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Suarez, Messi maintain Barca’s La Liga lead

  MADRID, BARCELONA restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0.Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio..

City open up 11 pts lead over United

  MANCHESTER, Man City beat Man-U 2-1 at Old Trafford in their derby clash   RUNAWAY Premier League leaders Manchester City moved 11 points clear at the top after a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in their derby clash on Sun..

Sindhu opens campaign against Bingjiao

  DUBAI, Dubai super series RIO Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu will begin her campaign against lower ranked Hi Bingjiao of China in the women’s singles event of the season-ending Dubai Super Series Finals starting on Wednesday..

Clinical Australia beat Argentina 2-1, defend title

  BHUBANESWAR, WORLD champions Australia defeated Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 in a hard-fought summit clash to defend the Hockey World League (HWL) Final crown at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday. It was a fitting end to the eight-nation t..

Giroud to the rescue

  Southampton, Arsenal rally to hold Southampton SECOND-HALF substitute Olivier Giroud rescued Arsenal with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Sunday after Southampton had looked like holding on for all three points. The Franc..

Zidane praises Ronaldo after ‘perfect week’ for the Portuguese

  MADRID, REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said people write off Cristiano Ronaldo at their peril after the Portuguese forward struck twice in the 5-0 drubbing of Sevilla as the La Liga champions and their prolific scorer roared back to life.Ron..

India aim another sweep

DHARAMSALA, Dec 9, (PTI), A HORRIBLY out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane will be aiming to get his mojo back as India, formidable even without regular skipper Virat Kohli, eye another ‘Whitewash’ against Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series, ..

Aus, Argentina in title clash, India face Germany for bronze

BHUBANESWAR, Dec 9, (PTI), OUT of the title race after a heart-breaking loss to Argentina, a demoralised India will have to regroup quickly if they hope to do an encore in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final when they take on a depleted Germany in ..

Dipa looks up to Aliya Mustafina for inspiration

KOLKATA, Dec 9, (PTI), ELITE sportsperson more often than not look for inspiration on their comeback trail from injuries and for Dipa Karmakar, it is Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina, who won four medals at the 2012 London Olympics after being almos..

Fighting India out of title race

  BHUBANESWAR, RAIN spoiled India’s party as they struggled in heavy pitch conditions to lose 0-1 to Olympic champions Argentina and crash out of title race in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final.The city crowd braved rain and windy conditi..

Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or award

  PARIS, PORTUGUESE star Cristiano Ronaldo won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d’Or award for the year’s best player.The Real Madrid forward’s second successive win drew him level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi on five B..

‘Chelsea ready to exploit dropped points in Manchester derby’

  LONDON, CHELSEA must beat West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday to capitalise on points dropped by rivals in Sunday’s Manchester derby, defender Cesar Azpilicueta said.Champions Chelsea, who are 11 points behind leaders Manche..

Unpredictable India face Olympic champs Argentina

  BHUBANESWAR,   “UNPREDICTABILITY” has been haunting Indian men’s hockey team for quite some time now but that very factor might just act in their favour when the hosts take on Olympic champions and world no 1 Argentina i..

Liverpool through in CL, Ronaldo claims new record

      PARIS, PHILIPPE Coutinho’s hat-trick inspired Liverpool to score seven in their win over Spartak Moscow as they joined Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in qualifying for the Champions League last 16.That quartet complet..

Russia my last shot at WC glory: Messi

  BUENOS AIRES, FOOTBALL star Lionel Messi has admitted that next year’s World Cup in Russia is likely to be his last chance to win a major international tournament for Argentina.The 30-year-old Barcelona forward is still seeking his first ..

Chikte savours Belgium chocolate; India in semis

    BHUBANESWAR, The goalkeeper dished out a superb performance to hand India their first win HOSTS India produced a spirited performance to stun Olympic silver medallist Belgium in the shoot-out and progress to the semi-finals of the Hock..

Man-U secure CL passage as Bayern down PSG

                                                PARIS, MANCHESTER United and Juventus were among the sides..

Putin says no Russian Olympics boycott after IOC ban

  MOSCOW, PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin said Russia would allow athletes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag, after the country was banned from the Games over a state-orchestrated doping programme.There had been speculation Mos..

Belgium test awaits inconsistent India

  BHUBANESWAR, AN INCONSISTENT India will have to raise their game by leaps and bounds if they are to upstage Olympic silver medallist Belgium in the quarter-final of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final here on Wednesday.India, bronze medallist i..

Nadal to compete in international tourneys, but will take it step by step

  MADRID, SPANISH tennis great Rafael Nadal, ranked No 1 in the world, said he intends “to play in Abu Dhabi, Brisbane and the Australian Open” but emphasised that “a month (still) remains” and he wants to take things &ldq..

Lack of playing time could cost Giroud France WC spot

  UNDATED ARSENAL striker Olivier Giroud could lose his place in France’s squad for next year’s World Cup if he does not get more playing time at the Premier League club, according to the national team’s assistant manager Guy St..

India’s poor show continues

  BHUBANESWAR, Lose 0-2 to Germany, remain winless in pool INDIA produced a lacklustre and disappointing performance in their second consecutive match to go down 0-2 to Germany and end their pool engagements on a winless note at the Hockey World..

Late Silva goal extends City’s winning run

  MANCHESTER, DAVID Silva scored a late goal as runaway leaders Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday.Silva converted Kevin de Bruyne..

Vijender to defend title

  NEW DELHI, Takes on African champion Ernest Amuzu INDIAN boxing star Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur on December 23.Unbeaten in nine fight..

Kohli becomes first captain to score six double tons

  NEW DELHI, VIRAT Kohli scaled yet another milestone, becoming the first skipper to hit six double centuries in Test cricket.The 29-year-old Indian thus surpassed West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the record previously with five double tons..

Inconsistent India eye improved show against Germany

  BHUBANESWAR, INCONSISTENCY has been plaguing Indian hockey for quite some time and the hosts need to address it before squaring off against Rio Olympic bronze medallist Germany in their final pool match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, h..

Austin on target for Southampton in derby draw with Bournemouth

  Bournemouth, SOUTHAMPTON’S Charlie Austin was on target again as they drew 1-1 with south-coast rivals Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser curled home the opener in the 42nd minute of an even first ..

Sloppy India lose to England

BHUBANESWAR, Dec 2, (PTI), SLOPPY defending cost India dearly as Sam Ward scored a brace for England to hand the home team a heart-breaking 2-3 defeat in a hard-fought Pool B match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, here on Saturday. Ward (43r..

Hazard and Morata on target as Chelsea see off Newcastle

LONDON, Dec 2, (Reuters), TWO goals from Eden Hazard and one by Alvaro Morata earned Chelsea a workmanlike 3-1 Premier League victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.Dwight Gayle gave Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side a surprise lead, rattling ..

Capital Punishment

NEW DELHI, Dec 2, (PTI), CAPTAIN Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay made a mockery of sub-par Sri Lankan attack with effortless centuries as India cruised to 371 for four on the first day of the third and final Test.Skipper Kohli (156 batting), wh..

Mourinho will be hoping the other Ozil turns up at Arsenal

  LONDON, JOSE Mourinho is a big fan of Mesut Ozil but the Manchester United manager will undoubtedly be hoping Arsenal’s on-form German has one of his off days at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.The trip to what has become a fortress for ..

Impressive but misfiring India hold Aus

  BHUBANESWAR, INDIA produced an impressive display but wasted chances galore as they held defending champions and world number two Australia to a 1-1 draw in their opening pool match of the Hockey World League Final here on Friday.Playing in fro..

Mary Kom resigns as boxing’s national observer

  NEW DELHI, FIVE-TIME world champion MC Mary Kom has resigned as the national observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.“I re..

Chanu wins historic gold

  NEW DELHI, SAIKHOM Mirabai Chanu on Thursday became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics.Chanu, w..

Rooney long-shot ices Everton revival win

  UNDATED WAYNE Rooney scored from his own half to haunt his former manager David Moyes with a first hat-trick for Everton in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United which lifted the Blues away from the Premier League relegation zone.With Sam Allardyc..

Coach Marijne urges players to believe in themselves

  BHUBANESWAR, INDIA may have a negative head-to-head record in international tournaments against all their opponents of the Hockey World League Final, but chief coach Sjoerd Marijne does not want to dwell in the past and has asked his players to..

Liverpool’s Firmino and Mane to return

  UNDATED LIVERPOOL manager Juergen Klopp has indicated that Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are likely to start in the Premier League clash with Stoke City on Thursday.The German chose to leave the pair out of the starting 11 in Saturday’s ..

‘Pain-free’ Woods set for comeback

  ALBANY (Bahamas), TIGER Woods will get to test himself against the world’s best when he returns to action after a nine-month absence, in the 2017 Hero World Challenge, beginning here from November 30.By his own admission, it will be a cha..

India to face Pak in opening match of CWG hockey

  GOLD COAST (Australia), REIGNING silver medallists India will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in a mouth-watering men’s hockey contest of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.According to the schedule announced by the I..

Pouille lifts France to Davis Cup glory

  LILLE (France), LUCAS Pouille throttled Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 in decisive fifth rubber to clinch a 10th Davis Cup title for France in front of a passionate Lille crowd.Belgian ace David Goffin levelled the final at two poin..

Barca draw at title rivals Valencia after goal-line controversy

  VALENCIA, BARCELONA’S Jordi Alba haunted his former club Valencia with a stunning late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in a top-of-the-table Liga clash that preserved the Catalan side’s four-point lead but was overshadowed by a ‘goal&..

Australia start Ashes with big win

  BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA cruised to a crushing 10-wicket win over England to go one-up in the Ashes series in the opening Test at the Gabba on Monday, with captain Steve Smith praising his team’s character.Openers David Warner and Cameron Banc..

Sindhu’s gallant fight ends in agony

KOWLOON, PV SINDHU’S gallant fight ended in agony as she suffered a second successive loss to world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei at the summit clash of the USD 400,000 Hong Kong Super Series here on Sunday.Playing her fifth straight tourna..

Bottas holds off Hamilton

  ABU DHABI, VALTTERI Bottas survived several laps of high-speed pressure from his Mercedes team-mate and world champion Lewis Hamilton to claim a memorable victory in Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 28-year-old Finn, who ..

Noah’s gamble rewarded as France take Davis Cup lead

  LILLE (France), FRANCE captain Yannick Noah gambled on an untested pair for the pivotal Davis Cup final doubles against Belgium on Saturday but Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert’s win ensured he was spared a “hot seat”..

Slam Dunk: Own goal benefits Man-U

  ENGLAND, MANCHESTER United battled to an 11th straight home win as Lewis Dunk’s unlucky deflection inflicted a 1-0 loss on Brighton and Hove Albion.Lewis Dunk’s desperately unlucky own goal gave Manchester United a laborious 1-0 vic..

Valencia to host Barca in La Liga’s biggest game

  MADRID, VALENCIA coach Marcelino Garcia says, he wants to take the “thorn from his side” when the team hosts FC Barcelona in the Mestalla Stadium on Sunday.The Valencia boss has never beaten Barcelona during all of his years as coac..

Sindhu reaches final

  HONG KONG, INDIAN premier shuttler PV Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon to reach the final of Hong Kong Open Superseries here on Saturday. Second seed Sindhu registered a 21-17, 21-17 win in 43 minutes over the Thai sixth..

Sindhu in Hong Kong Open semis

HONG KONG, Nov 24, (IANS), INDIAN shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan to enter the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open Superseries on Friday. Second seed Sindhu outplayed the fifth seed Japanese shuttler 21-12, 21-19 in a match which ..

There was nothing in the wicket: Jadeja

By Paritosh Pramanik, NAGPUR, Nov 24, DESPITE the wicket looking green, there was hardly anything for the bowlers, said Ravindra Jadeja, who along with Ravichandra Ashwin, took seven wickets between them to floor Sri Lanka on the first day of the se..

Bowlers snuff life out of Lanka

By Paritosh Pramanik NAGPUR, Nov 24, PLAYING also-rans in the first Test, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja reclaimed their turf in style to snuff life out of a poor Sri Lanka. On a wicket, billed as preparation for the South Africa tour, the ..

Barca, Chelsea reach last 16 as Man Utd lose

  PARIS, BARCELONA and Chelsea progressed to the Champions League last 16, but Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rested Argentina star Lio..

Sindhu sails into quarters, Saina exits

  HONG KONG, SECOND seed PV Sindhu sailed into the women’s singles quarter-finals with a comfortable win while compatriot Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Hong Kong Open Superseries here on Thursday. Sindhu, who slipped a place to be number..

Zaheer ties knot with Sagarika

  NEW DELHI, FORMER Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan and actress Sagarika Ghatge tied the knot on Thursday in Mumbai. The couple got married at a private ceremony in the presence of close friends and family members. Both will throw a grand receptio..

Real cruise into last 16, Liverpool blow three-goal lead

  PARIS, CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.Zinedine Zidane’s Real bounced back from thei..

‘For you, dear coach’

  MADRID, Sevilla coach Berizzo diagnosed with prostate cancer SEVILLA coach Eduardo Berizzo has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo treatment after further tests, the Spanish club said Wednesday.The 48-year-old Argentine saw hi..

Untested but defiant, Aussies seek to strike ‘fear’

  BRISBANE, NEW-LOOK Australia will bank on their pace attack terrifying England once again when two unfamiliar line-ups open hostilities for the Ashes, the oldest prize in Test cricket, in Brisbane on Thursday.Australia’s surprise selectio..

Man-U aim to continue winning run

  UNDATED MANCHESTER United can not merely seal progress in Basel at the capital of Switzerland but also do it in style as group winners on Wednesday night, where a win would extend their already perfect record in the Champions League so far &nda..

Kashyap reaches main draw

  KOWLOON, COMMONWEALTH Games champion Parupalli Kashyap notched up twin wins in the qualifying round to reach the men’s singles main draw at the USD 400,000 Hong Kong Super Series, here on Tuesday. Kashyap saw off local shuttler Lee Cheuk..

There will be pressure on us in HWL Final: Lakra

  BENGALURU, FIT-AGAIN Birendra Lakra feels India will be under little bit of pressure in the upcoming Hockey World League Final as the country gears up to host top hockey playing nations of the world in Bhubaneswar from December 1 to 10.Lakra, w..

Sindhu spearheads India’s campaign at Hong Kong Open

  KOWLOON (Hong Kong), PLAYING her fifth successive tournament in little over a month, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will have to battle exhaustion when she leads India’s challenge at the USD 400,000 Hong Kong Super Series, starting he..

Dimitrov comes of age to win ATP Finals

  LONDON, GRIGOR Dimitrov beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a gripping title decider at the ATP Finals to become the first debutant to win the season finale since 1998.In a surprise final match-up, the Bulgarian sixth seed held his nerve under i..

Wimbledon champ Jana Novotna dies aged 49

  PRAGUE, EMOTIONAL tributes poured in for former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna after she died at the age of 49 following a long battle with cancer.Novotna, who won the Wimbledon title in 1998 when she defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat i..

‘Comeback was special’

  MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER United key striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who made a return from his injury to play against Newcastle United in the English Premier League (EPL) tie said his comeback was special. The Swede, who was out since April with a kn..

Thousands turn out for Half Marathon

  NEW DELHI, DELHIITES on Sunday turned out in tens of thousands in the Half Marathon, despite calls from certain quarters to cancel the race due to severe air pollution in the city.The 13th edition of the race went off without any hiccup and the..

It’s upto WADA to dope-test Indian cricketers: Rathore

  NEW DELHI, SPORTS Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday said BCCI could have ensured dope testing of the Indian cricketers by NADA but put the onus on WADA to make the Indian Board compliant of its Code.Rathore made the comments when he..

Now, Srikanth skips Hong Kong Open

  NEW DELHI, AFTER missing the China Open, Kidambi Srikanth has now decided to give next week’s Hong Kong Super Series a miss to be in the best shape for the Dubai Super Series Final in December. “Srikanth is much better. The injury ..

Suarez at the double at Leganes as Barca win again

  BARCELONA, BARCELONA striker Luis Suarez snapped a goal drought spanning five games by scoring twice in his side’s 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday to take the Catalans seven points clear at the top of the La Liga table. The Uruguayan re..

Sweet 16: Man City brush past Leicester

  LEICESTER, A TAP-IN by Gabriel Jesus and a thumping strike from Kevin de Bruyne helped Premier League leaders Manchester City beat Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday for their 16th successive victory in all competitions.Although City won at a strol..

‘Eden wicket is a good preparation for SA tour’

KOLKATA, Nov 17, (PTI), JUST-RETIRED pacer Ashish Nehra on Friday rated Indian bowling attack as one of the best and said the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka on a “green” Eden wicket is an ideal preparation for the hosts ahead of t..

Sindhu suffers shock defeat

FUZHOU, Nov 17, (PTI), PV SINDHU’S title defence lay in tatters after suffering a shock straight-game loss to hitherto unknown Chinese Gao Fangjie in the quarter-finals of the China Super Series Premier here on Friday. Sindhu seemed completel..

Ronaldo wants seven children and seven Ballon d’Or awards

MADRID, Nov 17, (IANS), PORTUGUESE football star Cristiano Ronaldo has said he wants to win seven Ballon d’Or awards before retiring.The 32-years-old already has four Ballon d’Or awards to his name in the senior career-span of 15 years...

Peru down New Zealand to complete WC line-up

  LIMA, PERU became the last side to clinch their place at next year’s World Cup finals when goals in each half from Jefferson Farfan and Christian Ramos gave them a 2-0 win over New Zealand in the second leg of their inter-confederation pl..

What’s lurking beyond the usual suspects?

  PARIS, LIONEL Messi knows the teams he fears most at the 2018 World Cup: champions Germany, Brazil, France and Spain.“I think that at the moment, they’re the strongest teams who look the best, are playing the best, with the best ind..

Sindhu enters quarters; Saina, Prannoy crash out

  FUZHOU (China), DEFENDING champion PV Sindhu sailed into the quarter-finals but newly-crowned National champions Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of the China Open Super Series Premier, here on Thursday.World No 2 Sindhu emerged as the l..

Jedinak hat-trick sends Australia to WC

  SYDNEY, CAPTAIN Mile Jedinak led the way with a second-half hat-trick as Australia brushed aside Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of their inter-confederation play-off to secure a place at next year’s World Cup finals in Russia on Wednesday..

Lin Dan stunned in 1st round

    SHANGHAI, BADMINTON legend Lin Dan saved seven match points before being dumped out of the first round of his home China Open on Wednesday, stunned by Indonesia’s world number 17 Jonatan Christie. The 21-19, 21-16 defeat will ram..

Federer downs Zverev in ‘generation game’

  LONDON, ROGER Federer marched into the semi-finals at the ATP Finals once again but he made hard work of the task before finally prevailing 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-1 in a high-quality battle of the generations with Germany’s Alexander Zverev.The 3..

Italy fail to reach World Cup for first time in 60 years

  MILAN, ITALY failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.The four-time champions dominated..

Italy keeper Buffon ends Intl career

  MILAN, ITALY goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they w..

Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals

  LONDON, After Goffin defeat RAFAEL Nadal pulled out of the ATP Finals, admitting he had lost his fitness battle after crashing to defeat in three sets to David Goffin in a thrilling encounter.The world number one dug deep but was stunned 7-6 (..

Keeping it short and sweep

KOLKATA, Nov 13, (PTI), India focus on reverse sweep, short balls FACING short balls and playing reverse sweeps against spinners were the highlights of Indian team’s training session as they geared up for the three-Test series against Sri Lan..

Croatia qualify for World Cup

PIRAEUS (Greece), Nov 13, (AFP), WC play-off Hold Greece to a 0-0 draw   CROATIA qualified for the 2018 World Cup by holding Greece to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off in Piraeus for a 4-1 win on aggregate.Zlatko Dalic’s..

Saina, Prannoy eye China Open to seal berth at Dubai Final

                FUZHOU (China), Nov 13, (PTI), NEWLY-CROWNED national champions Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy will look to enhancing their chances of qualifying for the Dubai Super Series Finals with a ..

Morocco, Tunisia take different paths to WC

  JOHANNESBURG, NORTH African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes as they qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the opening half to triumph..

Five-star Spain tharsh Costa Rica

  MALAGA (Spain), SPAIN’S stunning form under coach Julen Lopetegui continued as David Silva scored twice in a 5-0 friendly thrashing of Costa Rica here.Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Alvaro Morata also netted in a one-sided display from th..

Advani wins 17th world title

  DOHA, ACE Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Sunday clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed his arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship here.Advani beat Russell 6-2 (0-155, 150-128, 92-151, 151-0, 151-6, ..

Italy in danger of missing WC spot

  STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN claimed a precious 1-0 first-leg victory over Italy in their World Cup play-off here, leaving the four-time champions in danger of missing the tournament for the first time in 60 years. Substitute Jakob Johansson grabbed the ..

England earn goalless draw with Germany

  LONDON, ENGLAND held world champions Germany to a 0-0 draw after giving debuts to five players as their inexperienced team came through a first-half lesson to hold their own in a lively Wembley friendly. With a host of established players miss..

Well prepared to tackle Ashwin, Jadeja: Karunaratne

  KOLKATA, SRI Lanka’s left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne is willing to think out of the box in an attempt to counter spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the upcoming three-match Test series against India.Karunaratne was ..

Pandya rested for first two Tests

NEW DELHI, Nov 10, (PTI), INDIAN all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Friday rested from the first two Test matches against Sri Lanka with the BCCI citing “heavy workload” as the reason despite his selection in the squad initially. The sele..

BCCI rejects NADA demand

NEW DELHI, Nov 10, (PTI), IN A stern response to India’s anti-doping body NADA, the BCCI has said that government body has no jurisdiction to conduct dopes tests on Indian cricketers. In a letter written on November 8 to NADA chief Navin Agar..

May appoint footballer as AIFF ombudsman along with ex-CEC: SC

NEW DELHI, Nov 10, (PTI) THE Supreme Court on Friday said it could appoint an eminent footballer as an ombudsman, besides former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, to implement the Delhi High Court order for reforming the constitution of All ..

‘Whole India squad should be credited’

  NEW DELHI, INDIA football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Thursday said the entire squad should be credited for qualifying in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.“Our good run cannot be attributed to just the back four or the goalkeeper o..

‘Fit body makes me feel invincible’

  GURUGRAM, FRESH from her fifth Asian Championships gold medal, Indian boxing star M C Mary Kom on Thursday said her fit body helps her feel invincible despite close to two decades in a contact sport. Mary Kom returned to the country after clai..

Cahill, injured and 37, still vital for Socceroos

  SYDNEY, VETERAN goalscorer Tim Cahill remains indispensable as Australia head into their World Cup playoff with Honduras—even when he’s injured and rapidly approaching his 38th birthday. Cahill’s enduring value was in evidence..

Elated at your accomplishment, PM to Mary Kom

  NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated boxer MC Mary Kom for clinching a historic fifth gold medal at the Asian women’s Boxing Championships in Vietnam.“Congratulations Mary Kom for clinching the gold at ..

Messi keen to avoid Spain in WC

  BUENOS AIRES, BARCELONA superstar Lionel Messi says, the worst possible draw for his Argentina side at next year’s World Cup would be Spain in the first round.“The worst that could happen to us would be to draw Spain at the group st..

Fierce competition from age-group squads need of hour, feels Chhetri

  NEW DELHI, THE Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri says, fierce competition for places from the bench and age-group squads will help in developing a strong national side.The arrival of a new breed of players like Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, S..

Mary Kom, S onia in final

  HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam), 5 others end with bronze at Asian boxing MC Mary Kom (48kg) remained on course for a fifth Asian Championships gold after making the finals along with Sonia Lather (57kg) while five others settled for bronze medals ..