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Srikanth eyes world championship

  HYDERABAD, SET to regain his place in the World top 10 after winning back-to-back titles, Kidambi Srikanth has now trained his eyes on the prestigious World Championship crown.The 24-year-old Indian, who won the Indonesia Super Series Premier a..

Federer and Nadal primed for dream Wimbledon final reprise

  LONDON, ROGER Federer and Rafael Nadal have shared the Grand Slam spoils this year and it would take a hard heart not to hope for a fairytale rematch next month of their epic 2008 Wimbledon final.Federer, 35, prevailed in their five-set battle ..

Chile out to curb Portugal’s goal-king Ronaldo

  Kazan (Russia), Copa America champions Chile will try to curb Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final with the goal-ace in rich form despite the tax storm brewing in Spain.The 32-year-old ..

‘I’m just happy to be doing well for now’

  SYDNEY, A RESOLUTE Kidambi Srikanth clinched his fourth Super Series title with an incredible straight-game triumph over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long in the Australian Open final here on Sunday. “As a whole I played very..

Ankush claims gold, Devendro gets silver at Mongolia tourney

  NEW DELHI, THE fast-rising Ankush Dahiya (60kg) clinched a gold while the experienced L Devendro Singh (52kg) settled for a silver medal on the final day of the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia. The 19-year-old Ankush, who is a fo..

Germany, Chile make it to last four

  SOCHI (Russia), GERMANY eased into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Cameroon on Sunday as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to reach the right v..

Super Srikanth lifts Australian Open title

  SYDNEY, INDIAN shuttler Kidambi Srikanth notched up his second successive Super Series title with a stunning straight-game triumph over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long in the Australian Open summit clash here on Sunday.The world n..

Super Srikanth lifts Australian Open title

  SYDNEY, INDIAN shuttler Kidambi Srikanth notched up his second successive Super Series title with a stunning straight-game triumph over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long in the Australian Open summit clash here on Sunday.The world n..

Clouds over Yuvraj, match

  PORT OF SPAIN, YUVRAJ Singh’s patchy form and fear of inclement weather will be paramount when India take on the West Indies in the second One-Day International, here on Sunday.The first ODI was abandoned after 39.2 overs with India reach..

Srikanth continues his Super Show

  SYDNEY, Becomes fifth player in the world to contest three successive Super Series finals KIDAMBI Srikanth continued his dream run and grabbed a third successive Super Series final spot at the Australian Open with a straight-game victory over ..

Roy’s bizarre exit turns 2nd T20 SA’s way

  JASON Roy’s bizarre dismissal turned the second Twenty20 International’s South Africa’s way as the Proteas won by just three runs at Taunton on Friday. The narrow victory at Somerset’s headquarters saw South Africa level ..

Misfiring India crash out of semis

  LONDON, FANCIED India crashed out of the Hockey World League Semi-Final after suffering a shocking 2-3 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in a quarter-final match here on Thursday.It was hard-fought encounter as both the teams played with great in..

Good day for Indian shuttlers

  SYDNEY, Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth, Praneeth enter quarters in Australia Open KIDAMBI Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth eked out thrilling victories in the men’s singles second round to set up an all-Indian quarter-final clash at the USD 750,000 ..

Out of action since Rio, Dipa to also miss World C’ship

  NEW DELHI, INDIAN gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who has not competed since her historic fourth place finish in the Rio Olympics, is all set to miss the World Gymnastics Championships as she is recovering from a knee surgery. It is another setback of s..

Does Team India really need a coach now?

  By Rahul Dixit “THE only good coach is the one that takes the players to the ground,” spin legend Shane Warne’s sneer for coaches in international cricket is well known. The Australian leggie’s distaste for coaches stemmed..

No chance of slip-up now

  LONDON, JOLTED by a loss to the Netherlands, India would look to regrouping quickly when they take on Malaysia in the quarter-final of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals, here on Thursday.After registering three convincing wins against Scotlan..

Wasn’t 100 per cent prepared for Asian Wresting Championship: Sakshi

  RIO Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik said she wasn’t 100 per cent prepared for the Asian Wrestling Championship, her first international event after the quadrennial games. Malik had settled for a silver in women’s 60kg..

Bolt to run in Monaco before WC

  EIGHT-TIME Olympic champion Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco on July 21, organisers announced on Wednesday. The Jamaican sprinting legend is competing in his final season before retirement and will use ..

Kashyap sets up clash with World No 1

  SYDNEY, COMMONWEALTH Games champion shuttler P Kashyap set up a clash with World No. 1 Korean Son Wan Ho in the main draw of the Australian Super Series here on Tuesday after coming through qualifiers with two wins on the trot.In the main draw,..

I am getting ‘professional help’: Tiger

  MIAMI, TIGER Woods, arrested three weeks ago for impaired driving, said on Tuesday he is receiving “professional help” to manage his medications and help cope with back pain and a sleep disorder.Woods, was arrested May 29 when polic..

Maradona prefers Messi, but dubs Ronaldo ‘incredible’

  BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINEAN footballing legend Maradona said that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player.“I can’t remember having seen Li..

Tania Sachdev guides India to win over USA

  INTERNATIONAL Master Tania Sachdev crashed through the defences of US champion Sabina Foisor to guide the Indian women team to a 2.5-1.5 victory in the second round of world women’s team chess championship, Khanty Mansiysk on Monday. On wh..

Basketball star Amritpal to play for Sydney Kings

  BENGALURU, INDIAN player Amritpal Singh has been formally invited to join the Sydney Kings, a franchise in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), for the Atlas Challenge tournament in China, it was announced on Monday. The tourname..

Srikanth, Saina look for good showing at Australia Open

  SYDNEY, NEWLY-CROWNED Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth and title-holder Saina Nehwal will have their task cut out when they lead the Indian challenge at the Australia Super Series starting with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.With back-t..

PM pats Srikanth

  NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated shuttler Kidambi Srikanth. “Congratulations @srikidambi! We are extremely delighted on your victory in the Indonesia Open Super Series tournament,” Modi wrote in his tw..

Murray in spotlight as Wimbledon looms

  LONDON, ANDY Murray says he has only a couple of years left at the top of men’s tennis, but the world number one has no intention of relaxing just yet as he sets his sights on a third Wimbledon title. While Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal..

Aditi in sight of best finish of the season

  GRAND RAPIDS (US), INDIAN golfer Aditi Ashok stayed on course for her best finish of the season as she held on to the tied 18th position with a three-under 66 in the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic here. With three birdies against one bo..

Ruthless Srikanth wins Indonesian Open title

  JAKARTA, INDIAN shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was at his ruthless best as he defeated Japanese Sakai Kazumasa in straight games and clinch the men’s singles title at the Indonesian Open Superseries Premier here on Sunday. Srikanth made short..

National Passion vs National Sport: Indo-Pak rivalry in Old Blighty

LONDON, June 17, (PTI), Virat Kohli’s dazzling drives will face stiff competition from Harmanpreet Singh’s powerful dragflicks on a rarest of rare occasion when national teams are pitted against Pakistan in cricket and hockey on the sam..

Final Frontier

LONDON, June 17, (PTI), INDIA’S remarkable consistency will be up against Pakistan’s legendary volatility when the fierce rivals clash in what is expected to be an exciting finale to the ICC Champions Trophy, here on Sunday. The often t..

Srikanth enters final, Prannoy exits

JAKARTA, June 17, (PTI), K SRIKANTH was at his grittiest best as he shocked world No.1 Son Wan Ho for a place in the final but giant-killer H S Prannoy’s battle ended in agony at the USD 1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier, here on Satur..

Prannoy tames the dragon

  JAKARTA, Enters semis along with Srikanth THERE was no stopping Indian shuttler HS Prannoy’s giant-killing spree as he stunned World and Olympic Champion Chen Long to enter the semi-finals of the Indonesia Super Series Premier along with..

Wanted: Coaches, who can coach!

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, The backbone of any sport is the technique adopted for training by the trainer i.e. the coach. And training is proportionately relevant to the knowledge of the coach. Our coaches, though a few have made progress, need to..

Chhetri’s strike rate is better than Ronaldo, Messi

    NEW DELHI, INDIA football team skipper Sunil Chhetri has now overtaken England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney as the fourth highest active international scorer in the world.After his majestic strike against Kyrgyzstan in the..

Vadodara racer becomes first Indian female in Euro JK Series

  NEW DELHI,  MIRA Erda will become the first Indian female driver to compete in one of the highest classes of Formula Racing in the country after signing up for the Euro JK series in the upcoming JK TyreFMSCI National Racing Championship. T..

Shooter Heena slams chief pistol coach

      MUMBAI, ACE shooter Heena Sidhu hit out at India’s chief pistol coach Pavel Smirnov, saying he is not competent and does not have any technical knowhow of the game. “I know that the coach (Smirnov) has never been abl..

Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight

LOS ANGELES,  BOXING legend Floyd Mayweather will fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in a 154-pound fight on August 26 in Las Vegas, both men announced Wednesday. Mayweather announced the fight on his Instagram account with graphic sayin..

Ronaldo has ‘clear conscience’ amid tax evasion accusations

  CRISTIANO Ronaldo insisted on Wednesday he had a “clear conscience” after Spanish prosecutors accused Real Madrid’s star forward of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies. “Conscience clear, always,&..

‘Never give up on dreams, French win taught me’

  NEW DELHI, BASKING in the glory of his first Grand Slam title win, Rohan Bopanna says his mixed doubles title triumph at the French Open has strengthened his belief that “one should never give up on dreams”.Bopanna had to wait for 1..

Qatar keep World Cup hopes alive

  DOHA, WORLD Cup 2022 hosts Qatar improbably kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Russia with a thrilling victory over South Korea.On a politically charged night in Doha on Wednesday, a Hasan Al-Haydos go..

Nadal first to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals

  RAFAEL Nadal has become the first player to book his place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November after the Spaniard won a record 10th French Open title in Paris on Sunday. Nadal has claimed four titles on the tour this..

Anand beats Caruana, bounces back in Norway

  STAVANGER (Norway), FORMER world champion Viswanathan Anand on Tuesday beat Fabiano Caruana of United States in the sixth round to register his first win of the Altibox Norway chess tournament here.Having lost two and drawn three, Anand was und..

Saina, Sindhu win in Indonesia Open

  JAKARTA, TOP Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal notched up contrasting wins to make a positive start to their campaign at the Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament here on Tuesday. Fourth seed Sindhu brushed aside World ..

Wimbledon will be complicated: Rafa

  PARIS, RAFA Nadal says winning a French Open-Wimbledon double for the third time in his career will be “complicated” but is highly motivated to have a go as he prepares for the grasscourt season.The 31-year-old captured an unprecede..

Hamilton wins as Mercedes reel off one-two finish

  MONTREAL, LEWIS Hamilton revived his bid for a fourth driver’s world title when he cruised to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.It was the three-time champion’s sixth victory at the C..

Jitu-Heena pair pockets gold

  GABALA (Azerbaijan), INDIA’S Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu combined to clinch the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup, beating Russia 7-6 in the final Gabala on Monday.France beat Iran by an identical score to w..

Nadal becomes first man in history to win the same major 10 times

  PARIS, CLAYCOURT king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete ‘La Decima’ on Sunday. Rewinding the clock to the days when he was u..

Bolt provides fireworks in Jamaican swan-song

  KINGSTON, USAIN Bolt partied with his devoted fans in an emotional farewell at the National Stadium as he ran his final race on Jamaican soil. Bolt is retiring in August following the London World Championships. On Saturday, Bolt was determine..

Hamilton equals hero Senna

  MONTREAL, TRIPLE world champion Lewis Hamilton produced a moment of Montreal magic on Saturday to put his Mercedes on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix and equal Ayrton Senna’s career haul of 65. The Briton’s third pole in ..

Khan rocks as Afghan stun WI

GROS-ISLET, June 10, (AFP) RASHID Khan destroyed the West Indies batting line-up with outstanding figures of seven for 18 to bowl Afghanistan to a stunning 63-run victory in the opening fixture of a three-match One-Day International series at the D..

England win, Bangladesh rejoice

BIRMINGHAM, June 10, (PTI), Australia crash out of Champions Trophy paving way for Bangladesh to get into semi-finals AUSTRALIA crashed out of the Champions Trophy after suffering a 40-run loss against table-toppers England by Duckworth-Lewis meth..

Pack a punch or pack-up

LONDON, June 10, (PTI), VIRAT Kohli will be facing the toughest battle of his nascent ODI captaincy career when defending champions India take on South Africa in a do-or-die virtual ‘quarter-final’ of the ICC Champions Trophy, here on S..

‘We are not invincible’

  LONDON, “WE are not invincible,” said India captain Virat Kohli as he tried to make sense of the stunning loss to Sri Lanka despite posting, what he thought, was a winning total in their Champions Trophy clash here.India set Sri Lan..

Rafa sets his Thiem for Stan showdown

PARIS, CLAYCOURT king Rafa Nadal marched into his 10th French Open final after demolishing rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier on Friday.The 31-year-old Spaniard, back to his best after his Roland Garros reign suffered ..

First among equals as Halep, Ostapenko eye French title

  PARIS, SIMONA Halep is targeting the world number one ranking in Saturday’s French Open final but fast-rising Latvian upstart Jelena Ostapenko threatens to crash the Romanian’s party as a first-time major champion will be crowned.Ha..

Happy Birthday! In the battle of birthday girls, Ostapenko blazes past Bacsinszky to reach final

  PARIS, RIPPING a screaming forehand straight through the tennis textbook, Latvian Jelena Ostapenko blazed into the French Open final with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky in a battle of the birthday girls on Thursday.On the d..

‘We appreciate govt’s effort for recognising Dhyan Chand’

  NEW DELHI, OLYMPIAN Ashok Kumar, son of legendary Dhyan Chand, Thursday appreciated the Sports Ministry for requesting Bharat Ratna for his late father, the latest push to bestow the hockey legend with India’s highest civilian honour.Whil..

Bopanna wins maiden Grand Slam title

  PARIS, ROHAN Bopanna lifted his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski, becoming only the fourth Indian ever to clinch a major, here on Thursday. Bopanna and Dabrowski, ..

Ministry writes to PMO, wants Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

  THE Sports Ministry has written to the Prime Minister’s Office, requesting Bharat Ratna for the late Dhyan Chand in what can considered be its latest push to bestow the hockey legend with India’s highest civilian honour. Sports Minis..

Nadal in semis as Busta quits

  RAFAEL Nadal barely broke a sweat to reach the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday as fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta quit with an injury less than an hour into their quarter-final. Nadal, bidding for a 10th title at Roland Garros, was lead..

Djoker Aced

  PARIS, Novak knocked out in quarters HAVING enjoyed an iconic status among Serbian tennis fans for the best part of his career, Novak Djokovic was scorned by many of them after a tame straight-sets defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the Frenc..

Kiki dumped, Bacsinszky meets Ostapenko in semis

PARIS, FRENCH favourite Kristina Mladenovic skidded out of a storm-struck French Open on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Timea Bacsinszky in a rain-interrupted quarter-final. Thirteenth seed Mladenovic had been hoping to become the first French champion s..

Bolt to run 100m at Golden Spike

  JAMAICAN sprint legend Usain Bolt will run the 100m at the Golden Spike on June 28, his first European start before August’s world championships, organisers said on Tuesday. “Last weekend, he confirmed he was ready to race,” M..

‘My improved fitness helped me win titles’

  HYDERABAD, INDIAN shuttler B Sai Praneeth, who recently lifted back-to-back titles—Singapore Open and Thailand Grand Prix gold—feels key to his success lies in his improved fitness.“Winning titles is always great and very impo..

Win over Pak emphatic start for title defence, says Yuvraj

BIRMINGHAM, INDIAN veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh feels that their emphatic 124-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in an encounter of the Champions Trophy match here on Sunday has given them a flying start in their bid to defend the title.Asked to bat, th..

Nadal wants time out from referees over slow play

RAFA Nadal believes referees should not be too quick to punish players who take longer to prepare between points, the 31-year-old said after receiving a penalty for slow play during his fourth round victory on Sunday. The nine-times champion beat fello..

Lahiri finishes career-best 2nd in PGA

DUBLIN (US), INDIA’S Anirban Lahiri shot one of the best rounds of his fledgling PGA Tour career with a bogey free seven-under 65 to finish a brilliant second at the Memorial golf tournament, here.After shooting one of his best rounds, Lahiri the..

India Pak a Punch

BIRMINGHAM, Defending champions thrash Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening game INDIA defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-marred Group B encounter of the Champions Trophy here on Sunday.Asked to bat first, the Indians rode on a power..

McDermott applies for India job: Report

UNDATED FORMER Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott has applied for the post of India head coach, which will become vacant after the ongoing Champions Trophy campaign.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) advertised the post last month, while maintaining th..

Sri Lanka captain Tharanga suspended for two games

UNDATED SRI Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for two matches due to his team’s slow over rate in Saturday’s Champions Trophy game against South Africa, the International Cricket Council said. Sri Lanka complet..

Amla, Tahir star in SA’s win over Lanka

LONDON, June 3, (IANS), OPENING batsman Hashim Amla’s 25th century in One-Day International and leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s 4/27 helped South Africa overwhelm Sri Lanka by 96 runs here on Saturday to begin their ICC Champions Trophy campa..

Dual Battle for India

BIRMINGHAM, June 3, (PTI), Defending champions India will be aiming to shut out off-field controversies when they lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener—a marquee contest where tension and drama is never in s..

‘Baffled’ Gavaskar hits back at Guha

NEW DELHI, June 3, (PTI), SUNIL Gavaskar mounted a stinging counter attack on Ramachandra Guha’s ‘conflict of interest’ accusation against the former captain, saying it’s “baffling” to find his integrity being que..

Guha resignation: Questions Kohli, Dhoni, Ganguly, Gavaskar

NEW DELHI, June 2, (PTI), INDIAN cricket’s “superstar culture”, unaddressed conflict of interest issues and BCCI’s “insensitive” handling of coach Anil Kumble—noted historian Ramachandra Guha has opened a pa..

No ‘showdown’, Kumble gives Kohli throwdowns

BIRMINGHAM, June 2, (PTI), THE rumoured differences, drama and intrigue seemed to have taken a backseat as coach Anil Kumble gave skipper Virat Kohli throwdowns during the Indian cricket team’s indoor net session here on Friday. The alleged ri..

Williamson’s ton goes in vain, rain washes out NZ-Aus tie

BIRMINGHAM, June 2, (PTI), KANE Williamson’s fluent century was the highlight of what was an otherwise disappointing day as rain washed out the second Group A match of the ICC Champions Trophy between New Zealand and Australia, here on Friday..

Claiming a medal at CWG remains a target, says Ashwini

NEW DELHI, CLAIMING a medal at next year’s Commonwealth Games remains one of the targets for top doubles star Ashwini Ponnappa, who led India to the Sudirman Cup knock-out stage last week. At Gold Coast in Australia, which will also host the Com..

Murray tames power-hitter Klizan

PARIS, WORLD number one Andy Murray’s struggles this season on clay came back to plague him at the French Open on Thursday as he ground out an unconvincing 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) win against Slovakian power-hitter Martin Klizan. Out-hit and mo..

Nadal storms into third round

PARIS, RAFAEL Nadal confidently moved one step closer to a potential 10th French Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 second-round victory over Robin Haase.The Spaniard needed just an hour and 49 minutes on Wednesday to overcome his 46th-ranked opponent, pl..

Historic first for India as Aditi, Sharmila tee up at LPGA

New Jersey, THIS week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey will mark a historic moment for Indian women’s golf as Aditi Ashok and Sharmila Nicollet will be teeing up at the event for the first time ever. Aditi, winner of the Hero Women&rsq..

Maradona not to commentate with Pele

MARADONA has declined an offer to join his long-time rival Pele as a guest commentator for Brazil’s friendly against Argentina in Australia next week. The 56-year-old cited his commitments as the coach of United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Fujairah f..

Saina, Praneeth post wins

BANGKOK, TITLE-CONTENDERS Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth advanced to prequarter-finals of the Thailand Open after notching up straight-game wins in the women’s and men’s singles competition respectively, here on Wednesday.Second seeded Sai..

Modi praises Germany’s success in football

BERLIN, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi praised Germany’s investment in its youth and promoting a sporting culture in the country, pointing out that its football league Bundesliga has a huge following in India. Modi said India wants to enhance coop..

Tiger Woods blames medications for his arrest on DUI charge

MIAMI, TIGER Woods attributed an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail for nearly four hours.Woods, the 14-time major champion who had back surgery five weeks ago, wa..

Barcelona confirm Valverde as new coach

BARCELONA, CATALAN football giants FC Barcelona confirmed that former Athletic Club Bilbao head coach Ernesto Valverde has agreed on an initial two season contract as the successor to Luis Enrique, who leaves after nine trophies in three seasons in cha..

Saina, Praneeth eye titles at Thailand Open

BANGKOK, May 29, (PTI), SAINA Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth will start favourites when India begin their campaign at the USD 120,000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold, starting with the qualifiers here on Thursday. After missing the Sudirman Cup mixed team cham..

Govt ‘No’ to Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series

NEW DELHI/DUBAI, May 29, (PTI), THE frozen bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan are unlikely to resume anytime soon after government’s outright rejection on Monday even as a meeting between the two boards failed to yield any deci..

Rohit set to get some time at top

LONDON, May 29, (PTI), ROHIT Sharma will be back in his familiar opening position with an aim to get some quality batting practice when India take on Bangladesh in their final warm-up game before the Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan.After a..

Vettel delivers Ferrari 1-2 at Monaco

MONACO, SEBASTIAN Vettel secured a memorable one-two for Ferrari in Sunday’s 75th Monaco Grand Prix to extend his world championship lead to a luxurious 25 points over Lewis Hamilton.Taking full advantage of generous, if grim-faced, support from ..

Lucky 13! Arsenal beat Chelsea to win record 13th FA Cup

LONDON, ARSENAL became the most successful club in the 154-year FA Cup history after lifting the trophy for a record 13th time with a victory over recently crowned English Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1 here on Saturday.The Gunners dominated the ..

Emotional Kvitova wins ‘twice’ on return

Paris, PETRA Kvitova said the first round victory at the French Open felt like winning twice as the Czech star made an emotional return from a harrowing knife attack at her home in December. The two-time Wimbledon champion swept aside American Julia Bo..

Focus on Ashwin, Shami as India take on NZ

LONDON, PREMIER off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be in focus alongside speedster Mohammed Shami when defending champions India take on New Zealand on Sunday in their opening warm-up game ahead of the Champions Trophy here. After a hectic six weeks..

evenue share is ‘starving’ grassroSYDNEY

RCRICKET Australia chief James Sutherland believes the revenue-share model which the body is trying to dump in its ongoing pay negotiations with players is “starving” the grassroots of the game of funding. Australia faces the possibility of..

Ex Mumbai cricketer Kiran Ashar no more

FORMER cricketer Kiran Ashar, who played for the then Bombay side (now Mumbai), on Saturday passed away at a hospital in Mumbai. The 69-year-old Ashar, who played as a wicketkeeper- batsman represented Bombay as well as the West Zone. He opened the ba..

Want to do well against world’s best teams: Chikte

NEW DELHI, May 26, (PTI), YOUNG India goalkeeper Akash Chikte is confident of doing well against world’s best sides having dished out some creditable performances since his international debut last year at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Chikte, w..

Lara backs ‘ODI-oriented’ England to win CT

LONDON, May 26, (PTI), FORMER West Indies captain Brian Lara has tipped England to win the Champions Trophy beginning next week. While disappointed not to be watching the West Indies in action at this year’s tournament, Lara—who led his..

‘Need to strengthen lower middle order’

LONDON, May 26 , (IANS), ACKNOWLEDGING the burden on his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni lower down the order, India skipper Virat Kohli said the side needed to strengthen the lower middle order contribution as India begin their ICC Champions Troph..

No auto extension for Kumble as BCCI invites applications

NEW DELHI, THE BCCI on Thursdasy invited applications for head coach’s post, sending a reminder to head coach Anil Kumble that he will not get an automatic extension after his current term expires at the end of Champions Trophy.Interested candida..

Pogba sends grieving Man Utd to emotional Europa win

STOCKHOLM, PAUL Pogba propelled Manchester United towards a 2-0 victory over Ajax in a Europa League final rendered heavy with emotion by this week’s terror attack in Manchester.A night that began with a moment of silence, then applause, in memor..

Bangladesh down NZ to boost 2019 WC push

  BANGLADESH took a huge step towards qualifying for the 2019 World Cup with a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the tri-series finale on Thursday.The win at Clontarf promoted Bangladesh to sixth place, above Sri Lanka in the standings, with..