Yuvi owes it to Kohli

CUTTACK, Jan 20, (PTI), YUVRAJ Singh did contemplate retirement at one stage after his fight with cancer but it was skipper Virat Kohli’s trust that has kept him going which made it important for him to repay that faith.Yuvraj is once again the..

Mumbai take on Ranchi in HIL opener today

MUMBAI, Jan 20, (PTI), DABANG Mumbai, who had never made it to the semi-finals of the previous four editions of Hockey India League, are hoping that season 5 will turn out better as they play their five home games at a stretch here from Saturday till..

Saina advances to Malaysia Masters semis, Jayaram loses

SARAWAK(Malaysia), Jan 20, (PTI), FORMER World No 1 Saina Nehwal stayed on course for the women’s singles title at the season-opening Malaysia Masters after she advanced to the semi-finals of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament..


CUTTACK, Jan 19, (PTI), YUVRAJ Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned the clock back with a batting masterclass as the old warhorses’ twin tons powered India to a 15-run win over England in the second One-Day International and take an unassailab..

Celta Vigo stun Real Madrid

MADRID, Jan 19, (IANS), REAL Madrid’s chances of winning the King’s Cup knockout competition suffered a huge blow as they were beaten 1-2 at home by an impressive Celta Vigo in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Madrid controlled ..

Delhi Waveriders name Rupinder as captain for HIL 2017

NEW DELHI, Jan 19, (PTI), ACE dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh will lead Delhi Waveriders in the upcoming fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), starting January 21. Rupinder will take charge of the team from New Zealand’s Simon Child, ..

...the tough gets going

MELBOURNE, Jan 18, (Agencies) Federer made to work by spirited qualifier ROGER Federer didn’t have things all his own way as he got past spirited American qualifier Noah Rubin to reach the Australian Open third round in a tough three-setter on..

Sania, Bopanna move up

MELBOURNE, Jan 18, (PTI), SANIA Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the Australian Open with contrasting opening-round victories with their doubles partners, here on Wednesday. Sania Mirza and Czech Republic&..

This HIL will mark my new beginning: Lakra

NEW DELHI, Jan 18, (PTI), BACK in action from a prolong injury lay-off, ace Indian defender Birendra Lakra says the upcoming Hockey India League (HIL) will mark a new beginning for him ahead of the busy international calendar.Lakra will spearhead the..

‘Batting alongside Kohli helped’

PUNE, Jan 17, (PTI), KEDAR Jadhav, who became an overnight star with a match winning hundred in the first ODI against England, says he got the benefit of batting alongside Virat Kohli, who is usually the prime target of the opposition bowlers.“..

Kapoor’s ouster as junior selector raises eyebrows

NEW DELHI, Jan 17, (PTI), THE BCCI’s decision to remove former India Test player Ashish Kapoor from the junior selection panel and retain former First-Class cricketer Rakesh Parikh has raised eyebrows. It was also learnt that Parikh is already..

De Villiers out of NZ Tests, scoffs at retirement talk

CAPE TOWN, Jan 17, (Reuters), SOUTH Africa batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the team’s three-Test series in New Zealand in March, but insists he is not retiring from the longest format of the game. De Villiers has recovered from..

Zidane proud as Real finally fall at 41st hurdle

MADRID, Jan 16, (AFP), REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane urged his side to put their disappointment of a first defeat in 40 games behind them as Sevilla produced a remarkable late turnaround to breathe new life into the Spanish title race with a 2-1 ..

New heroes, rivalries emerge as curtains come down on PBL

NEW DELHI, Jan 15, (PTI), OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu showed her mettle by guiding Chennai Smashers to a superb title win in the Premier Badminton League, which showcased new sporting heroes and rivalries in a highly-successful second season. ..

Khattar announces Rs 10cr for Yogeshwar Dutt’s village

SONIPAT (Har), Jan 16, (PTI), HARYANA Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Monday announced to give Rs 10 crore for undertaking various developmental projects in the village of Olympic wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt here. The projects include arrangement of ..

Pain a constant companion for Nadal

UNDATED IT HAS been a “long time” since Rafa Nadal was painfree, the Spaniard says, but at least he will be competing at full speed at the Australian Open after putting his injury woes behind him.The 30-yearold, whose bustling power game pr..

Firing coach Mourinho cost Chelsea over $10 million

LONDON, Jan 15, (IANS), THE dismissal of coach Jose Mourinho cost Chelsea 9.5 million euros ($10.1 million) in late 2015, the capital football club has revealed. The Portuguese coach, who is now in chargeof Manchester United, was fired in December 2..

Departure from order, request Lodha panel to review: CAB

KOLKATA, Jan 13, (PTI), QUESTIONING Lodha Committee’s fresh clarifications, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) legal advisor Ushanath Banerjee pleaded for a review saying it made a clear departure from the earlier stand and misconstrued the or..

Don’t believe in split captaincy, says Dhoni

PUNE, Jan 13, (PTI), “SPLIT captaincy does not work in India”, said Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he explained his shock decision to step down from India’s limited-overs leadership and asserted that the team under Virat Kohli will rewrite..

Wade hits maiden ODI ton in Aussies’ Brisbane romp

BRISBANE, Jan 13, (Reuters) AUSTRALIA’S Matthew Wade struck his maiden One-Day century to help secure a comprehensive 92-run victory over a disjointed Pakistan in the first One-Day International in Brisbane on Friday.Blanked in the preceding Te..

Shirke can’t come in BCCI, ‘cooling off’ for Ganguly

NEW DELHI, Jan 12, (PTI), SACKED BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke cannot be Maharashtra Cricket Association’s representative in BCCI meetings, the Lodha committee made it clear on Thursday in a seven-point response to queries on the administrative re..

MS managed seniors well: Kumble

PUNE, Jan 12, (PTI), MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni had a phenomenal career as captain and one of the highlights of his leadership tenure was the apt handling of senior players in the team, said current India coach Anil Kumble who himself had made way for the ..

Pant sizzles, Rahane solid as India A beat England

MUMBAI, Jan 12, (PTI), FLAVOUR of the season Rishabh Pant sizzled in his first ever match for India A and his smashing 59 off only 36 balls overshadowed senior pro Ajinkya Rahane’s compact 91 as a new-look India A side cruised to a six-wicket v..

NVCC felicitates Iqbal Memon

Business Bureau, Iqbal H Memon, President of All India Memon Jamat Federation recently visited Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC). Prakash Mehadia, President of NVCC felicitated Iqbal Menon by offering shawl and shreefal. National-level office-be..

Man-U plant one foot in final

LONDON, Jan 11, (Reuters), Fellaini helps United to 2-0 win over Hull in League Cup semi MANCHESTER United turned frustration into jubilation as they planted one foot in the League Cup final after a late Marouane Fellaini header gave them a 2-0 win ..

Yuki moves to 2nd round

MELBOURNE, Jan 11, (PTI), YUKI Bhambri advanced to the second round of the Australian Open Qualifiers with a straight sets win over seventh seed Stefan Kozlov even as his fellow Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni suffered a tame defeat, here on Wednesday.The..

Sreejesh in FIH Athletes’ Committee

THE Indian men’s hockey team captain PR Sreejesh Wednesday became a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee. FIH Athletes’ Committee comprises a total of eight current and former hockey players who have the ..

I want to work harder to stay at the top: Marin

NEW DELHI, Jan 10, (PTI), SHE might have won almost all big events in a short span of her international career but Olympic champion and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain says she is hungry to win many more titles and vows to work harder to hold on ..

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

ZURICH, Jan 10, (AFP), FIFA’S ruling council Tuesday unanimously approved an expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, in a major coup for the body’s president Gianni Infantino.In a bid to widen the game’s global appeal and en..

Ronaldo, Ranieri scoop top FIFA awards

ZURICH, Jan 10, (AFP), CRISTIANO Ronaldo claimed FIFA’s inaugural best player of the year award, the latest prize for the Real Madrid and Portugal star after a glittering 2016 for club and country.Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri received..

Messi to the rescue

MADRID, Jan 9, (AFP), But Barcelona lose ground to Real Madrid BARCELONA’S poor start to 2017 continued as they lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga despite a sensational last minute Lionel Messi free-kick salvaging a 1-1 d..

Mumbai beat Jaipur in PWL

NEW DELHI, Jan 9, (PTI), MUMBAI Maharathi emerged victorious over Jaipur Ninjas 4-3 on Day 8 of the Pro Wrestling League here on Monday.Jaipur decided to block the 58kg Women’s category and Mumbai, in turn, blocked the 70kg men’s category..

Kerala shocker for Punjab

By Mukund Dhus, PUDUCHERRY, Jan 9, KERALA men upset fancied Punjab 88-77 and holders Railway women narrowly beat Chhattisgarh 71-68 in the league phase of the 67th Sr National Basketball Championship in progress here on Monday. Standing at six-foot-..

Rooney joins Charlton

LONDON, Jan 8, (Reuters), Manchester United rout Reading WAYNE Rooney left his footprint on FA Cup third-round day with the first goal in holders Manchester United’s 4-0 rout of Championship side Reading on Saturday to draw level with Bobby Ch..

Agut lift Chennai Open title

CHENNAI, Jan 8, (IANS), Bopanna-Nedunchezhiyan clinch doubles crown SPANIARD Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-4 to win the singles crown while India’s Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat compatriots Purav ..

Djokovic makes statement in epic win

UNDATED NOVAK Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men’s tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha. Looking back to near his peerles..

Five-star Manchester City demolish West Ham

london, Jan 7, (Reuters), MANCHESTER City crushed West Ham United 5-0 to give manager Pep Guardiola the perfect introduction to the FA Cup as they cruised into the fourth round with a thumping victory at the London Stadium. After taking the lead thr..

Nishikori sets sights on Slam

BRISBANE, Jan 7, (AFP), KEI Nishikori says a Grand Slam title is within reach following his impressive straight sets win over US Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Saturday. Nishikori, 27, beat the Swiss ..

Sania wins Brisbane doubles title but loses No. 1 rank

BRISBANE, Jan 7, (PTI), INDIAN tennis ace Sania Mirza picked up her first title of the year, combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to lift the Brisbane International women’s doubles title, but ended up losing the World No. 1 crown to he..

Sakshi shines but Jaipur post 4-3 win over Delhi

NEW DELHI, Jan 6, (PTI), PRO Wrestling League’s new entrant Jaipur Ninjas continued their brilliant run in the ongoing second edition of the tournament with a 4-3 win over Delhi Sultans, led by star Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik. Jaipur had it ..

Aussies push for series clean sweep over Pakistan

SYDNEY, Jan 6, (AFP), AUSTRALIA were nine wickets away from a series clean sweep and Pakistan an improbable 410 runs from victory with one day left in the third Test in Sydney on Friday. Spinner Nathan Lyon grabbed the wicket of debutant opener Sharj..

Virat takes charge; Yuvi, Nehra make comeback, Pant new face

MUMBAI, Jan 6, (PTI), INDIAN cricket entered a new era as Virat Kohli was officially anointed captain for all three formats as he took over leadership for the limited-overs series against England where veterans Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra will make..

Unforced errors force Yuki’s exit

CHENNAI, Jan 5, (PTI), THERE were no dearth of chances to stage a comeback but Yuki Bhambri struggled to contain his unforced errors and was knocked out of the Chennai Open with a straight set defeat against world number 47 Benoit Paire. Yuki, who en..

Spurs’ Alli holds head high to stun Chelsea

LONDON, Jan 5, (Agencies), DELE Alli struck twice as Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 to end the Blues’ 13-game winning run in the Premier League and breathe new life into this season’s title race.The 20-year-old scored with a header in each ha..

105-yr-old Frenchman sets cycling record

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YUELINES (France), Jan 5, (AP), NEARLY a century ago, Robert Marchand was told by a coach that he should give up cycling because he would never achieve anything on a bike.He proved that prediction wrong again today. In a skin-tight ..

Rule Of Three!

BOURNEMOUTH (England), Jan 4, (IANS), Arsenal come from behind to secure 3-3 draw against Bournemouth ARSENAL fought back after falling three goals behind to earn a 3-3 draw against Bournemouth in an English Premier League (EPL) football match at th..

Kovalik shocks Cilic for biggest win of his career

CHENNAI, Jan 4, (PTI), LITTLE known Jozef Kovalik caused the biggest upset of the Chennai Open as he knocked out world number six and tournament-favourite Marin Cilic in a gripping pre-quarterfinal, here on Wednesday. Qualifier Kovalik, winner of ju..

Coe says sport must innovate, backs new Bolt team event

SYDNEY, Jan 4, (AFP), WORLD athletics chief Sebastian Coe threw his support behind a new team event spearheaded by Usain Bolt, saying the sport needed “brave, bold ideas” to stay relevant. Nine-time Olympic champion Bolt will headline th..

It’s a Six!

LONDON, Jan 3, (AP), MANCHESTER United benefited from a controversial red card and an equally debatable goal to beat 10-man West Ham 2-0 in the English Premier League, earning a sixth successive victory. Substitute Juan Mata gave United the lead bef..

Yuki demolishes Ramkumar, Saketh goes down fighting

CHENNAI, Jan 3, (PTI), INDIAN Davis Cupper Yuki Bhambri provided a fillip to his comeback bid by steamrolling local hero Ramkumar Ramanathan while Saketh Myneni fizzled out after early fight to bow out of ATP Chennai Open here on Tuesday.Having lost ..

Bopanna axing result of Davis Cup pullout vs Spain

CHENNAI, Jan 3, (PTI), TO SEND out a strong message to the players who pick and choose tournaments when it comes to representing India, Rohan Bopanna was axed from the Davis Cup side since he pulled out of the Spain tie feigning injury, AITA sources ..

Chung upsets sixth seed Coric

CHENNAI, Jan 2, (PTI), KOREAN qualifier Hyeon Chung produced the first upset of the ATP Chennai Open by ousting last year’s finalist Borna Coric with a straight-set win in the opening round of the USD 505730 hard court event here on Monday.Cori..

Somdev berates AITA, says he has lot to offer

CHENNAI, Jan 2, (PTI), LAUNCHING a scathing attack on the All India Tennis Association (AITA), the just-retired Somdev Devvarman Monday said the federation was not interested in creating a good system to help players and advised talented kids to go a..

Never expected biopic on my life: Thangavelu

INDIAN Paralympic gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu, on whose life filmmaker Aishwarya Dhanush is making a biopic, says he never expected such a film to be made.“Even though I’m really happy about this project, I never expected, even in m..

Wijnaldum heads Liverpool home

LIVERPOOL, Jan 1, (Reuters), A THUNDERING header from Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.The result moved second-placed Liverpool four points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s team and ..

Marin beats Sindhu as Hyderabad pip Chennai 4-3 in PBL opener

HYDERABAD, Jan 1, (PTI), OLYMPIC champion Carolina Marin kicked-off the second edition of Premier Badminton League in style winning a closely contested encounter against PV Sindhu guiding Hyderabad Hunters to 4-3 win over Chennai Smashers.The marquee..

Federer hopes to play for 2 or 3 more years

PERTH, Dec 30, (AP), ROGER Federer says he hopes to play for at least another three or four years and that his “mind-set is for the long-term” in assessing his tennis future.Federer, who has not played since re-injuring his surgically rep..

Ronaldo rejects 300 million euro move to China: Agent

UNDATED WORLD Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has turned down the chance to leave Real Madrid for an unnamed Chinese club for a transfer fee of 300 million euros (257 million pounds), his agent said on Thursday.Speaking to Sky Italia at the Globe ..

I tried to kill myself: Former world champion Hatton

UNDATED FORMER world boxing champion Ricky Hatton tried to kill himself when he suffered from depression after quitting the ring, the Briton said.Hatton, who won titles at light-welterweight and welterweight, retired in 2012 but had already been strugg..

Woods worth $740 million, Jordan a billionaire, says Forbes

UNDATED GOLFERS Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday. Woods, 40, is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated ..

Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic retires

PARIS, Dec 29, (AFP), FORMER world No 1 Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from tennis, admitting that the physical toll of the circuit had proved too much.The 29-year-old Serbian held the top spot for 12 weeks in 2008, the season when she claimed..

HIL helped us become fearless against top teams: Harmanpreet

NEW DELHI, Dec 29, (PTI), MEMBER of the Junior World Cup winning Indian team Harmanpreet Singh says playing in the Hockey India League(HIL) has helped youngsters like him take on the top teams of the world. Harmanpreet, who plays for Dabang Mumbai i..

Back at Two

LIVERPOOL, Dec 28, (IANS), LIVERPOOL battled back from an early deficit to hammer past visiting Stoke City 4-1 and reclaim second place in the English Premier League (EPL) football competition.The hosts’ third successive victory on Tuesday brou..

Uncle Mahavir was 10 times stricter than ‘Dangal’ hero: Vinesh

NEW DELHI, Dec 28, (PTI), OLYMPIAN Vinesh Phogat says, albeit in a lighter vein, that uncle Mahavir Singh Phogat was “10 times stricter” than the ‘Bapu Hanikarak’ Aamir Khan portrays in ‘Dangal’, a movie based on t..

Cook century as SA build huge lead

PORT ELIZABETH, Dec 28, (Reuters), OPENER Stephen Cook scored a career-high century to help South Africa build a massive 432-run lead over Sri Lanka despite rain delays on the third day of the first Test at St George’s Park on Wednesday. South..

De Silva defies SA pace attack

PORT ELIZABETH, Dec 27, (AFP), DHANANJAYA de Silva kept Sri Lanka’s hopes alive with a defiant innings on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at St George’s Park on Tuesday. De Silva made 43 not out as Sri Lanka struggle..

Azhar’s ton for Pak amid rain

MELBOURNE, Dec 27, (AFP), OPENING batsman Azhar Ali led the way as Pakistan consolidated their first innings on a rain-hit second day of the second Test against Australia.Only 50.3 overs were possible on the day after 50.5 overs were bowled on Monday..

Virat Kohli pips Smith as Cricket Australia’s ‘ODI Captain of Year’

MELBOURNE, Dec 27, (PTI), ACCOLADES continue to pour in for India’s dynamic Test captain Virat Kohli, who was on Tuesday named skipper of Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year which also featured young yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah...

Kishan, spinners power Jharkhand to maiden semis

VADODARA, Dec 26, (PTI), FORMER India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan, mentored by none other than MS Dhoni, provided a glimpse of his talent with a power-packed 86 off 61 balls that helped Jharkhand beat Haryana by five wickets to make it to their maiden se..

Smith wants Aussies to test Kohli’s patience

MELBOURNE, Dec 26, (IANS), AUSTRALIA skipper Steve Smith wants his counterpart Virat Kohli “a little bit angry” when they play India at home in the four-match cricket Test series in February.Smith felt that getting behind Kohli would dist..

Bird puts Oz on top

MELBOURNE, Dec 26, (AFP), AUSTRALIAN seamer Jackson Bird claimed two crucial wickets just before rain ended play on the opening day of the second Test against Pakistan at the MCG.When tea was called early due to rain, the visitors were 142 for four w..

American Keys to miss Australian Open after wrist surgery

WORLD number eight Madison Keys will miss next month’s Australian Open after undergoing wrist surgery, the American said. Keys, 21, who made the round of 16 at all four Grand Slam tournaments last year, had the procedure in early November and wou..

PBL’s 11-point system will bring more spectators, feels Padukone

BENGALURU, Dec 25, (PTI), PRAKASH Padukone, the first Indian to win the All England Championship title, said the new scoring system for the Premier Badminton League will be an exciting experiment as it will add uncertainty to the matches and draw in ..

Hodgson feels Rooney still has role to play for England

LONDON, Dec 25, (Reuters), WAYNE Rooney still has an important role to play in manager Gareth Southgate’s England squad, former national manager Roy Hodgson has said after the striker’s leadership was recently called into question.The 31-..

AC Milan edge past Juventus to wrest Italy’s Super Cup

Doha, Dec 24, (IANS), A highly-spirited AC Milan hoisted their seventh Supercoppa Italiana football trophy after prevailing against heavy favourites Juventus via a penalty shoot-out 4-3 (1-1) at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium. Seventeen-year-old goalk..

‘Criticism of team, captain Smith just bizarre’

UNDATED AUSTRALIA vice-captain David Warner has found it “bizarre” that pundits and fans continue to criticise the team despite winning last two Test matches after a run of five losses.Australia beat Pakistan by 39 runs in a thrilling finis..

India getting accustomed to World No 1 tag

By Veturi Srivatsa, TWO striking features of India’s 4-0 series drubbing of England are the irrelevance of the toss and the quality of pitches when playing Tests in your backyard.How will one explain the phenomenon of losing four tosses in a five..

Lot of things will change after January 2 or 3: Thakur

NEW DELHI, Dec 23, (IANS), ALREADY in troubled waters since the Supreme Court’s possible perjury charge against him, an under-fire Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur said on Friday that a lot of things will cha..

Ashwin elated with ICC award

DUBAI, Dec 23, (IANS), AFTER being adjudged the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricketer of the Year, India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin termed the award as a recognition of his performance both with the bat and ball i..

Maddinson should get another chance: Starc

NIC Maddinson has struggled in his first two Tests for Australia but New South Wales team-mate Mitchell Starc said on Friday the batsman should get another chance to prove himself in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan. Maddinson was out for a duck on ..

Barcelona’s reserves rout Hercules 7-0 in Copa del Rey

MADRID, Dec 22, (AP), BARCELONA’S reserves got the job done at the second attempt, leading the Catalan club to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey with a 7-0 rout of third-division Hercules. After being held to a stunning 1-1 draw in the first..

Mourinho ‘too young’ to be tempted by Chinese riches

UNDATED WEALTHY Chinese clubs are unlikely to lure Jose Mourinho away from England as the Manchester United manager says he is enjoying the challenge of competing in the Premier League. Chinese clubs have been shelling out huge sums of money on foreig..

Kohli captain of ICC ODI team of 2016, ignored from Test side

DUBAI, Dec 22, (PTI), The Test team will be led by Alastair Cook, who faces an uncertain future as England’s captain HE MIGHT be on an 18-match unbeaten streak as India’s Test captain but Virat Kohli was ignored from the ICC Test team of..

‘Sindhu can do even better’

MUMBAI, Dec 21, (PTI), HAILING Pusarla V Sindhu’s excellent show right through 2016 that saw her becoming the first and only Indian shuttler to win a silver medal in the Olympic Games, chief national coach P Gopichand said today his lanky ward ..

We have a great team: Prannoy

MUMBAI, Dec 21, (PTI), INDIA’S leading male shuttler HS Prannoy is eager to guide Mumbai Rockets to title win after the franchise had finished second-best in the Premier Badminton League last year behind Delhi Acers. “I am very excited t..

Kohli’s spirited leadership key to success: Jayasuriya

PATNA, Dec 21, (PTI), SRI Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya said that Virat Kohli’s spirited captainship has enabled Indian team to find the perfect rhythm against England.“Team India is in rhythm. Defeating even a strong team like England c..

Sania eyes career slam in 2017

MUMBAI, Dec 20, (PTI), TENNIS star Sania Mirza says she enjoyed incredible results in 2016 and it would be amazing if she could complete a Career Slam next year.Sania has three Grand Slam titles each in women’s and mixed doubles formats.“..

The Mane Man

LONDON, Dec 20, (Reuters), As last-gasp Liverpool triumph SADIO Mane struck four minutes into stoppage time to give Liverpool a last-gasp 1-0 win over derby rivals Everton that lifted them into second place in the Premier League.Substitute Daniel Stur..

Kvitova ‘fortunate’ to be alive after knife attack

PROSTEJOV (Czech Republic), Dec 20, (IANS), TWO-TIME Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova survived a knife attack at her home on Tuesday and later said she is “fortunate to be alive”. The World No. 11 injured her left hand, her playing hand, ..

Brilliant Shafiq gives Australia huge fright

BRISBANE, Dec 19, (AFP), AUSTRALIA prevented a world-record, 490-run chase by Pakistan to win a gripping first Test by just 39 runs and preserve their 28-year unbeaten streak at Brisbane’s Gabba ground. Relieved skipper Steve Smith ran out Yas..

Suarez double, Messi magic hand Barca big win

BARCELONA, Dec 19, (AFP), LUIS Suarez celebrated his bumper new five-year Barcelona deal in style with a double as the champions defeated Espanyol 4-1 in the Catalan derby to move to within three points of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.However, it was ..

Advani puzzled at means for measuring sports excellence

MUMBAI, Dec 19, (PTI), PANKAJ Advani, who has won a total of 16 world titles across different formats of cue sports, wondered whether Indians, in general, really understood the concept of excellence in sports.“I don’t understand the perce..

Junior nawabs rule world hockey

LUCKNOW, Dec 18, (PTI), India beat Belgium 2-1 to clinch Junior World Cup after 15 long years INDIA created history by winning the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup after a gap of 15 long years with a clinical 2-1 victory against Belgium in the final, her..

Ronaldo treble fires Real to Club World Cup

YOKOHAMA (Japan), Dec 18, (AFP), CRISTIANO Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick as Real Madrid survived a colossal scare to beat Japan’s Kashima Antlers 4-2 and win the Club World Cup on Sunday. A Gaku Shibasaki double threatened one of football’s..

Vijender’s New Year Resolution

A New Title NEW DELHI, Dec 18, (PTI), THE WBO Asia-Pacific title won and defended successfully, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will now be on the prowl for a new belt and could be challenging for the Commonwealth or the Oriental crown in the next..

‘Hurt’ Pawar quits as MCA chief

MUMBAI, Dec 17, (PTI), THE BCCI’s fight to stall the reforms directed by the Supreme Court suffered a telling blow as veteran politician Sharad Pawar tendered his resignation from the president’s post of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MC..

An English lesson, out of syllabus for India

CHENNAI, Dec 17, (PTI), ENGLAND’S lower-order gave India a taste of their own medicine on a benign Chepauk track racking up a commendable 477 in their first innings on the second day of the fifth and final cricket Test here. In reply, the host..

Knocks out Tanzanian challenger Cheka

NEW DELHI, Dec 17, (PTI), THE Vijender Singh juggernaut rolled on without a glitch as the Indian boxing star took less than 10 minutes to successfully defend his WBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title with an emphatic Technical Knockout win over T..

Leicester unlucky: Ranieri

BOURNEMOUTH (UK), Dec 14, (IANS), LEICESTER City manager Claudio Ranieri has insisted that his team was unfortunate to lose to AFC Bournemouth. “I think the result is too harsh for us because we deserved more. In the first half in our best mome..

Williams stuns Arsenal

Leicester lose too LONDON, Dec 14, (AFP), ASHLEY Williams’ 86th-minute header ended Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten run and kept Arsene Wenger’s side from the Premier League summit as Everton claimed a much-needed 2-1 win.Arsenal would ..