbledon championships, then it must be.
New signing Cech believes Arsenal ready to win league title
Goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Arsenal are ready to clear the final hurdle needed to end the Premier League title drought, and said he was overwhelmed by the support he has received from fans and teammates at his new club.
Wimbledon PHOTOS: Sharapova, Djokovic ease into 3rd round
Novak Djokovic outclassed Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to move safely into the Wimbledon third round on Wednesday.
Wimbledon: Paes-Nestor advance; Raja-Martin exit
Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Dainel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men's doubles at Wimbledon, beating the Serbian pair of Victor Troicki and Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 after an hour and 42 minutes on Wednesday.
Japan's Nishikori pulls out of Wimbledon with calf strain
Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori pulled out of Wimbledon before his second round match on Wednesday after failing to recover from a calf strain.
What Serena Williams did before Wimbledon...
Serena Williams appeared on stage with the American popstar at Hyde Park festival.
'Ashwini and I can win a medal at the 2016 Olympics'
- 'We need the government to support us with funds'
Wawrinka gets mixed reviews for 'challenging' photoshoot
The French Open champion is pictured playing his famously brutal on-handed backhand return, STARK NAKED!
Atletico set to buy Colombia striker Martinez from Porto
Atletico Madrid have moved to strengthen their forward line for next season following the exit of Mario Mandzukic by agreeing to buy Colombia striker Jackson Martinez from Porto.
Blatter will not to attend women's World Cup final in Canada
Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for Sunday's final of the women's World Cup.
Tour de France: Get set for battle royale on treacherous course
Alberto Contador will cement his status as the best grand tour rider of the modern era if he emerges as the winner of the Big Four's battle royale at the Tour de France -- the most highly anticipated race in decades.
With most likes, followers, Wimbledon takes social media by storm
It's the most popular Grand Slam across popular social networking sites
Sweden lift Euro U21 crown with shootout win over Portugal
Sweden goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren saved two penalties as they beat Portugal 4-3 in a shootout following a 0-0 draw in the Euro Under-21 Championship final.
'It was probably not the smartest decision to play at Wimbledon'
Eugenie Bouchard was brutally honest after suffering a first-round defeat by China's Duan Yingying at Wimbledon to end her hopes of repeating last year's run to the final.
'I'm happy about the 6-1 scoreline but we were better against Colombia'
Coach Gerardo Martino believes Argentina can improve on Tuesday's 6-1 Copa America semi-final demolition of Paraguay, adding that aspects of the goalless draw against Colombia in the previous round had pleased him more.
I knew it would be a difficult tournament for me: Halep
Simona Halep lost her chance to go on a court she likened to "a very nice hotel" after she checked out of Wimbledon early following a shock 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 defeat by 106th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova.
Robinho leaves Santos, expected to join Guangzhou
Brazil forward Robinho ended his third spell at Santos on Tuesday with local media reporting he was set to join up with former Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Women's World Cup: Americans beat Germany to reach final
The United States reached the final of the women's football World Cup for the second time in a row on Tuesday, taking advantage of a dubious penalty to beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 in a hugely enjoyable game.
Copa America: Argentina hit Paraguay for six to make final
Argentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 and set up a classic final against hosts Chile.
Umbrellas up at Wimbledon - to keep the sun off
The weather was the number one topic of conversation at Wimbledon on Tuesday but for once it was not the prospect of rain that brought out the umbrellas but a beating sun on what was forecast to be the hottest day of the year.
He says he is 100 per cent clean!
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah said on Tuesday he was '100 per cent clean.'
June 30, 2015
Wimbledon 2015: Most shocking upsets on Day 2
14 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie eliminated in 1st round.
Usain Bolt withdraws from July track meets
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings.
We did not block FIFA reforms: UEFA
UEFA has hit back at suggestions that it and other continental confederations have been responsible for blocking reforms.
Venus and Serena Williams pull out of Wimbledon doubles
American five-time Wimbledon women's doubles champion Serena and Venus Williams pulled out of this year's tournament.
What Chile needs from Arsenal star Sanchez...
Chile need Alexis Sanchez to recover his best form as they try to end an almost century-long wait for a first Copa America, according to coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Hockey League: India seek to iron out defensive flaws as Malaysia lurk
Soundly thrashed by Australia in their last match, India will look to sort out their defensive woes when they take on Malaysia in their quarter-final match of the Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday.
Cardiff to host 2017 Champions League final
The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the 2017 Champions League final, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday. The Friends Arena in Stockholm will be the venue for the 2017 Europa League final.
10 Best Sports Photos of the Week!
Take a look at images from events that caught our attention in the week gone by.
'They deserve to be the big four but I personally don't care'
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka feels completely comfortable about his failure to break into the unofficial big four of men's tennis despite winning two grand slam titles.
Guus Hiddink steps down as Netherlands coach
Guus Hiddink has quit as coach of the Netherlands after spending less than one year in his second spell in the job, the Football Association (KNVB) has announced.
Chilean Jara gets ban reduced to two games
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara's ban for provoking Edinson Cavani has been cut from three games to two, the governing body of South American football has said.
It never entered my mind that this could be the last time: Hewitt
Fighting tooth and nail as only he knows how old warrior Lleyton Hewitt waved an emotional goodbye to Wimbledon after losing a dramatic five-set match to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
Copa America: Vargas double takes hosts Chile into final
Chile qualified for the Copa America final after two goals from Eduardo Vargas gave them a 2-1 win over Peru in an action-packed semi-final marked by another controversial refereeing decision.
Manchester United make bid for Real Madrid defender Ramos
Manchester United have made a 28.6 million pound ($45 million) bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, British media has reported.
If I am consistent I'm sure I will an Olympic medal: Kashyap
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap speaks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his recent triumph over world No. 1 Chen Long of China and why he wants the Indian Badminton League to be revived.
June 29, 2015
Bopanna-Mergea make sound start at Wimbledon
India's Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea began their campaign at the Wimbledon championships with a hard-fought win over over Tim Smyczek and Jiri Vesley in the men's doubles.
Chelsea keeper Cech joins London rivals Arsenal
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech ended a highly successful 11-year spell at English champions Chelsea when he moved to Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday.
Serena and Djokovic up and running at Wimbledon
Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved confidently into the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday.
Olympic medallist Vijender gives up India career, turns professional
Vijender, who won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has signed up with popular British boxing promoter Francis Warren in the UK.
'We've been consistent but it is great to break the title draught'
Ecstatic after winning the Canada Open women's doubles title with Jwala Gutta, Indian shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa has said consistency has been the key to their success and this victory is a big boost ahead of the prestigious World Championship in August.
Gatlin sends Bolt a warning after winning 200m in 19.57 at US trials
Justin Gatlin, the year's fastest at 100 and 200, had a bye in the 100 at the trials, but plans to challenge Usain Bolt at both distances in the August World Championships in Beijing.
Ambitious Baku impresses but European Games future remains uncertain
The curtain fell on the inaugural European Games on Sunday with the status of Baku as a capable host of a major sporting event enhanced but with a shadow hanging over the future of the continental competition.
Whichever team lifts the Copa, winning coach will be an Argentine
Only four teams are left in the Copa America and whichever lifts the trophy next weekend, one thing is guaranteed -- the winning coach will be an Argentine.
Jwala-Ashwini pair upset top seeds to win Canada Open title
Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won the Canada Open women's doubles title after upstaging the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the summit clash in Calgary.
Bubba Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title
Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole.
'Serena always finds good form for the important points'
Petra Kvitova is not the type to talk herself up even if she does arrive at Wimbledon as the defending champion.
Copa America: Chile's Jara gets three-match ban for finger incident
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara will miss the rest of the Copa America after being suspended for three matches for sticking his finger up an opponent's backside and feigning injury during a match.
Nerves and high rhythm caught India off-guard: Van Ass
India hockey coach Paul van Ass said inability to handle fast-paced attack resulted in his side's capitulation against World champions Australia in the FIH World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
June 28, 2015
Nelson Piquet is world's first electric champion
Brazilian Nelson Piquet junior became the first Formula E champion on Sunday as the new electric series wrapped up its debut season with a race that had the crowd making more noise than the cars.
Australia thrash India to top Pool A
India's defence caved in under pressure as a rampaging Australia crushed them 6-2 in the last league fixture of the FIH World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Communicating with Becker not cheating: Djokovic
Coaches will come under nearly as much scrutiny as the players over the next fortnight at Wimbledon with every facial gesture captured on the TV cameras and repeated in super slow motion.
David Ferrer withdraws from Wimbledon with elbow injury
Spain's David Ferrer has pulled out of Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament because of an elbow injury, the All England Club said in a statement on Sunday.
June 27, 2015
New racquet-wielding Federer says never felt better before Wimbledon
- 'It's probably been the best preparation I've ever had for Wimbledon because we have a week more on the grass'
Blatter does U-Turn, says is 'not a candidate for FIFA presidency'
"I will use all my strength and inspiration until my last working day to bring this ship back into safe harbour," Blatter is quoted by Walliser Bote as saying.
Bencic stuns Radwanska in Eastbourne to claim maiden title
- At 18 years and 109 days, Bencic is the youngest player to win a premier-level title since Caroline Wozniacki won in New Haven almost seven years ago
Shuttlers Jwala-Ashwini advance to Canada Open semis
Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa progressed to the semi-finals of the Canada Open badminton tournament after claiming straight sets win over Chan Kaka Tsz Ka and Yuen Sin Ying in their women's doubles contest.
Moto GP: Rossi wins last-lap thriller at Assen
Yamaha's Valentino Rossi won MotoGP's Dutch TT race from pole position on Saturday after a thrilling duel with world champion Marc Marquez in which the pair clashed at the final corner.
No pressure for highest ranked Asian at Wimbledon
Kei Nishikori has shrugged off the pressure of being Japan's highest-seeded player at Wimbledon in the Open era and believes he is getting closer to the levels of the world's top players.
Tennis beauties add zing to pre-Wimbeldon bash
Rediff.com lets you into the party zone...
Tevez to leave Juve to return to boyhood club Boca Juniors
Argentina forward Carlos Tevez is to leave Juventus after two seasons in which he has revived his career and will rejoin Boca Juniors, the club where he started out and remains a cult figure.
Can we have the 'superbrat' attitude back at Wimbledon?
Watching a grey-haired, smart-suited 56-year-old John McEnroe speak with mature insight about all-things tennis it seems odd to think that many feel that what the sport needs is a dose of the "superbrat" attitude of the brash New Yorker's youth.
Copa America: Uruguay complain over Jara-Cavani finger incident
Uruguay's FA will raise a formal complaint against Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara for provoking striker Edinson Cavani by sticking his finger up his backside during the hosts' 1-0 Copa America quarter-final win.
Brazil coach Dunga apologises for race comment
Brazil coach Dunga apologised after his comments about people of African descent sparked criticism ahead of the team's Copa America quarter-final against Paraguay.
Women's World Cup: United States too strong for China
The United States maintained their record of having reached every semi-final of the women's World Cup after their 1-0 win over China set up a last four encounter with Germany.
Women's World Cup: Germans break French hearts
Germany beat France in a penalty shootout after their thrilling Women's World Cup quarter-final ended 1-1 after extra-time.
Copa America: Argentina reach semi-finals after shootout win
Four years after his miss in a penalty shootout sent Argentina spinning out of the Copa America, Carlos Tevez slammed home the winning spot kick against Colombia to book his country's place in this year's semi-finals.
Recharged Djokovic ready to switch back on at the Wimbledon
Defending champion Novak Djokovic's preparations for Wimbledon have been laid back in the extreme.
June 26, 2015
Former champion Radwanska reaches Eastbourne final
Agnieszka Radwanska continued her pre-Wimbledon tune-up by reaching the final of Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 win over America's Sloane Stephens on Friday.
Hockey World League: India, Pak play out thrilling draw
Ramandeep Singh scored two fine goals as the showpiece subcontinental hockey encounter between arch-rivals India and Pakistan ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw in the World League semi-finals at the KHC Dragons Stadium in Antwerp.
Mo Farah to continue working with coach Salazar
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah has said he will continue to work with coach Alberto Salazar who is being investigated by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Sania-Hingis beaten in Aegon semis
The top seeds lost to the fourth seeded French-Slovak pair of Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik 5-7, 4-6, in 81 minutes.
Bollywood, Sportspersons hail Satnam's NBA signing
The sporting fraternity congratulated hoopster Satnam Singh Bhamara after he became the first Indian to be picked for a NBA (National Basketball Association) League team, hailing his historic achievement as an "inspiration" for the youth of the country.
Anand second in Norway chess after draw with Topalov
Viswanathan Anand played out a quick draw with eventual champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to finish second in the Norway chess tournament, which is part of the Grand Chess Tour.
'I have not resigned, rather I am offering my mandate at the Congress'
Sepp Blatter has told a Swiss newspaper he has not quit as FIFA president, adding to speculation he may try to stay on as head of world soccer's governing body that is gripped by a corruption scandal.
Cech to undergo medical with Arsenal, will end 11-year stay at Chelsea
Chelsea's Petr Cech will undergo a medical with Arsenal on Friday, according to British media reports, after the clubs agreed a fee for the 33-year-old goalkeeper.
Dutch Grand Prix to make Sunday switch in 2016
The Dutch round of the MotoGP championship will break with tradition by switching from Saturday to a Sunday slot from next season out of financial necessity, local organisers said on Thursday.
Satnam ready to rub shoulders with the cream of NBA
Following Satnam's historic draft into the Dallas Mavericks for the 2015 NBA season, the mystery of Satnam will hopefully be unravelled in the upcoming season.
Djokovic handed tough Wimbledon opener, Federer has it easy
Defending champion Novak Djokovic was handed a tough opening round at Wimbledon when Friday's draw paired him with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Williams must avoid drama to complete Serena Slam
Twelve months on from making the most bizarre of exits from Wimbledon, drama queen Serena Williams will be back at the All England Club next week eager to complete the "Serena Slam".
Copa America: Chilean Jara pays dearly for 'fingering' Cavani
German club Mainz 05 are ready to offload Gonzalo Jara after the Chile international whipped up a storm at the Copa America by sticking his finger up the backside of an opponent before falling to the floor theatrically when the player retaliated.
Copa America PHOTOS: Guerrero hat-trick eases Peru into semis
Peru striker Paolo Guerrero scored a hat-trick to give his side a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bolivia at the Copa America on Thursday, setting up a last-four showdown with hosts Chile.
New Zealand women stun Australia at World Hockey League
New Zealand pulled off the biggest surprise of the ongoing World League Semifinals with a 2-0 win over World Cup silver medalists Australia in the women's preliminary league in Antwerp.
India-born Satnam Singh makes NBA history
Satnam Singh Bhamara became the first Indian-born player to be selected in the NBA draft by Dallas Mavericks.
Women's World Cup: US forward Wambach slams ref, escapes punishment
United States striker Abby Wambach has escaped with nothing more than a warning from FIFA after she said a referee at the women's World Cup had targeted two of her team mates on the verge of suspension.
PHOTOS: The life and times of the glamorous Sania Mirza
She has spunk, confidence, some naughtiness and lots of style. Meet Sania Mirza, off-court
No Indian in Wimbledon singles draw this year
Earlier, compatriots Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman had also crashed out of the premier grass-court championship.
June 25, 2015
Bolt's last-gasp withdrawal fuels speculation
Usain Bolt's lack of form combined with his late withdrawal from the Jamaican 100 metres national trials on Thursday have raised more doubts about the future of the world's fastest man.
Former champion Wozniacki through to Eastbourne semis
Former champion Caroline Wozniacki reached the semi-finals of the Eastbourne grasscourt tournament with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Germany's Andrea Petkovic on Thursday.
Everton sign Barcelona winger Deulofeu
Everton have signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona on a three-year contract for six million euros ($6.7 million), the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Paes-Granollers bow out of Aegon Open
Top seeds Leander Paes and Marcel Granollers were knocked out of the ATP Aegon Open following a quarter-final defeat to unseeded Chris Guccione and Andre Sa, in Nottingham, on Thursday.
Former Portugal winger Simao joins ISL club
To replace Spanish Capdevila at John Abraham-owned NorthEast United
Main accused in Kabbadi player's assault held
Ujala Thakur, the main accused in connection with the assault of national level Kabaddi player Sneha 'Dolly' Singh was arrested on Wednesday.
Sania-Hingis pair enters semis of Aegon International
Top-seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the semifinals of the WTA Aegon International.
I didn't, says dope-tainted Gatlin
Controversial sprinter Justin Gatlin does not understand why people insist on calling him a two-time drug cheat.
More trouble for FIFA...Swiss authorities examine grants
Swiss authorities are examining development grants made by FIFA around the world as part of their investigation.
Canada focussed... no time for fun
Canadian football fans may be enjoying the ride but for the players, the grind of the Women's World Cup is no fun.
Wozniacki survives scare to reach Eastbourne quarters
Former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki reached the quarter-finals of Eastbourne's Aegon Championships with a topsy-turvy defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova on Wednesday.
Leander records 100 partnerships as Wimbledon beckons
Leander Paes has experimented with 100 different players.
Copa America PHOTOS: Chile down Uruguay to reach semis amid high drama
Chile bundled reigning champions Uruguay out of the Copa America with a 1-0 victory.
Tenth-seeded Nadal lurks as dangerous Wimbledon foe
Former Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal could be heading for a clash with one of his Big Four rivals as early as the fourth round after the Spaniard was seeded 10th for the grasscourt championships.
June 24, 2015
Gerrard reveals moment he knew Liverpool career was over
Steven Gerrard knew it was time to leave Liverpool when he was omitted from the starting lineup for their Champions League group match at Real Madrid last November.
Tennis legend Graf named Kerala's Ayurveda ambassador
Steffi Graf has taken up a new role, with an Indian connection at that.
PHOTOS: European Games has won over doubters
The inaugural European Games has won over the doubters, even with low profile athletics and swimming events.
Murray seeded third, Nadal 10th at Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are top seeds at the major starting Monday
AIFF's 'ingenious' idea to boost Indian football...
India FA eye origin players for short-term solution
Liverpool agree to sign Brazilian Firmino
The gifted 23-year-old attacking midfielder is moving to Anfield from Germany's Hoffenheim, where he played since 2010, scoring 47 goals in 151 appearances.
National Kabaddi player allegedly manhandled in Kanpur
In an appalling incident, national Kabaddi player Dolly Singh was allegedly abused and manhandled by a group of local men in Kanpur.
Sania-Hingis storm into Aegon International quarters
Sania and Hingis thrashed the unseeded Czech-Dutch pair 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round of $731000 grass court tournament.
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: Japan keep title defence alive
Japan completed the quarter-final lineup for the Women's World Cup on Tuesday when the defending champions rolled into the last eight with an impressive 2-1 win over the Netherlands.
Wambach offers 'biggest apology' for referee comments
United States striker Abby Wambach has apologised for her suggestion the referee targeted certain American players for yellow cards.
'Copa America prize money not in doubt '
South American soccer's governing body CONMEBOL has enough prize money to get through the Copa America.
The present doesn't seem perfect for the Americans
The United States women's soccer team have won gold in the last three Olympics and have never finished out of the top four in the World Cup, winning the tournament twice.
Happy Birthday Messi! The legend turns 28
As the mercurial Messi rings in his 28th birthday, Rediff.com brings you all the exciting moments from the ace footballer's life.
Surfing is closer to an art form than a sport. Do you agree?
"I think surfing in itself is more of an art form and an expression so I think the Olympic banner doesn't really suit the sport of surfing."
June 23, 2015
Dominant India beat Poland 3-0 to notch up second win
India produced a much-improved show than their opening match as they post a facile 3-0 victory over Poland to notch up their second consecutive win in the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Norway chess: Anand outplays Vachier-Lagrave
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand scored a thumping victory over French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to jump to joint-second after the end of the sixth round in the Norway Chess tournament, which is a part of the Grand Chess Tour.
Paris enters race for 2024 Olympic Games hosting
Paris will be competing for the 2024 honours with cities including Boston, Hamburg and Rome, which lost out to Paris in the bidding contest when the French capital last got to host the games in 1924.
IOA chief Ramachandran slaps defamation notice on Batra
Indian Olympic Association chief N Ramachandran has slapped a defamation notice on Narinder Batra, demanding Rs 10 crore for allegedly damaging his reputation by his bribery allegations even as the Hockey India president dared the IOA boss to sue him in a court of law.
Borussia Dortmund's Guendogan now considering to stay on
Borussia Dortmund playmaker Ilkay Guendogan, who was set to leave the German club this summer, could stay on under new coach Thomas Tuchel, his agent said on Tuesday.
Bjorkman relishing partnership with 'perfectionist' Murray
Jonas Bjorkman, the deputy coach of Andy Murray, says that he is relishing his partnership with the British ace and is happy to be a part of his team.
He knew his team was doping...
Former Tour de France winner and Team Saxo manager Bjarne Riis knew about doping in his team but failed to act.
Check out golf's hottest rivalry: McIlroy and Spieth
Jordan Spieth won a US Open that put all four majors in the hands of golf's young guns, signalling a changing of the guard is complete.
Eugenie Bouchard sweats it out on the beach
Eugenie Bouchard arrives in Eastbourne, her final grass-court warm-up, having lost nine of her last 10 matches.
PHOTOS: The many moods of ladies at Royal Ascot...
Take a look at these ladies who put their best foot forward!
'Improving the current Real Madrid squad is immensely difficult'
It will be "immensely difficult" for Real Madrid to improve their squad but they still plan to make more signings in the close season, new coach Rafa Benitez said.
World anti-money laundering body deletes FIFA-related warning
A world anti-money laundering body has deleted all trace of an alert it issued last week warning that financial institutions had not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at FIFA.
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: England top Norway, US beat Colombia
England came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in a second round Women's World Cup game.
Kyrgios splits with coach before Wimbledon
Nick Kyrgios has split with a second coach in a year after deciding to part ways with Todd Larkham just days before the start of Wimbledon.
June 22, 2015
I hope to be fine for Wimbledon: Kvitova
Petra Kvitova will start the defence of her Wimbledon title next week with no competitive grasscourt practice after pulling out of the Aegon International at Eastbourne where she was top seed.
Inderjeet, Johnson win golds at Asian Athletics Grand Prix
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh and half-miler Jinson Johnson bagged a gold each as Indians won eight medals in the first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series in Bangkok, on Monday.
Villarreal agree to sell Argentine forward Vietto to Atletico
Villarreal have agreed to sell Argentine forward Luciano Vietto to Atletico Madrid, president Fernando Roig has said.
Baseball, softball on shortlist for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Bowling, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were also included among the final eight, whittled down by a committee from the original 26 sports which applied for inclusion earlier this month.
Women's World Cup: Dutch look to women's Messi for upset result
Netherlands will be hoping the teenager known as the Messi of women's football discovers her scoring touch as they seek an upset win over Japan at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Olympic champ Mary Kom celebrates International Yoga Day
Among the hoards of Yoga enthusiasts who marked International Yoga Day on Sunday was India's Olympic boxing champ Mary Kom.
Mauresmo, Bjorkman's flair perfectly compliment Murray's skill
Andy Murray says he is playing better than when he won Wimbledon in 2013 and after the last few weeks, it would be no surprise if he repeats that historic feat next month.
'India are not mere tourists at Hockey World League'
India captain Sardar Singh asserted that they have a lot to play for in the ongoing Hockey World League Semifinals.
US Open badminton: Manu-Sumeeth lose in final
Their dreams of a maiden Grand Prix gold title went up in smoke after the Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy suffered a straight-game loss in the final of the US Open badminton tournament in New York on Sunday.
Ferrari shoulder blame for Vettel's missed podium
"It was not a problem of the mechanics, it was our problem and we have to make sure we fix it"
Phelps is back! Solid. Stronger. A winner!
Michael Phelps executed a solid race to win the 200 metres individual medley at the Pro Swim Series meet in California on Sunday.
I am a candidate for FIFA presidency, Maradona reveals
In a private chat with friend and author, Victor Hugo Morales, the Argentine football great revealed his nomination for the presidency of the global football body
Norway Chess: Anand draws with Nakamura, stays joint third
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw as black against American Hikaru Nakamura to remained in joint third position after the end of the fifth round of Norway Chess 2015, a part of the Grand Chess Tour.
Bopanna-Mergea stumble on final hurdle in Halle
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea ended runners-up at the ATP Gerry Weber Open following a surprise straight set defeat at the hands of Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
Kerber claims first grasscourt title
Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Angelique Kerber claimed her first grasscourt title with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4) victory.
FIFA scandal: Banks did not do enough, says global agency
A global group of government anti-money-laundering agencies said that financial institutions have not done enough to police suspicious financial activity by officials at soccer's global governing body FIFA.
US Open: Golfer Jordan Spieth seals heart-stopping win
Masters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf's record books with a nerve-jangling, one-shot victory at the US Open on Sunday.
Copa America PHOTOS: Brazil sink Venezuela; Colombia held
Thiago Silva and Roberto Firmino scored either side of halftime to fire Brazil to a 2-1 win over Venezuela at the Copa America.
SHOCKING! Australia knock Brazil out of Women's World Cup
Brazil were knocked out of the Women's World Cup on Sunday after a surprise 1-0 defeat by Australia in the round of 16.
June 21, 2015
Murray outclasses Anderson to take fourth Queen's title
Britain's Andy Murray won the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club by dismantling big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 in a one-sided final.
Federer rules Halle for eighth time with win over Seppi
Roger Federer won the Halle Open for a record-extending eighth time on Sunday by beating Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6(1), 6-4 in a successful dress rehearsal on grass ahead of Wimbledon.
Rosberg gets the jump on Hamilton in Austria
Nico Rosberg won the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix for the second year in a row in a Mercedes one-two finish with team mate Lewis Hamilton on Sunday.
Paes-Nestor pair knocked out of Aegon Championships
Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor put up a stiff resistance before losing the semi-final of the Aegon Championships to the team of Nenad Zimonjic and Marcin Matkowski in Birmingham.
Liverpool lead the way in spreading Premier League gospel
Liverpool will cover most miles of any Premier League club in pre-season preparation.
Murray tricks Troicki to reach Queen's Club final
Andy Murray reached the final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Sunday by defeating Serbia's Viktor Troicki.
US Open: Day grabs lead; McIlroy frustrated
Jason Day wrote his name into US Open folklore on Saturday, grabbing a share of the third-round lead.
I lost motivation at Ferrari, reveals Alonso
Fernando Alonso has credited McLaren with restoring the motivation he lost after five years at Ferrari.
A memorable 100 for Messi!
Lionel Messi won his 100th Argentina cap when he started the Copa America Group B match against Jamaica on Saturday.
Here comes the ridiculously hot soccer dads
Unlike some young football players of his generation, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is a complete family man.
Copa America PHOTOS: Higuain gives Argentina win; Paraguay hold Uruguay
Paraguay drew 1-1 with Uruguay at the Copa America to go top of Group B, one point ahead of Argentina before the tournament favourites take on eliminated Jamaica later on Saturday.
FIFA Women's World Cup: Germany, China advance into quarters
Two time champions Germany and a resurgent China reached the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup.
Ramandeep's late goal clinches Indian men 3-2 win over France
Indian men's hockey team fired in a goal two minutes from the final hooter through Ramandeep Singh to pull off a 3-2 win over France and begin their FIH World League semi-finals campaign on a winning note in Antwerp.
June 20, 2015
Anderson powers into Queen's Club final
Kevin Anderson produced a devastating display of serving power to reach the final of the Aegon Championships with a 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3 defeat of gallant Frenchman Gilles Simon at Queen's Club on Saturday.
Indian women suffer 0-1 loss to Belgium in HWL semis
Indian women failed to capitalise on several openings and suffered a 0-1 loss to hosts Belgium in their opening match of the Hockey World League semi-finals in Antwerp.
Did IOA chief N Ramachandran offer money to win elections?
The infighting within the Indian Olympic Association took a sensational turn with Narinder Batra alleging that N Ramachandran camp offered him a huge sum of money in return for his support during the elections last year, a claim strongly rebutted by the incumbent IOA president.
Federer reaches Halle final after taming big-serving Karlovic
World number two Roger Federer edged past Ivo Karlovic 7-6(3), 7-6(4) on Saturday to reach the Halle Open final and stay on course for his eighth title in the grasscourt Wimbledon warmup event.
Praneeth, Jwala-Ashwini, Manu-Sumeeth reach semis of US Open
India's men singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth alongwith two other doubles pairs advanced to the semi-finals of the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
Hamilton makes it a year of Mercedes poles
Lewis Hamilton seized pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday in a damp qualifying session that saw both the Formula One world champion and his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg skid off on their final laps.
India will win 10 plus medals at Rio Olympics: Sonowal
The Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is confident that India's medal tally in next year's Rio Olympic Games will go up to 10 plus from six medals, which the country's athletes bagged at London Olympics in 2012.
Olympic medallist Sushil faces tough trial to qualify for Worlds
Amidst the dilemma of double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav fighting each other for a place in the World Championships, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has decided to hold selection trials of the senior grapplers on July 6-7.
India's Lahiri, Kapur fail to make the cut at US Open
The Indian duo of Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur made an early exit after missing the halfway cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington.
Olympic champ Farah denies doping, says missed tests 'simple mistakes'
Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs and said rumours and speculation over his career after the revelation that he missed two drugs tests "are completely false".
Woods in major trouble, misses US Open cut
After opening with a 10-over 80, the former world number one's fate had appeared sealed and the 39-year-old made it official with an equally uninspiring second-round 76 to set another shocking career low.
June 19, 2015
Karlovic hits record 45 aces for spot in Halle semis
Croatian Ivo Karlovic hit a record 45 aces en route to beating third seed Tomas Berdych and reach the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday.
Switzerland may tighten anti-money laundering rules
Switzerland may tighten its anti-money laundering laws after a report by a government-appointed group found the country was still subject to financial crime.
Vettel quickest in Austrian GP practice
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was first and last in Austrian Grand Prix practice on a Friday that team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will not forget in a hurry after nearly being run over by Felipe Massa.
Alonso faces time penalties as well as grid drop
McLaren's Fernando Alonso faces a time penalty in Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix as well as starting from the back of the grid as a result of exceeding his engine allocation for the season.
US Open GP Gold badminton: Praneeth in quarters; Jwala-Ashwini advance
It was a day of mixed fortunes for India's badminton players at the $120,000
World League Semifinals: Expect the unexpected from pressure-free India
- 'I hope our training on creating early pressure will be evident when we go into the competition'
Here's what Murray craves when he's home in the UK
World No 3 Andy Murray, who is enjoying his long stay at home, has been relying on fresh yoghurt and treacle, as he prepares for Wimbledon.
Muslim gymnast criticised for wearing 'revealing' leotard
Muslim gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, of Malaysia was criticised for wearing revealing leotard.
Champion sprinter Mo Farah missed drug tests before London Olympics?
Jessica Ennis-Hill's top Olympic coach Toni Minichiello has blasted Mo Farah for missing drugs tests prior to the 2012 London Olympics.
Norway Chess: Anand settles for another draw
Viswanathan Anand's hunt for the elusive victory continued as he was again held to a draw by Alexander Grischuk.
F1 is letting down fans and drivers, warns Webber
'I think we're disappointed with it as F1 fans...All the drivers that I'm talking with, we're disappointed with what's going on with the cars, the lap times, it's just not stimulating for the drivers'
Germany's efforts to make cycling dope-free
Cycling without doping is an illusion, says the country's top cyclist John Degenkolb
Check out the Colombian hero who sank Brazil
Jeison Murillo became Colombia's unlikely hero, scoring his first international goal to give his side a 1-0 victory over Brazil.
For Serena Slam, there will have to be no lapses from Williams
'Even though she's still playing arguably her best tennis, you have to wonder at a certain point how long that can keep up.'
US Open golf: Woods sinks to bottom; Johnson, Stenson share lead
Tiger Woods sank to the bottom of the US Open leaderboard after an opening round 10-over 80 on Thursday, but vowed to fight on and return to the top.
Queen's Club: Paes-Nestor sail into semifinal
legend Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor disposed off the challenge of Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal in straight sets to progress to the semifinals of the ATP Aegon Championships.
Copa America PHOTOS: Peru beat Venezuela, Group C all square
Peru beat 10-man Venezuela 1-0 at the Copa America on Thursday.
Brazil's Neymar receives provisional one-match ban
Brazil's Neymar and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca have been provisionally suspended for one match.
June 18, 2015
Three Indian shuttlers in pre-quarters of US Open GP Gold
Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, R M V Gurusaidutt and Sai Praneeth entered the pre-quarterfinals of the men's singles event at the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after victories over their respective opponents.
Murray stays on course for fourth Queen's title
Andy Murray eased past Fernando Verdasco at the Aegon Championships on Thursday but an expected quarter-final showdown with the man who beat him at Wimbledon last year was scuppered by Luxembourg left-hander Gilles Muller.
Sania-Dellacqua suffer 1st round defeat in Birmingham
Playing with new partner Casey Dellacqua in the absence of Martina Hingis, India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the WTA Aegon Classic following a straight set defeat in Birmingham.
India third in global doping report for 2013 by WADA
India may be considered a sporting minnow but in terms of doping by its athletes, it has been ranked third behind Russia and Turkey in a World Anti-Doping Agency Report for 2013 with as many as 91 from the country testing positive for banned substances in that year.
Norway Chess: Giri forces Anand into second straight draw
Former World champion Viswanathan Anand pushed yet again but could not break the solid defences of Anish Giri of Holland and had to settle for a second straight draw in the Norway chess tournament, a part of the Grand Chess tour.
Rankings: Saina retains No 2 spot; Prannoy rises to No 12
Indian shuttler HS Prannoy grabbed his career-best world number 12 spot.
Has the Big Four become Big Five now?
Stanislas Wawrinka should stop being so modest and put himself on a par with the so-called Big Four.
World Muslim body lends support to Qatar over WC 2022
The world's largest Muslim organisation has thrown its weight behind Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
This time boxer Mary Kom gets in the ring for Yoga event
Indian Olympic medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be the chief guest for the Yoga event.
Sabine Lisicki fires record 27 aces!
The 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki set a new world record.
With tears in his eyes, soccer star Vidal asks for forgiveness
Choking back tears, midfielder Arturo Vidal made a public apology for crashing his Ferrari.
FIFA Women's WC: Europeans rule the roost
England and France qualified in style for the last 16 of the women's World Cup.
'Referees need to show Neymar more respect'
Brazil coach Dunga launched a stinging attack on referee Enrique Osses after the Chilean whistler sent Neymar off.
Copa America PHOTOS: Neymar sent off as Colombia shock Brazil
A first-half goal from Jeison Murillo gave Colombia a 1-0 win over Brazil at the Copa America.
June 17, 2015
Wawrinka stopped in his tracks by Anderson bombardment
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was scythed back to earth by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on the Queen's Club grass as the Swiss bowed out of the Aegon Championships 7-6(4), 7-6(11) on Wednesday.
Azarenka injures foot, Ivanovic loses in Birmingham
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka was forced out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham with a foot injury on Wednesday shortly after defending champion Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock defeat.
FIFA ethics chief says probing soccer officials over World Cup bids
The chief ethics investigator of FIFA said on Wednesday he is conducting several proceedings against unnamed football officials based on initial findings from an investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
Paes tastes victory at Queen's on 42nd birthday
Leander Paes celebrated his 42nd birthday by making it to the men's doubles quarter-finals of the ATP Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, on Wednesday.
Chennaiyin FC retain Elano as marquee player
Elano, who turned 34 on Sunday, will join Chennaiyin FC on loan from Brazilian club Santos for the 2015 Hero ISL.
Neymar named in fraud lawsuit linked to Barca transfer
A Spanish judge has accepted a legal complaint filed by Brazilian investment fund DIS that alleges it was the victim of a fraud perpetrated in Barcelona's signing of forward Neymar from Santos.
EPL 2015-16: Manchester Utd v Tottenham pick of opening day matches
Champions Chelsea begin title defence at home to Swansea City, while runners-up Manchester City kick-off at West Bromwich Albion
Serbia to face Brazil in U-20 World Cup final
Ivan Saponjic scored from a header in extra-time to give Serbia a 2-1 victory over Mali in the under-20 World Cup on Wednesday and set up a final against Brazil, who demolished a 10-man Senegal 5-0, two of those goals coming from Marcos Guilherme.
Michelin enter bidding for F1 tyre contract
Michelin have made a bid to supply tyres to Formula One from 2017, providing the sport agrees to them being bigger and longer-lasting.
Boxing India claims ignorance about AIBA's ad-hoc committee
The state units affiliated to Boxing India on Wednesday claimed ignorance about the International Boxing Association's decision to constitute an ad-hoc committee for administrating the sport in India, even as it planned to write to AIBA about proposing a date for conducting its elections.
Nadal positive despite Queen's setback
"There is nothing very negative. I won a tournament last week. This week I lost an opportunity, but, my feeling, my thoughts are no different today than yesterday.
Bopanna-Mergea reach quarters in Halle
The second seeds defeated Czech-Ukrainian duo Luka Rosol and Sergiy Stakhovsky 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
AIBA forms ad-hoc committee to manage Indian boxing
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Wednesday constituted a five-member ad-hoc committee for finding a group which would organize and administrate the sport in India.
Women's World Cup: US top 'group of death' after Wambach's goal record
Having escaped the 'group of death', it is now do-or-die for the United States and Australia after advancing to the knockout round of the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Warriors beat Cavaliers to clinch NBA title
The Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 on Tuesday to win the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.
PHOTOS: Drama at Copa America as Messi embroiled in confrontation
In the other match of the night, Jamaica 'keeper blunder hands Paraguay 1-0 win
June 16, 2015
Nadal crashes out to Dolgopolov at Queen's
Rafa Nadal's return to form was stopped in its tracks when he lost his opening match at the Aegon Championships to Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 on Tuesday.
New Milan coach Mihajlovic out to prove his worth on big stage
New AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is known for his hot temper and iron will and fans will hope those traits inspire rather than alienate his players as he bids to turn around the fortunes of Italy's fallen giants.
Number of goals never matters, says Chhetri, after notching 50!
The prolific striker became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals, in his 87th match, when he reduced the margin in the dying minutes as India went down 1-2 to Guam in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Mihajlovic replaces Inzaghi as AC Milan manager
AC Milan dismissed manager Filippo Inzaghi on Tuesday after a disappointing season in which the side finished 10th in Serie A and failed to qualify for Europe.
Ex-FIFA official Blazer's 2013 plea agreement made public
US prosecutors on Monday made public their 2013 plea agreement with Chuck Blazer, revealing that the former FIFA executive committee member had been secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt.
FIFA WC qualifiers: Tiny Guam slay 'sleeping giants' India
India suffered yet another defeat in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
PHOTOS: The sensational Maria Sharapova off the court!
As the world No 2 women's player focuses on the next big Grand Slam, Wimbledon, Rediff.com takes readers through her glamorous life via her instagram posts.
EXPOSED! FIFA scandal stinks up the Caribbean
'There is a Jack Warner or two in every Caribbean parliament today.'
Women's World Cup PHOTOS: Of dubious decisions and sideline showdowns
the game that made most news on the night was the drawn match between New Zealand and China.
Croatia face UEFA hearing after swastika incident
Croatia are to face a disciplinary hearing over their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy during which a swastika cross was imprinted on to the pitch. Mallya's Force India pinning hopes on Hulkenberg
Force India are hoping Nico Hulkenberg's triumph at the Le Mans 24 Hours race will have a knock-on effect for them at next weekend's Austrian Formula One Grand Prix.
Copa America PHOTOS: Chile draw 3-3 with Mexico in thriller
Mexican striker Matias Vuoso and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal both scored twice in a game that roared from end to end and never let up in intensity.
Bad light halts Dimitrov match; Hewitt plays last match at Queen's
Photos from the Queen's Club tennis tournament played in London on Monday
This 'Hope' is not 'Solo'
American soccer star Hope Solo remains a controversial figure off the field.
June 15, 2015
Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn and stand again
Sepp Blatter could still perform a U-turn on his promise to stand down as FIFA president, a former adviser said on Monday, while FIFA did not directly deny the possibility.
Can the Glazers lose their public enemy tag at Manchester United?
The Glazers are unlikely to ever be liked, let alone loved, by fans of Manchester United. The fiercely private American family that bought the famous English soccer club 10 years ago has been widely depicted by the team's fans and the British media as seeking to bleed the club dry after leveraging it up with debt.
FIFA Women's World Cup reach exciting stage
The Round of 16 at the 2015 Women's World Cup is taking shape.
5 Most bizarre sports accidents!
Following the horrific collision during a Twenty20 match left two Surrey fielders injured, Rediff.com looks at the bizarre world of sports that can sometimes present unique oddities.
FIFA scam: Morocco denies bribe allegations over 1998 World Cup bid
US authorities are investigating corruption at FIFA, soccer's global governing body, while Swiss prosecutors have announced their own criminal inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 bids awarded, respectively, to Russia and Qatar.
The grass is finally looking greener for sharp Nadal
"At this point of the season for me, every victory is important, every title means a lot to me. This is not confidence for Wimbledon, this is an important victory for me and I'm happy for that today.
He's got the skills!
Neymar exhibits terrific skill.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Rooney closes in all England goal record
Photos from the Euro 2016 qualifying matches played on Sunday.
Copa America PHOTOS: Neymar stars for Brazil; Venezuela stun Colombia
Substitute Costa slipped the ball past the keeper from close range in the 48th minute of the second half to break the deadlock and extend Brazil's winning run to 11 matches.
June 14, 2015
Dhoni motivates junior women hockey players
India's junior female hockey players were in for a surprise as the country's ODI cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni met them.
Nadal looks unstoppable on grass; claims Stuttgart title
Rafael Nadal claimed his first grasscourt title for five years.
Rohan Bopanna is just loving the grass!
Rohan Bopanna has already bagged four ATP doubles titles in 2015, the maximum by a player in 2015.
Bopanna-Mergea win 2nd title of season in Stuttgart
India's Rohan Bopanna and Romania's Florin Mergea won their second title of the season together.
Jet-lagged India looking to adapt well before World Cup qualifier
The team spent some 16 hours on the flight and landed in Guam 27 hours after leaving Bengaluru on June 12. They had their first training session on Sunday afternoon at the Guam FA Stadium.
Too young to get learner's licence but he drives like a champ!
Australian 14-year-old becomes the youngest V8 winner.
FIH World League: India lose to Belgium in practice game
The Indian men's hockey team went down fighting 1-2 to hosts Belgium in their second practice match on Saturday, ahead of the Fintro FIH World League Semi-Finals which will get underway in Antwerp from June 20.
India hockey player Yuvraj Walmiki's dream to be realised soon
"I am fortunate to be part of this important tournament and it becomes more special as I will be playing along with my brother Devindar Walmiki. This is like a dream come true as we always spoke about representing the country together and this dream is soon to get realised."
Nadal reaches first grasscourt final since 2011
Nadal, whose last grasscourt final came at Wimbledon in 2011, has dropped to 10th in the ATP rankings after a difficult year in which he has won only a single title.
Bopanna-Mergea squeeze into Mercedes Cup final
The Indo-Romanian pair won 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7 over the second seeded Polish-Serbian combination win in the super tie-breaker in a battle that lasted just over one hour.
Women's World Cup: Brazil qualify for knockouts; France shocked
Brazil became the second team to qualify for the knockout round of the women's World Cup on Saturday and England picked up a big win, but France suffered a shock defeat that could make their life at the tournament tougher.
Euro qualifiers PHOTOS: Ronaldo tricks for 10-man Portugal; Germany win
Schuerrle hits treble for the world champs; Lewandowski helps Poland thrash Georgia
Baffled Bolt wins 200 in sluggish time
A baffled Usain Bolt ran his worst turn ever as he barely won the 200 metres at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in a sluggish 20.29 seconds on a warm, windy day at Randall's Island in New York, on Saturday.
June 13, 2015
Meet the first ever European Games gold medallist
Switzerland's Jolanda Neff won the first ever European Games gold medal when she triumphed in the women's Mountain Bike.
Beckham set to cameo in ' King Arthur'
Former England star footballer David Beckham has reportedly landed a cameo role of 'Blackleg leader' in Guy Ritchie's new upcoming movie, Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Now, a Shariah-compliant uniform to help Muslim girls play basketball
A team of US-based Muslim girls has come up Shariah-compliant uniform to play basketball.
European Games organisers prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment
The Azeri organisers of the European Games are prepared for anti-Armenian sentiment.
US probes Nike payments under Brazil football deal
US authorities are examining payments made by Nike Inc under a 1996 football sponsorship deal with Brazil.
Anderson, Lampard get OBE in Queen's birthday honours
English cricket's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson and former England football midfielder Frank Lampard were given the OBE.
Check out the surprise guest at European Games opening ceremony...
Pop star Lady Gaga sang John Lennon's Imagine sitting at a flower-covered piano as the inaugural European Games.
FIFA Women's WC: Switzerland thrash Ecuador; Japan motor on
Switzerland earned a record-tying 10-1 triumph over Ecuador on Friday for their first ever Women's World Cup victory Switzerland earned a record-tying 10-1 triumph over Ecuador on Friday for their first ever Women's World Cup victory.
Euro qualifiers: Bale goal gives Wales precious win over Belgium
A summary of the Euro 2016 qualifying group matches, played on Friday.
Copa America: Mexico, Bolivia booed off after goalless draw
Mexico and Bolivia were booed off the pitch after playing out a drab goalless draw in their opening match of the Copa America on Friday, leaving hosts Chile top of Group A after the first round of matches.
June 12, 2015
Dutchman Depay signs four-year deal with Manchester United
Manchester United have completed the signing of PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay on a four-year contract, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Arsenal charged by FA over Chambers transfer
The charge relates to the Premier League club's signing of young Southampton defender Calum Chambers for around 16 million pounds ($24.8 million) last year.
Rumours about Milan? It's the media blowing it up: Ibrahimovic
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not about to leave Paris St Germain and return to AC Milan despite his good relationship with the Italian club's CEO Adriano Galliani, he said on Friday.
Liverpool add to their purchases with the signing of goalkeeper Bogdan
Liverpool have signed Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a free transfer, the Premier League club said on Friday.
Paes unavailable for Davis Cup tie vs New Zealand
In Paes's absence, seasoned Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni will do the doubles duty in the July 17-19 tie, to be held in Christchurch.
Interpol suspends 'sports integrity' agreement with FIFA
Interpol is suspending its 'sports integrity' agreement with FIFA in light of the ongoing investigations .
Fun and games: Murray fails at NBA half-court challenge, Bale trumps
The half court challenge allows a player five attempts to make a basket from a distance of 47ft (half court).
2020 Tokyo Games: Tug of war, bridge bidding for Olympic place
Tug of war, sumo wrestling, surfing and frisbee throwing are among 26 sports leading the charge for an Olympic place.
Friendly: Stunning Fabregas gives Spain win over Costa Rica
Cesc Fabregas struck the winner as an experimental Spain side came from behind to beat Costa Rica 2-1.
This is awesome! FIFA videogames will feature women's teams
FIFA and official licensee Electronic Arts will feature 12 Women's national football teams for the first time in the game's history.
2018 World Cup qualifier: Guam record first win; Philippines upset Bahrain
Tiny Guam beat Turkmenistan 1-0 to record their first ever World Cup qualifying victory.
Beijing sprint 'explosion': Bolt says will silence Gatlin
Usain Bolt says he is not yet ready for a duel with Justin Gatlin.
How Asian women are causing upsets at the FIFA World Cup
A delicate stoppage time winner from Wang Lisi lifted China to a 1-0 victory.
Copa America PHOTOS: Vidal and Vargas lead Chile to victory
Second-half goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas gave hosts Chile a 2-0 victory over Ecuador.
Top official leaves FIFA; EU urges Blatter to go NOW!
FIFA's director of communications Walter de Gregorio is to resign after making a joke on television.
PHOTOS: Amid fireworks and razzmatazz, Copa America kicks off
South America's top football competition kicked off on Thursday amid fireworks and razzmatazz.
June 11, 2015
Nadal battles past Baghdatis in Stuttgart
Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafa Nadal kicked off his grasscourt season with a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-2 defeat of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Thursday.
World Cup preliminary qualifiers: India go down 1-2 against Oman
An inexperienced Indian football side gave a good fight before going down 1-2 against Oman in the home leg match of the 2018 World Cup Preliminary Qualification round in Bangalore on Thursday.
'We've game-changers in this England team and have made strides'
England goalkeeper Joe Hart believes England now have a squad of "game-changers" and will qualify for next year's European Championship in France playing exciting football.
Court denies appeal; Messi to face trial over alleged tax fraud
Lionel Messi will face trial for tax evasion after a Spanish high court rejected his latest appeal.
World Badminton Rankings: Kashyap rises to No 10, Saina No 2
Parupalli Kashyap regained his place inside the top 10 in the latest BWF's world ranking, release on Thurday.
I'm that guy everybody wants to pretend never lived: Armstrong
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies.
FIFA corruption scandal takes shine off Copa America
Copa America kicks off in Chile on Thursday as a widening US-led investigation lifts the lid on rampant corruption among the sport's top officials.
Rivalries, rankings and Olympics offer Women's PGA subplots
Winning a major is its own reward, but rivalries, rankings and next year's Rio Olympics were also on the mind of contenders at the Women's PGA Championship.
Baseball, softball apply for Tokyo 2020 Olympics inclusion
Baseball and softball officially applied for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday as they look to earn back their spot in the Games they lost after 2008.
FIFA Women's WC: Opens with brilliance, blowouts and mismatches
The Women's World Cup stopped to take a breath on Wednesday following an opening round of games that produced a little bit of everything.
Sharapova is the highest-paid female athlete... yet again!
Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova yet again rules the Forbes' list of highest-paid female athletes.
PHOTOS: The growing popularity of women's football...
Global television audiences for the Women's World Cup in Canada bounced sharply higher in the opening days of the tournament and merchandise flew off the shelves, underscoring the growing popularity of the beautiful game.
Take a look at the FIFA that Blatter built
Under Blatter, FIFA has handed its development money out strategically. Members of FIFA with only tiny populations have often received as much in grant money as those with massive populations.
Scandal hit FIFA suspends bidding for 2026 World Cup
Scandal-plagued FIFA postponed the bidding for the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
FC Goa's coach Zico launches FIFA presidency bid
Brazilian soccer great Zico formally declared his candidacy for the FIFA presidency on Wednesday but admitted there would probably need to be a change of rules in order to make his run viable.
Euro 2016 qualifier: Dutch success now anything but guaranteed
Victory for the Netherlands in Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Latvia would have been seen as practically guaranteed after a successful World Cup in Brazil but a faltering qualifying campaign has precipitated a confidence crisis.
June 10, 2015
Topshelf Open: Paes, Nestor bow out in quarters
The second seed pair of Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor suffered a shock quarter-final defeat against the French pair of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to crash out of the ATP Topshelf Open in 's-Hertogenbosch.
'Tevez would be a perfect signing considering how Atletico play'
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez would be a perfect fit for Atletico Madrid and the La Liga club are in talks with the Argentine's agents, coach Diego Simeone has said.
Bopanna-Mergea in quarters of Mercedes Cup
The fourth seed Indo-Romanian pair needed 70 minutes to get the better of the 2014 US Open champions Marin Cilic of Croatia and Frank Moser of Germany 6-3, 7-6(10).
China FA create race-based World Cup qualifier poster
The Chinese Football Association has drawn criticism for publishing a promotional poster that warns not to underestimate Hong Kong's team of "black, white and yellow" players ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.
Mondal to lead India against Oman in World Cup qualifier
FIFA official Valcke hits back over $10 mln transactions
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke Valcke on Wednesday dismissed allegations of wrongdoing over $10 million in bank transactions that are under investigation by U.S. authorities.
Russia sees no threat to World Cup, Valcke says plans on track
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday he saw no threat to Russia hosting the World Cup in 2018 and that its successful bid to host the tournament was in line with the law.
FIFA to elect Blatter's successor in December?
Last week, Domenico Scala, head of FIFA's audit and compliance committee and the man responsible for overseeing the election, said it could take place any time between December and March.
Paes splits with doubles partner Klassen ahead of Wimbledon
Eight-time Grand Slam winner Paes has now joined forces with Canadian doubles specialist Daniel Nestor while Klassen's coach Stefan de Kock revealed that the South African would now pair up with American Rajeev Ram.
LeBron steers Cavs past Warriors to inch closer to NBA title
The league's reigning Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry had a horrible start to the game for Golden State but used a strong fourth quarter to finish with a team-high 27 points.
FIFA to hold extraordinary exco in July to discuss election dates
FIFA will hold an extraordinary executive committee meeting in July to discuss dates for the presidential election which will choose a replacement for Sepp Blatter, soccer's governing body said on Wednesday.
Argentinian Burzaco, wanted in FIFA scandal, surrenders in Italy
US prosecutors say Burzaco, 50, along with Hugo Jinkis, 70, and his son Mariano Jinkis, 40, conspired to win and keep lucrative media rights contracts from regional football federations by paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes.
Women's FIFA World Cup: Brazil's Marta breaks goal record
Marta became the all-time leading scorer at the women's World Cup on Tuesday as Brazil vaulted to the top of Group E with a 2-0 win over South Korea, while Eugenie Le Sommer's superb long-range strike gave France victory over England.
June 09, 2015
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique agrees contract extension
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has ended uncertainty over his future by agreeing a one-year contract extension with the Spanish and European champions until the end of the 2016-17 season.
Alves agrees two-year Barca contract extension
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has agreed a two-year contract extension to the end of the 2016-17 season with an option for a further year, the Spanish and European champions said on Tuesday.
Juventus sign Germany's Khedira from Real Madrid
Juventus moved to strengthen their midfield by signing Germany international and World Cup winner Sami Khedira from Real Madrid on a free transfer, the Italian champions said.
FC Goa sign Lucio as marquee player; Mumbai retain Anelka
Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, popularly known as Lucio, has signed up with FC Goa as a marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League. Brazil's World Cup winner Lucio signs up for ISL
Lucimar Ferreira da Silva, popularly known as Lucio, has signed up with FC Goa as a marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League.
England lack passion and character, says Gascoigne
Former England hero Paul Gascoigne has said the current team under Roy Hodgson lack the passion he was famous for, and that he cannot bear to watch much football these days because he misses playing so much.
IOC still concerned about water pollution in Rio
'We are approaching major test events in August and we all need to see progress in this regard.'
Now, Mary Kom as animated superhero!
"While we have a Manipuri tinge by capturing the fiction life of a young Mary Kom while in school, we will have other characters with a more neutral tone in order to appeal to the global audience," producer Ashish S Kulkarni said.
Steenkamp's parents slam decision to release Pistorius on parole
The parents of deceased South African model Reeva Steenkamp have slammed the decision to grant convicted Oscar Pistorius parole in August, saying '10-month imprisonment is simply not enough for taking a life'.
Australia will not bid for FIFA events until change
Australia has shelved its bid for the 2023 Women's World Cup pending an "overhaul" of FIFA as the global football governing body reels from a corruption scandal.
PHOTOS: African teams stamp their class at the FIFA Women's World Cup
Cameroon overpower Ecuador; Nigeria score late to draw with Sweden
IOC's Bach warns FIFA of 'painful' reforms
"We can only encourage FIFA to continue (with) the reforms which have been initiated, we cannot give detailed advice of what to do but we appreciate there is a readiness for reforms".
Tiger's getting into the 'swing' of things
"I'm very proud of the fact that I stuck with my game plan ... and I was finally able to hit the shots on Sunday that we've been looking for.
Out of Federer's shadow, Wawrinka scripts own legacy
Bikash Mohapatra traces the rise of the Swiss, first man to win multiple Slams in the 'Big Four' era.
Wawrinka's backhand bullets burst Big Four's bubble
Stanislas Wawrinka and his wondrous one-handed backhand managed to pull off a feat no man outside tennis's Big Four had achieved in the past 40 Grand Slams -- to win two major titles
June 08, 2015
It's official: Germany named 'Die Mannschaft'
Germany on Monday launched their new logo, including the use of term 'die Mannschaft', in an effort to increase international branding of the hugely popular World Cup winners.
PHOTOS: Treble-winners Barca on top of the world!
Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations.
Pistorius to be released on parole in August
South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to be released from prison on parole in August after serving 10 months for culpable homicide in the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a family member said.
Wawrinka in top-5, Nadal drops to 10!
French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka has moved up five places to number four in the official ATP world rankings released on Monday.
'Nervous' Wawrinka surprised at French Open win
Stanislas Wawrinka was still struggling to digest the fact that he had won a second grand slam title, and did it by overcoming a player who had until Sunday, been unbeatable on clay in 2015.
Coach Luis Enrique to stay, asserts Barcelona president
His season has been 10 out of 10 and there is no reason to break the contract, says Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Liverpool sign striker Ings from Burnley
"Liverpool FC are delighted to announce that they have agreed personal terms with Danny Ings and, subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired," the club said on their website (www.liverpoolfc.com).
NBA: Cavs pushed to OT but beat Warriors in Game Two
Iniesta to miss Spain's Euro qualifier with Belarus
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will missSpain's Euro 2016 qualifier in Belarus due to injury, it has been confirmed on the national team's website on Sunday.
Brazil extend winning run to nine with win over Mexico
A week before they kick off their Copa America campaign against Peru, Brazil dominated a poor warm up match though there was a moment of brilliant by Philippe Coutino when they opened the scoring after 27 minutes.
Wawrinka's crazy shorts to go right where they belong... in the museum
'Everybody talks about those shorts since I put them on. Apparently I'm the only one who likes it'
Unheralded Lingmerth wins Memorial in playoff with Rose
Swede David Lingmerth, ranked 212th in the world, took down Justin Rose in a playoff to claim the Memorial Tournament.
This lady has set out to become 1st to row across Pacific alone
An American began a 6,000-mile (9,656-km) voyage on Sunday in Japan, attempting to become the third person and the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean by herself in a rowboat.
FIFA's Warner sought money, citing influence in World Cup selection
The former head of Egypt's football federation said on Sunday that ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner asked for $7 million from Egypt.
Barcelona sign Sevilla's Aleix Vidal
Sevilla midfielder Aleix Vidal will join treble winners Barcelona.
F1 Pitlane Tales: Alonso vents frustration with 'amateur' jibe
Fernando Alonso warned McLaren they were making him look like an amateur.
Fellaini nets double as Belgium humble France
Marouane Fellaini played chief tormentor as France suffered a 4-3 home defeat in a home friendly against Belgium on Sunday.
Women's World Cup: Germany thrash Ivory Coast
Germany announced their arrival at the FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday by handing out a near-record 10-0 thrashing to Ivory Coast.
French Open Sidelights: Why the fans must be educated!
The French Open crowds must be educated in order to avoid a repeat of the boos directed at Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.
Hamilton savours Canada win after Monaco blow
Lewis Hamilton put Monaco misery behind him on Sunday with a controlled Canadian Grand Prix victory.
How Wawrinka dashed Djokovic's Paris dream...
As his blazing backhand skidded off from inside the baseline, Stanislas Wawrinka sent his racket rocketing skywards after dashing Novak Djokovic's French Open dreams with a victory barely anyone expected on Sunday.
Juve upbeat despite record sixth European Cup final loss
Juventus may have become the only club to lose six European Cup finals but they took heart from pushing Barcelona to the limit in Saturday's riveting final and restoring the honour of Italian football, coach Massimiliano Allegri said.
Hamilton wins in Canada after Monaco blow
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday in a Mercedes one-two with title rival Nico Rosberg.
Safarova teams up with Mattek-Sands to win French Open doubles
Lucie Safarova made sure she left Roland Garros with at least one winner's trophy after the Czech left-hander and Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the women's doubles title on Sunday.
June 07, 2015
Russia, Qatar could lose World Cups'
Russia and Qatar could be stripped of their World Cup hosting rights if evidence emerges of bribery in the bidding process, Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, told a Swiss newspaper.
Inspired Wawrinka tames Djokovic to win French Open
There were no jeers this time as Swiss Stan Wawrinka defied the odds to win the French Open with a courageous 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory over world number one Novak Djokovic in an enthralling final on Sunday.
'Football will never change, it will always be about winning'
Jose Mourinho believes football is only about winning and that managers who favour a possession-dominated beautiful game and neglect steely defence and lethal counter-attacking are "stupid".
Barcelona's new direct play does the trick in second treble
Winning goals from Luis Suarez and Neymar on the counter-attack to sink Juventus in the Champions League final encapsulated the new direct play from Barcelona that saw them become the first European side to win the treble for the second time.
Todt says FIA faces no risk of corruption
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) is in no danger of suffering the sort of corruption scandal currently engulfing world soccer governing body FIFA, its president Jean Todt said on Saturday.
'I have got a Serena-Slam and am excited to be close to another'
Serena Williams is a five-times Wimbledon champion but the American has surprisingly declared that she has "never really liked grass".
'There is nothing confirmed, my goal is to enjoy the moment'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique declined to say if he will still be at the helm next season after leading them to a treble in his first season including Saturday's Champions League triumph over Juventus.
I can't ask for any more, to leave this way is perfect: Xavi
Xavi brought his glittering Barcelona career to a fitting and emotional end when he hoisted aloft the European Cup following a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.
Barca beat Juve 3-1 in classic for fifth European crown
Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 to claim the Champions League title on Saturday thanks to goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar in an entertaining final at the Olympic Stadium.
No stopping Serena as she hoists 20th major trophy
Nothing, absolutely nothing could stop Serena Williams from completing the magnificent TWO-O on Saturday and the American joyously bounced around as she hoisted a Grand Slam singles trophy for the 20th time with victory at the French Open.
Hamilton beats Rosberg to pole in Montreal
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg qualifying alongside him on the front row.
June 06, 2015
Williams claims 20th Grand Slam with French Open win
World number one Serena Williams survived a mid-match meltdown to beat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 to win the French Open on Saturday, her 20th Grand Slam singles trophy.
Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final
The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin's Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people's minds.
Murray's honeymoon on clay ended by Djokovic
With his glinting gold wedding band looped around the black laces of left shoe, Andy Murray had been an unstoppable force on clay this season.
Paddlers Ghosh-Desai finish runners-up in Australia
Third seeded Indian pair of Harmeet Desai and Soumyajit Ghosh went down in the doubles final of the GAC Group ITTF World Tour Australian Open table tennis tournament in Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday.
FIFA unable to protect itself now, says ex-investigator
According to him, the US-led investigations into corruption at FIFA had pierced the veil of secrecy that protected football's top power-brokers and more dominoes could be expected, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Djokovic downs Murray to reach French Open final
World number one Novak Djokovic rediscovered a ruthless streak when it mattered most to stay on course for a career slam with a nail-biting 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 win over Andy Murray to reach the French Open final on Saturday.
Ireland's FA says Sepp Blatter mockery a factor in payout
FIFA President Sepp Blatter's public mockery of a confidential Irish request to be added as the 33rd team in the 2010 World Cup helped trigger a controversial 5 million euro payout, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said on Friday.
Hamilton crashes but still quickest in Canada
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton crashed into the tyre wall but still stayed top of the timesheets after a rain-lashed Canadian Grand Prix practice on Friday.
Blatter will be arrested and forced out of FIFA soon, claims FA chief
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes that Sepp Blatter will be arrested and forced out of Fifa within a "couple of months".
U-20 World Cup: Portugal, Serbia sail into quarters
Portugal charged into the knockout rounds of the under-20 World Cup on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat of Colombia while Serbia also advanced after sending Mexico crashing out of the tournament.
Sanchez misses goals galore but Chile beat El Salvador 1-0 in friendly
Jorge Valdivia steered home a cross from Jean Beausejour in the 13th minute to give the Chileans the victory in a match in Rancagua that they dominated throughout.
Thai businessman to buy stake in Berlusconi's AC Milan
Silvio Berlusconi has approved a deal to sell 48 percent of soccer club AC Milan to a group led by Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol, a historic change for the team which the former Italian prime minister has owned since the 1980s.
US fight back to stun Dutch 4-3 in football friendly
It was the first time the US had beaten the Dutch whose defeat continued a run of mediocre results since they came third at last year's World Cup. It will also heap the pressure on them ahead of next week's vital Euro 2016 qualifier away to Latvia.
Wawrinka faces boos after beating local boy Tsonga
As if playing Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in the French Open final was not a tough enough task, Stan Wawrinka will probably have to deal with a hostile Roland Garros crowd on Sunday.
Champions League final: Barca not getting carried away
'We will need to have a good day to get past a rival of this magnitude'
Indian shuttler Kashyap knocked out of Indonesian Open
The Indian, who defeated world number one Chen Long in the quarter-finals on Friday, lost 21-12, 17-21, 19-21 in a draining battle which lasted an hour and 11 minutes.
FIFA hires ex-US prosecutor as defendant in bribery probe
World soccer's governing body FIFA has hired a former New York prosecutor to represent it as senior officials face bribery and corruption charges in a US court, a person familiar with the matter said.
India to strongly protest denial of visa to archers: AAI president
Archery Association of India (AAI) president VK Malhotra on Friday said India will strongly protest the denial of visas to 19 Indian archers who were scheduled to leave for the US tomorrow to participate in the World Youth Archery Championships in Yankton, South Dakota.
June 05, 2015
U-20 World Cup: Ghana shock powerhouse Argentina
champions Argentina have suffered an ignominious early exit from the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Can Serena brave through illness to claim French Open crown?
World No 1 Williams, 33, could not practise on Friday, still suffering from an illness that left her coughing and spluttering during her three-set semi-final win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky.
Did SA bribe FIFA's ex-official Warner to get 2010 WC hosting rights?
According to reports across media, then president Thabo Mbeki and foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma approved the payment which the authorities again insisted on Friday was for a legitimate development project in the Caribbean.
Wawrinka enters French Open final; Storm halts Djokovic vs Murray semi
Stanislas Wawrinka entered the men's singles final at the French Open, beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7(1-7), 7-6(7-3), 6-4 in the first semi-final on Friday.
Serena skips practice ahead of French Open final
Serena Williams is skipping practice on the eve of the French Open final as the World No 1 battles with illness, organisers said on Friday.
Caitlyn Jenner allowed to keep 1976 Olympic gold medal
Caitlyn Jenner will now be legally allowed to keep her Olympic medals that she had won as Bruce Jenner before her sex change operation.
Cristiano Ronaldo cheated on ex with Playboy model
Playboy star Daniella Chavez has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo had sex with her while he was in a relationship with Irina Shayk.
Denied US visa, Indian archers withdraw from Youth C'ship
The Indian contingent, comprising under-20 boys and girls archers, were scheduled to leave for the United States on Friday for the June 8-14 event in Yankton, South Dakota, but the US embassy granted visas to only seven archers, two coaches and a Sports Authority of India official while rejecting 20, thereby putting serious doubts over India's participation in the event.
Kashyap shocks world No 1; Saina loses to Shixian
Parupalli Kashyap shocked World No 1 Chen Long to make it to the semi-final of the Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament.
Blatter is still in his office!
Blatter may want business as usual, others say 'go now.'
Brazil soccer probe: Sponsors feel the heat
Nike Inc and some other big international companies face a grilling over their powerful role in Brazilian soccer.
Gatlin sizzles at Rome Golden Gala
American sprinter Justin Gatlin won this third successive Rome Golden Gala 100 metres.
French Open Sidelights: Serena did not do it on purpose...
Serena Williams's health and gamesmanship were the subjects on everyone's lips at the French Open.
It's all about game day at Women's World Cup
Canada took a deep breath on Thursday and prepared for their moment in the Women's World Cup spotlight.
NBA: Warriors overcome Cavs in overtime thriller
The Golden State Warriors, led by the league's Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, drew first blood in the best-of-seven NBA Finals with a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It's all in the family! Tigers niece, Cheyenne, shares LPGA lead
Cheyenne Woods upstaged the game's biggest names as she birdied five of her last nine holes to share the first-round lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic .
Sorry I am sick, says Serena but squeezes into final
Serena Williams did not smile, celebrate or even acknowledge the standing ovation she was receiving from the roaring crowd as she watched Timea Bacsinszky's backhand float out on match point at the French Open on Thursday.
FIFA paid Ireland 5m euros, not dollars, after Henry handball!
FIFA paid Ireland's FA (FAI) 5 million euros to avoid a legal case over a controversial World Cup playoff defeat, 50 percent more than the $5 million it reported on Thursday at 2009 exchange rates, world soccer's governing body said.
PHOTOS: Xavi gets emotional farewell tribute from the FC Barcelona
FC Barceloana laid out a memorable tribute to veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez on Wednesday.
Is Nadal a spent force? No! say his rivals
"But if you need a reminder of who he is, just look at his career stats and grand slams that he won."
Messi the man as Barca attempt to repeat 2009's historic treble
Barcelona's talismanic Lionel Messi remains the driving force of a talented side on the brink of repeating 2009's historic treble despite a change in their coach and style of football, not to mention a host of players.
Djokovic still faces rocky road to elusive French Open glory
Novak Djokovic's muted celebrations after ending Rafa Nadal's reign as claycourt king were partly out of respect for his Spanish victim but mainly due to the fact the his French Open mission is far from accomplished.
Juventus coach Allegri goes from pariah to brink of immortality
When Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was greeted with a hail of eggs and spat at on his first day at work he could not have imagined he would lead them to the brink of an unprecedented treble of titles in his first season.
June 04, 2015
French Open: Serena stays on course for 20th Grand Slam title
An ailing Serena Williams stayed on course for a 20th grand slam singles title as she came back from the brink to reach the final of the French Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win against Swiss power hitter Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday.
French Open: Safarova whips Ivanovic to make maiden major final
The 13th seeded Czech proved too strong for Serb, who lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2008, winning 7-5, 6-4.
Poovamma, Joseph win silver at Asian athletics
Quarter-miler Machettira Raju Poovamma and heptathlete Liksy Joseph won a silver each as India added four medals on the second day of the 21st Asian Athletics Championships in Wuhan, China, on Thursday.
Liverpool sign Milner from Manchester City
While the signing of a hard-working player who won two Premier League titles at City in five years since joining from Aston Villa is a coup for Liverpool, it also signifies the start of a squad makeover at City.
Novak Djokovic seals spot at season-ending ATP World Tour Finals
World number one Novak Djokovic will bid for a record fourth successive ATP World Tour Finals crown in London later this year after becoming the first man to qualify for the season-ender.
FIFA rankings: India leap six places to 141
India jumped six places to 141 in the latest world football rankings issued by the game's governing body, FIFA, on Thursday.
Title-chasing Djokovic looks forward to Murray challenge
"But tomorrow is a new day and I have to move on. It's only the quarter-finals, and I want to fight for the title. That's what I came here for. I have to kind of direct my thoughts to the semis."
Badminton World Rankings: Saina loses top spot; Srikanth jumps to 3rd
Saina dropped two spots to third in the women's singles list, and is placed below Spaniard Carolina Marin (80752), who rose a rung following her Australian Open title triumph.
Indonesia Open: Kashyap, Saina in quarter-finals
Parupalli Kashyap surprised world No. 5 Son Wan Ho in straight games to enter the men's singles quarter-finals at the Indonesian Open Super Series, but Kidambi Srikanth bowed out after losing to a lower-ranked opponent, in Jakarta, on Thursday.
Check out who caused most upsets at French Open
Timea Bacsinszky wants a lasting souvenir at the French Open.
Cool Murray reverses fortunes against claycourt lover Ferrer
"And going into the match having not lost on clay this year and having some big wins on the surface is important for me. I will just keep doing what I have been doing."
Top athletics coach calls doping report, inaccurate and irresponsible journalism
Top athletics coach Alberto Salazar and US Olympic silver medallist Galen Rupp have denied any wrongdoing after a BBC documentary accused them of violating anti-doping rules.
'No way Qatar will lose 2022 World Cup'
Qatar said on Wednesday there was no way it would be stripped of the right to host the World Cup despite the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, dismissing a 'bashing campaign' of criticism of its 2022 bid as anti-Arab prejudice.
Soon...a tell-all tale from accused former FIFA official
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, a central figure in world soccer's deepening scandal, has vowed to tell investigators all he knows about corruption within the sport's governing body.
'Despicable', 'awful'... that's what Beckham thinks of FIFA scandal
Former England captain David Beckham has blasted FIFA over the 'despicable' corruption allegations .
'Nadal seemed to be playing with weights on his ankles'
An almost deathly hush descended as Serbian Novak Djokovic administered the last rites on Rafael Nadal's reign of dominance at the French Open.
FIFA scandal: US law may struggle to reach all defendants
US prosecutors may find it difficult to get a number of the people they have charged in the FIFA bribery scandal to face the music.
Shocker! FIFA officials 'took bribe' for 1998, 2010 World Cups too!
A former executive committee member of soccer's global governing body FIFA told a US judge in November 2013 that he and other officials took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
It is not the end, says Nadal after French Open defeat
It was only his second defeat in 11 years and 72 matches at Roland Garros, yet it came as little surprise for Rafael Nadal as the nine-time champion admitted he had his French Open quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic coming.
June 03, 2015
Djokovic gets seventh time lucky against Nadal at Roland Garros
Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 to move into the semi-finals of the French Open, in the process spoiling the Spaniard's 29th birthday celebrations.
Serena breezes past Errani, to meet Bacsinszky in semi-finals
World number one Serena Williams crushed Italian Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open in intimidating fashion on Wednesday.
I-League champions Mohun Bagan return home to grand reception
Images: Mohun Bagan get massive reception.
French Open: Top seeds Sania-Martina fall by the wayside
Hot favourites Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis fell by the wayside at the French Open, beaten by seventh seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the quarter-finals of the women's doubles
Study shows that media indulges in racial discrimination
The fact cannot be denied that media affects and moulds the thought process of human beings, and a recent study has proved that there is racial stereotyping of athletes by it.
US attorney general declines to comment on FIFA probe, Blatter
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined to comment at a press conference on Wednesday on whether FIFA President Sepp Blatter is under investigation as part of a probe by US authorities into the soccer organisation.
Buffon pays Messi a compliment that's out of this world!
Barcelona's star striker Messi is an alien who plays with us humans, says the Juventus 'keeper
Russia presses on with 2018 World Cup preparations
Russia is pressing ahead with preparations to host the 2018 World Cup finals following Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA president and does not expect any boycotts of the tournament, Russian officials said on Wednesday.
UEFA postpone meeting to discuss FIFA crisis
UEFA have postponed a meeting due to be held on Saturday to discuss the crisis at FIFA which led to Sepp Blatter saying he would step down as president of world soccer's governing body.
Indonesia banned from 2018 World Cup qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation has confirmed Indonesia's immediate ban from all international football, including next week's 2018 World Cup qualifiers, because of government meddling in the country's domestic league.
Gatlin out to win races, not popularity contest
Justin Gatlin skipped along the track during his workout, sunglasses on, seemingly without a care in the world.
'Australia ran clean 2022 World Cup bid, others did not'
"We ran a clean bid. I know that others did not, and I have shared what I know with the authorities," the Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman wrote.
Indonesian Open: Saina, Kashyap, Srikanth advance; Sindhu loses
World number one Saina Nehwal disposed off Nichaon Jindapon's challenge in straight games, but PV Sindhu crashed out of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament after a close first-round defeat, in Jakarta, on Wednesday. In the men's singles, both the Indians in the fray -- Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth -- advanced to the second round with contrasting victories.
The highs and lows of Real Madrid's new coach Benitez
Here is a quick fact-box on new Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez, who was appointed to replace Italian Carlo Ancelotti on Wednesday.
FIFA scandal gets murkier, Interpol issues wanted-person alerts for 6
Interpol said on Wednesday it has issued international wanted-person alerts for two former FIFA officials including Jack Warner and four corporate executives at the request of US authorities as part of a corruption probe.
Benitez named Real Madrid coach for next three seasons
Spaniard Benitez left Napoli at the end of the season and takes over from Italian Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.
What prompted outgoing FIFA chief Blatter to quit?
"His decision has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the allegations going around".
Alllahabad-born Gulati in race for FIFA top job?
Indian American Sunil Gulati, who is currently serving a record third term as President of the US Soccer Federation, could be in the race to replace Sepp Blatter as the new FIFA chief.
The men who might be after FIFA's top job
Some of the men who might be candidates for FIFA president.
Can challenger Prince Ali be installed as FIFA president?
The Jordanian FA has begun legal inquiries into whether defeated FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin Al Hussein could replace Sepp Blatter.
French Open Sidelights: Freak accident at Roland Garros!
It was a freak accident that set the claycourt major abuzz.
FC Goa coach Zico considering FIFA presidency bid
Former Brazil international Zico has expressed a desire to run for president of FIFA.
What does Blatter's shocking resignation mean?
Sepp Blatter's shock resignation as FIFA president should allow people to now focus on events on the pitch .
Will Maradona throw his hat into FIFA presidency ring?
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday suggested that Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona become the next FIFA president.
Who got Sepp Blatter? Who shot him?
Blatter quits FIFA; under investigation by US prosecutors, FBI.
It's a girl for former French Open champ Li Na
Chinese tennis star Li Na gave birth to a baby girl early on Wednesday morning.
Problem solved, say sponsors after Blatter resigns
FIFA president Sepp Blatter's decision to resign amid corruption allegations at soccer's governing body is a relief for corporate sponsors who have called for more transparency at the organization, sports marketing experts said on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Birthday boy Nadal takes the cake at Roland Garros
Let us forget tennis for a while and take a look at Nadal's grand birthday cakes at the Roland Garros over the years. It is a tradition which cannot be interrupted!
June 02, 2015
FIFA needs profound restructuring: Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter has announced his decision to stand down at a news conference in Zurich, six days after the FBI had raided a hotel in Zurich and arrested several FIFA officials.
French Open: Wawrinka trumps Federer, to meet Tsonga in semis
Stanislas Wawrinka trumped fellow Swiss Roger Federer at a grand slam for the first time with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) victory in the French Open quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Blatter stands down as FIFA president
Sepp Blatter resigned as FIFA president on Tuesday, four days after being re-elected to a fifth term.
Ivanovic sails into French Open semis, meets Safarova
Former champion Ana Ivanovic was at her brilliant, aggressive best on Tuesday. The seventh seed swept aside Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 to storm into the French Open semi-finals.
FIFA says Valcke not involved in $10 million payment
FIFA denied on Tuesday that the top lieutenant of its President, Sepp Blatter, or any other member its senior management made $10 million in bank transactions.
Former Olympic champ says his new name is Caitlyn!
Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who is transitioning to life as a woman.
Hamburg keep Bundesliga record with 'crazy' win
Hamburg SV clung on to their time-honoured place in the Bundesliga once again after beating second-tier Karlsruhe.
Tennis star Sania lends support to PETA campaign
Sania Mirza has lent her support to the cause of animal welfare, calling for adoption of homeless dogs and cats.
NZ to grill Blatter over agenda, Oceania World Cup place
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter can expect a grilling if he shows up for the latter stages of the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand after the country's soccer officials said they were keen to hold clear-the-air discussions with him.
12 BEST Sports Photos of the week!
From selfies to fist fights, Rediff.com has the best pictures from the last week snapped right here...
Check out why Schweinsteiger scores a perfect 10!
football star Bastian Schweinsteiger is very prominently seen cheering Ana Ivanovic at the French Open in Paris these days.
FIFA scandal takes ugly turn
Ex-South American soccer chief in FIFA scandal under house arrest.
Nadal, 70 and counting at French Open!
It's on! Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to clash in the French Open quarterfinal on Wednesday.
June 01, 2015
French Open PHOTOS: Sharapova ousted, Djokovic sets up Nadal clash
A summary of the matches from Day 9 at the French Open.
Check out Vietnam's most celebrated female athlete, Thanh!
Patience, as much as skill and flexibility, has become a necessary part of the armoury of Southeast Asia's top-ranked gymnast, Vietnam's Phan Thi Ha Thanh.
Asia-Pacific remains firmly behind embattled Blatter
There were a few fissures but no major cracks apparent in FIFA president Sepp Blatter's bedrock of Asia-Pacific support as officials began returning to the region from the annual congress of soccer's world governing body over the weekend.
PIX: Golfer McIlroy walks hand-in-hand with girlfriend
Star golfer Rory McIlroy revealed very happy in his love with new girlfriend Erica Stoll.
She is 92, a cancer survivor and she has now run into record books!
Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, completed Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds. She was mobbed by well-wishers as she crossed the finish line, AP reported.
Milkha Singh hosts cast of Dil Dhadakne Do
And, as promised, the film's star cast kept their date with the legendary athlete and posted pictures of their visit on Twitter.
Tainted Bhanot elected Asian Athletics Association vice-President
Recommended by the Athletics Federation of India, Bhanot fought through a 14-strong challenge in the elections to be picked as one of the five vice-Presidents during the AAA council on the eve of the Asian Championships in Wuhan.
Japan's Nishikori breaks 72 year record on Parisian clay!
The fifth seed's success made it the first time a Japanese male player had reached the last eight at Roland Garros since Jiro Satoh made it to the semi-finals in 1931 and 1933.
Panathinaikos clinch Champions League place via playoffs
Panathinaikos secured a Champions League qualifying spot by beating PAOK Salonica 2-0 on Sunday to extend their lead in the Super League playoffs to a eight points with two matches left.
Real Madrid official inadvertently reveals Benitez to be next manager
According to a report in as.com, speaking at a Madrid fans' meeting on Saturday, De Bla said: "Carlo Ancelotti is a phenomenon. We're eternally grateful to him. For me, up to three days ago he was the best coach in the world, as was Jose Mourinho a couple of years ago and as of next week it will be Rafa Benítez."
Accused ex-FIFA official makes a fool of himself while defending FIFA
A former FIFA executive accused of soliciting bribes in the corruption case brought by US authorities against world soccer officials, wants to know why the United States is hosting this year's World Cup if it dislikes soccer's governing body so much.
EPL club Leicester City's players in racist sex tape row
"Tom Hopper, James Pearson and Adam Smith would like to convey their sincere apologies for their behaviour -- to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club's fans and to their families," a club statement said.
Serie A: Lazio survive missed penalty to take Champions League spot
Lazio survived a storming Napoli fight back, including a missed penalty, as they won 4-2 on Sunday to finish third in Serie A and qualify for the Champions League playoff round after both teams finished with 10 men.
Meet Chelsea's iron man John Terry
Terry is clearly delighted to have been reunited since with Portuguese Jose Mourinho, under whose guidance he has won three of the four Premier League winners' medals he owns.
Mohun Bagan clinch maiden I-League title
Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan clinched their maiden I-League title in 13 years after managing a 1-1 draw against defending champions Bengaluru FC at Kanteerva Stadium in Bengaluru.
May 31, 2015
Cornet joins Azarenka in slamming line regulations
Local favourite Alize Cornet has backed up former world number one Victoria Azarenka's call for a review of the line call regulations at the French Open, labelling a decision against her on Sunday as "shameful".
With FA Cup in their bag, Arsenal eye Premier League glory
Arsenal must not rest on their laurels after successive FA Cup victories and instead use one of the side's 'best squads' to inspire them to Premier League glory next season.
French Open: Svitolina ends Cornet's run to reach last eight
Alize Cornet fought tooth and nail but the local favourite's French Open run came to an end when she was knocked out 6-2, 7-6(9) in the fourth round by Ukrainian 19th seed Elina Svitolina on Sunday.
Now, Prince William dabbles into FIFA scandal
English FA president Prince William called on FIFA to reform and show that "it can represent the interests of fair play" in a speech at the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Xavi aims for perfect send off!
Barcelona midfielder Xavi raised the King's Cup aloft alongside Andres Iniesta in his final appearance at the Camp Nou on Saturday and now victory in the Champions League would make it a perfect send-off for the club legend.
Aww! Barca coach Luis Enrique looks adorable...
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique allowed himself a brief moment to savour Saturday's King's Cup triumph over Athletic Bilbao.
Find out why Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid
Portugal footballer Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid this summer, after reportedly being miffed over club president Florentino Perez's growing closeness with teammate Gareth Bale.
French Cup: PSG land unique treble as Cavani grabs winner
Paris St Germain achieved a unique domestic treble when Edinson Cavani's goal secured a 1-0 French Cup final victory over Ligue 2 team AJ Auxerre on Saturday.
Why Spanish brigade is on the slide at French Open?
Spain are experiencing their worst French Open campaign for almost 20 years despite having Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer through to the fourth round.
German Cup: Dortmund farewell too painful for Klopp after loss
Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp battled to contain his emotions on Saturday after his final game on their bench saw his team lose 3-1 to VfL Wolfsburg in the German Cup final.
French Open Sidelights: Are you sure Martina didn't do it?
Serena Williams is the first woman in the professional era to win 50 matches at each of the four Grand Slams.
PHOTOS: Sexy Shakira and Pique's adorable PDA!
Colombian pop star Shakira and Barcelona's Gerard Pique aren't afraid to show PDA!
King's Cup PHOTOS: Magnificent Messi leads Barca to victory
A magical Lionel Messi goal, the first of a personal double, led treble-chasing Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the King's Cup final on Saturday.
Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record
Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.
Ex-England and United defender Ferdinand retires
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement from football on Saturday after being released by Queens Park Rangers.
May 30, 2015
Blatter will not see out term of office says FA's Dyke
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not see out his latest term of office following his re-election on Friday because he will be forced to resign, English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke told reporters on Saturday.
French Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Murray ease into the pre-quarters
Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova and Andy Murray were among the top players who eased into the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday.
Blatter hits out at U.S. authorities, UEFA
Sepp Blatter has said that the events in the run-up to his re-election as FIFA president "do not smell right" and he was the victim of "hate" on the part of European soccer's governing body UEFA.
'It took me a while to realize I won't win every single match'
Maria Sharapova knows the pitfalls of being a prodigy and after easing into the fourth round at Roland Garros the seasoned grand slam champion offered some sage advice to the new generation in women's tennis.
FIFA's Blatter faces division and suspicion as fifth term begins
FIFA President Sepp Blatter began his fifth term at the helm of football's governing body on Saturday facing the daunting task of restoring public faith in an organisation tainted by allegations of corruption and deeply divided over his re-election.
'Next season United's focus will be on winning some silverware'
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes finishing in the Premier League's top four last season was essential for the record 20-times English champions.
May 29, 2015
Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes
Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer.Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after the only other candidate conceded defeat after a first round of voting in an election overshadowed by allegations of corruption in world soccer.
Federer dismayed by FIFA scandal
Switzerland's favourite sporting son Roger Federer expressed his disappointment over the corruption scandal engulfing soccer's world governing body FIFA on Friday.
'Under-17 football World Cup can be most attended sports event in India'
Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director of the 2017 Under-17 football World Cup, which India will host, says the success of the event depends on the country's fans. Laxmi Negi reports.
Photos: Federer moves smoothly into fourth round
Roger Federer continued his smooth progress at the French Open on Friday with a straightforward 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Bosnian Damir Dzumhur to reach the fourth round.
FIFA shortlists six venues for U-17 football World Cup in India
Announcing the window for the 24-team championship, which includes India as hosts, Tournament Director Javier Cepii told a media conference in Mumbai that the D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai is among the four centres, which has been given provisional approval to host matches in the 23-day event.
French Open: Paes-Nestor in 3rd round; Sania-Hingis win
Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor cruised into the third round of the men's doubles at the French Open, beating the German-Austrian pair of Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle in straight sets on Friday. The 10th seeded Indo-Canadian pair won 7-6(7-3), 6-2.
Top seeds Sania-Soares beaten in first round at French Open
Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares of Brazil were beaten in the first round of the mixed doubles at the French Open on Thursday by the unseeded pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Jean-Julien Rojer.
Shixian sends Saina packing from Australian Open
The Indian challenge at the Australian Open Super Series badminton ended as Saina Nehwal was sent packing by China's Shixian Wang in the women's singles quarter-finals, in Sydney, on Friday. The world No 1 was beaten by the two-time All England champion and fifth seed 15-21, 13-21 in 41 minutes.
FIFA congress resumes after bomb threat in Zurich
Swiss police are investigating a bomb threat at the FIFA congress, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
Mourinho keen to keep title-winning Chelsea squad intact
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to let any of his English Premier League title-winning squad depart Stamford Bridge in the close season.
Hull's Hernandez banned for punching United's Jones
Hull City forward Abel Hernandez has been suspended for three matches for punching Manchester United's Phil Jones during their 0-0 Premier League draw on Sunday, the FA said.
US led FIFA probe should not harm expected 2026 bid: analysts
America's chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup are not likely to be hurt by a US led corruption investigation that has ensnared key figures in FIFA, world soccer's governing body, analysts said on Thursday.
Irish Open: Lahiri hangs in at 46th, Jeev, Kapur struggle
Anirban Lahiri held his nerve in the closing stages despite two late bogeys to card two-over 73 that gave him a good chance of staying on for the weekend at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
'Russia, Qatar as World Cup venues led to FIFA's problems'
Scandal-plagued FIFA may have avoided its current problems if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen as hosts of the next two World Cups, President Sepp Blatter said on Friday.
PHOTOS: Groin no problem for Djokovic as good friend Ibra watches
World No 1 Novak Djokovic's had to take a medical timeout before completing a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 dominating win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at Roland Garros on Thursday.
French Open Sidelights: Why Coric is sacrificing sinful tiramisu?
Call it sacrifice or compromise but Coric is ditching the sinful tiramisu.
PHOTOS: Check out the most heavily tattooed tennis player!
Fighter. That's what Svetlana Kuznetsova is all about. And she tries to tell the story of her resilience through tattoos.
'Blatter right man for FIFA top job'
- 'FIFA should have a leader with a lot of experience'
FIFA scam: Nike says no company officials received any kickbacks
"There is no allegation in the charging documents that any Nike employee was aware of or knowingly participated in any bribery or kickback scheme," the company said.
FIFA arrests spur Brazil to probe soccer corruption
Brazilian police began investigating allegations of corruption in its soccer industry on Thursday, prompted by the arrests of top officials at world soccer body FIFA in a US bribery probe.
FIFA scandal is black cloud over Women's World Cup
Women's World Cup officials and sponsors expressed concern over the corruption scandal swirling around world soccer's governing body.
'These are sad and difficult days for FIFA'
IOC president tells FIFA it's time to clean up its act.
Canada, US will not support Blatter for FIFA presidency
Canada, which is hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, will not support incumbent Sepp Blatter in Friday's presidential vote at the FIFA Congress, the head of the Canadian Soccer Association said on Thursday on his official Twitter account.
Enough is enough, says emotional Platini
Emotional Platini says Blatter must go for good of FIFA.
When a seed of doubt crept into 'unprofessional' Serena's mind
Defeat is never an option for Serena Williams, but the World No 1 came close to an embarrassing second-round exit at the French Open after an 'unprofessional' display on Thursday.
FIFA probe: Warner's sons scrambled to deposit cash hoard at US banks
Daryan and Daryll Warner, sons of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, and their associates deposited more than $600,000 in cash at bank branches in New York, Miami and Las Vegas in the second half of 2011, according to a 2012 complaint in US District Court in New York that was unsealed on Wednesday.
Nabbed FIFA official Warner freed
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior soccer officials, left jail in Trinidad and Tobago via ambulance on Thursday after he was granted bail, according to local media.
Heysel 1985: Football's forgotten tragedy remembered
On the 30th anniversary of the football tragedy, Rediff.com's Bikash Mohapatra, in an exclusive interaction with Italian author Francesco Caremani, discusses the incident that affected so many people, including himself.
May 28, 2015
FIFA presidential election: Who is voting for whom and why
Prince Ali is standing against Sepp Baltter in Friday's election and although Blatter is strongly favoured to win.
Scandal brought shame and humiliation to football: Blatter
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday the corruption scandal surrounding the world soccer body had brought shame and humiliation to football.
French Open Sidelights: A marathon duel to remember!
Two former French Open champions produced easily the best women's match of the tournament so far.
Abhinav Bindra clinches quota berth for Rio Olympics
He joins pistol shooter Jitu Rai, rifle shooters Apurvi Chandela and Gagan Narang, who all had sealed berths earlier.
Mary Kom back in training, eyes Rio Games qualification
Olympic bronze medallist M C Mary Kom has resumed training in Bengaluru post her eight-month long family break from the boxing ring after winning the gold medal in last year's Asian Games.
'Get out', world media tells Blatter!
Here is a look at how foreign media has reacted to this news.
PHOTOS: Solid Nadal dismisses Almagro to reach round three
Rafa Nadal got his usual confidence boost from Nicolas Almagro at Roland Garros, reaching the third round with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 victory -- his fourth without dropping a set against his Spanish compatriot on the Paris clay.
French Open PHOTOS: Serena survives scare, Wozniacki exits
Serena Williams played with fire at the French Open on Thursday but the world number one pulled through to the third round with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win against unheralded German Anna-Lena Friedsam.
South Africa dismisses bribery allegations
South Africa have dismissed as 'baseless' allegations made in a US indictment that the country paid $10 million in bribes to host the 2010 World Cup.
One of worst days in FIFA history: Figo
The date of May 27 will go down as one of the worst days in the history of world soccer's governing body FIFA, former presidential candidate Luis Figo said on Thursday.
Australian Open: Saina progresses, Srikanth exits
Saina Nehwal was the lone Indian left in the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament after a hard-fought victory over China's Sun Yu in Sydney on Thursday. The world No 1 overcame a stiff challenge from Yu, ranked No 9, winning 21-19, 19-21, 21-14 in 78 minutes.
Can F1 champ Hamilton keep up with Kardashians star?
Lewis Hamilton is a perfect match for Kendall Jenner and wants to see them together.
Proud Basques Bilbao eyeing King's Cup upset against Barca
Athletic Bilbao have proudly resisted pressure to abandon their policy of only recruiting players of Basque origin, making it all the more impressive that they are the club standing between Barcelona and a record-extending 27th King's Cup.
Where is FIFA president Sepp Blatter?
The Swiss is out of sight as FIFA corruption scandal deepens
Flustered FIFA officials shut down media conference
Flustered FIFA officials shut down a media conference in New Zealand on Thursday after being inundated with questions about the sport's latest scandal.
Benitez set to replace Ancelotti at Real Madrid?
Napoli will not allow questions about coach Rafael Benitez's future at a news conference on Thursday amid widespread expectations the Spaniard is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
Sunderland manager Advocaat quits
Dick Advocaat has quit as Sunderland's head coach after guiding them to Premier League safety, the north-east club said on Wednesday.
There is a need for the whole of FIFA to be rebooted: UEFA
UEFA demand that FIFA presidential election be postponed
NBA: Warriors enter Finals after 40 year wait
The Golden State Warriors shook off their bumps and bruises and advanced to their first NBA Finals in 40 years after defeating the Houston Rockets 104-90 to clinch their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday.
Costa Rica opens probes into arrested FIFA official Eduardo Li
Costa Rica has opened investigations into the president of the country's soccer federation who was among seven FIFA executives arrested in Switzerland on Wednesday on corruption charges brought by prosecutors in the United States.
Soccer sponsors dismayed by FIFA corruption allegations
World Cup sponsors are in an awkward position, experts said, because they are under pressure from consumers to distance themselves from any corruption, but such sponsorships are lucrative in the long term.
Questions arise about banks' role in FIFA bribery case
A raft of banks could face tough questions in the sweeping US crackdown on alleged corruption in global soccer as prosecutors review how much they knew about millions of dollars in bribes flowing through the US banking system to accounts around the world.
Nike cooperating with authorities in FIFA probe
Nike Inc on Wednesday said that it was cooperating with authorities on alleged bribery and corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA.
Brazil businessman lynchpin in FIFA corruption scam
In an indictment released by the Department of Justice on Wednesday, Hawilla was one of four convicted defendants who helped US investigators build their case against 14 top global soccer officials and sports marketing executives accused of orchestrating more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks.
Time for Blatter to go, says former FIFA official
'The stigma that FIFA is a corrupt body has to be erased once and for all. One fears that will not happen until Sepp Blatter goes'
Asia backs embattled FIFA chief Blatter
"The Asian Football Confederation expresses its disappointment and sadness at Wednesday's events in Zurich whilst opposing any delay in the FIFA Presidential elections to take place on Friday May 29 in Zurich," the AFC said in a statement posted on its website (the-afc.com) on Thursday.
PHOTOS: Bacca brace helps Sevilla clinch Europa League
Carlos Bacca claimed the plaudits with a superb double strike, including a late winner to decide a pulsating clash that began at a hair-raising pace with four goals in the first half.
Maradona delights in FIFA scandal; backs Prince Hussein for top job
Diego Maradona, one of soccer's most gifted players, said he was "enjoying" the spectacle of several of the world governing body's top officials charged with corruption after US and Swiss authorities announced investigations on Wednesday.
Federer not worried who is in the chair
Roger Federer does not fret about who umpires his matches and said on Wednesday all players should be treated equally by officials, whatever their ranking.
Former FIFA VP Jack Warner surrenders: Reports
Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner surrendered after being accused on corruption charges, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a spokeswoman for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.
Sharapova shows displeasure at Fed Cup scheduling
Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova, on Wednesday, called for a change in schedule for the Fed Cup, saying playing ties after Grand Slam tournaments was "pointless".
Warner's "football tsunami" warning finally comes true for FIFA
Almost exactly four years to the day since former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner stood in the lobby of the Baur au Lac hotel and warned FIFA a "football tsunami" was about to hit it, his words have finally came true.
May 27, 2015
Olympic champ Park allowed back in pool from Monday
Olympic gold medallist Park Tae-hwan, serving an 18 month ban for doping, will return to action in a public pool in Seoul on Monday after parents of local school children allowed him to join a class, local media reported.
Saina, Srikanth sail in Sydney; Sindhu slumps
Leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth won their first round matches in contrasting style at the Star Australian Open Superseries in Sydney on Wednesday.
Confident Sharapova ready for Stosur challenge
There was only a scattering of fans inside the stadium as Sharapova took to the court on Wednesday, but after getting into her stride she overpowered the 91st-ranked Diatchenko.
PHOTOS: Nishikori takes centre stage, Federer cruises on
Roger Federer avoided any more security scares as he moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger still lurks in the bottom half of the draw, namely in the shape of Japan's Kei Nishikori.
Factbox - Soccer officials arrested in Switzerland
Six football officials were arrested in Zurich early upon request from US authorities, suspected of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars, Swiss authorities said.
Ronaldo donates 7 million euros for Nepal earthquake victims
Real Madrid football star Cristiano Ronaldo has donated a whopping 7 million euros ($7.78m) to the Save the Children foundation's efforts in Nepal following the deadly earthquake last month.
Swiss justice office blocked bank accounts in FIFA probe
The Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said it had blocked accounts at several banks in Switzerland after police arrested some of the most powerful figures in global soccer on Wednesday in US and Swiss corruption cases.
PHOTOS: Third seed Halep knocked out of French Open
Round-up of the Rolland Garros tournament being played in Paris.
FIFA: Swiss open criminal proceedings tied to 2018, 2022 World Cup bids
Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings against individuals on suspicion of mismanagement and money laundering related to the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA soccer World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
Alves to decide on Barca future after Champions League final
'Will I be playing at Barca next season? It's an unknown'
Has Ronaldo found new love in this Italian super model?
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly found new love in Alessia Tedeschi, after former girlfriend Irina Shayk dumped him ending their five year relationship.
Bolt wins 200m at Golden Spike meet in Ostrava
In wet conditions, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medallist clocked 20.13 seconds -- well outside his 19.19 world record -- to beat American Isiah Young, reports the BBC.
Here's why McEnroe deems French Open schedule too long
"Think of it from a players' perspective. Some are hoping to reach the second week of a major but some don't even make it to the first week of the event. That's tough to take.
Six officials arrested and detained in Zurich over FIFA graft
Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FCOJ) said in a statement.
Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to United States: NYT
Authorities in Zurich, Switzerland on Wednesday launched an operation to arrest several high-ranking FIFA officials on corruption charges and extradite them to the United States, the New York Times reported.
Europa League: Sevilla look to former coach on how to down Dnipro
Sevilla coach Unai Emery has been picking the brains of Juande Ramos as he tries to plot the downfall of Ukrainian outsiders Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Wednesday's Europa League final.
LeBron leads Cleveland Cavs sweep of Hawks to reach NBA Finals
LeBron James booked his place in the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year when the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final.
French Open: Bhupathi-Kyrgios lose in first round
Indo-Australian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Nick Kyrgios failed to cross the opening hurdle of the men's doubles event, suffering a straight-set defeat
Don't want to talk about sexism because I'm not macho: Nadal
Rafael Nadal's French Open win was reduced to a sideline in his post-match news conference on Tuesday as he was quizzed on sexism.
PHOTOS: Shocking early exits at French Open...
Eugenie Bouchard's mediocre run continued when the sixth-seeded Canadian was knocked out of the French Open 6-4, 6-4 in the first round by local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday.
May 26, 2015
Blatter shrugs off Figo dictator jibe
FIFA president Sepp Blatter shrugged off Luis Figo's accusation he had turned world soccer's ruling body into a dictatorship.
What slump? Nadal begins pursuit of No 10, all seems normal
The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea and the traffic still clogged the Peripherique -- and Rafael Nadal still ruled Roland Garros on Tuesday.
Will lady luck shine on Nadal?
Girlfriend Xisca Perello, sister Maria Isabel Nadal and mother Ana Maria Parera help him restore the balance away from the courts.
Forehand could be better, says Nadal after 1st round win
Chasing a record-extending 10th French Open crown on the back of his worst claycourt season since prevailing for the first time, Rafael Nadal acknowledged another weakness on Tuesday -- his best shot is not that solid.
World No 1 Saina Nehwal set to defend Australian Open title
World No 1 Saina Nehwal is all set to defend her women's singles title at the Australian Open super series .
FIFA Presidential Election: Prince Ali approached by individual offering 'votes'
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's election team informed police after being approached by an individual who said he could deliver 47 votes at Friday's election, they said on Tuesday.
Rupinder, Uthappa ignored for Hockey World League semi-final
Four key players, including ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh and midfielder S K Uthappa, were dropped from India's 18-man squad for the Hockey World League semi-final, in Antwerp, Belgium, from June 20 to July 5. Besides Rupinder and Uthappa, forwards Mandeep Singh and Satbir Singh got the axe.
How quenching his thirst landed this Chinese goalie in hot water
Quenching his thirst while on duty proved costly for Chongqing Lifan goalkeeper Sui Weijie.
French Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Serena advance; Venus exits
Tournament favourite Novak Djokovic beat Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday, kicking off his quest for a first ever Paris trophy to add to his eight other Grand Slams.
Perez needed another scapegoat...Ancelotti became his ninth victim
Real Madrid fans could be forgiven for wondering whether a new president is needed rather than yet another new coach after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.
Why Ancelotti became Real Madrid's latest managerial victim
Carlo Ancelotti has become Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's latest managerial victim, just 366 days after delivering the club their much-awaited La Decima, a 10th Champions League title.
Dramatic derby win over Lazio sends Roma into Champions League
AS Roma qualified for the Champions League group stage in the best possible style on Monday, booking their place with a last-gasp 2-1 win over neighbours and bitter rivals Lazio in a passionate Rome derby.
Find out why fans BOOED Maria Sharapova at French Open...
Maria Sharapova was feeling off colour but her game looked in good health.
Real Madrid sack coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti after the world's richest club by income failed to win major silverware this season.
May 25, 2015
PHOTOS: At Chelsea's parade Mourinho tells fans to book place for another celebration
Thousands of Chelsea fans turning out in west London to celebrate winning the Premier League title on Monday were told to prepare for more success next season by manager Jose Mourinho.
French Open Sidelights: Razzano unleashes underarm serve, and misses
Virginie Razzano astonished the French Open crowd on Monday when she served underarm on match point, and missed.
Toure will stay at Manchester City, says agent
Manchester City's influential midfielder Yaya Toure will stay at the Premier League club.
Indian motorsport in doldrums?
Former FMSCI chief Vicky Chandhok on Monday severely criticised the governing body's current regime.
PHOTOS: WAGS, kids join Chelsea players in celebrating EPL title win
On the final day of matches in the English Premier League, Chelsea, who finished the season with 87 points after beating Sunderland 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, lifted the trophy on Sunday.
French Open PHOTOS: Sharapova, Murray, Berdych storm into 2nd round
Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych bulldozed his way into the second round of the French Open by thrashing Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 7-5, 6-3 on Monday.
Coach wants more international events for boxers as Thapa wins gold
Impressed by India's performance at the Doha International Tournament, Aussie boxers want exchange programme with India, claims coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu
Has this model caught Lewis Hamilton's fancy?
Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton and model Gigi Hadid are reportedly dating.
LeBron carries Cavs to OT win over Hawks, 3-0 series lead
LeBron James was exhausted and banged-up, but he came through in the clutch as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a thrilling overtime 114-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks to take a strangle hold of the Eastern Conference finals.
Drogba challenges new Chelsea team to emulate class of 2005
The departing Didier Drogba threw down the gauntlet to the young Chelsea squad on Sunday as he led Premier League celebrations at Stamford Bridge, telling them they had to win more titles to stand comparison with the class of 2005.
EPL: Gerrard farewell comes with Liverpool's worst loss in 52 years!
Another English football legend, Frank Lampard bid goodbye with a goal for Manchester City on final day of the season
Manchester United decide against signing Radamel Falcao
Manchester United will not be signing Colombia forward Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the Premier League club said on Sunday after the final game of the season.
May 24, 2015
Hull relegated as Newcastle survive on final day of drama
Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday when West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce's contract was not being renewed at Upton Park.
Rosberg takes Monaco hat-trick after Mercedes gaffe
Germany's Nico Rosberg celebrated a surprise hat-trick of Monaco Grand Prix victories on Sunday after Mercedes blew championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton's chances with a needless pitstop.
Champions Bayern will come back stronger: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola pledged his team would come back stronger next season after they lifted the league trophy in a huge post-match party following a 2-0 victory over Mainz 05 to end their Bundesliga campaign in style.
Security breach as fan attempts selfie with Federer
Security was breached at the French Open on Sunday when a fan jumped onto Court Philippe Chatrier and attempted to take a selfie with Roger Federer.
PHOTOS: Cheers and tears as champs Barca give Xavi emotional send-off
It was a night of mixed emotions at the Camp Nou on Saturday as FC Barcelona's veteran midfielder and captain, Xavi, known for his slick short passes, played his final La Liga match against Deportivo la Coruna.
Indian badminton's golden girls Sania and Sindhu set for clash
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal is likely to clash with fellow Indian P V Sindhu in the women's singles second round of the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in Jakarta next month.
French Open PHOTOS: Federer breezes through first round
Images from Day 1 of the French Open matches played at Roland Garros on Sunday
Sri Lanka stripped of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomy
The Olympic Council of Asia are looking for new hosts for the 2017 Asian Youth Games after stripping Sri Lanka of the event because of an ongoing row over autonomy that has plagued sports in the island nation.
NBA: Warriors take 3-0 lead over Rockets in Western finals
The Golden State Warriors are one victory away from the NBA Finals after routing the Houston Rockets 115-80 in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.
Serie A: Britos sent off as Napoli Champions League hopes fade
Defender Miguel Britos was sent off for head-butting an opponent as Napoli lost 3-1 at champions Juventus on Saturday, all but ending their hopes of Champions League football next season.
Ronaldo tweets his support to under-fire Real Madrid coach Ancelotti
Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled strong support for coach Carlo Ancelotti and sent a clear message to club president Florentino Perez that he does not want the Italian to be sacked.
Meet Real Madrid's youngest La Liga debutant
Teenage Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard became Real Madrid's youngest La Liga debutant at the age of 16 when he came on as a substitute in the 58th minute of Saturday's final game of the season at home to Getafe.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo smashes hat-trick; Atletico stay third on table
Atletico Madrid secured a berth in the Champions League group stage for next season and Deportivo La Coruna narrowly escaped relegation when they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at champions Barcelona on the final day in La Liga on Saturday.
PHOTOS: 'Irreplaceable Xavi is one of a kind'
FC Barcelona's midfield magician and the architect of tiki-taka football gets emotional farewell
May 23, 2015
Hamilton on pole for Monaco Grand Prix
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took the first Monaco Grand Prix pole position of his career on Saturday to deny Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg a hat-trick.
I was frozen out at Real Madrid, says Khedira
Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has accused the La Liga club of freezing him out by dropping him from the team after talks on a contract extension broke down even though he was fit to play.
'I don't need to lie to create better expectations'
One thing that has been consistent about Rafa Nadal's disappointing season so far has been his brutal honesty.
May 22, 2015
Formula One under pressure end alcohol sponsorship
Formula One was accused of sending out a mixed message on alcohol at the Monaco Grand Prix on Friday by giving extensive publicity to drinks brands while campaigning for road safety.
Mourinho wins EPL title and this time will keep medal too
Jose Mourinho will receive a third Premier League winners' medal on Sunday but the Chelsea manager is not feeling so charitable this time .
India's football coach blasts Kolkata clubs; targets to break 100 mark
National football coach Stephen Constantine said his 'target' was to breach the 100 mark by the time his two-year contract expires. Ancelotti wants to stay at Real despite trophyless season
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will discuss his future with the club after Saturday's final La Liga game of the campaign at home to Getafe and said he wants to stay on despite a season without a major trophy.
Disrespectful to talk about Nadal's downfall: Sharapova
Predicting Rafael Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday.
What is Monaco Grand Prix? Heaven or hell?
The billionaires, supermodels and suntanned celebrities sipping cocktails in the Monaco sunshine might wonder what planet Jacques Villeneuve is on.
Eight weightlifting coaches handed two-year suspension by IWF
The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has decided to impose a two-year ban on the coaches of all those weightlifters who tested positive for banned substances across different championships in the last few months.
Construction delays force Rio to move water polo venue
Rio de Janeiro is seeking a new venue for the opening water polo matches at the 2016 Olympics after organisers on Thursday confirmed reforms at the proposed venue will not be completed in time.
Ministry wants participation of para-athletes under tri-colour
The ban on Paralympic Committee of India notwithstanding, Sports Ministry has requested the International Paralympic Committee to allow Indian athletes to participate in world competitions under the country's national flag.
Djokovic, Nadal drawn in same pool for French Open
The duo could face each other at the quarter-final stage.
Doha International boxing: Five Indians in finals
Indian boxers shone bright at the Doha International Tournament as Commonwealth Games silver-medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) advanced to the final, while six others entered the semis.
More withdrawals leave Blatter favourite to retain FIFA top job
"Does anyone think it's normal that one of the candidates doesn't even bother to present an election manifesto that can be voted on May 29."
World number six Raonic pulls out of French Open
World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open having failed to recover from a foot injury, the 24-year-old announced on Thursday.
May 21, 2015
Sterling won't sign Liverpool deal - not for any money, says agent
Raheem Sterling's agent has fuelled the fire surrounding the player's contract standoff with Liverpool by saying the England winger would not sign a new deal at Anfield - even for 900,000 pounds a week.
'It's hard to find a player coming through who can replace Xavi'
If you ask Barcelona and Spain fans about their most cherished footballing memories over the past decade the chances are they will involve an exquisite intervention from midfield maestro Xavi.
Xavi quits Barca for Qatar after 17 glittering seasons
Barcelona midfielder and captain Xavi confirmed on Thursday he will leave his boyhood club at the end of the season and has agreed to join Qatari side Al Sadd after a glittering career stretching over 17 seasons.
La Liga: Atletico looking to secure Champions League berth
Atletico Madrid have been unable to repeat the magnificent achievements of last season in this campaign but can congratulate themselves on a job well done if they secure a lucrative Champions League berth on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Tennis stars Serena, Caroline party with Eva Longoria
The World No 1 Serena was joined by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria at a Champ'Seed party in Monaco.
Blatter's rival Van Praag withdraws from FIFA presidential election
Michael van Praag has withdrawn from next week's election and thrown his weight behind Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.
Saina Nehwal becomes World No 1 again
Indian star shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the No 1 spot in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings.
Outside the ring: Boxers tussle as defamation suit heats up
The court battle between boxers Akhil Kumar and Dilbagh Singh over a defamation suit filed by the former has become uglier.
Why former Man City striker was held at knifepoint by brothers...
Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has shared a dark secret about his past revealing that he was held at knifepoint by his brothers because they wanted money.
NBA: Hawks lose Game One, Carroll to knee injury
The Atlanta Hawks suffered a double blow on Wednesday when they were beaten 97-89 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One.
Qatar still failing migrant workers: Amnesty
Qatar, host nation of the 2022 World Cup, is still doing little to improve conditions for migrant workers despite promising reform last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.
Can Figo pull off upset win in FIFA presidentilal polls?
Luis Figo was one of the most talented, successful and exciting players of his generation, leading Portugal to a series of impressive performances which put many bigger countries to shame.
Figure out why Blatter will remain FIFA boss...
Unless the world of soccer shifts on its axis at the end of this month, Sepp Blatter will be re-elected as FIFA president.
Tricky forty-five minutes that could change world football's fate
When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month's Congress.
'Perplexed' World Beijing Challenge officials rubbish Gatlin's claims
Organising committee says he was not kicked out
PHOTOS: Super-sub Matri strikes to help Juventus win Italian cup
Substitute Alessandro Matri was the unlikely hero when he scored an extra-time winner to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, keeping them on course for the treble.
EPL PHOTOS: Sunderland eke out draw at Arsenal, avoid relegation threat
The battle to avoid relegation is now a straight shootout between Hull City and 17th-place Newcastle United, who are two points better off heading into Sunday's final round.
May 20, 2015
Athlete suicide: NHRC notice to Sports Authority of India, Kerala Govt
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to Kerala Government and Sports Authority of India (SAI) after a young female athlete committed suicide at the SAI hostel in Alapuzha on May 7.
Hamilton extends Mercedes stay until 2018
Double Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has agreed a new three-year contract that will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018, the team announced on Wednesday.
Barca's midfield magician Xavi to bid adieu to boyhood club
Barcelona midfielder Xavi will announce on Thursday he is leaving the club he joined as an 11-year-old to sign a lucrative three-year deal with Qatari side Al Sadd, his agent told Reuters on Wednesday.
FIFA presidential elections: Figo will go all the way!
FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo says he has no plans to quit his campaign.
Sterling named Liverpool's Player of the Year, booed by fans
Sterling was jeered by some supporters, while others shouted "Stay, Raheem" as he picked up the accolade a day after British media reported that the 20-year-old was poised to request a transfer.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: India coach announces list of probables
India's football coach Stephen Constantine announced his preliminary squad of 38 probables for India's forthcoming back to back 2018 World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification matches against Oman and Guam respectively.
Juve's Champions League final appearance forces Serie A fixture change
Juventus appears to have surprised Serie A organisers by reaching the Champions League final, forcing last-minute changes to the domestic fixture list.
Murray 'amazed' at criticism over Mauresmo's appointment as coach
Britain's Andy Murray has said he is amazed by the criticism of his decision to appoint Amelie Mauresmo as his coach.
Why World No 1 sprinter Gatlin was 'kicked out' by Beijing organisers
Controversial and currently the world number one sprinter, Justin Gatlin Justin Gatlin said his relationship with organisers of the Beijing World Challenge meeting was 'great' on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after furiously claiming he had been 'kicked out' of the event.
Ex-Chelsea defender Luiz makes pledge of virginity
David Luiz, former Chelsea defender, has revealed that he is a virgin and will wait until he is married he is married.
May 19, 2015
'It's better if Rafa loses again, people will stop asking me'
Robin Soderling is sick of being the answer to a favourite quiz question, the one which asks who is the only player to beat nine-times champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open.
An end to speculations! Audi rules out entry into F1
Germany's Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company said on Monday.
Want to cut cost? Minister suggests roofless stadiums!
Tokyo's sparkling new National Stadium, the centre piece for the 2020 Olympic Games and 2019 rugby World Cup, should ditch its plan for a retractable roof to save money, Japan's sports minister proposed on Monday.
The most dangerous stunt ever!
Extreme sports legend Dean Potter died attempting parachute jump in Yosemite.
EPL PHOTOS: Fabregas gets red as Chelsea slump at West Brom
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off in bizarre circumstances as the below-par Premier League champions, playing with 10 men for over an hour, slumped 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion.
'Nadal will not be the favourite to win Roland Garros'
Nadal no longer 'immovable' object in Paris.
PHOTOS: Valencia pay tribute to Nepal earthquake victims
Valencia paid tributes to the victims of Nepal earthquake in their match against Celta Vigo during La Liga on Sunday.
May 18, 2015
Pressure group, unions want FIFA sponsors to act on Qatar
FIFA's sponsors must challenge soccer's world governing body over human rights abuses at the 2022 World Cup construction sites in Qatar, pressure group New FIFA Now and international workers' unions said on Monday.
Ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt gets six years for raping minors
Former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt was sentenced to six years in prison by a South African court on Monday after being found guilty of two counts of rape and a charge of sexual assault of minors, local media reported.
Ancelotti's future in balance as another title slips from Real's grasp
If there is one lesson Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has learned during his two seasons in Spain it is that resting on your laurels is not an option at the world's richest club by income.
An underwater tennis court? Now that's cool!
Dubai may become home to the first underwater tennis centre.
Rewind: How Barca tightened their grip on the title over the season...
La Liga can be summed up in two words- 'Messi's League'
Spain's biggest selling sports daily Marca summed it up in Monday's headline after Barcelona wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years and their 23rd overall on Sunday: 'Messi's League'.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was caught cheating...
It was Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo's former long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk who dumped him.
PHOTOS: Barca players let their hair down after 23rd La Liga title win
Spain's footballing giants, FC Barcelona won their 23rd La Liga crown after defeating Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Sunday. And after winning, what was their fifth title in seven years, the Barca players let their hair down and celebrated in style at the Vincent Calderon stadium.
Enrique wins fans and the La Liga crown on Barca return
The enduring image of Luis Enrique for many soccer fans is the Spain player with blood gushing from his nose after a vicious elbow from Italy defender Mauro Tassotti during the 1994 World Cup quarter-final in Boston.
MLS: Kaka inspires Orlando to 4-0 thrashing of Galaxy
LA Galaxy suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Major League Soccer newcomers Orlando City on Sunday.
Benfica win Portuguese league
Benfica won the Portuguese league for the second year running on Sunday.
How Barca won La Liga... straight from the horse's mouth!
Barcelona have had to overcome many changes to win their 23rd La Liga title, coach Luis Enrique said.
Why is 18-time Olympic gold medalist Phelps frustrated?
Michael Phelps was not even fast enough to make the finals.
Zenit win Russian title in first for Villas-Boas
Zenit St. Petersburg, led by Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, won the Russian Premier League title.
McIlroy shatters tournament record at Wells Fargo
Rory McIlroy won for the second time in three weeks and shattered the tournament record when he clinched a seven-stroke victory at the $7.1 million Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.
China's finest athlete Liu bids emotional farewell
Liu Xiang reduced his fans to tears in his home Shanghai Stadium on Sunday as China's finest athlete was given a fittingly heartfelt send-off.
It's 6 in a row for FC Basel!
FC Basel won the Swiss Super League for an unprecedented sixth season in a row on Sunday.
Barcelona...one down, two to go
Barcelona wrap up 23rd La Liga crown with Lionel Messi goal.
Arsenal stay ahead of United, City win thriller
Arsenal stayed ahead of Manchester United in the race to qualify directly for next season's Champions League when they drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday while Manchester City made sure of their place in the group stage with a 4-2 win at Swansea City.
May 17, 2015
Sharapova claims Rome Masters title
Russian Maria Sharapova ground down Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the Rome Masters final on Sunday, the 35th WTA Tour title of her career.
Serie A: Berardi hat-trick helps Sassuolo sink nine-man AC Milan
Domenico Berardi scored a hat-trick, including a so-called phantom goal, against AC Milan for the second season running to give Sassuolo a 3-2 win against opponents who finished the game with nine men on Sunday.
Sania, Hingis second best in Rome but reclaim top rank
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis ended runners-up at the WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia, following defeat in the final against Timea Babos and Kristina
Gowda wins bronze in Shanghai IAAF Diamond League
India's discus thrower Vikas Gowda won a bronze medal in the second leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series in Shanghai on Sunday.
'San Siro should be our fortress, instead it weighs down on us'
San Siro has become a hindrance rather than a help for Inter Milan, coach Roberto Mancini said following their 2-1 home defeat by champions Juventus.
'I've been dreading this moment...I am going to miss it so much'
Steven Gerrard spoke of dread, devastation and defeat on Saturday as the Liverpool captain said farewell to an adoring and emotional Anfield crowd after 17 years and more than 700 appearances.
Paris-Saint Germain clinch third successive Ligue 1 title
Paris St Germain clinched a third successive Ligue 1 title, with a game to spare, and stayed on course for an unprecedented domestic treble with a 2-1 win at Montpellier on Saturday.
Djokovic to meet Federer in Rome final
For the first time this week Novak Djokovic needed only two sets to triumph at theRome Masters, beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 as he reached the final to close in on a 24th Masters 1000 title. The world number one, who is chasing a fourth title in the event, next meets Roger Federer, who knocked out fellow-Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.
Villa and Leicester safe, Gerrard farewell agony
Aston Villa were crushed 6-1 by Southampton but joined Leicester City in celebrating Premier League survival on Saturday while Steven Gerrard's farewell party was spoiled as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace.
May 16, 2015
Southampton's Mane grabs fastest Premier League hat-trick
Southampton's Senegal forward Sadio Mane scored the fastest Premier League hat-trick as he broke a 20-year-old record to help them lead 5-1 at home to Aston Villa by halftime on Saturday.
Meet the powerhouse of Indian shooting...
Gagan Narang has been dubbed the 'powerhouse' of Indian shooting by the Nation Rifle Association of India.
Formula One refuelling return depends on cost, says Wolff
The proposed return of refuelling to Formula One in 2017 will only happen if it is affordable, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff.
World's fastest woman sets sights on attaining greatness
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the world's fastest woman, says she is looking forward to one day being lauded as 'one of the greatest' athletes.
5 factors that can revive athletics...
Head-to-head rivalries featuring the world's leading athletes are the best way forward for the beleaguered sport of track and field.
Middlesbrough battle 'Bees' to reach playoff final
Middlesbrough moved within one victory of securing a golden ticket to the Premier League.
'Steven Gerrard is pure Liverpool'
Gerrard will wave goodbye to the Liverpool fans in his final home match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Top 8 instances of fan-related violence in Argentina
Most of the deaths are related to fights between the barras bravas, Argentina's hooligan firms.
Italian Open: Wawrinka upsets Nadal; Sharapova overpowers Azarenka
Seven-time Italian Open winner Rafael Nadal lost 7-6(7), 6-2 to Stanislas Wawrinka.
Gatlin storms to 9.74 seconds 100m lifetime best
Justin Gatlin blasted out a warning that he is ready to challenge Usain Bolt's 100 metres hegemony when he stormed to a lifetime best 9.74 seconds to win the event in the opening Diamond League meeting of the season on Friday.
May 15, 2015
Narang wins World Cup bronze, secures quota for Rio Olympics
Gagan Narang on Friday won the bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone Event of the ISSF World Cup at Fort Benning in US, earning himself a quota place for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
F1 to bring back refuelling in rules revamp
Formula One is set to bring back refuelling in 2017 as part of a rules revamp that will also make the cars faster, louder and more aggressive looking.
5 Brazilians at Chelsea after Nathan swoop
Chelsea's Brazilian contingent will grow in size to five players after they agreed to sign teenager Nathan from Atletico Paranaense on Thursday.
'Lotus F1 team not for sale'
The Lotus Formula One team is not for sale despite lingering speculation.
Barca forward Suarez picks up hamstring injury
Luis Suarez picked up a hamstring strain in Tuesday's Champions League match at Bayern Munich.
How marriage could help young golfers like McIlroy...
Tony Jacklin believes marriage would help Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to settle down off the golf course.
Meet 13-year-old 'Japanese Messi'
FC Tokyo have taken advantage of Barcelona's punishment for breaching rules on the transfer of young players by swooping to bring home a 13-year-old player dubbed the 'Japanese Messi'.
'Armless' archer eyes cheez-it!
If you thought archery required a steady hand then American Paralympian Matt Stutzman is ready to shoot an arrow through your preconceptions.
Europa League: Sevilla sweep into final
Holders Sevilla swept into a second consecutive Europa League final.
Find out why weekend football Argentina is suspended
The Libertadores Cup derby between Boca Juniors and River Plate was called off at halftime on Thursday after River players were sprayed with an irritant by a fan of their bitter rivals.
Italian Open: Djokovic battles; Nadal 'almost perfect'
Novak Djokovic had to fight back from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals.
May 14, 2015
Rome Masters: Sania-Hingis in semis, Bopanna-Mergea lose
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis of Switzerland stormed into the semi-finals of the Rome Masters with a straight-set victory over Julia Goerges and Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Thursday.
International Shooting WC: Rai qualifies; Bindra, Narang disappoint
It was mixed day for Indian shooters at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup as Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang failed to qualify for the final round of the men's 10m Air Rifle event, while Jitu Rai progressed to the qualification round in 50m Pistol on the opening day at Fort Benning, United States on Thursday.
Juventus coach not thinking of Barca's 'MSN' threat just yet
Stopping prolific Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez in the Champions League final will be a formidable task, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said after his side clinched their place in next month's showpiece in Berlin.
'BBC' flop as Real Madrid exit Champions League
Real Madrid paid more than 200 million euros ($227.76 million) to assemble their forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, but the attacking trio failed them again in Wednesday's Champions League exit to Juventus.
Juve's joy overshadows wage row at Singapore soccer school
While Juventus look forward to a first Champions League final in more than a decade and the riches that success brings, former employees at the Italian giants' Singapore-based soccer school push on with their fight for unpaid wages.
With no silverware in sight, what does the future hold for Ancelotti?
Champions League: Local lad Morata breaks Madridista hearts
'I would have liked to have scored against another team but that's life'
Champions League PHOTOS: Morata stuns Real to fire Juve into final
Juventus shattered Real Madrid's dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.
Tale of two Japanese footballers in India
Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com caught up with the two footballers to find out more about their time in the country.
US relay team stripped of 2012 Olympic silver medals
The members of the US men's 4x100 metres relay team that won silver at the 2012 Olympics have been stripped of their medals following the doping conviction of sprinter Tyson Gay.
May 13, 2015
Rome Masters: Murray storms to 10th successive win on clay
Andy Murray is more afraid of losing his wedding ring than a tennis match these days but that did not stop him from storming to a 10th successive win on clay at the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
Champions League: Barca's 'MSN' network working seamlessly
Tuesday's match was the latest masterclass from the South American trio, known in Spain as 'MSN', whose goals have put Barca on the brink of repeating 2009's treble of Champions League and Spanish league and Cup triumphs, the only time a La Liga club have achieved the feat.
Saina shines but India lose to Korea, bow out of Sudirman Cup
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was the only bright spot in what turned out to be a dismal day for the Indian badminton team as it crashed out of the prestigious Sudirman Cup after a 1-4 loss to three-time champions Korea in a Group 1D tie, in Dongguan China, on Wednesday.
Elite sport stars to be roped in as SAI mentors?
"Psychology counsellors may be engaged to counsel the trainees so that they can come out of the emotional trauma. Particular care would be taken to ensure psychological and emotional rehabilitation of the three girls who have survived the suicide attempt."
Real reason why Woods and Vonn split: He CHEATED, again!
Golf legend Tiger Woods and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn called it quits after the golfer was unfaithful to her.
'Urgent need to strengthen the SAI training system'
Noting that several external probes are currently underway -- including police investigation -- preliminary inquiry conducted by the district administration, inquiry by State Sports Secretary and inquiry by State Human Rights Commission, "hence it would not be appropriate to make any specific comment in this regard."
Ragging ruled out as cause for suicide attempt at SAI centre
Ragging did not prompt suicide attempt by four women athletes at Water Sports Centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at Punnamada, Alappuzha in Kerala last week, according to a probe report by SAI.
Mayweather, Pacquiao fight smashes pay-per-view records
The 'Fight of the Century' between boxing greats Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao generated record pay-per-view revenue in the United States.
Why Guardiola's money is on Barcelona
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is now backing his former club Barcelona.
Messi is the best player of all time. Period!
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.
Rome Masters: Djokovic survives Almagro scare, Serena through
Novak Djokovic scraped over his first hurdle at the Rome Masters.
Why the Barcelona coach is 'SUFFERING'
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique had a nerve-racking experience having to watch their stellar run from the sidelines.
PHOTOS: How Barca celebrated their march to the final
Their stunning football has been a pleasure to watch for both fans and neutrals this season.
Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute!
Playing helps me forget the war, the bombs, the rockets and the children who were killed.
5 ways F1 can become fan-friendly
Formula One has a reputation for being exclusive and inaccessible compared to series like the world endurance championship, where fans have much more access to the paddock and drivers during race weekends. But the sport is set for a revamp.
Champions League PHOTOS: Barcelona book their place in final
Barcelona's Neymar struck twice to put the Spanish side in the Champions League final despite a 3-2 loss at Bayern Munich on Tuesday as they progressed 5-3 on aggregate and will face Real Madrid or Juventus next month.
May 12, 2015
Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale's agent for suggesting the Wales winger's team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.
Footballers Paul, Lawrence recommended for Arjuna
India football captain Subrata Paul is among retired stars Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli to have been recommended by the All India Football Federation for the prestigious Arjuna Awards.
Will Mercedes extend Hamilton's contract?
Lewis Hamilton's long-awaited new deal with Mercedes could be announced at the showcase race of the Formula One season in Monaco next week.
Chelsea's Hazard named England's Footballer of Year
Hazard collected 53 percent of the vote making him a comfortable winner, while he and Terry's Chelsea team mates Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the top 10.
Pistorius keen to do social work if released on parole
In a desperate bid to get his life back on track, convicted Paralympics runner Oscar Pistorius has reportedly expressed his interest in assisting disadvantaged children if he is released on parole as early as August.
Nadal struggling, but don't write him off yet!
Despite defeating Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Masters final, Andy Murray believes that it would be a mistake to write off Nadal from being the 'favourites' for the French Open title.
Belgian footballer, 23, dies of heart attack on pitch
Belgian lower-league defender Tim Nicot, 23, died on Monday after suffering a heart attack during a friendly on Saturday, the second such death in Belgium in two weeks.
Champions League: Real stare at trophy-less season as Juve beckon
'They created danger when we lost the ball or because of our errors. I believe that if we stay calm, remain really patient and make them move then the game will go our way'
Newly married Murray wears his wedding ring on his ...errr shoelace
Andy Murray had his wedding ring tied to his shoelace.
Wait and watch! Formula One an option for Audi!
There has long been speculation about whether Audi might be tempted into Formula One.
Meet the contenders for Nadal's crown...
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are determined and inspired by the opportunity to win their first French Open title.
Women's World Cup: England go for experience
England coach Mark Sampson named an experienced squad on Monday for the women's World Cup in Canada.
A collection to boast of!
Barcelona's Gerard Pique is envied. Not just for his footballing skills bout also his football jersey collection.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal sunk by late Gomis header
Arsenal's hopes of catching Manchester City for second place in the Premier League suffered a setback.
May 11, 2015
Rohan Bopanna is now India's number one doubles player
Rohan Bopanna gained three places to be world number 21, and is now country's top ranked player in the ATP doubles chart.
Champions semis: Can home comfort help Bayern overturn the deficit?
"First we have to play football and see what happens. Maybe we can then score a goal and create an atmosphere in the stadium."
Reality strikes Ferrari as they struggle to bridge gap with Mercedes
Ferrari will be looking for answers in Formula One testing this week after champions Mercedes were more dominant than ever in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
Tough to understand India's obsession with Olympics: Advani
TOP Scheme shows how sport treated unequally in India, says Pankaj Advani.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week!
The past week saw a lot of brilliance in sports. It started with Juventus and Barcelona lighting up the Champions League with their inspiring football and, later in the week, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg stoked the F1 circuit in Spain, capping a brilliant win to cut teammate Lewis Hamilton's lead to 20 points.
Can injury-hit Bayern reverse the tide against dazzling Barca?
Bayern Munich will not only have to overturn a 3-0 Champions League semi-final first leg deficit against Barcelona on Tuesday but they will have to do it against a superb defence and in the midst of their biggest slump in years.
Madrid mauling sees Nadal slip outside top five in a decade
Rafael Nadal slumped to one of his worst defeats in a clay final on Sunday but said his week in Madrid had been positive despite losing his Masters crown to Andy Murray in a crushing 6-3, 6-2 reverse.
When a balanced life off-court brings laurels on it
Murray credits marriage for recent surge on clay
European Soccer Roundup: Barca close in on title, PSG almost there
Barcelona look well set to wrap up the La Liga title.
How Sweet! Ajax players get walked onto pitch by their mothers!
The world celebrated Mother's Day on Sunday but Ajax players did it in style.
Liverpool's top four hopes fade away
Liverpool's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League all but ended.
United recruit Depay bids stylish farewell to PSV fans
Manchester United-bound Memphis Depay scored a stunning free kick as Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven beat Heracles.
Ethiopian great Gebrselassie retires from competitive running again
Haile Gebrselassie said on Sunday he was retiring from competitive running.
Madrid Masters: Murray stuns king of clay Nadal
Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay.
PHOTOS: QPR down after City mauling, Liverpool held
Queens Park Rangers bowed out of the Premier League with a whimper after Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to lead his side to a crushing 6-0 victory over the London club on Sunday.
Bopanna lifts Madrid Open trophy with Florin Mergea
Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna won his third title of the 2015 season and first with new partner Florin Mergea as they lifted the Madrid Open trophy with a tense win over Nenand Zimonjic and Martin Matkowski in Madrid on Sunday.
May 10, 2015
Find out why Bale is suffering at Real...
Gareth Bale is suffering at Real Madrid because his team mates are not passing him the ball enough.
Gowda bags gold in Jamaican International meet
Vikas Gowda continued with his fine form as he came up with an effort of 65.14m to win his event.
Madrid gears up for heavyweight final
Rafael Nadal looked something close to his old masterful self on clay again as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych.
Meet the man who ran 2015's fastest 100 metres
Asafa Powell ran the fastest 100 meters in the world this year.
EPL PHOTOS: Burnley relegated, Man United consolidate fourth spot
Manchester United won 2-1 at Crystal Palace to consolidate fourth spot.
Rosberg ends Hamilton's pole run
Nico Rosberg denied world champion team mate Lewis Hamilton a fifth pole position in a row by seizing the top slot for Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday.
May 09, 2015
Yuki-Adrian fight back to win ATP doubles title
Indian Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri clinched his first doubles title of the season with partner Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, following a nerve-wracking win in the rain-hit final of the ATP Challenger event in Karshi, Uzbekistan on Saturday.
Suicide incident: SAI will not rule out 'foul play'
Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas on Saturday said that he would not completely rule out 'foul play'.
Why is Gerrard, Mourinho's favourite enemy?
Jose Mourinho gets a final chance to outwit a player he calls his 'favourite enemy' on Sunday when Steven Gerrard leads Liverpool.
Ligue 1: PSG close in on title with Cavani treble
Paris St Germain took a big step towards the Ligue 1 title when Edinson Cavani's hat-trick inspired them.
Dunga takes over Brazil's Olympic team
Brazil have appointed national team coach Dunga as manager of their Olympic soccer squad.
Kvitova ends Serena's long unbeaten run
World No 1 Serena Williams's 27-match unbeaten run ended with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat by Petra Kvitova in the Madrid Open.
Madrid Open: Murray books semi-final spot
Andy Murray continued his strong clay court form by booking a place in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Milos Raonic.
May 08, 2015
Guardiola hails Bayern's 'super season' despite Barca loss
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola shrugged off criticism.
United's Carrick out for the season, confirms Van Gaal
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the final three games of the Premier League season with a calf problem, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
'People called me mad when I was preparing for winning at Olympics'
Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says people called him a 'mad' when he first started dreaming about Olympic medal.
Sania ousted from Madrid Masters, loses number one ranking
What's going on with Vonn after split with Tiger
US skier Lindsey Vonn is reportedly shattered and hurt after her recent break-up with golf ace Tiger Woods.
Liverpool's Sturridge likely to return in September
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to training in September after undergoing hip surgery in the United States, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Friday.
Saina awarded Rs 25 lakh for reaching All England final
The government rewarded badminton star Saina Nehwal with Rs 25 lakh for reaching the final of the prestigious All England Open Championship in March.
Jitu Rai, Sanorbat recommended for Arjuna by NRAI
Champion pistol shooter Jitu Rai, Rahi Sarnobat and P N Prakash have been recommended by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for the prestigious Arjuna Awards this year.
What you use javelin for once you're retired...
Olympian pulls out daughter's tooth with javelin.
Sports Ministry sets up medical board to probe SAI suicide case
"We have constituted a medical board (for the inquiry into the incident) and our priority is to save the lives of those athletes (girls)," Sonowal said on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi on Friday.
Deceased SAI athlete had told her mother about harassment by seniors
While, Geeta, the mother of the deceased rower, Aparna, disclosed details given by her daughter before her demise, news from the Alapuzha Medical college Hospital states that the three other athletes' conditional critical but stable
I felt Pacquaio won, says Hamilton
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton says he can see something of himself in Manny Pacquiao, even if the Filipino lost the 'Fight of the Century' last weekend.
Madrid Open: Serena, Sharapova on course for BIG showdown
Serena Williams and defending champion Maria Sharapova remained on course for a heavyweight Madrid Open final.
After 8 month ban Wei denied world championship wildcard
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have opted against giving twice Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei a wildcard for the world championship, leaving Malaysia in an awkward selection position.
Bottas denies Ferrari rumours says 'not thinking about any move'
Valtteri Bottas has denied signing a pre-contract with Ferrari, saying he was amused by some of the speculation about his Formula One future.
Alonso ready to reclaim podium with gratefulness in heart
Fernando Alonso can see a brighter future for McLaren, despite turning up at his home Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday with a stye in his eye.
Mayweather makes U-turn on re-match; calls Manny sore loser, coward
Two days after saying he would be open to a re-match with Manny Pacquiao, unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. reversed course on Thursday while describing the Filipino as 'a sore loser'.
Europa League PHOTOS: Sevilla on brink of final; Frustration for Napoli
Sevilla stayed firmly on course for a second consecutive Europa League crown when an Aleix Vidal double and a Kevin Gameiro strike secured a thumping 3-0 win at home to Fiorentina in their semi-final first leg on Thursday.
Madrid Masters: Nadal inching towards second title this season
As Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo watched, the World No 4 Nadal went past Italian Bolelli to set up a quarter-final clash against 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
Sprint legend Lewis tells Bolt to shut up and 'clean up his own house'
Sprint legend Carl Lewis on Thursday waded through the Tyson Gay doping controversy, saying that the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt has raised a legitimate issue but he should 'clean up his own country first' before talking about others.
Brazil soccer great Pele is stable after prostate surgery
In a statement, the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele had undergone a transurethral resection of the prostate. According to the US National Institutes of Health's website, the procedure involves removing an internal part of the prostate gland in order to treat an enlarged prostate.
May 07, 2015
Madrid Open: Sharapova battles past Wozniacki into semis
Maria Sharapova remained on course for consecutive Madrid Open titles when she recovered from dropping the second set to beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday and book a spot in the semi-finals.
Manchester United agree deal for PSV's Memphis Depay
Dutch international forward Memphis Depay has agreed to join Manchester United when the transfer window opens in June, his club PSV Eindhoven said on Thursday.
EPL Preview: Burnley need miracle to avoid relegation
Burnley's seemingly doomed attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Toure certain to leave Manchester City
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is '90 per cent certain' to leave the Premier League club.
Boxing pulls out of World Combat Games
Boxing will no longer be part of the World Combat Games and the international federation is also leaving the SportAccord umbrella organisation.
Henry, Leow watch as magical Messi leaves Bayern spellbound
Lionel Messi's exquisite Champions League double for Barcelona against Bayern Munich was a case of history repeating itself with an added magnificent assist for Neymar to seal an emphatic 3-0 semi-final, first leg win.
French League investigates 15 players for betting offences
Fifteen professional players are being investigating by the French Football League (LFP) for breaking anti-betting regulations, the LFP said on Wednesday.
Euro 2016: Denmark declines to provide area for Serbian fans
The Danish Football Association (DBU) will not set aside a secure area of the national stadium in Copenhagen for groups of Serbian fans when Serbia and Denmark meets in an Euro 2016 Group I qualifier on June 13.
Pacquiao shoulder surgery a success
Manny Pacquiao underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.
PHOTOS: TEN Most Valuable football teams in the world
Real Madrid top Forbes' most valuable soccer teams list, followed by their La Liga counterparts, FC Barcelona.
Tall order: Bhullar wants to trigger basketball frenzy in India
Sim Bhullar knows it is going to be a tall order but the first NBA player of Indian descent believes that, like Yao Ming in China, he can trigger basketball frenzy.
SAI to give surviving athletes best possible medical treatment
'It is the most shocking and tragic incident in the history of SAI'
Azarenka suffers match-point meltdown in Serena loss
Victoria Azarenka suffered a stunning meltdown and blew three match points against world number one Serena Williams before losing 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(1) in the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.
Formula One: Williams tester Wolff is close yet still so far
Susie Wolff will be back at the wheel of a Williams Formula One car in Barcelona on Friday with little in the way of fanfare but a clear aim in mind.
One dead as four SAI women athletes attempt suicide
Four teenaged sportswomen, who were undergoing training at Sports Authority of India's, Water Sports Centre in Alapuzha, Kerala, attempted suicide on Wednesday afternoon.
Champions League: Bayern kept possession but lost the plot
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola had predicted there was nothing he could do to contain the sublime talent of Lionel Messi during their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday -- and he was proved right.
Champions League: 77 -- Messi and the magic number
Barcelona and Bayern fought hard but failed to break the shackles until the 77th minute in the match when Messi struck the first and three minutes later struck his 77th Champions League goal to double Barca's advantage.
PHOTOS: Giant-slayer Kyrgios stuns Federer in Madrid
Roger Federer became the latest big name to get sucked up by a whirlwind called Nick Kyrgios as the Australian tyro sent the Swiss top seed spinning out of the Madrid Masters in the second round on Wednesday.
Serena can break Court's 24 Slams singles record: Navratilova
Serena Williams can break Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles despite being five short at an age when most players have retired, according to Martina Navratilova.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi nets double as Barca romp past Bayern
Two late moments of Lionel Messi magic and a goal from Neymar helped Barcelona break the resistance of Bayern Munich in a pulsating 3-0 victory in their Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
May 06, 2015
Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe's elite
Juventus's win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football's elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.
TTFI not to hire coach for Rio, leaving players in lurch
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has decided against hiring a foreign coach for the Rio Olympics, a move that will adversely affect the players preparation, especially the women's team, for the Summer Games in August next year.
Liverpool's Sturridge says hip surgery successful
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had successful surgery on a hip problem that effectively ended his season, he said on social media on Tuesday.
Battle of tactics as Barca and Bayern go head to head
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is ready for surprises when he comes up against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich on Wednesday in what he believes will be an open and attractive game.
I'm here to take Bayern to the final: Guardiola
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says there is no way of stopping Barcelona's Lionel Messi in his present form ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash on Wednesday.
From bad boy to leader, Tevez overshadows Real's million-dollar babies
Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
A broken heart and sleepless nights won't distract ambitious Woods
Pro golfer Tiger Woods is not known to show too much emotion on the course or off it but the last few days have been particularly demanding off the former World No 1 and for once he was vocal about it.
Fight of Century: US boxing fans sue Pacquiao for concealing injury
Boxer Manny Pacquiao was sued in a US court on Tuesday by two people who said they paid to watch him fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the "Fight of Century" but felt defrauded by Pacquiao's alleged failure to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.
Champions League PHOTOS: When Juve dominated Real Madrid
'We made more mistakes than usual, not just Sergio, but at the back we had more difficulties because Juve put us under a lot of pressure'
Mayweather open to rematch with Pacquiao: report
Floyd Mayweather added another wrinkle to the fallout of his fight against Manny Pacquiao by saying he would be open to a rematch after the Filipino southpaw recovers from shoulder surgery, according to an ESPN report on Tuesday.
Juventus beat Real Madrid in Champions League semis first leg
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez scored a second-half penalty as the hosts beat holders Real Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League semi-final, first leg, on Tuesday.
May 05, 2015
BAI joins move to oust IOA chief Ramachandran
The move to oust Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran appears to be gathering steam as Badminton Association of India also joined the chorus in demanding a No Confidence Motion against him by calling a Special General Meeting.
Bopanna-Mergea score hard-fought first round win at Madrid Open
The Indo-Romanian pair defeated the Croat-Finnish combination of Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-6 to enter the Round of 32.
Barca's attacking trio will be too hot to handle for Bayern
The South American trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez reached a scorching 108 goals for the season following the La Liga leaders' 8-0 destruction of Cordoba on Saturday but the team's defence is yet to dispel doubts
Lewandowski included in Bayern squad for Champions League semi-final
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was included in the German champions' squad for their Champions League semi-final, first leg at Barcelona on Wednesday despite serious facial injuries sustained last week.
Pacquiao faces possible sanctions for hiding shoulder injury
The fallout from the "Fight of the Century" became murkier on Monday with possible lawsuits in the works and Manny Pacquiao likely to face disciplinary action for failing to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury.
Pivotal Sanchez replicates Henry magic in first season at Arsenal
Earlier this season Arsenal great Henry, who scored 175 Premier League goals for the club, said Sanchez had been Wenger's "best signing in the last six years".
Juve ready to take their chances against 'great' Real Madrid
Coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed suggestions that the newly crowned Serie A champions have nothing to lose
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal coast past Hull, close in on Champions League berth
Arsenal all but sealed Champions League qualification for an 18th successive season after they eased past relegation-threatened Hull City 3-1 in the Premier League on Monday.
May 04, 2015
Jharkhand joins call for No Confidence Motion against IOA chief
The Jharkhand Olympic Association joined Hockey India and the Bowling Federation of India in demanding a No Confidence Motion against incumbent IOA president N Ramachandran by calling a Special General Body Meeting.
Murray snaps clay-court jinx with first title in Munich
Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career on Monday with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) victory over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final.
Real Madrid face another defensive barrier at Juventus
Having battled to break down one of Europe's meanest defences in the quarter-finals, Real Madrid will have to do it all over again when they face Juventus in their Champions League semi-final.
Yuki breaks back into top-200
Yuki Bhambri broke back into the top-200 after 15 months, thanks to a solid performance at the ATP Taipei Challenger, where he made the semi-finals to leap to number 186 in the latest rankings.
Benzema ruled out of Champions League clash at Juventus
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has not recovered sufficiently from a knee injury and has been left out of the squad for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Juventus, the holders said on Monday.
Bolt-less Jamaicans double up in relays as US men drop baton
Jamaica won the showcase 4x200 metres relay without Usain Bolt as their American rivals dropped the baton at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas on Sunday.
Match-fixing in cricket has affected football's popularity in India
"India should also be a powerhouse in world football but it is not, because of match-fixing in cricket for goodness sake'
Everybody knows we deserve EPL title, asserts Mourinho
There was no celebratory run down the touchline, no dancing on the pitch, just a sober reflection of a job well done from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Sunday after his side beat Crystal Palace to win the Premier League title.
La Liga: Valencia boost Champions League hopes; Atletico held
A bullet header from Nicolas Otamendi put Valencia on course for a 3-1 victory over Eibar in La Liga on Sunday that boosted their hopes of claiming a Champions League place.
Serie A: Roma back to second; Napoli thrash demoralised Milan
Alessandro Florenzi ran more than half the length of the field to score and cap a 2-0 win for AS Roma over Genoa which took them back into second place in Serie A on Sunday.
EPL: Aguero, in hunt for Golden Boot, scores blinder against Spurs
Sergio Aguero won his personal striking duel with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, scoring the winner for Manchester City as they ended a four-game losing streak on the road in the Premier League on Sunday.
Can racquet switch halt Nadal's slump?
The World No 4 is unfazed by rankings drop before Madrid tournament and the French Open.
Golfer Woods and girlfriend Vonn announce split
Pro golfer Tiger Woods and US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn have broken up after a nearly three-year relationship, the pair said on Sunday.
PHOTOS: Blue is the colour as Chelsea claim title
The club anthem Blue is the Colour resounded around a joyful Stamford Bridge and champagne flowed as Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years with a typically stubborn 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
May 03, 2015
Federer ends three-year claycourt drought with Istanbul title
Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open on Sunday, beating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6 (11) for his first clay title in three years.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to clinch Premier League title
Chelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years with a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at a jubilant Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Kowli resigns ahead of Boxing India SGM
Faced with a certain ouster, Boxing India secretary general Jay Kowli has resigned ahead of BI's much-anticipated Special General Meeting in New Delhi.
Table Tennis: Ding defies injury to win second world title
China's Ding Ning has claimed a second women's singles world title by battling through an ankle injury that left her in a heap to beat compatriot Liu Shiwen 4-3 in the final.
PHOTOS: Hollywood descends upon Vegas for royal megabout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight mega bout at theMGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Chelsea are boring under Mourinho: Gullit
Chelsea play "ugly" football under Jose Mourinho and the Premier League's runaway leaders deserve to be branded as boring because of their refusal to attack teams, their former manager Ruud Gullit has said.
Football rallies round grieving Ferdinand
Football rallied round on Saturday to offer support to former England captain Rio Ferdinand following the death of his wife, Rebecca Ellison, from cancer.
Filipinos take Pacquiao loss hard, demand rematch
Manny Pacquiao's loss to undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr in their welterweight showdown in Las Vegas was met with tears, anger and accusations of foul play in his homeland of the Philippines on Sunday.
Shoulder injury hampered Pacquiao's bout
Filipino Manny Pacquiao said a shoulder injury hampered his bid to hand Floyd Mayweather a first ever defeat as a professional on Saturday as the American improved his record to 48-0 with a unanimous decision.
EPL PHOTOS: Van Persie misses penalty as United lose again
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cut a frustrated figure after his team lost 1-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, their third successive defeat in the Premier League.
Americans stun Bolt and Jamaica at World Relays
Not even Usain Bolt could overcome a big American lead as the US men sprinted to a convincing victory over Jamaica in the 4x100 metres relay at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on Saturday.
Leverkusen beat second-string Bayern 2-0 to go third
Bayer Leverkusen beat a second-string Bayern Munich 2-0 on Saturday to move up to third in the Bundesliga and get back on course for an automatic Champions League spot with three matches left in the season.
Is it title number 31or 33 for Juve? Controversy ensues after win
Juventus added a touch of controversy to their Serie A title celebrations on Saturday by suggesting it was the 33rd, not the 31st, time they had won the league.
PHOTOS: Juventus clinch fourth successive Serie A title
Juventus landed a fourth successive Serie A crown, and their first under coach Massimiliano Allegri, with four games to spare by winning 1-0 at Sampdoria on Saturday.
Glitches hit Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view broadcast
Customers of US cable companies took to social media on Saturday to report problems ordering the pay-per-view (PPV) for the boxing megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, which was expected to smash records.
PHOTOS: How the Mayweather v Pacquiao bout was fought round-by-round
American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued his unbeaten run over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines with a unanimous decision victory in their welterweight megabout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Mayweather maintains undefeated run after beating Pacquiao in megabout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. cemented his place among the pantheon of boxing greats by improving to 48-0 with a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in a fight that lived up to its immense hype and price tag.
Mayweather beats Pacquiao via unanimous decision
Floyd Mayweather Jr. preserved his unbeaten record as a professional with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight mega bout at theMGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
Suarez grabs hat-trick as Barca rout Cordoba; Real also win
Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged a brace as Barcelona thrashed bottom side Cordoba 8-0 on Saturday to move a step closer to their fifth La Liga title in seven years.
May 02, 2015
Shot putter Inderjeet seals Rio Olympics spot
World University Games silver medallist shot putter Inderjeet Singh achieved the qualification mark for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 with a throw of 20.65m on the second day of the 19th Federation Cup at Mangala Stadium, in Mangalore, on Saturday.
European clubs give boost to football in Asia
Visits by major English and European clubs to Asia are helping to boost the game in the region.
Munich Open: Murray rallies past Rosol to reach semis
World No 3 Andy Murray remained on course for a first career clay court title.
Pressure grows on Indian Olympic Association to oust chief Ramachandran
The Bowling Federation of India (BFI) on Saturday joined Hockey India in demanding a special General Body Meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to take up a No Confidence Motion against incumbent president Narayanswami Ramachandran.
Indian boxing fans WILL WATCH Manny v Mayweather megafight
The fans can watch the bout live on Indian television.
Indian boxing officials spar among themselves
Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia and Secretary General Jay Kowli are set to be ousted through a No Confidence Motion.
After six decades, China, S Korea team-up for table tennis title
China's Xu Xin and Yang Ha-eun of South Korea have teamed up to become the first cross-border partnership to win the world mixed doubles table tennis championship.
Why Drogba can't wait for Sunday?
Didier Drogba is expecting a 'crazy' Stamford Bridge atmosphere.
Will Brazil's Adriano sign lucrative ISL deal?
Former Brazil and Inter Milan striker Adriano could be the latest high-profile footballer to join Indian Super League.
Wenger accuses Mourinho of disrespecting other managers
Arsene Wenger hit back at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's thinly-veiled criticism.
Istanbul Open: Federer reaches last four
Roger Federer was given a fright before reaching the semi-final of the inaugural Istanbul Open.
1 pound! That's the advantage Mayweather has over Manny
Manny Pacquiao weighed in one pound lighter than American Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino was welcomed by deafening cheers from his supporters.
At 40, hats off to David Beckham!
Rediff.com have put together a picture gallery of the legendary footballer, model, businessman, doting father, loving husband, ambassador. Take a look...
David Beckham's 40th birthday, wish him
David Beckham turns 40 on Saturday and the English football legend celebrated his milestone birthday in style.
May 01, 2015
Serie A: Three own goals as Napoli slump to 4-2 defeat
Three own goals were scored as Napoli's spectacularly inconsistent season continued with a 4-2 defeat at Empoli on Thursday.
Watch out! Verbal sparring ahead of megabout
Trainers engage in a war of words on Thursday.
Saturday's megabout Mayweather Jr v Pacquiao in numbers
Saturday's heavily anticipated welterweight showdown between undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected to be the richest prize fight of all time.
6 memorable fights in boxing history!
Six of the most memorable bouts to have ever taken place in the history of boxing.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Mary Kom's coach makes his prediction
Atkinson, at the grand old age of 73, exclusively tells Laxmi Negi/rediff.com that his heart would love Manny to win, but his head says 'Moneybags' has all the skills to pull it off.
April 30, 2015
Srinivasan's brother Ramachandran faces the heat; IOA feud out in open
Just days after International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach's visit to the country, the factional feud within Indian Olympic Association (IOA) surfaced on Thursday with a National Sports Federation head moving a No Confidence motion against incumbent president Narayanswami Ramachandran.
La Liga: Free-scoring Real Madrid face tough test at Sevilla
Real Madrid have defied injuries to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona and notched up over 100 La Liga goals but they now face arguably the toughest test of their title charge in an away match to Sevilla on Saturday.
India's campaign in New Zealand Open ends
The Indian campaign at the $ 120,000 New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold ended.
India's Praful Patel is AFC's vice president
AIFF president Praful Patel was elected uncontested as Asian Football Confederation's Vice President of the SAFF Region at the AFC Congress held in Bahrain.
Fight of the Century: Mayweather talks money!
Ahead of the much-anticipated 'fight of the century' bout on Saturday, unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has said that he and his rival Manny Pacquiao are not on a level-playing field financially.
Mayweather's new love and Pacquiao's king size entourage
Love is in the air for US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, who will soon going to have one-on-one with Manny Pacquiao.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Rincon wanted by Interpol
Former Colombia, Real Madrid and Corinthians midfielder Freddy Rincon is wanted for questioning about drug crimes in Panama, Interpol said on Wednesday.
NBA star Abdul-Jabbar evaluated for dizziness after surgery
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was evaluated and released from the emergency department of a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, about two weeks after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said.
Hockey India names 24-member squad for Japan series
A 24-strong team for the men's hockey series against Japan was announced on Thursday, following a week-long preparatory camp held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, that commenced on April 22.
Berlusconi meeting Thai businessman over Milan stake sale
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi met Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol on Wednesday to discuss the sale of a stake in Serie A football club AC Milan, which he has owned for almost 30 years.
Real, Atletico dismiss reports of FIFA ban
Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico have dismissed reports in Spanish media of a possible FIFA ban from the next two transfer windows over breaches of rules on the signing of foreign Under-18 players.
Is Olympiakos Champions League's place in doubt?
The Journalists Newspaper reported that the Greek champions' place in Europe's elite competition would be at risk if corruption claims against club president Marinakis were proven.
Before Fight of the Century, Mayweather, Pacquiao downplay animosity
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao appeared more focussed on conserving energy and downplaying animosity.
Pacquiao's trainer continues war of words
"I am wondering if he (Mayweather) is going to show up, I really do," says Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach.
EPL: Mourinho's cuss words spark Chelsea comeback
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho delivered an expletive-laden halftime team talk that fired his side to a 3-1 comeback victory over Leicester City on Wednesday and moved them to within three points of the Premier League title.
Chelsea well on way to grab EPL title but can Arsenal catch them?
Chelsea have been accused of being boring but they will not mind one bit if they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to win the Premier League title for the first time in five years.
In-form Wolfsburg reach first German Cup final in 20 years
VfL Wolfsburg ended Arminia Bielefeld's sensational German Cup run, crushing the third division club 4-0 on Wednesday to book a spot in their first Cup final in 20 years where they will face Borussia Dortmund.
Construction at two Olympic 2016 venues in Rio halted
Construction at a tennis arena was stopped while work was partially suspended at the velodrome, the ministry said in a note, citing a "grave and imminent danger to the physical safety of workers."
Serie A: Tevez strikes brace but Juve made to wait for title by Lazio
Carlos Tevez scored twice to give Serie A leaders Juventus a 3-2 win over Fiorentina on Wednesday but Lazio prevented them from celebrating the title by thumping bottom club Parma 4-0, which condemned their opponents to Serie B.
La Liga PHOTOS: Rodriguez scores screamer as Real stroll past Almeria
Real Madrid kept alive their hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona when a James Rodriguez stunner set them on their way to a serene 3-0 home victory over struggling Almeria on Wednesday.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea close in on title after win at Leicester
Chelsea came from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Wednesday and move to within one win of clinching the Premier League title for the first time in five years.
Djokovic pulls out of Madrid to rest before French Open
World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open for a second consecutive year to rest before the Rome Masters and the French Open, organisers of the clay Masters event said on Wednesday.
April 29, 2015
Former EPL player Facey guilty of bribery charges
Former Premier League striker Delroy Facey was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in a match-fixing trial on Wednesday.
Pawar marches into New Zealand Open last 16
Indian shuttler Anand Pawar notched up straight-game victories in the first two rounds of the New Zealand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament to advance to the men's singles pre-quarterfinals in Auckland on Wednesday.
World TT: Sharath reaches third round, equals best show at Worlds
Sharath Kamal of India moved into the third round of the World Table Tennis Championship in Suzhou, China, on Wednesday.
'Liverpool clearly need a goal threat for the next season'
Liverpool's half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League's top four.
WSB: Indian boxer Bidhuri records third consecutive bout win
Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri (52kg) is fast making a name for himself at the International Boxing Association's semi-professional World Series of Boxing, churning out three consecutive wins for his franchise Italia Thunder in the ongoing season.
Mayweather-Pacquiao undergo drug testing before bout
Unbeaten US boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and Filipino boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao have left no stone unturned in ensuring that they enter the ring for Saturday's 'Fight-of-the-Century' bout completely drug-free.
Liverpool paying price for squandering Suarez cash
Liverpool's half-baked pre-season transfer dealings have come back to bite them with Brendan Rodgers admitting his side have lacked the quality to finish in the Premier League's top four.
Fight Of The Century: Pacquiao confident of beating Mayweather
Filipino politician-turned-boxer Manny Pacquiao has said that he is fully confident of beating undefeated US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather despite being tipped as the 'underdog' for the much-anticipated 'fight of the century' bout on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Fresh injury worries threaten Bayern's Champions League run
Torn muscle sidelines Robben for rest of the season; Lewandowski breaks jaw
Atletico unaware of possible FIFA transfer ban
Atletico Madrid are unaware of a possible transfer embargo after Spanish media reported FIFA were set to bar the club and city rivals Real Madrid from the next two windows.
Boxing legend Ali sends a reminder to Mayweather
Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali may have taken a swipe at unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather after the latter claimed that he is the greatest fighter of all-time.
Australia 2028 Games bid would have 'great chance': Bach
A bid from Australia to host the Summer Olympics for the third time would have a "great chance" of winning what he hoped would be a hotly-contested bidding process, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.
Iran defender banned for nine months
Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh has been handed a nine-month ban by the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) after being found guilty of attacking a fan.
Say no to Premier League 'circus games'
Malaysian fans say no to Premier League 'circus games'.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona's TERRIFIC trio rout Getafe
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar motored past 100 goals for the season.
Women's world chess: Harika bags silver, bronze for Humpy
Dronavalli Harika and Koneru Humpy came up with fine individual performances to win a silver and a bronze, respectively.
April 28, 2015
Saina, Bindra among 45 athletes for Target Olympic Podium assistance
Seventeen shooters, prominent among who is Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, are among 45 athletes selected by the government for financial assistance under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.
Panel detail Lee's negligent practices in doping case
For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored.
Figo hopes World Cup expansion plan can gain Asia support
FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo will hope to convince delegates at this week's Asian Football Confederation Congress that a vote for him would boost the region's chances of more places in future World Cup finals.
Federer says 'struggling' Nadal still favourite to win French Open
The 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer believes that Rafael Nadal is still the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spaniard's recent struggles to regain form.
Barca go on treble charge as Real Madrid play catch-up
Now, Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.
India's Sathiyan in World TT main draw
India's G Sathiyan continued his good show and qualified for the main draw of the men's singles event at the World Table Tennis Championships, in Suzhou, China.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the Week
When Vijay Mallya plants a kiss on anyone's cheek it makes for a story and picture, more so when the Virat Kohli is the one at the 'receiving end'. Also, when Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, makes his motor sport debut the picture becomes worth a thousand words.
Fan violence threatens to dampen Juve celebrations
Juventus look set to wrap up their fourth successive Serie A title in the next seven days although the crowd violence which marred Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Torino could take the shine of their celebrations.
Mayweather v Pacquiao fight to break broadcast pay records
Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday's boxing mega-match "ridiculous."
After NBA debut Bhullar to tour India to promote basketball
Sim Bhullar, who earlier this month became the first player of Indian descent to play in the high-profile National Basketball Association (NBA) league, will visit India from May 2-7 to promote the growth of basketball in the country.
Goal difference sees Bournemouth all but promoted to EPL
Bournemouth's remarkable rise from the brink of obscurity was virtually completed when they effectively sealed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history on Monday.
La Liga: Battle for fourth spot heats up after Valencia win
Valencia recaptured fourth place in La Liga from Sevilla when Sofiane Feghouli scored the pick of the goals in a 4-0 stroll at home to second-from-bottom Granada on Monday.
When Sandhu defied his dad and chose football over cricket
, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's father wanted his son to become a cricketer but the goalkeeper is glad he did not heed the paternal advice.
April 27, 2015
Speculation over: IOC chief says India won't bid for 2024 Olympics
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach laid to rest speculation about India's possible bid for the 2024 Olympics, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not even propose it during their meeting in New Delhi on Monday.
Badminton star Lee Chong Wei handed backdated doping ban
Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei was a relieved man on Monday after being handed a backdated eight-month ban for doping by the Badminton World Federation, leaving him free to go for gold at the Rio Olympics next year.
Like father, like son: Schumacher's son impresses in Formula 4
Michael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick sprayed the winner's champagne after capping an impressive debut weekend.
Tottenham's overnight sensation Kane announces arrival with award
It took Harry Kane four years to become an overnight sensation at Tottenham Hotspur and with a Young Player of the Year award as a full England international.
When Terry helped Chelsea snap Arsenal's nine-match win streak
Chelsea plucked a performance straight from the Jose Mourinho textbook -- with John Terry writing a chapter all of his own -- as they grafted to a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Sunday that leaves them almost certain to claim the title.
Chelsea's Oscar hospitalised after colliding with Arsenal 'keeper
Chelsea's Brazil playmaker Oscar was taken to hospital after being clattered by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the 0-0 Premier League draw at the Emirates on Sunday.
La Liga PHOTOS: Real Madrid go two points adrift of leaders Barca
Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez struck twice as they came from behind to beat Celta Vigo 4-2 away and keep the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Hazard edges Kane to win England's PFA player of the year
Chelsea's Belgium forward won Eden Hazard England's PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday.
April 26, 2015
Bundesliga: Bayern win 25th title
Bayern Munich claimed a third straight Bundesliga title on Sunday .
Paper bomb at Turin derby injures 10
At least 10 people were injured when a paper bomb exploded during the Turin soccer derby between Torino and Juventus on Sunday.
Everton were more motivated and aggressive than us: Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal accused his Manchester United players of being out-fought in a 3-0 defeat at Everton.
First time in 20 years Torino beat Serie A leaders Juventus
Torino came from behind to beat Serie A leaders Juventus 2-1 in a pulsating derby on Sunday.
Stuttgart Grand Prix: Germany's Kerber stuns Wozniacki
Germany's Angelique Kerber came from a set down to outmuscle Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
'Wore sunglasses to keep a lid on my emotions'
Paula Radcliffe struggled to hold back the tears as she tore down the Mall in front of her adoring fans.
Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign
Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion.
President's Cup: Boxers Sarjubala, Pinki strike gold for India
Rounding off a reasonably successful campaign for India, Shamjetsabam Sarjubala (48kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) clinched god medals.
EPL PHOTOS: Everton blank jittery Man Utd; Chelsea hold Arsenal
Manchester United's top-four aspirations suffered a setback as Louis van Gaal's side were blown away 3-0 by Everton.
Golf Roundup: Wu secures landmark China Open victory
Wu Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour title on home soil.
London Marathon: Beckhams, Button, Paula step out in style
England's football star David Beckham and his family stepped out in full force to cheer his son Romeo, who took part in the London Marathon.
London Marathon PHOTOS: Kipchoge wins fierce battle with Kipsang
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds on Sunday.
Will India bid for 2024 Olympics? IOC chief Bach to meet PM Modi on Monday
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday during his one-day whirlwind visit to discuss ways to take Indian sports forward amid speculation that the country might bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
U-14 girls football team return safely from quake-hit Nepal
The Indian U-14 Girls' team landed safely in New Delhi from an earthquake struck Kathmandu on Sunday.
Belgrade Burning: Injuries and arrests after violent derby
Thirty-five police officers were hurt and 41 fans arrested in a violent Belgrade derby.
Bundesliga: Lacklustre Bayern win to close in on title
Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday.
Find out PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat in terms of sports...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal for climbing to No 1 in world rankings.
EPL PHOTOS: Leicester surprise again, Man City win
Leicester City continued to do their best Houdini impression on Saturday as they escaped the Premier League drop zone for the first time since November while Manchester City went up to second spot with a thrilling win.
April 25, 2015
'The criticism was on me because I was the transfer of Moyes'
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini contemplated leaving the club after a disappointing debut season but the towering Belgian believes he is now reaping the rewards of fighting for his place at Old Trafford.
'It's simple, Liverpool need more of a goal scoring threat'
Liverpool need a top-level striker who can play every week and Daniel Sturridge could lose his role as the club's leading man after an injury-hit season, manager Brendan Rodgers has said.
Pep Guardiola brands Barca as 'best team in the world'
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has termed his former club Barcelona as the 'best team in the world', after both the teams were being drawn against each other for the high-octane Champions League semi-final clash.
Martina Navratilova steps down as Agnieszka Radwanska's coach
Martina Navratilova has stepped down as coach to world number nine Agnieszka Radwanska after a brief five-month stint with the Polish tennis player.
April 24, 2015
'Stupid' to reduce Gay's ban, says Bolt
Gay's reduced ban sends wrong message, says Bolt.
Saina, Sindhu exit Badminton Asia Championships
Indian challenge ended at the Asia Badminton Championship with Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu suffering three-game defeats in the quarter-finals of the continental championship in Wuhan.
Take a look at the EPL's highest wage payers
Manchester United have surpassed local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table in terms of salary paid to their players.
Champions League Semis: It's Barcelona vs Bayern; Juventus vs Real
Barcelona have been drawn to play Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.
Indian footballer Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday.
Will Brazilians dominate medal count in Rio?
Brazilian Minister of Sports George Hilton says everything is on track for the 2016 Rio Games.
Cycling team Astana retain elite licence despite doping cases
Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali can ride in this year's race after his Astana team kept their world tour licence on Thursday despite a string of doping cases, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday.
Who's the boss? Rodgers asserts his position at Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation about his job by saying he is the best man to lead the club and that he expects to be in charge next season.
Ready to pay knockout prices for Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight?
Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday.
Bayern Munich hope to cap successful week with Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich have all but secured their third consecutive Bundesliga title and victory over Hertha Berlin could see them clinch it as early as this weekend.
Racism row over Stockholm Marathon prize money
Accusations of racism have forced organisers of the Stockholm Marathon to change their proposed plan to give prize money to only Nordic runners.
Europa PHOTOS: Sevilla overcome poor 'keeping, Zenit to enter semis
Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro grabbed a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday to send the Europa League holders into the semi-finals after woeful goalkeeping had threatened to ruin their night.
April 23, 2015
Nadal felled by Fognini in Barcelona third round
Rafa Nadal's bid to get back to top form before the French Open suffered a setback when he crashed to a 6-4, 7-6(6) defeat to 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Barcelona Open on Thursday.
Sunderland's Johnson charged with under-age sex offences
Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson has been charged with four offences concerning sex with an under-age girl, a prosecutor said on Thursday.
Sania, Martina's winning run broken in Stuttgart Grand Prix
Playing her first match as world number one, India's Sania Mirza crashed out of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event with partner Martina Hingis, who was
Indian Badminton League promoters may take BAI to court
Sports Solutionz, the promoters of the Indian Badminton League, are contemplating legal action against the Badminton Association of India in the wake of reports it has terminated the tournament agreement with them.
Will Guardiola stay at Bayern beyond 2016?
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola will see out his three-year contract with the German champions, who are hopeful of an extension beyond 2016, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.
'When I first got here at Juventus all I asked for was respect'
When Massimiliano Allegri arrived in Turin last July, Juventus ownership had set two goals for him - win a fourth straight "Scudetto" and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games
A year after hosting the football World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event -- the Indigenous Peoples World Games.
Greece face FIFA and UEFA suspension over new law
Greece's Football Federation (EPO) could be suspended from international football over government interference should a proposed new sports law be voted in, FIFA and UEFA have warned.
Infighting in PCI leaves para athletes's future in dark
Paralympic Committee of India's newly-appointed interim president Nale Nandkishor said the de-recognition by the Sports Ministry was expected after its international body IPC banned them for mismanagement.
Ramos 'central' to Real's good fortune
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.
Saina, Sindhu win; Kashyap loses in Asia Championship
World No. 1 Saina Nehwal started her campaign with a hard-fought win, while P V Sindhu eased past her opponent at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championship.
Champions League: Hernandez steals the limelight in Real win
Javier Hernandez has been a bit-part player at Real Madrid since joining on loan from Manchester United but injuries handed the Mexico striker a rare chance on Wednesday which he took with aplomb.
Wenger must end Mourinho jinx to slow Chelsea charge
Arsene Wenger gets another chance to finally beat his old nemesis and keep the Premier League title race alive for a little longer when Arsenal host leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
Champions League: Atletico suffer first loss in eight games vs Real
Coach Diego Simeone goes home 'content' after his team's 1-0 loss in their Champions League match on Wednesday
Champions League PHOTOS: Hernandez goal seals Real win; Juve advance
Javier Hernandez's late strike kept Real Madrid on course for a record-extending 11th European Cup crown with a 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in a tense quarter-final at the Bernebau on Wednesday.
The UEFA Champions League's greatest comebacks
Following Bayern Munich's brilliant 7-4 (on aggregate) win over FC Porto in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, here's a look at a few memorable come-from-behind victories in Europe's premier football competition.
April 22, 2015
Asia Badminton Championship: Kashyap, Sindhu advance
India's Parupalli Kashyap played one of the longest matches of his career as he roared into the prequarterfinals.
Bruised PSG have a long way to go in Europe
Paris St Germain's then sports director Leonardo declared the club were ready for tougher competitions in Europe two years ago but Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final exit suggests PSG need more time to reach the top.
For Bayern's Guardiola, beating Porto was 'a matter of life or death'
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola weathered his first major crisis at the German club, coming out stronger after his team crushed Porto 7-4 on aggregate on Tuesday to move into the Champions League last four.
SPOTTED! Andy Murray at Camp Nou
Britain's No 1 tennis player Andy Murray watched Neymar score twice.
Back? I was never away, says Barca's Iniesta
Andres Iniesta will always be a hero to Barcelona.
India loves Manchester Utd -- Twitter's EPL follower map WILL surprise you!
If you are a football fan, particularly of the English Premier League, you are bound to 'follow' your favourite club on Twitter.
Barca's best is still to come, warns coach Luis Enrique
Barca made a slow start to the campaign under their new coach but after beating Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals they are on course to repeat the treble success.
Bayern's transition from injury-plagued to amazing
Injury-plagued Bayern Munich chasing a treble.
Malaysia's sportsman of the year can be suspended shuttler Lee
Former badminton World No 1 Lee Chong Wei has been nominated for Malaysia's 2014 sportsman of the year award.
Bizarre: Bayern tore apart Porto while Pep ripped his trousers!
Pep Guardiola suffered a minor wardrobe malfunction.
Champions League: Rodriguez key to Real's success vs Atletico
With Real Madrid facing an injury crisis ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid attention will be on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to lead them through but James Rodriguez may hold the key.
10 BEST Sports Photos of the week!
From bloody noses to sparks on the race track, Rediff.com has the best pictures from the last week snapped right here...
CL PHOTOS: Brilliant Bayern, Barcelona reach semis
Neymar scored twice as Barcelona reached the Champions League semi-finals.
April 21, 2015
Govt. to support 45 athletes for 2016 Rio Olympics
The Sports Ministry identified 45 potential medal winners, who will get financial assistance under the government scheme 'Target Olympic Podium' for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tainted IOA official Bhanot set to contest Asian Athletics Association polls
It is learnt that Bhanot has been recommended by the Athletics Federation of India to contest the AAA elections to be held on June 1 prior to the Asian Athletics Championships at Wuhan in China from June 3 to 7.
Villa charged following fans' pitch invasion
Aston Villa have been charged for failing to control their fans following a pitch invasion after the FA Cup quarter-final against West Bromwich Albion.
Wawrinka announces end of on-off relationship with wife Ilham
Swiss tennis ace Stanislas Wawrinka has revealed this week that his on-off relationship with wife Ilham has ended.
Can Hamilton catch up with British F1 legend Jackie Stewart?
Jackie Stewart, Britain's only triple Formula One world champion, knows his record is on borrowed time after Lewis Hamilton's storming victory in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
Champions League: Juve aim 100 percent dominance over French
Juventus will be hoping to make it 11 victories out of 11 against French teams in knockout ties when they face AS Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
I am used to threat posed by unstoppable Djokovic: Nadal
'Djokovic had an impeccable year in 2011 as well as he is having in 2015, says Nadal.
Date set! IOC boss to meet PM Modi on April 27
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is arriving in India on April 26.
Africans rule but 'Strong Boston' echoes two years after bombing
Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack.
April 20, 2015
Anand draws with Kramnik in Shamkir Chess
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand drew with old foe Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the fourth round of Shamkir Chess 2015, held in the memory of Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov.
PHOTOS: Rossi reigns in Argentina after Marquez crashes out
Italian Valentino Rossi emerged triumphant in the Argentine MotoGP Grand Prix despite a clash with World champion Marc Marquez in the second-last lap which saw the Spaniard crash out.
Bayern's Ribery doubtful for Champions League tie vs Porto
France winger Franck Ribery is highly unlikely to recover from an ankle injury in time to feature for Bayern Munich in the Champions League fixture against Porto, coach Pep Guardiola said on the eve of the match on Monday.
Lok Sabha felicitates World No 1 Saina and Sania
The Lok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton star Saina Nehwal and tennis player Sania Mirza.
Nigel Short infuriates players with 'women no good at chess' jibe
English chess grandmaster Nigel Short has landed himself in hot water and has been slammed by leading female chess players.
European Roundup: Chelsea, Bayern close in on titles
Chelsea moved within touching distance of a first Premier League title in five years with a 1-0 win over Manchester United while Lionel Messi reached a landmark with his 400th career goal for La Liga leaders Barcelona.
F1 pit lane tales: The return of Raikkonen amidst fireworks
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene welcomed back the Kimi Raikkonen of old on Sunday.
Champions League: Will Pep-talk revive injury-hit Bayern's fortunes?
Bayern Munich are on a mission with coach Pep Guardiola firing up his injury-hit team as they seek to reverse a 3-1 deficit against Porto in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday.
Ebola unites football icons Zidane, Ronaldo
Football idols Zidane and Ronaldo team up in UN Ebola fundraiser.
Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic adds another feather to his cap
Novak Djokovic continued his awe-inspiring run of form to claim the Monte Carlo Masters.
Gerrard's FA Cup final dream goes kaput!
Aston Villa will meet holders Arsenal in the FA Cup final next month.
Hamilton wins again under Bahrain floodlights
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny Mercedes another one-two finish under the floodlights.
April 19, 2015
Ecclestone gives Azerbaijan the all-clear
Formula One has no qualms about holding a grand prix in Azerbaijan next year despite concerns raised by rights activists, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday.
La Liga: Ronaldo winner sinks Malaga in injury-ravaged match
Real Madrid maintained their pursuit for the title by defeating Malaga 3-1 late on Saturday.
Injury crisis threatens Real's trophy aspirations
Real Madrid's trophy aspirations could well depend on how well they cope with an injury crisis that sees Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the treatment room.
EPL: Playmaker Hazard paves way for Chelsea's ascent
Eden Hazard underlined his claims to be voted Player of the Year with another match-winning display as Premier League leaders Chelsea stormed 10 points clear with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.
Sania not willing to relinquish No 1 ranking any time soon
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza says she would do all it takes to maintain her world number one ranking.
PSV Eindhoven end long wait for Dutch title
PSV Eindhoven beat Heerenveen 4-1 to win the Dutch championship on Saturday for the first time in seven seasons.
Swimmers Phelps, Lochte score wins at Mesa
Michael Phelps closed out the Arena Pro Swim Series meet with a win in the 100 meter freestyle on Saturday, and also finished third in the 200-meter individual medley behind fellow Olympic champion Ryan Lochte.
Serie A: Juve march toward title after dispatching Lazio
Juventus defeated second-placed Lazio 2-0 at home on Saturday to take another huge step towards their fourth straight Serie A title and boost their confidence for Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash in Monaco.
Returning Hingis impressive despite losing Fed Cup tie
Martina Hingis has no plans of returning to play singles on the women's tour after a courageous performance in a Fed Cup defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska in Zielona Gora, Poland, on Saturday in her first major match in eight years.
'Tired' Nadal still confident he on right path
Although comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic on the Monte Carlo semi-finals, clay court king Rafael Nadal believes he is on the right path as his beloved French Open looms.
Pastore lifts PSG back to the top in Ligue 1
Javier Pastore's double inspired a weary Paris St Germain to a 3-1 win at Nice as the French champions reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Second-string Bayern edge closer to title
Injury-ravaged Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Saturday, shrugging off a string of absences and their midweek Champions League defeat at Porto to close in on the Bundesliga title.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Reading keeper errs to help Arsenal make final
FA Cup holders Arsenal were taken to extra time before a horrendous error by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici brought the Championship side's dream to an end in a 2-1 semi-final defeat on Saturday.
April 18, 2015
Fed Cup: Sizzling Sania leads India to Asia/Oceania Group triumph
Indian captain Sania Mirza led from the front as the hosts registered a 2-1 victory over Philippines.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea inch towards title with gritty United win
Chelsea are 10 points clear at top of the English Premier League championship table.
I League: Mumbai FC hold EB, Ranti to wait for his 200th goal
Ranti Martins missed a penalty and the chance to score his 200th goal in the country's top league.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Hamilton takes fourth pole in a row
Lewis Hamilton continued his season's sweep of qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi's 400th goal boosts Barca title bid
Barcelona's Lionel Messi hit his 400th career goal for the La Liga leaders.
Monte Carlo Masters: Djokovic downs Nadal to meet Berdych in final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final.
Shamkir Chess: Anand draws with Vachier-Lagrave
Viswanathan Anand played out his second straight draw in the Shamkir Chess tournament.
5 things we learnt from last 3 Grand Prix
Will things be the same at Bahrain? Here's where we look to the front - by looking at what we've learnt.
Lahiri makes cut, Spieth rebounds
Anirban Lahiri made his second successive cut on the PGA Tour.
It was ecstasy and then agony for Olympic champ Phelps
Olympic champion swimmer failed to qualify for 400m freestyle final.
Beating United will not make us champions: Mourinho
The self-styled "Special One" faces what he agreed is a special fixture this weekend but Jose Mourinho refused to accept that beating Manchester United to establish a 10-point lead with six games left would mean Chelsea had won the Premier League.
April 17, 2015
Djokovic and Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis
A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafa Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer on Friday.
Ghosal beats Momen again at Grasshopper Cup
India's top male squash player Saurav Ghosal upstaged World No.7 Tarek Momen for the second successive time this month to enter the quarter-finals at the PSA Grasshopper Cup.
Indian women reach Fed Cup final beating Turkmenistan
Indian women stormed into the finals of the Fed Cup (Group-II) Asia-Oceania tennis tournament in Hyderabad following another one-sided 2-0 victory over Turkmenistan.
Govt-backed international Para Games to be postponed
With just a fortnight left, India's first Open Para Games proposed next month in Delhi has been postponed in the wake of the infighting between Executive Committee members of the suspended Paralympics Committee of India (PCI).
Most-abused Balotelli gets 4,000 racist messages
Almost 40,000 abusive messages aimed at Premier League players.
Van Gaal must solve defensive conundrum at Chelsea
If Manchester United are to claim a seventh successive Premier League victory and condemn leaders Chelsea to a first home league defeat of the season their manager Louis van Gaal must solve another complex injury puzzle.
East Bengal take on Mumbai FC in empty stadium
East Bengal will take on Mumbai FC in the I-League behind closed doors at the gigantic Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Kriragan in Kolkata as police deployment is not possible because of municipal elections in the Kolkata.
World para games body suspends PCI for Ghaziabad fiasco
The International Paralympic Committee has suspended the Paralympic Committee of India for indefinite period for infighting within the national body and shoddy treatment meted out to athletes during the National Para-Athletics Championships at Ghaziabad last month.
Chelsea worst-behaved team; Liverpool most respectful!
Data, complied by FA Fair Play delegates who attend every Premier League match, shows Chelsea have the least respect towards match officials, the Telegraph reported.
Revealed: Why Saina and former coach Gopichand parted ways
In an interview with PTI, the Hyderabadi also reveals why she parted ways with the former All England champion and throws light on the Padma controversy.
You can be sacked for swearing: Goalkeeper axed in Malaysia
Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim have sacked goalkeeper Mohd Anis Faron Ahmad for swearing at a policeman.
Look who dropped in to support Pacquiao in epic fight v Mayweather
UFC queen Ronda Rousey vouched for Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in his May 2 megafight.
Is veteran keeper Szczesny ready to leave Arsenal?
The Polish keeper's future in doubt as David Ospina impressive for Gunners in front of goal this season
REVEALED! Top reason why Bayern doctor quit after Porto defeat
Bayern Munich's long-time team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has surprisingly resigned.
Back as World number 1, here's what Saina hopes for...
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, who regained the number one spot in international rankings, said it was a big achievement for her.
Peekaboo: Road to FIFA elections is full of surprises
CONCACAF's congress witnessed an outburst of support for incumbent Sepp Blatter.
New documentary reveals major doping concerns
A new Kenyan television programme that corroborates the findings from a 2012 German documentary alleging unethical doctors were providing banned drugs to athletes, has set off alarms at the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Formula One: What's the secret of Raikkonen's happiness?
Kimi Raikkonen is enjoying being at Ferrari more than ever this season.
Parenthood not on the cards, insists Sania's husband
Right now both of us have busy schedules meeting our sporting commitments, Shoaib Malik said.
Take a look at players in contention for PFA award
Chelsea pair Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were named on Thursday on the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
Iniesta suffered bruised pelvis at Champions League match vs PSG
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta could miss Saturday's La Liga game at home to Valencia after tests on Thursday confirmed he suffered a bruised pelvis in Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League win at Paris St Germain.
What happens when a champion swimmer returns to pool...
Olympic swimming champion Phelps wins 100m butterfly in racing return.
Europa League PHOTOS: Napoli rout Wolfsburg, inch towards semis
Napoli put a foot in the Europa League semi-finals with a perfectly crafted 4-1 win at VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday as Marek Hamsik scored twice in an Italian masterclass to bring cheer to beleaguered coach Rafael Benitez.
April 16, 2015
Paes-Nestor bow out of Monaco Masters
Leander Paes and his partner Daniel Nestor bowed out of Monte Carlo masters following a close defeat against Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka in Monaco.
Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away
The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times Grand Slam champion with the world at her feet.
New Zealand eves beat Indian eves in Hawke's Bay Cup
Indian women's hockey team lost 1-4 to hosts New Zealand to crash out in the quarter-finals of the Hawke's Bay Cup in Hastings.
Geeta Rani's 'B' sample tests positive, faces lengthy ban
Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Geeta Rani's confirmatory 'B' sample test has also returned positive for a banned substance and she is set to end her career in ignominy as she faces the prospect of a lengthy ban from the sport.
Monte Carlo Masters: Swiss giants Federer, Wawrinka beaten
Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka and compatriot Roger Federer suffered contrasting third round defeats at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.
Saina back on top of badminton rankings
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the No 1 position in the international rankings after China's Li Xuerui dropped a couple of rungs to third in the latest list, issued on Friday.
Should India bid for the Olympics?
Earlier this week nine-time Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz said India needs to bid for the Summer Games to inspire its people to take up sport and become a sporting nation.
6 reasons why Bayern Munich lost to Porto
Bayern Munich's surprise 3-1 Champions League loss to Porto was the price the five-time European champions paid for a string of injuries and a tired squad.
Once again... it's master Van Gaal v his pupil Mourinho
When Jose Mourinho jumped to beleaguered Louis van Gaal's defence in February, sympathising that he should be given time.
When Suarez embarrassed PSG's Luis
He can be called a flawed human but definitely a great player. That's Luis Suarez for you.
A reckless fighter, that's why people like me, says Pacquiao
Manny Pacquaio embraced suggestions he was 'a reckless fighter'.
Did foreign media overreact to Hamilton champagne incident?
A Chinese Grand Prix podium hostess who had champagne sprayed in her face by race winner Lewis Hamilton has played down the incident.
CL PHOTOS: Barca snap PSG's unbeaten streak; Porto stun Bayern
Barcelona took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals.
'IOC chief Bach wants India to win more Olympic medals'
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, who is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month, feels that a huge country like India should win more Olympic medals and aim to become a sporting powerhouse in the future
April 15, 2015
Novak Djokovic, Genzebe Dibaba bag Laureus Awards
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian sprinter Genzebe Dibaba were named the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively in a glittering ceremony.
It's great to come back home being the number one: Sania
India's playing-captain Sania Mirza, who returned from the United States after achieving the World No.1 rank in women's doubles, did not need to take field in the Fed Cup tie against Pakistan as the players from the neighboring country proved easy meat for the two Indian girls.
IOC president to visit India seeking more support for athletes
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is baffled by India's lack of sporting success and will meet the country's Prime Minister later this month seeking more fund for the athletes, the country's Olympic association said on Wednesday.
Sharapova pulls out of Fed Cup semi-final with leg injury
Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia's Fed Cup semi-final against Germany in Sochi this weekend with a leg injury, the Russian Tennis Federation said on Tuesday.
Ancelotti urges more consistency after Real held at Atletico
Holders Real Madrid will need to maintain their intensity for the whole of next week's return leg if they are to get past Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
Carvajal lucky to escape punishment for punching Mandzukic
Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal was lucky to escape without a red card after he threw a punch at Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday's 0-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg draw at the Calderon.
Shoaib says wife Sania's No 1 ranking is pride for Pakistan also
Pakistan's ex-cricket captain Shoaib Malik says he is proud his Indian wife Sania Mirza has become the world's top-ranked doubles tennis player, adding it is honour for both countries.
Phelps enters five events in return from suspension
Phelps, who was suspended last year by USA Swimming after his arrest on drunk driving charges, is entered in the 100-metre butterfly on Thursday, 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle on Friday and 200m individual medley and 100m freestyle on Saturday.
Champions League: Oblak saves Atletico from dominant holders Real
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a heroic performance to repel holders Real Madrid and help secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday.
Juve edge Monaco with Vidal penalty
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.
April 14, 2015
French Open prize money up by 12 percent, early losers to benefit
Prize-money at this year's French Open will rise by 12 percent, with the lion's share of the increase for early-round losers, but the singles champions will still receive less than at the three other grand slams.
My main aim is to stay in top form during the 2016 Olympics: Chandela
Young Apurvi Chandela wants to be at the 'top of her game' as she aims for a maiden Olympic appearance at next year's Rio Games by fulfilling the stringent selection criteria that the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) has set for the Indian shooters.
'No manager in the world can predict a run like Arsenal's'
Arsenal's eight-match winning streak in the Premier League has taken even manager Arsene Wenger by surprise.
India drawn with Iran, Oman in football World Cup qualifiers
The Indian football team was pooled with Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan and Guam at the draw for AFC nations in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
War of words: 'Nico was comfortable with 2nd but I want to win always'
Lewis Hamilton has suggested he is mentally tougher than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.
Why Caroline Wozniacki is asking people to 'move on'
Former tennis No 1 Caroline Wozniacki didn't know that congratulating American golfer Jordan Spieth would make her troll on Twitter.
Cautious approach could render Juve-Monaco tie boring
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expecting a "boring" match against AS Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday, believing that both sides will adopt a cautious approach.
Champions League: Long injury list won't bother Bayern for Porto clash
Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they travel to Porto for the first leg of their Champions League last eight on Wednesday but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their favourites tag.
'India need to bid for Olympics to become sporting nation'
.There are other things in the socio-economic arena which becomes more important than becoming an athlete.'
Rodgers promises Liverpool's will be a fight to the finish
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers stressed that his team would give everything to qualify for the Champions League after a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Monday left them four points behind Manchester City in the Premier League.
Sterling's nitrous oxide intake no laughing matter for Liverpool
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will speak to striker Raheem Sterling after footage emerged of the England international apparently taking nitrous oxide.
Proud Hockey team arrives after clinching Azlan Shah bronze
The Indian hockey team arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday after winning a bronze in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh in Malaysia.
La Liga: Valencia crush Levante in derby win
Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the fight for third place in La Liga when a 3-0 derby victory at home to Levante on Monday lifted the Singapore-owned club to within a point of the champions with seven games left.
EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool down Newcastle to stay in top four contention
Liverpool kept alive their hopes of Champions League football next season with a comfortable 2-0 Premier League victory on Monday against a Newcastle United side who finished with 10 men.
April 13, 2015
Champions League: Gareth Bale fit for Real's clash at Atletico
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is fit for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final showdown at Atletico Madrid after sitting out Saturday's La Liga win at home to Eibar, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.
Luis Figo to tempt CONCACAF voters with cash boost plan
FIFA presidential hopeful Luis Figo will travel to the Caribbean this week hoping to tempt voters in the CONCACAF region with a plan to distribute more funds, $2.5 billion (1.7 billion pounds) over four years, to national associations.
Sania to lead Indian challenge in Fed Cup
India will be led by newly-crowned world number one Sania Mirza as 11 nations will strive to get promotion to Asia/Oceania Group I when the Fed Cup tennis competition begins in Hyderabad.
Will United's 'fantastic' Fellaini upset Chelsea?
Chelsea will have to be wary of the danger posed by the in-form Marouane Fellaini.
'Difficult to feel sorry for multi million pound worth Alonso'
David Coulthard doesn't feel sorry for the multi million pound worth Spaniard.
'Feel privileged that I was able to achieve the no.1 ranking'
There has been many cherished moments in her eventful tennis journey during the last decade but the enormity of becoming World No 1 is such
Heena Sidhu misses out on finals berth
Former world number one Heena Sidhu narrowly missed out on a berth in the finals of women's 10m air pistol event on day four of competition at the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon on Monday.
La Liga: Villarreal held by Getafe; victory for Espanyol
Villarreal's slide continued as a Diego Castro header gave Getafe a 1-1 draw in La Liga on Sunday but the match was overshadowed by a serious injury to Mateo Musacchio.
His life stopped and my career started... Sreejesh jogs down memory lane
PR Sreejesh is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment, but he feels that the absence of an experienced back up custodian is a major worry.
QPR to probe missile-throwing incident in Chelsea game
Queens Park Rangers have launched an investigation after Chelsea players were pelted by objects thrown from the crowd in Sunday's west London derby.
It's official! Sania dethrones Errani for No 1 ranking
Sania Mirza officially became the first Indian woman tennis player to be ranked world number one in doubles. According to the latest rankings, the Indian ace rose three rungs to 7660 points, which enabled her dethrone Italy's Sara Errani (7640 points).
From20 footballs to 80 million euro, Di Maria has seen it all
Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria's transfers might have amounted to more than 100 million euros, but the price of the Argentine when his first ever transfer was made was just 20 footballs.
Find out who is Sania Mirza's fan No 1...
Sania Mirza officially became the first Indian woman tennis player to be ranked World No 1.
European Roundup: United thump City; Barca draw
Manchester United humbled Manchester City 4-2 in the continent's big derby of the weekend.
Coach Constantine dissects issues that ail Indian football
Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer.
Augusta Masters: Lahiri finishes a disappointing tied 49th
Anirban Lahiri drew the curtains on his 2015 Augusta Masters campaign with a string of 18 pars to total four-over 292 to finish tied 49th at the world's most famous golf tournament.
PM Modi leads the applause for new world No 1 Sania
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and to big names in Indian sport and politics, the applause pours in for the Hyderabadi tennis ace.
For now Lee waits but if found guilty, could face 2 year ban
Former badminton No 1 Lee Chong Wei returned home to Malaysia and said he faced a three-week wait for the verdict from his doping hearing.
The rise and rise of India's tennis queen Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza became the first Indian to climb to the top of the WTA doubles ranking after she teamed up with Swiss great Martina Hingis to claim the Family Circle Cup title on Sunday.
Sania's mantra to being the world's best is...
An ecstatic Sania Mirza on Monday shared her joy at becoming the World number one in tennis doubles by doling out advice to her many young fans.
Serie A PHOTOS: Lazio go second after eighth straight win
Lazio thumped Empoli 4-0, their eighth successive league win, to go second in Serie A on Sunday and Napoli ended their dismal run with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina despite being denied a clear goal.
Kerber beats Keys to clinch Charleston final
Germany's Angelique Kerber defeated American Madison Keys 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in an enthralling final of the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday.
Augusta Masters: Spieth claims wire-to-wire victory
Is second youngest Masters winner after Tiger Woods
April 12, 2015
Button handed time penalty for Maldonado collision
McLaren's Jenson Button was handed a time penalty that cost him 13th place in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
Congratulate World No 1 Sania Mirza
Charleston will always be special to me," said the new World No 1 in women's doubles.
Sania Mirza seals historic World No 1 rank
Sania Mirza on Sunday created history by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the World No 1 rank.
EPL PHOTOS: United thrash neighbours City; Chelsea extend lead
Manchester United cemented third spot and moved four points clear of neighbours Manchester City.
IPTL 2: Indian team snares Nadal; Japan Warriors pick Paes
Rafael Nadal will play for the Indian side in the second edition of the International Premier Tennis League.
Under-fire Ibra helps PSG to French League Cup glory
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, facing multiple suspensions, struck twice to lift Paris St Germain to a crushing 4-0 victory over Bastia.
Azlan Shah: India beat Korea in thriller to win bronze
India produced a spirited performance to beat Korea 4-1 in the penalty shoot-out after both the teams were locked at 2-2.
Hawke's Bay Cup: Indian women lose to USA
The Indian women's hockey team let slip some early advantage to go down 2-4 against USA.
Shooter Jitu wins bronze at ISSF World Cup
Jitu Rai shot his way to a bronze medal in the men's 10-metre air pistol event at the ISSF Shooting World Cup.
Just 1 more win and Sania Mirza will be World No 1!
India's Sania Mirza is standing on the cusp of history as she is now one win away from becoming World No 1.
Why Norman feels sorry for fallen Tiger Woods
Former World No 1 Greg Norman has said he feels sorry for Tiger Woods' position as a fallen idol.
Chinese Grand Prix: Hamilton wins, Mercedes dominant
Lewis Hamilton helped Mercedes reassert their authority over Ferrari by leading home team mate Nico Rosberg in a dominant display.
Marquez grabs pole in Texas after pit lane sprint
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez took pole position at the Grand Prix of the Americas with seconds to spare on Saturday after clambering over a wall and sprinting down pitlane to jump on his spare Honda.
Real Madrid close gap after Barcelona let 2-0 lead slip
Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga was cut to two points on Saturday as they squandered a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2 at Sevilla while Real Madrid powered their way to a 3-0 home win over Eibar.
Ramsey goal helps Arsenal edge closer to Chelsea
Arsenal's improbable late run at the Premier League title gained momentum with a 1-0 victory at struggling Burnley on Saturday, an eighth straight triumph that moved them within four points of leaders Chelsea.
PHOTOS: Murray marries girlfriend Sears
British tennis star Andy Murray married his fiancée Kim Sears in a traditional Scottish ceremony in a cathedral in Dunblane, Scotland on Saturday.
April 11, 2015
EPL: Swansea equal best points tally after draw with Everton
Swansea City equalled their highest ever points tally in a Premier League season following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the early game at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
India lose 1-2 to China in Hawke's Bay Cup
India went down fighting in their opening match, losing 1-2 to China in the Hawke's Bay Cup tournament in Hastings, New Zealand on Saturday.
I feared Villa more than City: Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was more worried about playing Aston Villa than he feels about facing local rivals and champions Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.
China GP: Force India off Q3 mark for third time in a row
Force India's troubles continued at the Formula 1 Shanghai Grand Prix where Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg could only set the 15th and 16th fastest time in qualifying in Shanghai on Sunday.
Sania-Hingis rally to enter Family Circle Cup semis
India's Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis battled past defending champions Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova to not only reach the semi-finals of the WTA Family Circle Cup but also secure the top place in the team rankings in the 'Road To Singapore'.
Azlan Shah Hockey: Nikkin 'tricks' as India stun world champs Australia
Young striker Nikkin Thimmaiah scored a hat-trick as India produced their best performance of the tournament to stun world champions and title holders Australia 4-2 on Saturday and secure a place in the third and fourth place play-off at the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Super Sunday derby: United have perfect opportunity to reign on City
Manchester United, buoyed by five successive Premier League victories, head into Sunday's derby against Manchester City a place and a point above their rivals and believing they are poised to restore red ascendancy in the city.
Charleston Open: Petkovic advances to semis, Errani upset
Andrea Petkovic battled back to advance to the semi-finals at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday while Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka upset yet another seed with a victory over Sara Errani.
China GP: Hamilton takes pole hat-trick
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to his third successive pole position of the season, and third in a row in China, after edging team-mate Nico Rosberg in a front-row lockout for Mercedes on Saturday.
Singapore Open: India's campaign ends with Kashyap's loss
India's campaign in the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament ended on Saturday as Parupalli Kashyap conceded a one game advantage to go down to Hong Kong's Hu Yun in the semifinals of the men's singles.
Apurvi Chandela bags Rio Olympics quota with World Cup bronze
Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela has qualified for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after clinching a 10m air rifle bronze in the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) in Changwon, Korea.
Tiger shows flashes of old magic at the Masters
The former world number one has been under intense scrutiny after struggling badly with his chipping when last seen on the PGA Tour but he played solidly at steamy Augusta National to card a three-under-par 69.
Spieth on a record Masters run to lead by five
Jordan Spieth threatened to turn the year's first major into a runaway as he fired a six-under-par 66 for a five-shot lead and a Masters record for lowest 36-hole total at Augusta National on Friday.
April 10, 2015
Singapore Open: Kashyap in semis; injury puts Prannoy out
Parupalli Kashyap continued his impressive run to advance to the semi-finals of the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament, even as young H S Prannoy was left ruing his luck as a foot injury forced him to concede his quarter-final, on Friday.
Former Malaysian international jailed for match-fixing
A former Malaysian international was jailed for two years on Thursday for attempting to bribe a referee to rig a soccer match involving a Singapore team in 2012.
Mauresmo announces her pregnancy
Amelie Mauresmo, the former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, is pregnant, the Frenchwoman said on Thursday.
La Liga: Valencia lose ground on Atletico after Bilbao reverse
Valencia lost ground in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Mourinho criticises Ballon d'Or's negative impact
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has criticised FIFA's Ballon d'Or award given to the world's best player for glorifying the individual at the expense of the team.
La Liga: Ronaldo gets reprieve after booking
Real Madrid's appeal against a yellow card shown to forward Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday's 2-0 La Liga win at Rayo Vallecano has been granted by the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF), the club said on Friday.
Ibrahimovic gets four-game ban for rant
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been handed a four-game suspension for insulting match officials, the French League said on Thursday.
Masterful first round by Lahiri, 18th on debut at Augusta
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri produced a highly commendable first round on his Masters debut, carding a one-under 71 to be tied 18th alongside some of the biggest names in Augusta.
Broke Indian ice hockey team turns to Twitter for aid
While India's money-spinning cricket league lavishes million-dollar deals on players for just a few weeks of competition, the national ice hockey team has had to go begging on social media to fund their trip to Kuwait for an international tournament.
Federer is Federer, can win 18th Slam, says Ivanisevic
Roger Federer hasn't won a Grand Slam title since winning Wimbledon in 2012, but is still good enough to add to his record tally of 17 major triumphs, feels former Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic.
Augusta Masters: Spieth sizzles, McIlroy seven back
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods dominated the build-up to this week's Masters but it was exciting American Jordan Spieth who produced the fireworks in a gripping opening round at Augusta National on Thursday.
April 09, 2015
Sania-Hingis in Charleston WTA quarter-finals
The top-seeded duo battled past the Rodionova sisters of Australia, Anastasia and Arina, 6-7, 6-3, 10-5 in their opening round match of the US $731,000 clay-court event.
Prannoy stuns world No 2 Jorgensen, joins Kashyap in QF
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open, but it was H S Prannoy, who hogged the limelight on Thursday with a straight games demolition of world No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen in the men's singles.
'A big country like India needs a top 10-ranked tennis player'
Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic has said India can't forever sit on the laurels of greats like Leander Paes and it must have a top-10 singles
India beat lowly Canada for first win in Azlan Shah Cup
With all hopes of making it to the final erased, a misfiring India had to toil to get the better of lowly Canada 5-3 and register their first victory in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, in Ipoh, Malaysia, on Thursday.
India gain 26 points, move to 147 in FIFA rankings
Indian football saw a big jump in the FIFA rankings on Thursday, rising 24 places to go up to 147 spot.
Xuerui takes top ranking; Saina drops to No. 2
The Indian ace, who attained a career-best No 1 after winning the India Open at the end of March, dropped a rung in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, released on Thursday. Defeat in the semi-finals of the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier to reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China saw the London Olympics bronze medallist drop to No 2.
Paris to bid for 2024 Summer Olympic Games
Paris is set to go ahead with a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the French capital's deputy mayor in charge of sports told Reuters.
Chelsea bid for FC Tokyo striker Muto
English Premier League leaders Chelsea have bid for FC Tokyo's Japanese international striker Yoshinori Muto, the J-League side said on Thursday.
Ivanisevic, Henman groom young Indian talent in AITA coaching program
Former Wimbledon champion, Goran Ivanisevic, former Britain No 1, Tim Henman and Dan Bloxham, Head Coach at The All England Lawn tennis Club, Wimbledon, mentored a group of 25 budding tennis talents at a coaching camp in New Delhi on Thursday.
Lahiri to pair with Westwood, Jimenez at Masters
Anirban Lahiri is going the full distance in terms of preparation and soaking in the atmosphere as he plays the pre-event traditional Par-3 which opens the official action at the Masters each year.
Euro qualifiers: Croatia ordered to play Italy behind closed doors
Croatia will play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy behind closed doors after their fans caused more trouble during the 5-1 win over Norway, UEFA said on Wednesday.
German Cup: Injury-hit Bayern edge past Leverkusen
Holders Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 draw to move into the German Cup semi-final and stay on course for a treble of titles on Wednesday.
Lazio knock out holders Napoli from Coppa Italia
Senad Lulic scored a late goal to give Lazio a 1-0 win at Napoli which sent them into the Coppa Italia final and added to Rafael Benitez's problems on Wednesday.
La Liga: Ronaldo nets 300th goal for Real; Barca keep four-point lead
Cristiano Ronald headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Coutinho goal sends plucky Liverpool into semis
Philippe Coutinho thumped home a second-half winner as Liverpool broke the resistance of Championship Blackburn Rovers to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a gritty 1-0 replay victory on Wednesday.
April 08, 2015
We gave away that game in the end: Van Ass
A lackluster India suffered their second consecutive defeat to crash out of the title race of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament and chief coach Paul Van Ass expressed his unhappiness over the performance of his players, saying that for the second day on the trot they gave away the match to the opposition.
Azlan Shah: India knocked out of title race after loss to Malaysia
India once again paid the price of some sloppy defending and conceded a late goal to lose 2-3 to lower-ranked Malaysia and crash out of the title race of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh.
Sim Bhullar, a man of superlatives
Simanta Roy looks beyond Sim Bhullar's 7'5" tall, 360-pound frame to the player who became the first athlete of Indian descent to secure an NBA contract.
Australia, NZ continue winning run in Azlan Shah Cup
Defending champions Australia and New Zealand continued their unbeaten run in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by thrashing Korea 5-2 and lowly Canada 5-0 respectively in their league matches on the third day of the hockey tournament in Ipoh.
Indian-descent cager Sim Bhullar makes NBA debut for Sacramento
Sim Bhullar has become the first player of Indian descent to play in the high-profile National Basketball Association (NBA) league after making his debut for Sacramento Kings.
Kashyap, Prannoy, Jwala-Ashwini reach 2nd round in Singapore
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and young H S Prannoy registered contrasting wins in the men's singles to enter the second round of the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament.
Smashing their way to the top
India has never had so many highly-ranked shuttlers.
EPL: Benteke nets hat-trick as Villa, QPR draw
Christian Benteke's superb hat-trick rescued a potentially priceless Premier League point for Aston Villa.
I reached where no other non-Chinese could reach, says Saina
Far from mourning the end of her brief reign as the World No 1, shuttler Saina Nehwal is happy.
PHOTOS: Tiger Woods with his two adorable caddies
Tiger Woods appeared far more concerned about becoming the World's No 1 dad on Tuesday than golf's top player.
IN PHOTOS: 'Beware of Tiger' at Augusta National
Beware of Tiger' warnings were sounded across Augusta National.
La Liga PHOTOS: Atletico hard on Real's heels
Atletico Madrid made a typically aggressive start to lay the foundations for a 2-0 victory at home.
Something to cheer about...India among top 5 fittest teams in hockey
Fitness is key to any team's success in fast-paced modern-day hockey and the Indian men's national team can be rated among the top five.
Shocking! State champion boxer forced to work as maid
A state-level gold medallist boxer, Rishu Mittal, is being forced to work as a domestic help.
April 07, 2015
China's star hurdler Liu Xiang retires
China's Olympic gold medal-winning hurdler Liu Xiang announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Guru, Praneeth, Tarun-Sikki reach Singapore Open main draw
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt and young B Sai Praneeth advanced to the main draw of Singapore Open Super Series. Bummer...Somdev falls at final hurdle
Stumbling at the final hurdle, Somdev Devvarman lost the third qualifying round of the Fayez Sarofim and Co. US Men's Clay Court Championship.
PCI sacks its president, contemplates criminal case
The Paralympics Committee of India (PCI) has sacked its president Rajesh Tomar for the gross mismanagement at the recent National Para-Athletics
Azlan Shah: Sardar demands more responsibility from forwards
India missed chances aplenty in their opening two games of the ongoing 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament and national captain Sardar Singh minced no words when he said that the team's forwardline will have to play more responsibly to give themselves any chance of reaching the final.
Six of the best EPL goals were scored over the weekend
Normally the candidates for goal of the season are spread throughout the 10 months of the campaign, but this weekend's Premier League matches produced six memorable strikes in little over 24 hours.
EPL: Wigan fire manager Mackay
Wigan Athletic have fired manager Malky Mackay following their 2-0 home defeat by Derby County on Monday, the English Championship club said.
QPR striker Vargas out for six weeks
Queens Park Rangers striker Eduardo Vargas will be out of action for six weeks due to a knee ligament injury, the player's agent said on Monday.
World football plagued by racist, abusive fans
AC Milan youth players subjected to alleged racist abuse; Argentine fan punches player.
EPL PHOTOS: Palace reign on City to dash their title hopes
Crystal Palace left Manchester City's hopes of retaining their Premier League crown in tatters after a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park on Monday to leave Manuel Pellegrini's side trailing a distant fourth in the title race.
April 06, 2015
Azlan Shah: Australia off to a winning start against Malaysia
Defending champions Australia were made to toil hard in their 3-2 win over a spirited Malaysian side, while Korea got the better of minnows Canada 3-1 in another league match on Day 2 of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh.
Debutant Lahiri to fulfil childhood dream in Augusta 'temple'
Anirban Lahiri will fulfil a childhood dream when he makes his US Masters debut this week at the fabled Augusta National and the world number 34 is determined not to lose his way in the golfing "temple".
Khedira to move to United in 200K pounds-a-week deal?
Germany's defensive midfielder Sami Khedira has been offered to Manchester United at 2,00,000 pounds-a-week by Real Madrid, as he will be out of contract in the summer and the top Premier League clubs have been alerted about the same.
EPL: Can Liverpool finish in top-four?
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that his team will struggle to make a top-four finish at the end of the season, thus virtually ending their hopes of Champions League qualification following a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal on Saturday night.
Premier League bottom three show they're up for the fight
Burnley's 0-0 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday completed a profitable weekend for the three clubs bidding to avoid a swift return to the second tier of English football.
Sania closing in on world No 1 ranking
Sania Mirza took a giant leap towards becoming the world number one player in the doubles by pocketing 1000 ranking points, following her stupendous title win in the Miami Open with partner Martina Hingis.
Sania records 25th doubles title with Miami Open win
In individual doubles rankings, Sania is now only 145 points away from becoming World No 1.
Can Djokovic replicate rich form he enjoyed in 2011?
World No 1 Novak Djokovic heads into the European clay court season in ominous form after his victory over Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open on Sunday.
Fenerbahce want league suspended after attack on team bus
Turkish football giants Fenerbahce have called for the national league to be suspended after their team bus was shot at following an away match against Rizespor on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Ronaldo dominates European football weekend with five goals
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his first five-goal haul in Real Madrid's 9-1 hammering of Granada while title-chasing Bayern Munich and Chelsea won again in Germany and England.
Ligue 1: PSG back on top with 3-2 win at rivals Marseille
Two goals in three minutes earned Paris St Germain a 3-2 win at bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille as the French champions regained the Ligue 1 lead on Sunday.
La Liga: Mathieu proving his worth at Barca after win over Celta
Barcelona's outlay of 20 million euros ($22 million) on Jeremy Mathieu last July prompted plenty of criticism but the France centre back has been worth his weight in gold in the La Liga leaders' last two outings.
EPL PHOTOS: Defoe's cracker seals derby win for Sunderland; Spurs held
Jermain Defoe made himself an instant Sunderland hero with a sensational volleyed goal to seal a vital 1-0 win over North East rivals Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Djokovic domination over Murray continues with Miami title
World No 1 Novak Djokovic continued his impressive run of form, winning the Miami Open over Andy Murray 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-0 at Key Biscayne on Sunday.
April 05, 2015
Ronaldo hits five as Real crush sorry Granada
Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in Real Madrid's 9-1 drubbing of second-from-bottom Granada on Sunday which took Real to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Guardiola sets Bundesliga record as Bayern Munich beat Dortmund
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola set a Bundesliga record after needing only 61 matches for his 50th league win when the champions beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Saturday to march towards the title.
Serena Williams strolls to eighth Miami title
Serena Williams won her eighth Miami Open title with little trouble, enjoying a 6-2, 6-0 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in just 56 minutes on Saturday.
Steely Chelsea unfazed by chasing pack or Charlie Adam stunner
Under pressure from the chasing pack and rocked on their heels by a Charlie Adam bolt from the blue, Chelsea showed cool heads to extend their Premier League to seven points on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Stoke City.
April 04, 2015
EPL: Slick Arsenal, Man United keep up chase of Chelsea
Arsenal delivered a brutal lesson in fast-paced Premier League football to beat Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday, maintaining their faint title aspirations and almost certainly dashing their opponents' hopes of a top-four finish.
Michael Phelps swimming programme to be launched in India
A grassroot level swimming programme named after the most successful swimmer at the Olympic Games, American superstar Michael Phelps, is set to be launched in Mumbai first on April 11 before it spreads its wings to other parts of the country.
Fit James back for Real after two-month injury absence
James Rodriguez will return to Real Madrid's starting lineup for Sunday's La Liga game at home to Granada after being out for two months with a broken bone in his foot, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday.
21 lifters provisionally suspended by IWF for doping
In what could be one of the biggest doping scandals in recent years, as many as 21 weightlifters have been provisionally suspended by the Indian Weightlifting Federation after testing positive for banned substances.
Missing Indian mountaineer Malli Babu's body found in Andes
The body of Malli Masthan Babu, the Indian mountaineer who went missing in the Andes mountain ranges in Chile, South America, was found by helicopter search teams, his family sources said in Nellore on Saturday.
Confident India start Olympic preparation with Azlan Shah
Already assured of a place in the Rio Olympics, Asian Games champions India will start their preparations for the mega-event with the 24th Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament where they would face Korea in their opening match in Ipoh on Sunday.
Sim Bhullar's NBA debut delayed
Sim Bhullar made history by becoming the first player of Indian descent to sign an NBA contract but he will have to wait more to make his much-awaited league debut as he did not get to play in what turned out to be Sacramento Kings's loss against Pelicans.
Saina knocked out from Malaysia Open, loses top ranking
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will lose her world no. 1 ranking after her gallant fight against Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the semi-finals ended in heartbreak at the $500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Indonesia resolve Olympic ring row, avoid IOC ban
Indonesia is set to retain the hosting rights of the 2018 Asian Games and avoid an International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban after resolving a row over the use of the Olympic rings logo.
EPL: Mourinho ponders Costa omission for Stoke clash
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is uncertain to start their Premier League game against Stoke City as he tries to shake off the lingering effects of a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
Out-of-favour Muntari asks to be left out of Milan squad
AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari looks set to leave the club after being left out of the squad for Saturday's Serie A match away to Palermo at his own request, his agent Federico Pastorello said on Friday.
Van Gaal keeps faith in Fellaini as 'top-four fight still a rat race'
The battle for Champions League places is still a "rat race" with eight games of the Premier League season left, Manchester United manager Luis van Gaal said on Friday.
United's Van Persie doubtful starter for Manchester derby
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is unlikely to be fit for the Premier League derby match against Manchester City later this month, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday.
Ligue 1: Monaco title push stalls with 1-1 St Etienne home draw
Monaco's late Ligue 1 title challenge stalled on Friday when the principality side were held to a 1-1 home draw by St Etienne.
Woods ends long absence, to play in next week's Augusta Masters
Tiger Woods ended weeks of speculation on Friday when he announced he will play in next week's Masters golf tournament at Augusta National.
Murray breezes past Berdych, to face Djokovic in Miami final
World No 1 Novak Djokovic will face Britain's Andy Murray in the final of the Miami Open for a third time on Sunday after the pair triumphed in their semi-finals.
Sania-Hingis waltz into Miami Open final
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are in line to win their second title in a row as they breezed into the Miami Open final with a straight sets win over Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.
April 03, 2015
Saina enters semi-finals of Malaysia Open
Newly-crowned world No. 1 Saina Nehwal edged out China's Sun Yu to reach the women's singles semi-finals of the $8500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
Double delight for Arsenal ahead of Liverpool game
rsenal boss Arsene Wenger and striker Olivier Giroud were named the Premier League manager and player of the month.
Everything you want to know about EPL championship race is here!
With no European prizes left to chase this season, England's top clubs are focussed on winning the Premier League title, although that goal looks beyond all but Chelsea.
Decoding F1 star Lewis Hamilton's tattoos
Lewis Hamilton, who is also an avid tattoo lover, revealed that each image on his body has a meaning to it.
She has earned Serena's respect; find out how and why...
Simona Halep is emerging as one of the few players on Tour.
IOC boss to meet PM Modi; is India bidding for 2024 Olympics?
Bach, IOC President, has been invited to visit India for a meeting with Prime Minister Modi.
Empowering women! No more 'race queens' or 'umbrella girls'
'It's old school to have such a concept as grid girls.'
Miami Open: Djokovic digs deep to face Isner in semis
World No 1 Novak Djokovic recovered from another slow start to beat Spain's David Ferrer.
Miami Open: Serena edges brave Halep in thriller
World No 1 Serena Williams edged an enthralling battle with third-seed Simona Halep.
April 02, 2015
Saina sails into quarters of Malaysia Open, Jwala-Ashwini lose
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered a loss in the second round, going down fighting 23-21, 8-21, 17-21 to sixth seeded Indonesian pair of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii.
Meet the first Indian origin NBA player
Canadian Basketball professional Sim Bhullar is reportedly set to become the first player of Indian origin to play in the National Basketball Association.
Miami Open: Murray dumps Austria's Thiem to reach semis
Andy Murray recovered from an early setback to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem.
5 managers, 1 warning: Home-grown players need more chances
England's prospects of ever winning another World Cup will suffer unless reforms are introduced to give home-grown players more chances to shine.
It's official! Saina Nehwal is World No 1!
Indian ace Saina Nehwal's ascent to the top of women's badminton was officially confirmed.
Arsenal, Liverpool clash in dress rehearsal for FA Cup
The Premier League bursts back into life after the international break.
Find out why Swiss study names Messi No 1, Ronaldo 29th
Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been declared as the best forward, while Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked 29th.
I'm no money-grabber, says Sterling
Sterling says that money is not a determining factor and ruled out discussing a new contract until at least the end of the season.
I didn't know I had 700 wins, gushes Serena
World No 1 Serena Williams overcame a dreadful second set to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki.
'Focus is on improving of technical skills'
The Indian men's hockey team coach Paul van Ass says he is focussing on improving the technical skills of the players ahead of the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be played at Ipoh, Malaysia from April 5-12.
April 01, 2015
Indian mountaineer goes missing in Andes; Indian govt slammed
The next two days are extremely crucial to locate top Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu, who is lost in South America's Andes since March 24, say the handlers of his rescue operations while slamming the central government for not acting swiftly on the matter.
Brazil FIFA World Cup stadium up for sale
Brazil's World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale as the company that owns it is suffering from cash flow problems following a corruption scandal.
Hummels denies making promise to United's Van Gaal
Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has shot down reports of a deal with Manchester United coach Louis Van Gaal to join the Premier League club, saying they were invented.
Georgia, Poland face disciplinary action after qualifiers
Georgia and Poland are facing disciplinary action after problems at recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, UEFA said on Wednesday.
I don't see any Indian athlete winning an Olympic medal at Rio: Milkha
India's legendary sprinter Milkha Singh said on Wednesday that doping is like cancer and the government needs to take some strict measures to curb this menace.
Srikanth, Saina in second round of Malaysia Open
Newly-crowned India Open champions Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth continued their rampaging international run, notching contrasting victories to enter the second round of the US $500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier, in Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday.
Miami Open: Sania-Hingis enter doubles semis
The top-seeded Indo-Swiss duo served past the Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-finals.
Football friendlies: Netherlands haunt Spain; Italy hold England
Netherlands revived bitter Spanish memories from last year's World Cup finals when they beat a second-string La Roja 2-0 in a friendly.
Miami Open: Djokovic survives scare; Murray claims 500th win
Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare.
Miami Open: Suarez Navarro stuns Venus, Petkovic into Miami semis
Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a dreadful first set to defeat Venus Williams.
March 31, 2015
Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate
One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
Versatile Gurbaj key for India in Azlan Shah: Sreejesh
A 'versatile' and 'speedy' Gurbaj Singh will be key to the Indian hockey team's success in the upcoming 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia, feels the national side's vice-captain and goalkeeper P R Sreejesh.
Hamilton ready to sign new contract with Mercedes
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is ready to sign a new contract that, according to media reports, could net him more than $40 million a year.
Promising sprinter Dutee to compete in Asian Championships
Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand got a massive shot in the arm after the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland specifically allowed her to take part in the Asian Championships.
Euro: UEFA starts proceedings against Montenegro and Russia
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Montenegro and Russia after Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica was abandoned in the second half following crowd trouble and a scuffle among the players.
Sexy Mexican sportscaster flattered by Kardashian comparison
Meet Jimena Sanchez, a Mexican sports presenter who's photos have made her an internet sensation, so much so, she is dubbed the 'Mexican Kim Kardashian'.
Qatar 2022 World Cup may not need cooling systems
A winter World Cup in Qatar may not require cooling systems to lower temperatures in the stadiums as proposed in the bid for a summer tournament, said an executive from the Gulf state's 2022 organising committee.
Football friendly: Falcao equals Colombia goals record
Striker Radamel Falcao equalised Colombia's international goals record with a 74th-minute penalty in his country's 3-1 away win over Kuwait in a friendly on Monday.
Miami Open: Djokovic, Nishikori and Raonic reach last 16
Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 on Monday to power into the last 16 of the Miami Open.
'This award will motivate me to achieve more laurels for India'
India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu was conferred with the Padma Shri award by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Miami Open: Williams sisters head into last eight
Sisters Serena and Venus Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after straight-set wins at Key Biscayne on Monday.
March 30, 2015
Sindhu, Sardar, Saba and Arunima receive Padma Shri award
Indian men's hockey team captain Sardar Singh and former skipper of the national women's side Saba Anjum were conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award by President Pranab Mukherjee at a glittering ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Tiger Woods drops out of world's top 100
Ecclestone's got a novel idea to spice up Formula One
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has proposed a controversial world championship for women drivers as part of Grand Prix weekends.
Saina to celebrate No 1 status with ice cream and milk shake
Relieved to have won her maiden India Open Super Series title, Saina Nehwal said it is a huge burden off her head as she has always struggled to win this tournament.
MotoGP veteran Rossi wins Qatar season-opener
MotoGP great Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win the Qatar season-opener for Yamaha on Sunday with Italian riders sweeping the podium places after a thrilling duel under the Losail floodlights in Doha.
Miami Open: Serena, Halep advance; Azarenka falls to Pennetta
World No 1 Serena Williams comfortably beat 15-year-old CiCi Bellis.
Miami Open: Nadal crashes out; Murray wins
A struggling and edgy Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Miami Open.
Saina, Srikanth lift India Open Super Series titles
It was double delight for India as crowd favourites Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth clinched their maiden women and men's singles titles at the India Open Super Series badminton tournament in New Delhi.
March 29, 2015
Saina crushes Intanon to win India Open
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal celebrated her No 1 ranking by beating Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon to clinch the India Open $275,000 Yonex Sunrise Super series event at the Siri Fort sports complex in New Delhi on Sunday.
Ferrari's Vettel storms to victory in Malaysia Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel drove a flawless tactical race to claim his maiden victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, registering the first Formula One win for the Italian team since 2013.
Dzeko hat-trick kick-starts Bosnia's Euro 2016 campaign
Bosnia captain Edin Dzeko struck a hat-trick to kick-start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they beat no-hopers Andorra 3-0 in a one-sided Group B match in Andorra La Vella on Saturday.
Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start
World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
March 28, 2015
Saina true role model for aspiring sportspersons: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar and other eminent sporting stars congratulated Saina Nehwal on becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the world number one ranking in badminton.
India Super Series badminton: Saina, Srikanth reach maiden final
Crowned the world number one, Saina Nehwal celebrated her numero uno status with a straight-game demolition of Japanese Yui Hashimoto, while Kidambi Srikanth too saw off Xue Song of China to reach their maiden finals at the Yonex Sunrise India Super Series.
Malaysian GP: Hamilton holds of resurgent Vettel for pole
World champion Lewis Hamilton splashed through the puddles at a rain-soaked Sepang International Circuit to secure pole position for Mercedes in a hectic Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying session on Saturday.
Saina Nehwal is world No 1. Congratulate the champion shuttler
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has become the first Indian woman to achieve the World No 1 ranking.
Euro 2016 qualifiers: England thrash Lithuania
England's Harry Kane scored on his debut less than two minutes after coming on as they brushed Lithuania aside 4-0 at Wembley on Friday.
Miami Open: Azarenka crushes Jankovic; Nadal, Murray advance
Two time Miami Open winner Victoria Azarenka crushed Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.
March 27, 2015
India Open: Saina in semis; Sugiarto stuns Lin Dan
Saina Nehwal sailed past Indonesia's Hana Ramadhini 21-15, 21-12 for her maiden entry into the semi-finals at the India Open Super Series, while giant-killer H S Prannoy and RMV Gurusaidutt went down fighting in the quarter-finals at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, in Delhi, on Friday.
Five things Race 1 of the Formula One season taught us
Unlike the Australian GP, where the majority of drivers carried out only one pit-stop, of Sunday's second race of the season, at Sepang, Malaysia, will see at least two, says Raja Sen.
Is Barca legend Xavi leaving the club?
Xavi's agent has declined to comment on reports the Barcelona midfielder is set to leave the La Liga leaders at the end of the season and sign a lucrative contract with Qatari side Al Sadd.
Football friendly: Brazil hand France first defeat since World Cup
Brazil inflicted France's first defeat since the World Cup when a perfectly executed second-half performance earned them a 3-1 win in a friendly game at the Stade de France on Thursday.
Shocking! Sharapova suffers loss at Miami Open
Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4), 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova.
March 26, 2015
Williams appoint Sutil as reserve driver
Williams have appointed experienced German racer Adrian Sutil as reserve driver for the season, the Formula One team said on Thursday.
International friendlies: Podolski spares German blushes against Australia
Substitute Lukas Podolski grabbed an 81st-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for 2014 World Cup winners Germany in an entertaining friendly.
McIlroy split was like someone dying: Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki says she felt like someone close to her had died after the split from golfer Rory McIlroy.
King's Cup final to be held at Barca's Nou Camp
The King's Cup final between record winners Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on May 30 will be held at Barca's Nou Camp.
Miami Open: Azarenka through to face Jankovic
Victoria Azarenka defeated Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second round meeting with Jelena Jankovic.
March 25, 2015
Skrtel gets three-match ban for stamp on De Gea
Liverpool will be without defender Martin Skrtel for three games after he was suspended on Wednesday for a stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during Sunday's Premier League defeat at Anfield.
Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury
Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week's Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday.
India field full strength team for Azlan Shah Cup
Ace midfielder Sardar Singh will lead a full strength Indian men's hockey team in the 24th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 5 to 12.
Formula One: Alonso return takes focus off Mercedes
Formula One rolls into Malaysia this week for the second round of the championship at the Sepang International Circuit, where talk surrounding the utter dominance of Mercedes will for once take a back seat to the belated arrival of Fernando Alonso.
Ronaldo faces possible sanction
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration when he netted the equaliser in Sunday's La Liga 'Clasico' at Barcelona, the president of Spain's professional football league (LFP) said.
Two-year-old sets national archery record
Two-year-old Dolly Shivani Cherukuri, set a new national record in archery, on Tuesday, becoming the youngest Indian to score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances according to Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury of the India Book of Records.
March 24, 2015
Nadal returning to Queen's for Wimbledon warmup
Rafael Nadal will return to his old routine in a bid to recapture the Wimbledon crown.
Liverpool's Skrtel charged with violent conduct
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
March 23, 2015
Ex-tennis cham Bob Hewitt convicted of rape in South Africa
Former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt was found guilty by a South African court on Monday of two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault of minors, local media said.
Serie A: Tevez gives Juve another 1-0 victory; Roma win
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez scored a magnificent first-half goal, and later missed a penalty, as the runaway Serie A leaders won 1-0 at home to mid-table Genoa on Sunday.
Sania rises to No 3 in doubles rankings
In the ATP doubles, Leander Paes slid to 25, a loss of four places.
Bundesliga: Gustavo goal rescues point for lacklustre Wolfsburg
VfL Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo scored on the hour to rescue a 1-1 draw at improving Mainz 05 on Sunday but the Wolves lost possible further ground in their chase of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
I've let down my team mates and fans, says Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard apologised after he was sent off for a rash stamp.
PHOTOS: Halep rallies to claim Indian Wells crown
Serbian Jankovic was serving for the title at 5-4 in the second set but World No 3 Halep won the next three games and battled back for the biggest title of her career.
Alonso passes medical tests; cleared to fly to Malaysia
McLaren's Fernando Alonso has been cleared to travel to Malaysia.
Clasico PHOTOS: Lethal Suarez gives Barcelona 2-1 win over Real
A lethal finish from Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in a typically frantic 'Clasico' on Sunday as they stretched their lead over their rivals at the top of La Liga to four points.
PHOTOS: Djokovic downs Federer to retain Indian Wells title
World No 1 Novak Djokovic fought off a determined challenge from Swiss great Roger Federer on Sunday to claim back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and celebrate his 50th tournament win on the ATP Tour.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea beat valiant Hull to go six points clear
Chelsea regained their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and took a step closer to the title thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Hull City on Sunday.
March 22, 2015
Mata strikes twice as United down 10-man Liverpool
Juan Mata struck twice, including a sublime volley, for Manchester United in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Liverpool who had Steven Gerrard sent off for a stamp at Anfield on Sunday.
Sania-Hingis lift Indian Wells doubles title
Sania Mirza and Swiss legend Martina Hingis began their partnership with a title win as they overcame Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 in the summit clash of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Bournemouth back on top in race to Premier League
Bournemouth are in pole position in the race to be promoted to the Premier League after a 3-0 victory over fellow contenders Middlesbrough on Saturday.
I forget about my achievements, says chess wizard Vishy Anand
Viswanathan Anand says one factor that has contributed immensely to this has been his habit of 'forgetting' achievements.
Shocking PHOTOS! Para-athletes face official apathy
Differently-abled sportspersons participating in the 15th National Para-Athletics Championships have been put up at unfurnished and unhygienic accommodations.
EPL PHOTOS: Kane nets first league hat-trick; City, Arsenal win
Harry Kane's magical season continued on Saturday as he celebrated his first senior England call-up with his first Premier League hat-trick.
Indian Wells: Djokovic crushes Murray, faces Federer in final
Novak Djokovic crushed Britain's Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 to set up final against Roger Federer.
March 21, 2015
Premier League: Manchester City cruise past 10-man West Brom
Manchester City made the most of a case of mistaken identity and kept alive their faint title hopes thanks to a much-needed 3-0 victory over 10-man West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
Indian Wells: Williams withdraws; Jankovic tops Lisicki
Serena Williams withdrew before the start of her BNP Paribas Open.
Ligue 1: Ibrahimovic hat-trick puts PSG on top
Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his disciplinary woes aside on Friday.
Raonic stuns Nadal, will face Federer in semis
Big-serving Milos Raonic fought back from a set down to upset Rafa Nadal 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5 in a pulsating quarter-final at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday.
March 20, 2015
Champions League QFs: Real meet Atletico in repeat of 2014 final
Atletico Madrid were handed a chance to avenge last season's Champions League final defeat by city rivals and record 10-times winners Real after the two sides were drawn together in the last eight on Friday. Paris St Germain and Barcelona were paired together having met in the group stage, with the French side winning in Paris and the Catalans coming out on top in Spain.
Chance for Saina to avenge All England defeat to Marin at Indian Open
A rematch of the All England final between India's Saina Nehwal and world champion Carolina Marin is on the cards with the two stars given first and second seeding in the Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries to be played from March 24.
Jankovic advances past injured Tsurenko
Jelena Jankovic eased into the last four at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko retired from their quarter-final with an ankle injury while trailing 6-1, 4-1.
Ibrahimovic summoned by league over foul-mouthed rant
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been summoned by the French League's (LFP) disciplinary commission to explain derogatory remarks he made after Paris St Germain's 3-2 defeat at Girondins Bordeaux last weekend.
Nuerburgring says no to German Grand Prix
The Nuerburgring circuit will not host the German Formula One Grand Prix this year, an official for the company said on Thursday after Hockenheim also ruled out the possibility.
Europa League: Fiorentina down sorry Roma
Fiorentina tore apart Italian rivals AS Roma to reach the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win that left their opponents' season in tatters and under-fire coach Rudi Garcia tottering on the brink of the sack.
United is my last job in football: Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will retire from football when he leaves his job at Old Trafford, he was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
Murray to play Djokovic in Indian Wells semis
Fourth seed Andy Murray, with a consummate display of power and touch in tricky conditions, reached the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a landmark 6-3, 6-4 win over Spaniard Felicano Lopez on Thursday.
2022 World Cup final to be played on December 18
FIFA ended more than four years of uncertainty over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar by announcing on Thursday that it would be played in November and December with the final on December 18.
March 19, 2015
EPL: Something has to give when Liverpool host United
Something will have to give when in-form Liverpool and bitter rivals Manchester United clash in one of the Premier League's showcase fixtures at Anfield on Sunday.
Fit Alonso back at work, preparing for Malaysia
McLaren's Fernando Alonso put in a day's work in the team's Formula One simulator on Wednesday ahead of his expected return to the racetrack in Malaysia next week after his crash in pre-season testing.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Serena to meet Halep in semis
World No 3 Simona Halep turned up the aggression and rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carla Suarez.
Indian Wells: Nadal, Federer, join Murray in quarters
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open.
Champions League PHOTOS: Messi-inspired Barca outclass City
Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona overwhelmed Manchester City as Ivan Rakitic's strike secured a 1-0 win.
March 18, 2015
PHOTOS: Misfiring Nadal reaches last 16 at Indian Wells
A misfiring Rafael Nadal had trouble hitting the mark but the third seeded Spaniard still had enough to beat American Donald Young 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Champions League PHOTOS: Monaco eliminate Arsenal; Atletico advance
Images from the Champions League round of 16 second leg matches played on Tuesday
March 17, 2015
India in Round 2 of FIFA WC qualifying with win over Nepal
India held a dominant Nepal to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying Round 1 second leg match to advance to the second round on a 2-0 aggregate in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
UCI chief blasts Armstrong's Tour return
Lance Armstrong's plan to ride this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson.
Look who overtook Shakira as most liked person on Facebook
Portugal football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo is on an award claiming spree.
Indian Wells: Djokovic, Murray struggle to reach 4th round
World No 1 Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Andy Murray each had to contend with different degrees of adversity before they advanced.
FA Cup: Reading win to book semi-final with Arsenal
Second-tier Reading booked an FA Cup semi-final meeting with holders Arsenal.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Sharapova, Bouchard win; Wozniacki exits
Caroline Wozniacki became the biggest name to fall at the BNP Paribas Open.
EPL PHOTOS: Henderson's freak goal helps Liverpool
Midfielder Jordan Henderson's fluke second-half goal kept Liverpool firmly in contention.
March 16, 2015
Kalmadi is Asian Athletics Association Life President
Tainted Indian sports administrator Suresh Kalmadi has been made Life President of the Asian Athletics Association for his "work in the development of athletics in the continent" during his 13-year tenure as the head of organisation from 2000.
Srikanth banks on consistency to make Rio Olympics
India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth feels the Swiss Open win has put him on course for a first-ever Olympic qualification but says he needs maintain consistency to make the cut for the 2016 Rio Games and achieve World No. 1 ranking.
India women down Poland to clinch Hockey World League title
Putting up a dominating show, India scored in three of the four quarters to outplay Poland 3-1 to clinch the FIH World Hockey League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chan stadium, in New Delhi on Sunday.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney is a knockout for United
Manchester United enjoyed perhaps their finest performance.
La Liga PHOTOS: Bale answers critics in style
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale answered his critics in emphatic style.
Indian Wells PHOTOS: Serena breezes into fourth round
Top seed Serena Williams made short work of Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.
March 15, 2015
Blatter says Qatar needs to do more to protect workers
FIFA president Sepp Blatter visited Qatar's emir on Sunday and said that while progress has been made in improving workers' rights in the 2022 World Cup host nation, more still needed to be done.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea take six point-lead despite Southampton draw
Chelsea opened up a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League despite being held to a 1-1 draw against top-four hopefuls Southampton in an absorbing game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Services win fourth Santosh Trophy title
Services lifted the Santosh Trophy after edging out hosts Punjab 5-4 via tie-breaker in a nail-biting summit clash at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Xu Xin, Feng Tianwei claim Asian Cup TT crowns
Xu Xin and Feng Tianwei bagged the men's and women's singles title at the 28th Asian Cup table tennis tournament, beating their famed opponents in two high-quality finals at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on Sunday.
India shuttler Srikanth clinches Swiss Open title
India's Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship title after overcoming a strong challenge from Viktor Alexson in a hard-fought men's singles final in Basel on Sunday.
F1: Hulkenberg, Perez collect seven points for Force India
Despite starting from the back of the grid, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez collected seven points for Sahara Force India from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, in Melbourne on Sunday.
La Liga: Messi-inspired Barca go four points clear
Treble-chasing Barcelona are exactly where they want to be as they prepare for two matches this week that could make or break coach Luis Enrique's first season in charge.
Sharapova, Pennetta progress at Indian Wells
Twice winner Maria Sharapova and reigning champion Flavia Pennetta advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, though in sharply contrasting fashion.
Bolt cruises to win in 400 metres race
Jamaican Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt cruised to victory in his first individual race of the season, clocking 46.37 seconds over 400 metres at the GC Foster Classic in Kingston on Saturday.
Hamilton wins season-opening Australian GP
Lewis Hamilton's world championship defence got off to a flying start on Sunday with a crushing victory for Mercedes in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as Formula One rivals succumbed to a farcical rash of reliability problems.
By George! City are beaten by battling Burnley
Manchester City's faltering attempts to retain their title suffered a huge blow on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Burnley, giving Chelsea the chance to open an eight-point lead when they host Southampton on Sunday.
Seeds Murray, Nishikori advance at Indian Wells
Fourth seed Andy Murray erased memories of early losses at Indian Wells by storming into the BNP Paribas Open third round with a ruthless 6-1, 6-3 victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Saturday.
March 14, 2015
Rampant Bayern hit four past Werder in ill-tempered tie
Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich showed no signs of letting up as they brushed aside Werder Bremen 4-0 in a bad-tempered match on Saturday.
Srikanth storms into Swiss Open badminton final
Kidambi Srikanth entered the final of the $120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship after he got the better of compatriot Ajay Jayaram in an all-India last-four clash in Basel on Saturday.
White swamps Walden to clinch maiden snooker ranking title
Highly talented Welshman Michael White capped a splendid run by claiming his maiden ranking title when he blanked World No 8 Ricky Walden 5-0 in a one-sided final of the Indian Open Snooker Championship in Mumbai on Saturday.
Sharath finishes 6th at Asian Cup TT
Sharath Kamal settled for a creditable sixth spot after going down against South Korean Kim Minseok in a thriller at the 28th Asian Cup table tennis tournament in Jaipur on Saturday.
EPL: Arsenal thump West Ham; Villa slay sorry Sunderland
Third-placed Arsenal tightened their grip on a spot in the top four on the English Premier League table, continuing an impressive run of form at the Emirates with a 3-0 win over West Ham United on Saturday.
Serie A team Parma's crisis deepen
Financially-stricken Parma have been hit with a further two-point penalty for failing to pay players' salaries the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have announced.
Hulkenberg, Perez to begin Australian GP from 14th, 15th spots
As expected, it was not a great result for Sahara Force India in the qualifying session for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez will start the season-opening race from the 14th and 15th spots respectively.
Sania named playing captain of India's Fed Cup team
India's tennis ace Sania Mirza, on Saturday, was appointed as playing captain of India's Fed Cup team, which will seek to make it to Group I grade of Asia/Oceania zone in Hyderabad from April 14.
'1975 Men's Hockey World Cup winning team completes 40 years'
years back, on 15 March 1975, the Indian Men Hockey team accomplished a historic feat against Pakistan in the finals of the 1975 Hockey World Cup wherein they beat the opponents 2-1 to earn the title of 'Champions'.
Hamilton on pole for Mercedes in Australia
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg as the Silver Arrows continued to underline their dominance.
Serena makes winning return to Indian Wells
Serena Williams returned to Indian Wells on Friday after a 14-year boycott due to racist abuse she suffered in the 2001 final and got her bid for a third BNP Paribas Open title off to a winning, though somewhat error-prone, start.
March 13, 2015
Srikanth enters Swiss Grand Prix semis, Praneeth exits
Top seed Kidambi Srikanth stormed into the semi-finals of the US $120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship after a straight games victory over Takuma Ueda of Japan in the men's singles quarter-finals in Basel on Friday. The Indian beat the eighth seed 21-11, 21-12 in 31 minutes.
Pistorius fails in bid to stop SA prosecutors from pursuing murder verdict
A South African court on Friday struck down athlete Oscar Pistorius' bid to block prosecutors from appealing the culpable homicide verdict handed down against him, in favour of a murder conviction, for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Lowest-ranked Bhutan win on World Cup qualifying debut; India bt Nepal
Tshering Dorji scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute for the small Himalayan nation, ranked last of the 209 teams in FIFA's rankings, against Sri Lanka.
Will Djokovic's reverse psychology work?
The French Open is the only Grand Slam title to have eluded Novak Djokovic and the steely-eyed Serb has adopted a philosophy of reverse psychology in a bid to claim the coveted crown.
On a night of ill-discipline Terry defends team mates from 'babies' slur
Chelsea skipper John Terry has hit back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's description of his team mates as 'babies'.
March 12, 2015
BWF rankings: All England effort helps Saina regain No. 2 spot
Riding on her stupendous performance at the prestigious All England Championship, India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has regained the world number two spot again in the latest rankings released by the Badminton World Federation.
Zimbabwe kicked out of 2018 World Cup qualifiers
Zimbabwe have been expelled from the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition.
Serena's U-turn on Indian Wells warmly welcomed
Serena Williams' decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open has been warmly welcomed by her peers with good friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki saying it was "great for tennis".
Young and restless F1 boys don't need any advice
New boy Vettel plays down Ferrari hopes in Melbourne.
Uruguay legend, Forlan quits national team
Diego Forlan, whose fine performances and five goals helped Uruguay finish fourth in the 2010 World Cup, announced his retirement.
Mourinho plays the blame game after Chelsea exit; Blanc lauds PSG
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho blamed a mystifying loss of focus and confidence among his players for their shock elimination from the Champions League.
Champions League PHOTOS: PSG stun Chelsea; Bayern humiliate Shakhtar
Thiago Silva's extra-time header sent Paris St Germain into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals.
March 11, 2015
Indian Open: Advani loses to Scotland's Clark
Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani lost a thriller 3-4 against young Scottish rival Rhys Clark to exit the 300,000 pound sterling Indian Open World Ranking Snooker Tournament in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Court rules for F1 driver Van der Garde against Sauber
An Australian court has found in favour of Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde in his bid to force the Sauber Formula One team to let him drive for them this season.
India, Bhutan kick off 2018 FIFA WC qualifying
The long road to Russia 2018 kicks off in the outposts of Asia on Thursday with the world's worst international team, Bhutan, making their World Cup qualifying debut and eyeing a first win of any sorts since 2008.
Banned Lee hopeful of Olympic spot
Former badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei is hoping to be back on court for the start of the 2016 Olympic qualifiers in May after finally being given an April date for a hearing into his failed dope test.
First look: Tennis star Wozniacki meets Justin Beiber
First look: Tennis star Wozniacki meets Justin Beiber
PHOTOS: Holders Real squeeze past Schalke into last eight
Images from the Champions League matches played on Tuesday
In Pre-season prep, Arsenal, Everton, Stoke to play Asia trophy
Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City have all agreed to play in this year's Asia Trophy in Singapore in preparation for the 2015-16 Premier League season.
Champions League: Lucky Real scrape through; Porto rout Basel
Holders Real Madrid survived a huge scare when they lost 4-3 to Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Tuesday but squeezed into the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate thanks to record European marksman Cristiano Ronaldo.
March 10, 2015
IOC 'shocked' by death of French athletes in helicopter crash
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday mourned the death of three French sports stars, including two Olympic medallists, in a helicopter accident during the filming of a reality show.
Champions League: Chelsea buzzing ahead of PSG return
Chelsea are brimming with confidence and, fortified by a seven-day break, go into Wednesday's Champions League last-16 return match as favourites to knock Paris St Germain out for the second season in a row.
'Alonso's pre-F1 season testing crash very strange'
Briatore revealed that doctors had found the McLaren driver had no health problems other than the injury sustained in the accident. He claimed that he had seen video of the accident, which was not even that dramatic, insisting that the impact was not so hard.
Champions League: For dominant Bayern, only one thing matters...
Bayern Munich go into their Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday knowing the game will make or break their season.
Eto'o collects award for anti-racism stance
Samuel Eto'o returned to London to collect an award for his stance against intolerance.
Di Maria red card adds to van Gaal's woes; Wenger praises Welbeck
Another unconvincing display from Manchester United was compounded by a needless red card for Angel Di Maria.
If I win Wimbledon it's cool for me personally, says Federer
I'd love to win Wimbledon and I think it's possible, says Roger Federer.
Welbeck sinks United as Arsenal reach FA Cup semis
Discarded striker Danny Welbeck returned to demolish Manchester United's hopes of silverware by netting the winner in Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory at Old Trafford on Monday.
March 09, 2015
Saina takes positives from All-England showing
A dream All-England title may have slipped through her fingers, but Saina Nehwal insisted on taking the positives out of the prestigious badminton tournament, saying the consistency and overall improvement in her will help her to do well in the season ahead.
Lin Dan to make India Super Series debut
Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China is all set to make his debut at the fifth edition of the Yonex Sunrise India Open Superseries badminton tournament, scheduled to be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here from March 24 to 29.
Cristiano Ronaldo made ex-girlfriend feel 'ugly, insecure'
Cristiano Ronaldo's former girlfriend Irina Shayk has revealed that she used to feel ugly and insecure with the Real Madrid forward player.
Mayer wins longest Davis Cup singles match!
Leonardo Mayer beat Joao Souza in a Davis Cup singles match that lasted a record six hours and 42 minutes.
From scandal to top of European medal table
Russian athletics was back on top of the medal table at the European Indoor Championships.
FA Cup: Blackburn frustrate Liverpool
Liverpool were left frustrated by Championship side Blackburn Rovers who defended heroically to draw 0-0 at Anfield.
March 08, 2015
Gujrathi, Chanda, Gopal joint fourth in Cappelle Chess
Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrathi came good when it mattered most and defeated Marius Monalache of Romania to emerge as the best performing Indian in the Cappelle La Grande International Chess tournament that concluded in Cappelle La Grande, France.
Messi breaks La Liga hat-trick record as Barca go top
Lionel Messi broke a Spanish hat-trick record and Luis Suarez struck twice as a rampant Barcelona took over top spot in La Liga with a 6-1 hammering of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
PM tweets: 'Saina, we are proud of you'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, praised Saina Nehwal after the ace Indian female shuttler suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the final of the All England badminton championships.
Marin beats Saina to clinch All England badminton title
Carolina Marin became the first Spaniard to win the All England badminton championship when she defeated India's Saina Nehwal 16-21, 21-14, 21-7 in Birmingham on Sunday.
Target Olympic Podium Scheme rolled out with Rio Games in sight
The government has rolled out its ambitious TOP (Target Olympic Podium) Scheme, under which 2016 Olympics medal prospects will be funded for their specialised world class training and top-level competition, and offered ace discus thrower Seema Punia a budget of Rs 75 lakhs till the Rio Games next year.
Villa could face FA wrath after Cup crowd chaos
Aston Villa will be braced for a Football Association investigation after their FA Cup triumph over West Bromwich Albion ended in alarming crowd scenes on Saturday.
Serie A: Milan held by lowly Verona; Eto'o scores
AC Milan's troubles continued when they conceded an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time and were held 2-2 by modest visitors Verona in Serie A on Saturday.
Bundesliga: Mueller sparkles as Bayern go 11 points clear
Thomas Mueller scored twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich came from a goal down to beat Hanover 3-1 on Saturday and stretch their advantage at the top to 11 points after VfL Wolfsburg slumped to a 1-0 loss at Augsburg.
Leaders Real beaten by Aduriz header for Bilbao
La Liga leaders Real Madrid suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at mid-table Athletic Bilbao on Saturday after a bullet header from Aritz Aduriz in the first half secured the points.
Serbia, France sail into Davis Cup last eight
Novak Djokovic spurred Serbia to a 3-0 win over neighbours Croatia in the first round of the Davis Cup on Saturday and they will be joined in the quarter-finals by an equally rampant France.
March 07, 2015
Kane strikes twice as Spurs sink struggling QPR
Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Saturday to boost their hopes of a top-four finish and leave their London rivals facing an uphill battle to avoid relegation.
Sensational Saina sails into All England finals
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal scripted history by reaching the finals of the prestigious All England Badminton Championship with a straight-game victory over Sun Yu of China in the women's singles competition in Birmingham.
Cisse and Evans handed hefty bans for spitting
Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse has been banned for seven matches and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans for six after they spat at each other during a Premier League match, the Football Association (FA) said on Saturday.
Sania and I can be competitive as a pair: Hingis
Former world number one Martina Hingis says the future of her partnership with Sania Mirza would depend on the results they get on the WTA circuit.
'It's not as dramatic as you read in the media'
McLaren play down Alonso memory loss.
Davis Cup: Serbia, Britain in control; Swiss hold Belgium
Serbia carved out a 2-0 lead over rivals Croatia while Britain led the US by the same score and holders Switzerland were tied with Belgium in the Davis Cup.
Davis Cup: Ward subdues Isner to give Britain 2-0 lead
James Ward defied the odds to beat American marathon man John Isner.
Saina thrashes China's Wang to enter All England semis
India's Saina Nehwal thrashed Olympic silver medallist Yihan Wang of China to storm into the semi-finals of the All England badminton championships in Birmingham.
March 06, 2015
Davis Cup: Djokovic praises Serb fans for applauding Croatia anthem
'That's something that you don't see very often because the wounds of the war are still fresh and we are very happy with the way these people showed their support. They fully deserve to have this event'
Abhijeet Gupta suffers shock defeat in Cappelle chess
Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Kaido Kulaots of Estonia and went out of contention for a podium finish after seventh round of the 31st Cappelle La Grande international chess tournament in Cappelle La Grande, France.
March 05, 2015
There's fan-following for these other 'Men in Blue' too!
Besides the trophies, Bengaluru FC's coach Ashley Westwood has also won his team supporters and sold-out home crowds, says Laxmi Negi
All England badminton: Saina eases into quarter-finals
Seasoned Indian ace Saina Nehwal and the fast-rising H S Prannoy notched up contrasting wins in the women's and men's singles competition respectively to reach the All England badminton championships' second round at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
'The fight will again be between Hamilton and Nico'
Formula One legend, Niki Lauda, thinks it's going to be a tighter fight between them, because the latter wants to make sure now he can beat the Briton.
Roma fined, Ljajic warned by UEFA
UEFA fined AS Roma and warned their forward Adem Ljajic on Wednesday following incidents during last week's Europa League last-32 game against Feyenoord.
Italian Cup: Gabbiadini goal keeps Napoli-Lazio semi in the balance
Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini netted a precious second-half equaliser to earn a 1-1 away draw at Lazio in the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
FIFA wants league points cut for racism
Teams involved in racial incidents should suffer more severe punishment like the docking of league points, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.
German Cup: Bayern advance, third-tier Bielefeld stun Werder
Holders Bayern Munich struck either side of the break to beat second division Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 on Wednesday and advance to the German Cup quarter-finals.
All-England badminton: China's Chen, Lin struggle
World champion Chen Long avoided a potential first-round exit at the All-England Championships on Wednesday and blamed an uncomfortable pillow for a sluggish start to his campaign.
EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea march forth as top teams register wins
After a Champagne Sunday, leaders Chelsea got back to the bread and butter of churning out Premier League points with Eden Hazard's header sealing a 1-0 victory at London rivals West Ham United on Wednesday.
PHOTOS: Neymar brace helps Barca enter King's Cup final
Barcelona's Neymar scored twice and Luis Suarez was also on target as they reached their fourth King's Cup final in five years with a 3-1 win away to Villarreal on Wednesday that gave them a 6-2 aggregate victory.
March 04, 2015
Phelps may be allowed to race at World championships
Michael Phelps may be handed a chance to compete at this year's world championships in Russia once he completes his suspension for a drink driving conviction, a United States Swimming official said.
'Badminton lacks future star'
Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat said the game was only about Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan at the moment.
German Cup: Immobile double puts Dortmund in last eight
Borussia Dortmund's Ciro Immobile struck twice in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory.
EPL PHTOS: Benteke penalty hands Sherwood first Villa win
A last-gasp Christian Benteke penalty handed Tim Sherwood his first win as Aston Villa manager.
March 03, 2015
Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix
Spain's Fernando Alonso will not race in next week's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing, his McLaren team said on Tuesday.
Bartoli set for a surprise return?
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation on Tuesday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis.
Serie A: Keita gives 10-man Roma draw with Juve
Seydou Keita cancelled out a superb Carlos Tevez free kick as second-placed AS Roma fought back with 10 men for a fiery 1-1 draw at home to leaders Juventus who stayed on course for a fourth successive Serie A title on Monday.
Palace captain Jedinak charged with violent conduct
Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak was charged with violent conduct by the English FA on Monday for an apparent elbow to the head of West Ham United's Diafra Sakho.
Sunderland's Johnson arrested, others charged with violent conduct
Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having sex with an under-age girl.
One trophy in the bag, Chelsea continue title pursuit
Suggestions that Chelsea effectively bagged two trophies on Sunday were presumptuous.
Now, Sania Mirza pairs with Hingis
Sania Mirza has decided to partner former World No 1 Martina Hingis.
March 02, 2015
La Liga: Real held at home; Simeone content with a point
La Liga leaders Real Madrid dropped points at home for only the second time this season.
Argentine Open: Nadal wins first title of year
Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Mighty Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup glory
John Terry embellished his status to Chelsea fans as "captain, leader, legend" by scoring the goal that set his side on the way to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup final at a rain-sodden Wembley on Sunday.
March 01, 2015
Ferrer downs Nishikori for fourth Mexico title
David Ferrer won a record-equalling fourth Mexican Open title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Kei Nishikori in the Acapulco hardcourt final.
EPL: Brilliant Coutinho hands Liverpool victory over City
Two superb curling efforts from Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho handed Liverpool a 2-1 home win against Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday to deliver a thumping blow to Manuel Pellegrini's title aspirations.
World's fastest man Bolt loses opening race of season
The Jamaican world record holder could not make up a 10 metre deficit on a University of Technology team, which won in 38.23 seconds.
La Liga: Barca hot on Real's heels after Suarez shines
Luis Suarez played a part in all three of Barcelona's goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada.
February 28, 2015
Dubai Championships: Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets
Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Dubai Championships.
I-League: Pune FC down Royal Wahingdoh; go top of table
Pune FC braved a rain soaked evening and clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Royal Wahingdoh FC.
EPL PHOTOS: Rooney ends goal drought; United go third
Wayne Rooney ended his eight-game Premier League scoring drought with a 2-0 victory against a dogged Sunderland.
Bopanna, Nestor clinch Dubai ATP title
India's Rohan Bopanna and his partner Daniel Nestor grabbed their second ATP title.
Nadal crushes Delbonis to reach Argentine Open semi-final
Rafael Nadal, working his way back to top form after wrist problems last year, screamed with delight on reaching the Argentine Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis on Friday.
February 27, 2015
Federer trounces Coric, qualifies for seventh Dubai Open final
Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2, 6-1 at the Dubai Championships on Friday to set up a potential final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic.
Bopanna-Nestor in Dubai ATP final
The fourth-seeded Indo-Canadian pair got the better of second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horea Tecau 4-6, 7-6(9), 11-9 in a close semi-final.
China wants future football stars to start training from birth!
3 wishes for China: To qualify for another World Cup since 2002 finals, to host a World Cup and to eventually win one.
Europa League PHOTOS: Liverpool lose in shootout; Sevilla win
Images from the Europa League matches played on Thursday
February 26, 2015
Dubai Tennis: Murray's woes deepen after humbling by Croat teen
Andy Murray's February torment deepened on Thursday after he lost 6-1, 6-3 to 18-year-old Croatian tyro Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships.
Champions League PHOTOS: Arsenal, Atletico face shock defeats
Photos from the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg-matches played on Wednesday
February 25, 2015
Alonso leaves hospital, to miss final test
McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will miss this week's final pre-season test in Barcelona after leaving hospital on Wednesday following a big crash three days ago.
Greece suspends professional football indefinitely
The move follows a pitch invasion at the end of the Athens derby last weekend and a Super League board meeting which ended in a brawl on Tuesday, with Greece's recently-elected Syriza ruling party aiming to stamp out the problem of crowd violence.
Constantine names 32 probables for FIFA World Cup qualifier
National football coach Stephen Constantine named 32 probables on Wednesday for India's upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup joint qualification Round 1 home and away matches against Nepal. India first host Nepal on March 12 at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Sajusarai, Guwahati, while the return leg is slated to be played in Nepal on March 17.
Australia's Bresciano quits internationals
Veteran Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano has called time on his international career after celebrating the Socceroos' Asian Cup triumph on home soil last month.
Love named United States Ryder Cup captain for 2016
Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III will captain the United States in the 2016 Ryder Cup match against holders Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.
ATP rankings: Murray leapfrogs Nadal to go third
Britain number one Andy Murray has overtaken 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal to claim the third spot in the ATP world rankings.
Champions League: Suarez shines in Barca win over City; Juve triumph
Manchester City suffered from deja vu as Luis Suarez's double gave Barcelona a 2-1 first leg lead in a Champions League last 16 tie at the Etihad although Lionel Messi's late penalty miss left the door ajar on Tuesday.
PHOTOS: Serena sizzles at Oscar bash!
Tennis champion Serena Williams glammed it up in Hollywood.
February 24, 2015
Emotional Djokovic wants to be his own man
Novak Djokovic's flamboyant on-court demeanour may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said.
FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022
The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday.
Serie A: Zapata powers Napoli closer to top spot
Duvan Zapata scored a goal of sheer brute force and determination to set Napoli on the way to a 2-0 win over Sassuolo which moved them another step closer to second-placed AS Roma in Serie A on Monday.
Manchester City vs Barcelona: This time, no inferiority complex!
This time we're ready for Barca, says Man City's Nasri.
Is Simeone the Alex Ferguson of Spain?
Atletico Madrid's players are hoping coach Diego Simeone can become the club's equivalent of Alex Ferguson.
February 23, 2015
Chelsea fan apologises for Paris Metro racist incident
A former cop and Chelsea fan has reportedly apologised for his role in the racist incident on the Paris Metro but has denied being a racist.
Top spot fixation? No; Eager to beat Serena? Yes!
Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to Maria Sharapova.
Football round-up: Shock loss for Barca; Goal leaves Nani in tears
Barcelona lost ground on La Liga leaders Real Madrid when their 11-match winning streak was snapped by Malaga, while Premier League pacesetters Chelsea dropped points at home to Burnley.
Meet the oldest ATP winner since 1989
Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP winner since Jimmy Connors in 1989.
Swimming star Michael Phelps gets engaged
US swimming star Michael Phelps announced his engagement to Nicole Johnson.
La Liga PHOTOS: Ronaldo's header helps Real beat Elche
Cristiano Ronaldo's bullet header helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory .
EPL: Kane rescues late point for Spurs, Liverpool win
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane struck deep in added time to rescue a 2-2 home draw at home to West Ham United, while Liverpool's top-four hopes were fuelled by a 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
February 22, 2015
Bundesliga: Bayern rout lowly Paderborn 6-0; Bremen stun Schalke
Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben struck twice apiece as champions Bayern Munich annihilated promoted Paderborn 6-0 on Saturday to open an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
La Liga PHOTOS: Barcelona receive Malaga shock at home
A lacklustre Barcelona squandered the chance to go top of La Liga after crashing to a shock 1-0 home defeat by Malaga on Saturday.
Nadal stunned by Fognini in Rio semi-final
Fabio Fognini pulled off a huge upset, stunning top seed and holder Rafael Nadal 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the Rio Open semi-final on Saturday.
Alonso 'ok and conscious' after heavy crash in testing
McLaren's Fernando Alonso was involved in a heavy crash on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Sunday but is "ok and conscious", officials said.
EPL: Man City thump Newcastle 5-0, close gap on Chelsea
Defending champions Manchester City scintillated a stellar performance to record an emphatic 5-0 win over Newcastle, and reduced Chelsea's advantage to five points in the Premier League table on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.
'Unlucky United forgot to score against Swansea'
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was frustrated his side "forgot to score" against Swansea City but believes they were unlucky to lose 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
EPL: Tight-lipped Mourinho tries to conceal fury
Jose Mourinho tried to conceal his obvious anger at the incidents which he clearly believed had cost Premier League leaders Chelsea victory over Burnley on Saturday.
Halep beats Pliskova to win Dubai final
Romania's Simona Halep overcame Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-6(4) in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday to claim her 10th WTA singles title.
Farah sets new world indoor record for two miles
Mo Farah set the first world record of his glittering distance running career on Saturday when he established a new indoor two-mile mark in Birmingham.
February 21, 2015
SSP Chawrasia grabs Indian Open lead
SSP Chawrasia will head into Sunday's final round of the Indian Open with a two-shot lead.
It's finally happening! Mayweather to clash with Pacquiao
The long awaited mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will take place in Las Vegas on May 2.
EPL: Chelsea held by Burnley, Swansea do United double
Chelsea offered a chink of light to Manchester City in the Premier League title race after a stormy 1-1 home draw with Burnley on Saturday that gave more ammunition to their outspoken manager Jose Mourinho.
HIL: Ranchi Rays to lock horns with Punjab Warriors in final
Debutants Ranchi Rays will face season's most consistent team Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the summit clash of the third Hero Hockey India League after both teams registered contrasting wins in their respective semi-finals in New Delhi.
February 20, 2015
Pallikal pulls off pulsating semi-final against Chinappa
Dipika Pallikal defeated India teammate Joshana Chinappa in a close contest to enter the final of WSA Granite Open squash tournament in Toronto on Thursday.
'The Chelsea dressing room reacted the way I react, with disappointment'
Jose Mourinho felt ashamed by racist fans who pushed a black passenger off a metro train in Paris and he hopes the victim will accept an invitation to watch a game at Stamford Bridge to prove such behaviour was not a reflection of the real Chelsea.
Chelsea apologise to Parisian man racially abused by club fans
'I would like to make clear on behalf of everyone at the club our disgust with regards to the incident that took place on the Paris subway'
Flawless Chawrasia grabs Indian Open lead
Local favourite SSP Chawrasia's 36-hole bogey-free run at his happy hunting ground earned a one-shot halfway lead over holder Siddikur Rahman at the Delhi Golf Course (DGC) on Friday.
Europa League: Lukaku nets Everton treble while Celtic, Inter draw
A Romelu Lukaku hat-trick in a 4-1 win for Everton at Young Boys and a thrilling 3-3 draw between Celtic and Inter Milan.
Now, mischievous Balotelli 'disrespects' his captain
Steven Gerrard accused team mate Mario Balotelli of showing disrespect.
February 19, 2015
Anand wins Zurich Classical after easy draw with Karjakin
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fifth and final round to win the Classical section of Zurich Chess Classic on Thursday.
They picked on me because of my skin colour: Paris racism victim
"It was clear to me they were picking on me because of the colour of my skin," the victim, identified by Le Parisien as Souleymane, 33, said.
Pallikal, Chinappa set up all-Indian semis in Toronto
Indian squash hierarchy will be put to the test in the semi-finals of the Granite Open when the country's top two players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa.
Armstrong admits careless driving in Colorado hit-and-run
Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year in an incident for which his girlfriend initially took the blame, authorities said on Wednesday.
Champions League PHOTOS: Ronaldo on target for Real; Porto hold Basel
Cristiano Ronaldo ended a three-game goal drought as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Schalke.
February 18, 2015
Zurich Classic: Anand beats Nakamura for sole lead
Viswanathan Anand made another strong comeback, defeating Hikaru Nakamura of the United States in the fourth round of the Zurich Chess Classic on Wednesday.
Chelsea condemn fans filmed in racist incident in Paris
Chelsea Football Club have condemned an incident, captured in amateur video footage in the Paris metro, that shows fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting "we're racist".
Better equipment made Woods dominant in 2000
Tiger Woods ruled golf in 2000 in a manner that may never be matched, but one of his peers may have an insight into one of the reasons for that dominance.
Formula One's rules revolution will have to wait
Formula One's next rules revolution will have to wait until at least 2017 after a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday voted against significant technical change before then.
Espanyol, Osasuna deny match-fixing allegations
Espanyol and Osasuna have denied wrongdoing after media reports said their La Liga game at the end of last season was being investigated for alleged match-fixing.
Gates open for Ronaldo's United return?
Spanish football giants Real Madrid are reportedly planning to sell Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving gates open for Manchester United to seal the deal for the former striker.
Champions League PHOTOS: Cavani salvages PSG; Bayern held
Images from Champions League matches played on Tuesday
Champions League: Draws order of the day as Chelsea, Bayern held
Edison Cavani headed in second-half equaliser in a home game against Chelsea on Tuesday to raise Paris St Germain's hopes of a Champions League semi-final berth.
February 17, 2015
HIL: Ranchi Rays upset Punjab Warriors; go on top
Ashley Jackson scored a brilliant hat-trick as Ranchi Rays recorded an upset 3-2 win over Punjab Warriors.
I-League: Bagan vs EB derby ends in draw
Two traditional rivals settled for a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool's Markovic gets four-match ban
Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has been suspended by UEFA for the next four European matches.
Zurich Challenge: Anand draws with Caruana, drops to second
Viswanathan Anand played out a tense draw with Fabiano Caruana of Italy and slipped to second place after the end of the third round in the Zurich Chess Challenge. After a brilliant victory against Armenian Levon Aronian in the previous round, it was a topsy-turvy battle against Caruana for Anand that was finally drawn.
Armstrong ordered to return $10 million Tour de France bonuses
Dallas-based SCA Promotions had paid $12 million in bonuses to Lance Armstrong but sued to get its money back after the disgraced cyclist admitted to doping.
Van Gaal's change of tack bears fruit for Manchester United
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was rewarded for a bold change of tactics as his team came from behind to beat Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.
FA Cup: Manchester United to face Arsenal in quarter-finals
Joint record FA Cup winners Manchester United and Arsenal will meet in the quarter-finals of this season's competition following the draw on Monday.
FA Cup: Manchester United fight back to see off Preston
Manchester United survived a scare to beat League One Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Arsenal.
Preview: Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes
Ten of the 16 sides also reached the same round two seasons ago and, as usual, the big five leagues dominate with 13 clubs hailing from either the English, Spanish, German, French and Italian leagues.
February 16, 2015
Top seed Nishikori wins Memphis Open in straight sets
Top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan became the first player to win three consecutive Memphis Open tennis tournament titles when he prevailed in straight sets on Sunday.
Zurich Chess Challenge: Anand beats Aronian to jump to joint lead
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand celebrated the Indian World Cup victory with a crushing win against Levon Aronian of Armenia in the second round of Zurich Chess Challenge.
La Liga: Messi hits record treble, holders Atletico lose at Celta
Lionel Messi marked his 300th La Liga appearance with a record-equalling hat-trick and an assist for Neymar as Barcelona stayed hard on the heels of leaders Real Madrid with a 5-0 romp at home to Levante on Sunday.
February 15, 2015
Hockey India League: Lancers beat Delhi
Kalinga Lancers on Sunday edged out Delhi Waveriders.
FA Cup: Bradford march on to quarters, Villa beat Leicester
Bradford City produced another giant-killing to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Wozniacki speaks of horror at Copenhagen shootings
Caroline Wozniacki talked on Sunday of her horror and sadness at the shootings in Denmark.
Wawrinka downs Berdych to win Rotterdam title
Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first indoor silverware when he beat defending champion Tomas Berdych.
I-League: Royal Wahingdoh return as the table-toppers
Royal Wahingdoh FC notched up another three points after beating Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0.
Nishikori ekes out three-set win in Memphis semi-final
Top seed Kei Nishikori is on track for a three-peat at the Memphis Open after a narrow semi-final victory on Saturday.
Berdych to face Wawrinka in Rotterdam final
Tomas Berdych moved within a victory of retaining his World Indoor Tournament title in Rotterdam with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 defeat of eighth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon on Saturday. The Czech faces Stan Wawrinka in the final.
Real Madrid unconvincing in win over Deportivo
Real Madrid returned to winning ways after last weekend's drubbing at Atletico but failed to convince and were whistled by their own fans during a drab 2-0 victory at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Liverpool rally to beat Crystal Palace and enter FA Cup quarters
Alan Pardew's dream of reprising a celebrated 25-year-old FA Cup triumph was scuppered by Liverpool as the seven-times champions came from behind to book a place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday. This year's shock-laden competition had continued with second-tier Blackburn Rovers' 4-1 thrashing of the Premier League's Stoke City.
February 14, 2015
War of Words: Previous defeats will not matter, says Afridi
Afridi has said that previous defeats in the cricket World Cup against India will not matter.
I-League: Bengaluru FC win; Dempo hold Pune FC
Bengaluru FC showed no sign of protective-approach, when they trounced Shillong Lajong FC 2-0.
FA Cup: Ideye powers West Brom into quarters
Brown Ideye scored twice as West Bromwich Albion progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
National Games: Prakash, Akanksha emerge best athletes
Kerala's swimming sensations Sajan Prakash and Maharashtra's Akanksha Vora were declared the best athletes.
Serena, Bouchard pull out of Dubai event
Serena Williams has pulled out of this week's Dubai Tennis Championships.
Bolt to bid adieu to sprinting in 2017
Usain Bolt will retire after the 2017 World Championships in London.
United system still giving Van Gaal a headache
Louis van Gaal came under fresh attack on Friday over his style of play at Manchester United and acknowledged he was still struggling to come up with a preferred system.
Murray beaten by Simon in Rotterdam
Top seed Andy Murray slumped out of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament on Friday after being outplayed 6-4, 6-2 in the quarter-finals by Frenchman Gilles Simon.
Van Gaal struggling with Manchester United identity crisis
The table suggests Louis van Gaal is making progress at Manchester United but winning matches has never been good enough on its own at the Theatre of Dreams.
February 13, 2015
Tintu Luka breaks 18-year-old 800m National record
Asian Games medallist Tintu Luka ruled the track on the final day of competition at the 35th National Games, smashing an 18-year-old meet record to win the 800 metres gold before inspiring Kerala to the 4x400m title in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
Troubled Force India delay new car debut to final test
Force India's 2015 Formula One car will not make its track debut until the third and final pre-season test in Barcelona some two weeks before the first race in Australia, the team said on Friday.
Nadal eager to witness Rio carnival
Tennis champion Rafael Nadal has said that he is eager to experience the incredible energy of Brazilian carnival before gearing up to defend his title at the Rio Open.
Chelsea, Everton charged for mass scuffle
Chelsea and Everton have been charged by the FA after Wednesday's stormy Premier League encounter.
February 12, 2015
Belgian forward Eden Hazard signs new long-term Chelsea contract
Belgium forward Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday.
Maheswary wins maiden Nat'l Games gold with new meet record
Former Asian champion Renjith Maheswary nabbed his maiden National Games gold with a new meet record in triple jump as previous marks continued to tumble like nine pins in the athletics arena on the penultimate day of competitions in the 35th edition in Thiruvananthapuram.
Aston Villa lose patience; sack Lambert
Aston Villa sacked manager Paul Lambert.
King's Cup: Suarez sizzles in Barca win over Villarreal
Luis Suarez had the Barcelona fans chanting his name after he set up Lionel Messi to score the opening goal in their King's Cup semis.
EPL PHOTOS: Willian strike keeps Chelsea; City thumps Stoke
Willian's late strike snatched a 1-0 home win for Chelsea over a stubborn Everton side to maintain lead.
February 11, 2015
Centre to restructure SAI cadre, says Sports Minister
Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Secretary, Sports, who is holding concurrent charge as Director General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), to expedite the restructuring of its cadre to create at least nine more regional centres in the country and to effectively manage these centres, especially in the north eastern region and bigger states like Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
Newcastle's De Jong has surgery for collapsed lung
"We are all hopeful that the surgery I have had will ensure I don't have any repeat of the condition in the future."
Sprint king Bolt ITCHING to re-establish supremacy
Usain Bolt is eager to reassert his supremacy following an injury-plagued season in which Justin Gatlin took over.
Meet the first female members of Royal & Ancient Golf Club
Britain's Princess Anne, Laura Davies, the most successful British woman golfer, and 10-time major champion Annika Sorenstam of Sweden are among seven women chosen to take up honorary membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal into top four; Spurs lose at Liverpool
Arsenal climbed into the top four with a laboured 2-1 win over Leicester City.
February 10, 2015
Serie A: Genoa end sorry run by beating 10-man Lazio
Genoa ended a seven-match run without a Serie A victory by winning 1-0 at Lazio on Monday after the hosts had goalkeeper Federico Marchetti sent off in the first half.
Uruguay's star footballer Forlan among HSBC's Swiss account holders
Uruguayan soccer player Diego Forlan on Monday denied evading taxes by hiding money in Swiss accounts with the British bank HSBC Holdings PLC.
India meet Nepal in opening qualifier of 2018 FIFA World Cup
The world's lowest ranked soccer team, Bhutan, will take on Sri Lanka next month, while sleeping giants India face Nepal in the first qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.
Fit Fabregas poses selection problems for Mourinho
"I think he plays on Wednesday because on Saturday it was a decision to protect him," manager Jose Mourinho told the club website (www.chelseafc.com).
Cristiano Ronaldo sings: 'I'm the one you want in your bed'
Cristiano Ronaldo sang 'sex songs' like I'm the one you want in your bed.
It's official! Tennis star Raonic dating bikini babe
Canada's top tennis icon Milos Raonic is dating a super hot bikini model.
What happens when a player swears at ball boy?
VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been fined $22,644 for his foul-mouthed outburst at a ball boy.
SHOCKING! Italy coach Conte among 130 named in match-fixing
Italy coach Antonio Conte is among 130 people who face formal investigation.
FIFA presidential candidates pass electoral integrity checks
FIFA presidency candidates have been formally declared eligible for the election.
February 09, 2015
National Games: Deepika Kumari leads Jharkhand to recurve gold
Former Commonwealth and Asian Games medallist Deepika Kumari steered Jhakhand to two team gold medals in the recurve archery events but stunningly missed out on an individual podium finish even as the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) continued to stay on course for a hat-trick of overall titles on the eighth day of competitions in the 35th National Games in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
Ronaldo agent defends player over birthday party
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has defended the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner after he was criticised for throwing a lavish 30th birthday party on Saturday hours after Real Madrid's 4-0 La Liga drubbing at Atletico.
Anand finally registers win in Grenke Chess Classic
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand got some consolation after scoring a regulation victory over David Baramidze of Germany in the sixth and penultimate round of Grenke Chess Classic, in Baden-Baden.
India to play 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers on March 12
The Indian senior national football team will play their home match of the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at Sajusarai in Guwahati.
Shocking weekend for Real Madrid; Gerrard plays last match at Everton
La Liga leaders Real Madrid were thumped 4-0 away by city rivals Atletico Madrid to open up the Spanish title race, while Chelsea strengthened their hold on top spot in the English Premier League after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
Serena battles cough as Williams sisters see US through in Fed Cup
US won 4-1 against Argentina in the Fed Cup World Group II tie.
FINALLY! Yaya Toure gets a taste of national team success
Yaya Toure looked more relieved than elated as he lifted the African Nations Cup for the first time.
TRAGIC! 22 people killed outside Cairo soccer stadium
Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian soccer stadium.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi magic inspires Barcelona
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was at the heart of another devastating attacking show.
Blind leaves it late to rescue a point for United
Daley Blind's injury-time equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Manchester United against West Ham United on Sunday but a point was not enough to regain third spot in the Premier League.
February 08, 2015
Bundesliga: Robben and Alaba guide Bayern to victory
Leaders Bayern Munich eased past VfB Stuttgart 2-0 on Saturday to grab their first win of the year, as did Borussia Dortmund who beat Freiburg 3-0 to climb off the bottom of the Bundesliga table.
Anand blunders again, loses to Aronian in Grenke chess
Viswanathan Anand's woes in the Grenke Chess Classic continued as the five times world champion blundered yet again and went down to Levon Aornian of Armenia in the fifth round that concluded in Baden-Baden in Germany.
India's Lahiri wins maiden European Tour title in Malaysia
Anirban Lahiri secured his breakthrough European Tour title by overhauling Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in a dramatic final round of the Malaysian Open on Sunday.
Argentina seal Rio Olympic spot with under-20 triumph
Argentina will return to Olympic football next year after sealing victory in the South American under-20 qualifying tournament in Uruguay on Saturday.
Serie A: Juve continue title charge by easily beating Milan
Juventus continued their charge towards a fourth successive Serie A title as they predictably swept aside AC Milan 3-1 on Saturday to complete a league double over their old rivals.
Three-time major champion golfer Billy Casper dead at 83
Three-time major champion Billy Casper died on Saturday at the age of 83, the US PGA Tour has announced.
Ex-Olympian Bruce Jenner in car crash
Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved on Saturday in a Los Angeles-area crash that left another person dead, police said.
PHOTOS: Gerrard's Everton rivalry ends in goalless stalemate
A 0-0 Premier League draw against old foes Everton at Goodison Park is not how the Liverpool captain would have dreamt about signing off from the rivals' habitual battle for superiority.
Atletico rout Real 4-0 in derby
Atletico Madrid tore apart city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 at home to open up the La Liga title race on Saturday in a triumph crowned by a spectacular overhead kick goal by Saul Niguez.
February 07, 2015
Bundesliga: Schalke leapfrog Gladbach into third with 1-0 win
A solid defence helped Schalke 04 secure a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday that lifted them above their rivals into third spot in the Bundesliga in the battle for Champions League places.
Morocco banned from next two African Nations Cups
Morocco have been banned from the next two African Nations Cup tournaments as punishment for withdrawing from hosting the 2015 finals over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
Van Gaal to contest FA charge for Cambridge comments
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will contest his Football Association charge for comments he made about the referee following the FA Cup match at Cambridge United.
Grenke Chess Classic: Anand loses to Carlsen again
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle against nemesis Magnus Carlsen of Norway and lost after a blunder in the fourth round of Grenke Chess Classic now underway in Baden-Baden, Germany.
February 06, 2015
National Games: Gymnast Dipa Karmakar wins five gold medals
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist gymnast Dipa Karmakar excelled with a total of five gold medals for Tripura but the Services Sports Control Board
Liverpool's Coutinho can be biggest star in England, says Neymar
"When he has the ball at his feet, he can make things happen for himself and he can make things happen for other players. He is a very special player."
F1: Force India opposed Marussia's bid to use old car
Marussia's hopes of rising from the dead to race in next month's Formula One season-opener in Australia have suffered a setback after rivals rejected a proposal to let them compete with last year's car.
WOUNDED Tiger quits again; Thompson tops at Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods withdrew after 11 holes of his opening round at the Farmers Insurance Open.
SHAMEFUL! Rioting fans again overshadow African Nations Cup
Rioting spectators forced a 34-minute stoppage in the African Nations Cup semis.
February 05, 2015
National Games: Jitu shoots golden double, more records in pool
Jitu Rai struck gold twice with his pistol while Kerala's swimming sensation Sajan Prakash continued to shatter records and accumulate gold medals, adding a fifth to his tally, on the fifth day of competitions in the 35th National Games in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.
Check out the hot bod on Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover
Model Hannah Davis will appear on the cover of annual swimsuit issue.
'I still need to win the I-League to call myself a top coach'
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil looks back on his playing days and the challenge of coaching.
La Liga: Real beat Sevilla but Rodriguez gets injured
James Rodriguez headed the opener before going off injured in Real Madrid's win.
FA Cup: Sterling, Coutinho sizzle for Liverpool
Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool reach the FA Cup fifth round.
Now, an errant referee gets six-month ban!
The referee at the centre of the controversial penalty decision that helped hosts Equatorial Guinea reach the African Nations Cup semi-finals has been banned for six months.
F1: Raikkonen fastest in Jerez; Force India to use old car
Formula One's first pre-season test ended in Jerez with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen fastest.
Manchester United boss charged by FA over referee comments
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been charged by the English FA for comments.
After 14 years exile, Serena Williams returns to Indian Wells
Serena Williams has buried the hatchet and will return to Indian Wells.
I have been blessed to win on the big stage very often: Paes
Leander Paes talks to Harish Kotian/Rediff.com about his recent Australian Open mixed doubles triumph and the special bond he shares with his former Grand Slam-winning partner, Martina Navratilova.
February 04, 2015
Haryana wrestlers win 18 gold; Ghosal, Chinappa squash champs
A fit-again Irfan Pathan feels that he is close to bowling at his best and it's just a matter of time before he is again back in contention for the seam bowling all-rounder's slot in the Indian cricket team that has been up for grabs for some time.
West Ham fined by FIFA for using Sakho in FA Cup match
West Ham United have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,061) by FIFA following a dispute with the Senegalese FA over Diafra Sakho who played in an FA Cup match having withdrawn from the squad for the African Nations Cup.
Seles battled with binge eating disorder post getting stabbed
Monica Seles has recently confessed that she battled with binge eating disorder after getting stabbed on court in 1993.
Van Gaal targets FA Cup to provide first silverware
Shorn of European excitement and with only a remote hope of winning the Premier League, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal wants the FA Cup to garnish his first season in charge.
McIlroy and former agents settle legal case
World number one golfer Rory McIlroy has settled his legal dispute with his former management company, the two sides said on Wednesday, avoiding a potential eight weeks in court.
Grenke chess Round 2: Anand draws with Naiditsch
Viswanathan Anand did not capitalise on his chances and had to settle for a draw.
Oops they did it AGAIN! Nicole 'dumps' F1 champ Hamilton
Singer Nicole Scherzinger has finally walked away from Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
Wounded Redknapp leaves QPR but not quitting football
Harry Redknapp resigned as manager of struggling Queens Park Rangers.
FA Cup: United avoid embarrassment; Cambridge hopes end
Manchester United reached the FA Cup fifth round and avoided any further embarrassment.
Shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong charged with hit-and-run
Lance Armstrong has been charged with crashing into two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort.
February 03, 2015
National Games: Vijay Kumar shoots golden double, silver for Jung
Olympic silver-medallist shooter Vijay Kumar shone bright with a golden double even as half a dozen meet records sank without a trace in the swimming pool on the third day of competitions in the 35th National Games in Thiruvanathapuram on Tuesday.
West Bromwich Albion sign Manchester United stalwart Fletcher
West Bromwich Albion have signed Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from Manchester United, the English Premier League clubs said on Monday.
Anand holds Caruana in Grenke chess opener
Viswanathan Anand played out an easy draw against world No 2 Fabiano Caurana of Italy in the first round of Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden, Germany. Playing his first tournament after winning the London Classic, the five-times world champion was pleasantly surprised as Caruana went for the Italian opening with white that does not find many followers in top level chess.
Struggling Somdev beaten by lower-ranked Kiwi in Aus Challenger
The third seeded Indian was beaten by New Zealand qualifier Finn Tearney 6-1, 6-7(4), 4-6 in two hours and 27 minutes.
Djokovic insists he didn't fake it; willing to talk to Murray
Novak Djokovic has invited Britain's Andy Murray to clear-the-air talks.
Find out why it was win-win for Super Bowl gamblers
Singer Katy Perry's performance at Super Bowl was hyped for months and did not disappoint.
January Transfers: No last-minute shopping spree
January transfer window failed to materialise as Europe's top clubs largely kept their powder dry. India a 'very, very important market' for MotoGP, says chief Ezpeleta
MotoGP is ready for a foray into India convinced it has a better future than Formula One in the world's second largest motorcycle market.
'The desire to win is what keeps Paes going'
India's former Davis Cup captain Akhtar Ali discusses the secret behind Leander Paes's success with Bikash Mohapatra/Rediff.com.
6 reasons why this Tiger is suffering...
Whether Tiger Woods is suffering from the chipping 'yips' or several mental game, experts agree that the former World No 1 is paying a steep price for it.
The Top 5 scorers in the English Premier League
Take a look at the top scorers of the English premier league!
February 02, 2015
Netball player's death shadows Day 1 of National Games
The mood turned somber at the 35th National Games after a young netball player lost his life in a freak accident.
Mahindra Racing ties up with Aspar team for MotoGP
Mahindra Racing, which disbanded its two-wheeler racing team from the 2015 Moto3 season, has tied up with Aspar Team to supply its bikes to other teams.
Meet the 4 candidates bidding for FIFA presidency...
Sepp Blatter, Luis Figo, Michael van Praag and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein have bid to stand for FIFA president.
Champagne pulls out of FIFA presidential race
Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his candidacy.
Murray was 'distracted' by Djokovic's injury struggle in third set
Britain number one Andy Murray has admitted that he got distracted by Novak Djokovic's fitness issues during his Australian Open final defeat against the Serbian.
Should Lance Armstrong be forgiven?
Scott Mercier believes that Lance Armstrong should get back his seven Tour de France titles and be forgiven
TROUBLED start for Alonso's F1 season
Fernando Alonso made a troubled start to testing McLaren's new Formula One car
'Grateful' Djokovic delves on life-altering joys of fatherhood
'Getting married and becoming a father in the last six months was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life'
PHOTOS: Big celebrations on after Perry, Kravitz rock Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is a big deal in the US and here are some images from the after-match celebrations from the annual football fest.
Super Bowl PHOTOS: Patriots beat Seahawks for first win in 10 years
The New England Patriots were crowned Super Bowl champions on Sunday after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to capture their first National Football League title in 10 years.
Serie A: Juve held in dour draw, Napoli win to close gap on top two
Juventus missed a chance to extend their advantage over second-placed AS Roma when they played out a dismal 0-0 draw away to Udinese on Sunday, while Napoli closed in on Serie A's top two with a 2-1 win at Chievo.
La Liga PHOTOS: Messi stars as Barca rally to beat Villareal
Barca dominated possession and Luis Suarez had several early chances but it was Villarreal who took the lead with Denis Cheryshev redirecting a Mario Gaspar shot past keeper Claudio Bravo on the half hour.
EPL PHOTOS: Arsenal fire five past hapless Villa
Images from the EPL matches played on Sunday
February 01, 2015
It's a treat to play with Martina: Paes
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis, two legends of the game, were all praise for each other after winning their first Grand Slam together as Indian ace called it a "treat to win title" with the 'Swiss Miss'.
Murray under microscope after Melbourne Park meltdown
Andy Murray blamed Novak Djokovic's physical problems in their Australian Open final on Sunday for throwing him off his game but that could hardly explain the meltdown that saw the Scot lose 12 of the last 13 games.
Hockey India League: Delhi register their first win
Title holders Delhi Waveriders register their first victory of the season, following a 3-1 win over debutants Dabang Mumbai in a league match of the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League.
Refugee protest at Australian Open final
Play was held up during the Australian Open men's final on Sunday when a banner was unfurled protesting against the treatment of refugees, with one person jumping on centre court.
7 reasons why Novak Djokovic is king of the Australian Open
When it comes to the Australian Open the Serbian reigns supreme.
Andy Murray's fiance wears 'Explicit Content' t-shirt
Kim Sears responded to her critics by wearing a Parental Advisory: Explicit Content t-shirt
Australian Open: Djokovic powers past Murray for title
Novak Djokovic reasserted his rule over the hard-courts of Melbourne Park
What Gareth Bale needs to do to win Real Madrid fans...
Gareth Bale was once again subjected to whistling from a section of the Bernabeu crowd.
Formula One: Nico Rosberg promises 'maximum attack' in 2015
Nico Rosberg vowed 'maximum attack' in a new title battle Lewis Hamilton.
African Nations Cup PHOTOS: Comebacks and clashes in mixed day!
African football hit dizzying heights before descending into violent farce
Prize money too tempting to ignore!
Sandeep Sejwal said the prize money on offer for every gold won is just too tempting.
RAGING BULL! No angel but not guilty, says banned Costa
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has denied he deliberately stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can.
It's Grand Slam No 15 for legendary Leander Paes
Leander Paes won his 15th Grand Slam title.
Meet golf's youngest World No 1
-year-old Lydia Ko became the youngest golfer to hold top spot in the world
Benzema double sends Real four points clear
Karim Benzema scored twice in the second half as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-1 to go four points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday.
Sturridge scores on comeback as Liverpool beat West Ham
England striker Daniel Sturridge celebrated his return after a five-month injury layoff when he came off the bench to score as Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
January 31, 2015
Tendulkar stars as chaotic National Games kick off
Sachin Tendulkar was there to bring a capacity crowd on its feet and the cultural splendour was there for all to see as the 35th National Games were declared open here today with a colourful opening ceremony even as organisational chaos continued to take sheen off the event.
FIFA chief Blatter booed at Asian Cup final
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins.
Bolelli-Fognini clinch Australian Open doubles title
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini became the first all Italian pair to win a grand slam men's doubles title in almost 60 years when they beat Frenchmen Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-4 at the Australian Open on Saturday.
Relaxed Serena cherishing every victory
Once a simmering volcano of emotions that could erupt at any moment, Australian Open champion Serena Williams appears to be heading down a path that may perhaps lead to her being renamed Serene.
Foiled again, Sharapova feels Serena breakthrough closer
Maria Sharapova's dreams of a sixth Grand Slam title were ended by Serena Williams and her wrecking ball serve in the Australian Open final on Saturday, but the Russian was adamant she would someday have the American's measure.
PHOTOS: Inspirational Serena claims milestone Slam
"I prayed hard. Prayers not to win but for strength. All glory to God," the World No 1 said.
Troisi's extra time goal gives Australia Asian Cup
Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time in a pulsating final to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea on Saturday.
Serena makes history by clinching Australian Open title
Following Serena Williams's 19th Grand Slam title, here is the list of Australian Open women's singles champions since the event began in 1922 (Australian unless stated)
Serena Williams crushes Sharapova to clinch Australian Open
Serena Williams outplayed Maria Sharapova to claim the 2015 Australian Open championship in straight sets on Saturday.
Gibraltar Chess: Adhiban in joint lead
Grandmaster and former national champion B Adhiban crashed through the defences of former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria to remain in joint lead in the Masters section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.
Out of focus Wawrinka felt like a dead battery against Djokovic
"I told my coach before the match and yesterday that I was mentally completely dead and no battery," he told reporters.
Lavezzi strike helps PSG leapfrog to second spot
Paris St Germain reduced Olympique Lyonnais' Ligue 1 lead to one point after Ezequiel Lavezzi's first-half strike earned the champions a 1-0 home win over Stade Rennes on Friday.
Frenchman Ginola withdraws FIFA presidency race
Former France winger David Ginola has abandoned his bid to stand in the FIFA presidential elections after failing to secure the five FA nominations needed, he said on Friday.
Bundesliga: Dost helps Wolfsburg end Bayern's unbeaten run
Second-placed VfL Wolfsburg breathed new life into the Bundesliga title race with a 4-1 win over leaders Bayern Munich, who lost their unbeaten record in a dramatic restart to the league after the winter break on Friday.
Dope shame: Olympic champ Zaripova and Kenya's Jeptoo get bans
Russian steeplechaser Yulia Zaripova has been banned for two and a half years for doping offences, the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA said (www.rusada.ru) on Friday.
Woods cards career-worst 82
The 14-times major winner, struggling in his return to competitive golf after a long layoff due to a back injury, had six bogeys, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and two birdies in the round.
January 30, 2015
Dutchman Van Ass is India's men's hockey team coach
While the 54-year-old Van Ass, who was at the helm of affairs of the Dutch team from 2010 to 2014, will take charge of the men's team, New Zealand's Anthony Thornton, 47, will replace Neil Hawgood as coach of the women's senior team.
Aus Open: Djokovic edges Wawrinka to set up final with Murray
Novak Djokovic will meet Andy Murray in the final of the Australian Open. The Serb beat defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the semi-final on Friday.
Another baby boy for Shakira and Pique!
Pop star Shakira and her partner Gerard Pique have welcomed their second child
After fiance's F-word fusillade, Murray out in 'Open' to defend her!
Andy Murray has defended Kim Sears after she was caught on camera apparently swearing
Australian Open: Mattek-Sands and Safarova claim women's doubles title
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and her partner Lucie Safarova won their first Grand Slam women's doubles title
Paes-Hingis in Aus Open final; Sania-Soares lose in semis
Sania Mirza, paring with Brazilian Bruno Soares, bowed out of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open after being beaten in the semis on Friday. Leander Paes kept himself in line for his 15th Grand Slam title by making it to the final.
Sania loses; Can Paes win his 15th Slam at Aus Open?
Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis entered the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open. Sania Mirza and Brazil's Bruno Soares were was beaten in the other semi-final.
BIG BLOW! Star boxer Vijender pulls out of National Games
Vijender Singh has pulled out of the 35th National Games starting on Saturday
Rusty Tiger Woods delivers good, bad and ugly
Tiger Woods mixed the good and bad with a fair dose of the ugly at the Phoenix Open
The 'GULF' between Australia and Asia
Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia, says AFC chief
PUBLICITY STUNT? Ginola suggests FIFA bid is over
David Ginola's bid for the FIFA presidency appeared to end when his campaign website said all financial donations would be returned
King's Cup: Villarreal to face Barca in semifinals
Villarreal set up a King's Cup semis against Barca after Gerard Moreno gave them a 1-0 win
January 29, 2015
Portugal back Figo's campaign for top job at FIFA
Luis Figo's decision to enter FIFA's presidential election has received a positive reaction in his native Portugal even though he faces a seemingly impossible task to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter in May.
La Liga: Improving Neymar key to Barca's pursuit of topping table
Neymar took time to settle but is finally shining in Barcelona's devastating attacking trident with Villarreal the next La Liga opponents in their sights on Sunday as the Catalans continue their pursuit of Real Madrid.
Murray beats Berdych to reach Australian Open final
Britain's Andy Murray overcame a blistering start from Tomas Berdych to advance to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 victory on Thursday.
Hewitt flags retirement after next Australian Open
Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has flagged his retirement after a record 20th campaign at his home Australian Open next year.
FIFA boss confirms submitting re-election bid
FIFA President Sepp Blatter confirmed that he had submitted bid to run for re-election
Madison Keys's fairytale run at Melbourne Park ends...
Madison Keys is determined to take an extra step at the Grand Slams
You need to believe that you can be in final, says Sharapova
Since that moment, Maria Sharapova has looked virtually unbeatable
Terrible record! Last time Sharapova beat Serena was in 2004!
World No 1 Serena Williams has tormented Maria Sharapova for over a decade
League Cup PHOTOS: Ice-man Eriksen sends Spurs into final
Christian Eriksen was Spur's ice-man as beat Sheffield to reach League Cup final
Australian golfing great Kel Nagle passes away at 94
Australia's former British Open winner Kel Nagle died on Thursday, aged 94
Aus Open PHOTOS: Stage set for Serena vs Sharapova showdown
Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova for the Australian Open title
King's Cup PHOTOS: Neymar double sends Barca into semis
Neymar struck twice as Barca beat Atletico Madrid to reach the King's Cup semis
These men will face off against FIFA president Blatter
Meet the men who shall face off against FIFA president Sepp Blatter
January 28, 2015
Ronaldo handed two-match ban for kicking opponent
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-match ban following his dismissal for kicking out at an opponent during their La Liga clash with Cordoba last Saturday, the Spanish league said on Wednesday.
Djokovic relishing prospects of epic semi-final with Wawrinka
After booking a much-anticipated semi-final with his Australian Open title usurper Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic wasted little time reminding the Swiss of the heavy burden of being defending champion.
Figo to challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency
Former Portugal star Luis Figo has announced his intentions to challenge Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential elections.
Barca president slams FIFA rules over transfer ban
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes FIFA regulations concerning under-age player transfers needs to be revised and that current rules would have prevented Lionel Messi from joining the club.
Mourinho fined for referee comments
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) by the FA after claiming there was a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his team.
League Cup PHOTOS: Chelsea beat Liverpool in ill-tempered match
Chelsea reached the League Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic's towering extra-time header secured a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a rip-roaring semi-final second leg at an electric Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Harikrishna off to good start in Gibraltar Chess
Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna started his campaign by outclassing Eric De Haan of Holland in the first round of the Masters' section of Tradewise Gibraltar Chess festival at the Caleta in Gibraltar.
Sania-Soares, Paes-Hingis reach Australian Open semis
Sania Mirza and Leander Paes were on course for a Australian Open showdown as they reached the mixed doubles semifinals with their respective partners, in Melbourne.
Chelsea sweating over Fabregas and Luis injury for City showdown
Chelsea could be without Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis for clash against Manchester City
Pole vault legend Bubka to fight Coe for IAAF president job
'I am ready to work for the good of athletics at every level. I understand the challenges that athletics faces and the opportunities on a national, regional and international level that we have'
Why fear looms over the old serve and volley game
Djokovic feels technology will decide future of serve and volley game in men's tennis
Can't see myself playing at Manchester United: Bale
'I have a long contract still to go, I am enjoying myself and we are winning trophies. I want to continue doing this at Real Madrid'
Qatar expresses hesitation over 2024 Olympics host bid
Qatar hold off for a later edition after two failed attempts to land sport's greatest spectacle
Contrasting fortunes end hopes of an all-Williams clash at Aus Open
Williams sisters Serena and Venus had been hoping to provide fans with the first all-Williams sisters clash at a Grand Slam since the 2009 Wimbledon final in the semi-finals.
Female tennis stars and their locker room dairies...
No 'Mean Girls' atmosphere in female tennis stars' locker rooms these days
'Nervous' Wawrinka avenges Nishikori with fighting win
Men's champion Stan Wawrinka avenged a tough defeat to Kei Nishikori at last year's US Open at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Keys fends off thigh injury to eclipse Venus, make semis
Madison Keys continued to ride her wave of success, fuelled in part by celebratory chocolate biscuits, as she advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final with a gutsy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Venus Williams on Wednesday.
Australian Open: Djokovic crushes Raonic, faces Wawrinka in semis
World No 1 Novak Djokovic eased his way into the Australian Open semi-finals, brushing aside Canada's Milos Raonic with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2 victory.
REVEALED! Biggest spending clubs in international transfer
English clubs are spending more money in the international transfer according to FIFA
Yes, African Nations Cup is happening; Ghana, Algeria advance
Ghana and Algeria ratified their top ranking as both advanced to the quarters.
Beaten Venus blames injury time-out by Keys
Venus Williams blamed an injury time-out by Madison Keys for robbing her of rhythm
Shamed cyclist 'Armstrong was made a SCAPEGOAT'
There was a witch hunt after Armstrong, says former International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid
Aus Open PHOTOS: Serena slams Cibulkova; Keys overcomes Venus
Serena Williams sets up an all-American semi-final against teenager Madison Keys.
January 27, 2015
Early goals take Australia past UAE to Asian Cup final
Australia stunned the United Arab Emirates with two goals in the first 14 minutes to reach a second successive Asian Cup final, where they will meet South Korea.
Mary Kom floored by Obama pat!
Pleasantly surprised after Barack Obama mentioned her name in his speech on Indian achievers, Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom said she was happy to know that the US President acknowledged her performances.
Aus Open: Underprepared Nadal takes positives from quarter-final loss
'I make him play very easy. So you cannot expect to win matches in quarter-finals of Grand Slams helping the opponent to play well. That's what I did'
Gifted, controversial Riquelme retires
Juan Roman Riquelme, the supremely talented and sometimes controversial former Boca Juniors and Argentina playmaker, has retired from soccer.
Korea's Park 'shocked' by failed dope test
Olympic swimming gold medallist Park Tae-hwan has been left "shocked" by a positive doping test, which his agency has attributed to an injection given to the South Korean swim star during chiropractic treatment ahead of last year's Asian Games.
Bouchard to focus on support staff after Melbourne mauling
Eugenie Bouchard was unable to match the semi-final appearance from her maiden Australian Open last year and will now focus on sorting out her coaching arrangements after being blasted off the court by Maria Sharapova on Tuesday.
Russian ladies dominate as Sharapova faces Makarova in semis
'The toughest is what's to come. I hope that I'll be able to take that and play even better'
Mayor pulls back support from Becks' dream football franchise
Mayor of Miami, Carlos Gimenez, has pulled back his support from former England football captain David Beckham's 200 million pounds US football franchise to leave the star midfielder's dreams in tatters.
Berdych ends Nadal tyranny, Murray charges on
Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday before his next opponent Andy Murray restored British colonial rule to the floodlit centre court.
Shamed cyclist Armstrong says he would dope again!
'If you take me back to 1995, when doping was completely pervasive, I would probably do it again'
Middlesbrough to travel to Arsenal for FA Cup fifth round
Middlesbrough were rewarded for beating Manchester City with a trip to FA Cup holders Arsenal while Chelsea's conquerors Bradford City host Sunderland or Fulham after the fifth round draw on Monday.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal knocked out by Berdych; Sharapova tames Bouchard
Images from Tuesday's matches at the Australian Open.
January 26, 2015
Lotus expect huge step forward in 2015
Lotus expect to be far more competitive this season with a new Formula One car that they hailed as a massive step forward on Monday.
Hockey India League: Ranchi hold Waveriders
A spirited Ranchi Rays overcame a two-goal deficit to hold defending champions Delhi Waveriders to a 2-2 draw in a league match of the third Hero Hockey India League (HIL) in Ranchi.
Djokovic fends off Muller to reach quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic will contest his 23rd consecutive grand slam quarter-final after easing past Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller 6-4, 7-5, 7-5 at the Australian Open on Monday.
'2022 Qatar WC likely to be held in winter'
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is expected to be staged in November and December in order to evade the region's scorching summer heat, believes Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
South Korea beat Iraq 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final
South Korea moved a step closer to burying their 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they grabbed a goal in each half to beat Iraq 2-0 on Monday and set up a final against Australia or United Arab Emirates.
Needed the victory to silence the critics: Kashyap
After launching the new season with an emphatic title win at the just-concluded Syed Modi International tournament, India's top shuttler Parupalli Kashyap said he needed this victory to silent the critics after been "written off".
January 25, 2015
Saina sees off Carloina Marin to defend Syed Modi crown
Saina Nehwal staged a scintillating comeback to beat reigning world champion Carolina Marin and retain the women's singles title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.
Tomic slams ridiculous scheduling; Nadal won't take Berdych lightly
Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling.
Australian Open: Halep halts Wickmayer
Third seed Simona Halep broke her hoodoo against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer with a 6-4, 6-2 win to sail into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
Indians at Aus Open: Paes-Hingis advance, Bopanna out
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis won their mixed doubles opener at the Australian Open tennis tournament on Sunday.
I feel ashamed, says Mourinho after FA Cup drubbing
A bemused Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's performance as unacceptable and a disgrace after the Premier League leaders slumped to a 4-2 home defeat against third-tier Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.
Battle of Beauties: Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova
Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
FA Cup Shocks! Chelsea and Manchester City lose
FA Cup added another incredible chapter to its proud heritage on Saturday as Chelsea and Manchester City were humbled by supposed inferiors.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters
Rafael Nadal weathered an early serving storm from Kevin Anderson before dismantling the South African giant with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 masterclass to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
TEMPTING! Sharapova-Bouchard showdown at Australian Open
Maria Sharapova set up an enticing quarter-final showdown with Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open following a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 fourth round victory over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.
'The Djoker' turns out to be a swot...
I've got to do my homework, sit down with the team, prepare myself well with the video analysis, says Novak Djokovic.
January 24, 2015
La Liga: Ronaldo sent off as late Bale penalty hands Real victory
Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off as leaders Real Madrid beat Cordoba 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday thanks to late Gareth Bale penalty.
Kashyap to face Srikanth in Syed Modi final, Saina to play Marin
It will not be a Saina Nehwal versus P V Sindhu final in the women's singles but the men's singles will be an all-Indian affair with P Kashyap and K Srikanth set to clash for the title at the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament, in Lucknow.
I-League: Pune FC stun champions Bengaluru FC
Pune FC beat defending champions Bengaluru FC 3-1 in a second round encounter of the Hero I-League Football Tournament at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Hockey India League: Middleton brace sinks Mumbai
England's Barry Middleton scored twice in the third quarter, to pilot Ranchi Rays to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Dabang Mumbai in their Hockey India League encounter at the Mahindra Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Kapur, Jeev tied 38th, Grace wins Qatar Masters
Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh finished in a tie for 38th place even as Branden Grace produced a stunning eagle on 16th and a closing birdie to grab the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament on Saturday.
High ranking sits uncomfortably on Nishikori's shoulders
A break-out 2014 season and a career-high ranking of five has added extra weight to Kei Nishikori's shoulders, with the US Open finalist already bearing the burden of huge expectations in his home country Japan.
It's important to stay original, says grunting, cursing Azarenka
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka will no longer bite her tongue or try to fit into any media-trained 'image' as she makes her way on the tennis tour.
Syed Modi International Badminton: Saina, Srikanth reach finals
Defending champion Saina Nehwal is just one step away from retaining her women's singles title of the $ 120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament.
'Formula One needs a real revolution'
Formula One needs to go through a 'real revolution' by 2017 with cars making the sort of noise that heavy metal rock fans would appreciate, according to Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
Check out who is latest to enter the race for FIFA's presidency
Another wildcard has entered the pack of candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA in May's election -- Mino Raiola, a soccer agent whose clients include Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Indians at Australian Open: Bhupathi out of mixed doubles
Veteran Mahesh Bhupathi went out of the mixed doubles competition following a first-round loss.
After cancer scare, Brengle slops on sunscreen and slips into 4th round
Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders to lower the risk of skin cancers.
Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow
Spaniard Feliciano Lopez showed a compassionate streak in addition to a dangerous serve by apologising to the ball-boy he struck in the groin at the Australian Open.
Wawrinka happy to discuss the F-word
For someone who is the defending champion at Melbourne Park, Stanislas Wawrinka is remarkably upbeat about the lack of focus falling upon him.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Kvitova upset by Keys; Djokovic, Azarenka advance
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka won a battle of former girls' champions at the Australian Open by easing past Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOS: Williams sisters lead Americans into fourth round
Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus led a foursome of American women into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.
FA Cup: Fourth tier Cambridge embarrass Manchester United
Manchester United were held to a 0-0 draw at fourth tier Cambridge United in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday after another embarrassing outing against lower league opposition.
January 23, 2015
PHOTOS: Federer dumped from Open as Nadal, Sharapova survive
Photos of Day 5 of the Australian Open being played in Melbourne
Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth cruise to semis of Syed Modi International
Defending champion Saina Nehwal inched closer to retaining her women's singles title, while other top Indian shuttlers, including P V Sindhu, also made it to the semi-finals of the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament.
Asian Cup: Iraq beat Iran on penalties to enter semis
Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on Friday after the two Middle Eastern rivals played out one of the most extraordinary matches in the tournament's history.
I wanted to go to India, says Federer after third round exit
A late end to last season that included a successful Davis Cup final and matches in India had no impact on Roger Federer's surprise third round loss to Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open on Friday, the second seed said.
Necessary for me to keep away from controversies, says ace shooter Narang
Seeking to steer clear of the furore that was triggered by Saina Nehwal's open displeasure at being ignored for the Padma awards, ace Indian shooter Gagan Narang said he would prefer to wait for the government to take a call on such matters.
SHOCKING! Seppi dumps Federer out of Australian Open
Second seed Roger Federer was dumped out of the Australian Open third round by Italy's Andreas Seppi on Friday.
Billards, snooker want spot in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Billiards and snooker launched an unexpected bid to win a spot on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics sports programme, saying sharp global rise in popularity helped their case.
January transfers: Real agree to sign Brazil midfielder Lucas Silva
Cruzeiro have agreed to sell defensive midfielder Lucas Silva to Real Madrid, the Brazilian champions said on Thursday. Male presenter's 'twirl' request to Bouchard sparks controversy
Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard was left surprised after a male presenter conducting her on-court interview made an unusual request by asking her to give them a twirl.
Australian Open: Bopanna, Paes, Sania lose doubles matches
On a largely disappointing day for Indian tennis players, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza lost their respective doubles matches in the second round of the Australian Open, leaving the country's challenge restricted to the mixed doubles competition.
Ghana boss slams African Nations Cup organisers for bad bus, commute
Ghana's head coach Avram Grant hit out at African Nations Cup organisers for giving his side a shoddy bus and lengthy commute ahead of their critical Group C clash with Algeria.
King's Cup: Espanyol close to semis after 3-1 win over Sevilla
Espanyol secured a commanding lead in their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Sevilla when Felipe Caicedo, Sergio Garcia, with a penalty, and Lucas Vazquez scored in a 3-1 first-leg home win on Thursday.
January 22, 2015
Saina, Srikanth enter quarter-finals of Syed Modi International
Defending champion Saina Nehwal and World number five Kidambi Srikanth were among the nine Indian shuttlers who entered the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Lucknow.
Wozniacki feels 'cursed' at Melbourne Park
Caroline Wozniacki said she felt 'cursed' at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.
Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship
Novak Djokovic praised American Tim Smyczek's act of sportsmanship in his second round marathon against Rafa Nadal as "greater than sport itself" at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Aus Open: Bopanna-Nestor advance, Bhupathi-Melzer exit
Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor went through several anxious moments before making it to the second round, even as Mahesh Bhupathi and Jurgen Melzer failed to, in the men's doubles at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Thursday.
Cameroon's most BIZARRE and HORRENDOUS football kits!
We watch the African Cup of Nations for the football, but we also look out for the funny hairstyles, fashion and most importantly, the kits.
Murray points to double-standards after Nadal cramps
Following Rafael Nadal's problems with cramps in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Andy Murray has taken a swipe at critics who gave him a hard time after his own struggles at the US Open.
Venus and Serena: This sibling rivalry is motivating...
Venus Williams's encouraging form at the Australian Open has given younger sister Serena cause to look over her shoulder after the siblings eased into the third round with straight-sets wins at Melbourne Park on Thursday.
After 111 years, 'New FIFA Now' calls for change
FIFA faces potentially the greatest challenge to its authority since it was formed 111 years ago following the launch on Wednesday of the 'New FIFA Now' coalition of reformists calling for change.
Ecclestone throws doubt on German GP
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has thrown doubt on this year's German Grand Prix taking place at either Nuerburgring or Hockenheim.
Gomez ends misery with brace in Fiorentina cup win
Germany forward Mario Gomez, scorer of only one Serie A goal this season, struck twice in the first half hour to help Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-1 in the Italian Cup on Wednesday.
'In case Bayern are in doubt they always take the side of money'
Bayern Munich apologised on Wednesday after failing to voice their support for an activist who was flogged in Saudi Arabia during their trip last week.
Watch out for 'little more mean, little more hungry' Force India
Force India revealed an aggressive new look for the 2015 Formula One season on Wednesday with Mexican driver Sergio Perez telling his compatriots he expected his best season yet.
Is fluorescent 'in' at Australian Open?
The Australian Open started with a bang and the stars weren't hard to miss, as most of them were seen wearing loud colours at Melbourne Park.
Berlusconi not selling AC Milan
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has denied the latest media reports that his AC Milan soccer club was up for sale, saying he was not ready to part with the team he has owned since the 1980s.
Bhupathi's campaign ends at Australian Open
The Bhupathi-Melzer pair lose in straight sets to Argentine team of Diego Schwartzman and Horacio Zeballos.
Ivory Coast's Gervinho apologises after getting two-match ban
Ivory Coast striker Gervinho will play no further part in the group stage of the African Nations Cup after he was banned for two matches for striking an opponent, the Confederation of African Football said on Wednesday.
Congo stun Gabon to eye Nations Cup last eight
African Nations Cup underdogs Congo boosted their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals after they beat more fancied Gabon 1-0 to throw Group A wide open on Wednesday.
Real Madrid is richest football club in the world
A leap in commercial and broadcast revenue lifted Manchester United into second place behind Real Madrid on the list of the world's richest clubs in 2013-14, according to Deloitte's latest Football Money League.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Townsend helps Spurs take advantage
Tottenham Hotspur needed a 73rd-minute Andros Townsend penalty to end the dogged resistance of visiting third tier Sheffield United and secure a 1-0 lead in their League Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday.
King's Cup PHOTOS: Messi scores to give Barca edge in quarters
Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo dating TV presenter Villalon?
Lucia Villalon Puras, a presenter for Real Madrid Television, is reportedly being rumored to be Cristiano Ronaldo's new girlfriend.
Australian Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Wawrinka, Serena march forth
Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former World No 2 crumbled to lose 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
January 21, 2015
Saina, Kashyap enter second round of Syed Modi International
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, K Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap reached the second round of Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after scoring easy victories in Lucknow.
Transfer talk: Serie A strugglers Parma sign Varela, Rodriguez
Parma, joint bottom of Serie A alongside Cesena, have signed Uruguay midfielder Cristian Rodriguez and Portugal forward Silvestre Varela, both on loan, the club said on Tuesday.
Murray makes perfect response to Marinko's coach jibe
Andy Murray trounced Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but insisted there was no edge to the match after the Australian's criticism of his decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.
Shakira poses with baby bump for UNICEF World Baby Shower
Shakira, who is expecting her second baby with footballer boyfriend Gerard Pique, recently posed with her baby bump along with her son Milan and Pique.
Sania, Paes on course at Australian Open
Sania and her Chinese Taipei partner Su-Wei Hsieh, seeded second, defeated the Argentine-Swiss combine of Maria Irigoyen and Romina Oprandi 6-2, 6-0 in 48 minutes, while tenth seeds Paes and Raven Klaasen of South Africa beat the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6(6).
Williams sisters withdraw from doubles at Australian Open
Multiple Grand Slam champions Serena and Venus Williams withdrew from women's doubles competition at the Australian Open on Wednesday before first round action got underway.
Olympic boxing champ Taylor pleads not guilty to Arkansas assault charges
Boxing champion Jermain Taylor pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to multiple criminal charges related to allegations of threatening a family at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Little Rock, and was ordered held pending $50,000 bond.
France footballer Trezeguet hangs his boots
Trezeguet had recently played in the Indian Super League for Pune City FC.
Chinese real estate giant to buy stake in Atletico Madrid
Property giant Dalian Wanda Group Co said on Wednesday it would buy a stake in Spanish soccer champions Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros ($52 million), becoming the first Chinese company to invest in a premier European football club.
Formula One: Is Vettel a good fit for Ferrari?
'But I think because he's such an enthusiast, this is just what he needs. And what Ferrari needs'
Bessat treble puts Lyon out of French Cup
Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyonnais were knocked out of the French Cup 3-2 at Nantes on Tuesday with Vincent Bessat grabbing a hat-trick in the last-32 game on a night of upsets.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Federer, Sharapova scrape to wins; Murray mauls Matosevic
Photos from the Australian Open matches played at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
Doping ban for three Russian Olympic walk champions
Russia's 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medallist Vladimir Kanaykin have also been banned for failing doping tests, RUSADA added on its website (www.rusada.ru).
Italian Cup: AS Roma scrape past Empoli with controversial penalty
AS Roma needed a hugely controversial penalty, converted by Daniele De Rossi six minutes from the end of the extra time, to see off modest Empoli 2-1 in the Italian Cup last 16 on Tuesday.
African Nations Cup: Cameroon, Ivory Coast escape defeats
Powerhouses Cameroon and Ivory Coast both battled back from a goal down to avoid shock defeats as they drew 1-1 with Mali and Guinea respectively in the African Nations Cup on Tuesday.
FA Cup PHOTOS: Sterling strike gives Liverpool hope against Chelsea
Raheem Sterling's stunning individual goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a rip-roaring League Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday but the dominant Merseysiders could be left to rue a missed opportunity.
January 20, 2015
Self-critical Djokovic believes Nadal still favourite at Aus Open
"Well, I don't know what his intentions are, how he feels, but he is definitely always one of the top favourites in every tournament that he plays," said Djokovic, who beat Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to join the Spaniard in the second round on Tuesday.
Wozniacki laments Gerrard departure after clearing first hurdle in Melbourne
'Yeah, I'm a little sad. I don't know. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere'
Australian Open: Jaded but focused Wawrinka whips Turkish newbie
Coming back to the Australian Open as defending champion has felt surreal at times for Stanislas Wawrinka but the Swiss fourth seed was all business in his first-round thrashing of Turkish trailblazer Marsel Ilhan.
Breathtaking PHOTOS from the 2015 Dakar Rally
Rediff.com encapsulates all the excitement through these breathtaking visuals from the Dakar Rally.
Tiger's girl is most successful female athlete in Alpine skiing
Lindsey Vonn's model looks and famous boyfriend have often gained her more spotlight than her speed on two skis back in her home country.
African Nations Cup: Algeria fight back to beat South Africa
South Africa missed a penalty and conceded an own goal as top-ranked Algeria came from behind to win 3-1 in their African Nations Cup Group C game on Monday.
EPL: Mirallas penalty miss extends dismal Everton run
Kevin Mirallas' first-half penalty miss proved costly as Everton's dismal run continued with a 0-0 Premier League draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
Tiger loses front tooth while celebrating girlfriend's victory
Tiger Woods lost a front tooth after being hit in the face by a video camera while watching girlfriend Lindsey Vonn take a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy on Monday, according to his agent.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Djokovic, Serena cruise; Wawrinka continues dominance
Images from the Australian Open matches played on Tuesday.
January 19, 2015
Aus Open: Federer, Sharapova shine as 8 seeds fail to sprout
Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights on Monday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women's seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on a manic opening day. The evergreen Federer strolled into the second round with a classy 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun before fellow-second seed Sharapova ruined Croatian qualifier Petra Martic's 24th birthday with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
'I would look at Saina and Sindhu as team India'
Pullela Gopichand, India's chief badminton coach, shares his views on the country's leading female players with Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com.
Australian Open: Federer crushes Taiwanese teen to advance
Roger Federer strolled into the second round of the Australian Open with a clinical 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
China's Li announces pregnancy news on centre court
Retired Australian Open champion Li Na told the centre court crowd at Melbourne Park on Monday that she was expecting her first child with her husband and former coach Jiang Shan.
Meet the lady who caused first major upset at Australian Open
Lucie Hradecka was screaming in delight after causing a huge first day upset at the Australian Open with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over the fifth seeded Serb to record her third career victory over a top-five opponent.
Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal answers doubts; Halep, Dimitrov advance
A relieved Rafael Nadal felt the confidence come floodi