Dhoni removed as Pune captain, Smith to take over

KOLKATA, Feb 19, (PTI) MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni was removed as captain of IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants on Sunday and replaced by Australian Steve Smith, ending his innings as skipper in both international and franchise cricket.Dhoni, who had ste..

Gunaratne fireworks win T20 series for Sri Lanka

GEELONG, Feb 19, (AFP), ASELA Gunaratne slammed a pulse-racing 84 to power Sri Lanka to a last-ball victory against Australia on Sunday, clinching their Twenty20 series.Gunaratne pounded the Australian bowlers with five sixes and six fours off 46 bal..

Starc pulls out of IPL, ends association with RCB

NEW DELHI, Feb 19, (PTI), AUSTRALIAN pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year’s Indian Premier League season, ending his association with his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. “The Royal Challengers Bangalore and fas..

Weakest Aussie team to tour India: Bhajji

NEW DELHI, Feb 18, (PTI), SENIOR off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has rated the current Australian team led by Steven Smith as the “weakest ever” in recent times to tour the Indian sub-continent.India are dubbed as overwhelming favourites agai..

Iyer stands up to Australia

MUMBAI, Feb 18, (PTI), Aus vs India A warm-up game SHREYAS Iyer stroked his way to an unbeaten half-century in an otherwise unimpressive batting display by India ‘A’ in reply to Australia’s first-innings total of 469 for seven decl..

Mitchell gears up to play first Test

MUMBAI, Feb 18, (PTI), EYEING the fast bowling all-rounder’s slot in the upcoming Test series against India, Mitchell Marsh enhanced his chances with a solid 75 on the second day of Australia’s warm-up game against India A and said he was..

Virat gives me freedom to set fields: Umesh

NEW DELHI, Feb 17, (PTI), A GOOD fast bowler needs a good captain and India speedster Umesh Yadav is thankful to Virat Kohli for letting him be his own man while devising strategy to get batsmen out.“Virat is a bowler’s captain. He is som..

Indian women qualify for WC

COLOMBO, Feb 17, (PTI), INDIA women produced an all-round effort to spank Bangladesh women by nine wickets in a Super Six match to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. Opting to bowl after winning the toss in the Super Six game of the on..

Wenger to decide on Arsenal future within two months

ARSENE Wenger said on Friday he would make a decision in March or April on whether to extend his 20-year spell at Arsenal, but that whatever he decided he would be managing a team next season. The second longest-serving manager in the history of the Pre..

Thiago-inspired Bayern hand Arsenal 5-1 rout

MUNICH, Feb 16, (AFP), ARSENE Wenger’s future was plunged into further doubt as Thiago Alcantara inspired Bayern Munich to a 5-1 rout of his hapless Arsenal team which left the Gunners facing a seventh straight Champions League last-16 exit.Bay..

Benzema silences his critics

MADRID, Feb 16, (Reuters), REAL Madrid forward Karim Benzema has had his critics of late but he answered them with a strong performance against Napoli in the Champions League last 16 first leg.Amid calls by fans and Alvaro Moratamedia for Real to rel..

Vijender takes on Zulpikar for 2nd title

NEW DELHI, Feb 16, (PTI), AFTER a successful defence of his WBO Asia Pacific title, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will be in contention for a second belt when he takes on China’s WBO Oriental Super Middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali..

Starc will challenge Kohli: Hussey

NEW DELHI, Feb 15, (PTI), IT WILL take a “collective bowling effort” from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon but former batsman Mike Hussey believes that Mitchell Starc with his abilities will pose some serious challenge for ..

Barcelona shell-shocked

PARIS, Feb 15, (AFP), BARCELONA coach Luis Enrique admitted his side’s Champions League hopes are all but over for this season after they were outclassed 4-0 by a brilliant Paris Saint-Germain. The result leaves PSG on the brink of a place in ..

Chhetri’s record-breaking strike denies Aizawl full points

AIZAWL, Feb 15, (PTI), BENGALURU FC skipper Sunil Chettri’s record-breaking strike denied Aizawl FC full points as the much-anticipated Hero I-League match ended in a 1-1 draw here on Wednesday.Both goals were scored in the first half, within a..

City in title mix

BOURNEMOUTH (United Kingdom), Feb 14, (AFP), Sterling rises to occasion, helps Man City move to second spot with 2-0 win over Bournemouth A GOAL from Raheem Sterling and an own goal from Tyrone Mings gave Manchester City a 2-0 win against Bournemout..

Sania unlikely to appear Summons on alleged tax evasion

HYDERABAD, Feb 14, (PTI), TENNIS star Sania Mirza is unlikely to appear in person before authorities concerned in connection with the summons issued to her for alleged non-payment/evasion of Service Tax.According to sources, a representative of Mirza..

‘Tie him up’

PARIS, Feb 13, (AP), PARIS Saint-Germain winger Lucas jokes that the only way to stop Lionel Messi is “to tie him up”.The Brazilian can afford to laugh for he doesn’t have to defend against Messi on Wednesday, when Barcelona arrives..

Ozil lacking confidence, feels coach Wenger

LONDON, Feb 13, (IANS), ARSENAL’S football club’s record signing Mesut Ozil is not playing his A-game, as per chief coach Arsene Wenger as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League pre-quarter-finals on T..

Planning to turn professional with BFI support: Vikas

NEW DELHI, Feb 13, (PTI), FORMER Asian Games gold-medallist and two-time Olympian boxer Vikas Krishan has revealed that he is planning to turn professional by the end of this year provided the national federation keeps the amateur doors open for him...

Real toppers

MADRID, Feb 12, (AFP), REAL Madrid maintained a one point lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo was on target in a hard fought 3-1 win at rock bottom Osasuna.Earlier, Barca’s front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and..

Chelsea go 10 points clear

UNDATED PREMIER League leaders Chelsea moved 10 points clear at the top on Sunday despite being held by Burnley in an entertaining game played amid flurries of sleet and snow.Pedro gave Chelsea an early lead from a pass by Victor Moses but the home sid..

‘My dream for an Olympic medal is very much alive’

NEW DELHI, Feb 12, (PTI), MONTHS after his inexplicable meltdown at the Olympic Games, ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai says he is capable of not repeating history at the world’s biggest spectacle, provided he is part of the next edition in Tokyo 20..

Irfan among 3 more players questioned in PSL scandal

KARACHI, Feb 11, (PTI), THE match-fixing scandal that has rocked the Pakistan Super League (PSL) grew in proportion with three more players, including Test pacer Mohammed Irfan, being questioned by the Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit. Irf..

Umesh spell is best I have faced in career: Shakib

HYDERABAD, Feb 11, (PTI), THERE is no bigger compliment for a fast bowler if one of opposition’s key batsman terms his spell as “unplayable” and that’s exactly what Shakib Al Hasan felt about India pacer Umesh Yadav’s mo..

Desh find ‘middle’ way out to fight

HYDERABAD, Feb 11, (PTI), Rahim, Shakib lead resistance INDIAN bowlers faced dogged resistance from Bangladesh middle-order led by captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who hit a defiant 81 to take his team to 322 for six at stumps on Day Three of the one-off Te..

Wenger unfazed by growing catcalls for him to step down

LONDON, Feb 10, (IANS), DESPITE facing flak from many corners after his team’s latest reversal at the hands of title favourites Chelsea, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger on Friday said he is unfazed by it all and is focusing on the next game. W..

Murray to play Davis Cup quarters against France

LONDON, Feb 10, (Reuters), BRITAIN’S world number one Andy Murray will play against France in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in April after missing the first-round victory against Canada last weekend. “The tie against Canada was tricky,&rd..

UP Wizards hold Kalinga Lancers

LUCKNOW, Feb 10, (Agencies), A 60TH minute goal by Gonzalo Peillat ensured the home team Uttar Pradesh Wizards drew with Kalinga Lancers 2-2, denting the visitors chance of climbing back on top of the points table in a thriller of a game here at the ..

Stunning win in extra-time

LIECESTER, Feb 9, (Reuters), Goals in added time give Leicester win over Derby LEICESTER City scored two stunning goals in extra time through Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray to reach the FA Cup fifth round with a 3-1 win over second tier Derby County..

I will have to work harder for All England: Sourabh

NEW DELHI, Feb 9, (PTI), SHUTTLER Sourabh Verma says it was his perfect execution of plans which helped him clinch his second national title but insisted he needs to work harder to challenge the best in the world at All England Championship next mont..

Bolt’s Nitro show runs into controversy

MELBOURNE, Feb 9, (AFP), USAIN Bolt led his All-Stars to victory in the second Nitro team athletics event but it was mired in controversy with Australia docked points.Needing only to take the baton around the track in the mixed 4x100m relay, Australi..

Suarez’s strike takes Barca to final

BARCELONA, Feb 8, (Reuters), LUIS Suarez scored and was sent off as holders Barcelona reached a fourth successive King’s Cup final after drawing 1-1 with a resilient Atletico Madrid in an action-packed semi-final second leg on Tuesday. Suarez ..

Germany’s Lahm to retire

BERLIN, Feb 8, (AFP), Germany’s World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm confirmed he will retire at the end of the season and leave Bayern Munich, having rejected a role as sports director.“I have decided to stop playing football at the en..

‘Can’t overlook Rahane’s hardwork’

HYDERABAD, Feb 8, (PTI), INDIAN captain Virat Kohli made it clear that Karun Nair’s one triple hundred cannot “overshadow” the two years of consistent performance by his deputy Ajinkya Rahane who now “walks back” into th..

Agreed to part ways with Nicolai by mutual consent: AIFF

NEW DELHI, Feb 7, (PTI), THE All India Football Federation (AIFF) Tuesday officially announced that it has decided to part ways with beleaguered Under-17 World Cup coach Nicolai Adam by “mutual consent”. That the German had been shown th..

Russia banned from London world meet

CAP-D’AIL (France), Feb 7, (AFP), RUSSIA will miss August’s World Athletics Championships in London after their doping ban was extended, world governing body president Sebastien Coe said.Coe said Russia, whose 15-month ban from athletics ..

‘Ashamed’ Shapovalov fined for striking umpire

PARIS, Feb 7, (Reuters), CANADA’S Denis Shapovalov was left mortified after joining tennis’s hall of infamy on Sunday, offering an apology and promising that he would learn from his momentary explosion of temper that left a Davis Cup umpi..

Sindhu, Saina in India team for Asia Mixed team C’ship

NEW DELHI, Feb 6, (PTI), RIO Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu and London Games bronze winner Saina Nehwal have been named in the Indian squad for the inaugural Asia Mixed Team Championships, scheduled to be held in Vietnam from February 14-19. Si..

Britain, Spain advance; rain halts Argentina

PARIS, Feb 6, (AFP), BRITAIN was defaulted into the Davis Cup quarter-finals, while Spain edged Croatia to advance and defending champion Argentina battled Italy into a decisive fifth match at a rain-hit tie. Canada’s Denis Shapovalov hit chair..

Aboubakar delivers Cup of Nations for Cameroon

LIBREVILLE, Feb 6, (AFP), VINCENT Aboubakar came off the bench to score a stunning winner with two minutes left as Cameroon fought back from behind to beat Egypt 2-1 in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations final. Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny had gi..

Emphatic India trounce Kiwis

PUNE, Feb 5, (PTI), Ramkumar, Yuki power India to 4-1 win over New Zealand A LANKY Ramkumar Ramanathan was fluent in his win over Finn Tearney while Yuki Bhambri struggled past Jose Statham as India completed an emphatic 4-1 victory over New Zealand..

Messi collects another record as Barca sink Athletic Bilbao

BARCELONA, Feb 5, (Reuters), LA LIGA champions Barcelona stayed on the heels of leaders Real Madrid by coasting to a 3-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday as Lionel Messi became the club’s top scorer from free kicks.Paco Alcacer scored ..

Chasing Olympic dream, Deborah has not seen parents for four years

By Philem Dipak Singh, NEW DELHI, Feb 5, (PTI), TSUNAMI survivor Deborah Herold has not seen her parents for the last four years and the top Indian cyclist is not planning to do it either for the next couple of years as she wants to focus on her Oly..

Hamburg down Leverkusen 1-0

HAMBURG, Feb 4, (IANS) KYRIAKOS Papadopoulos’ winner helped Hamburg to return to winning ways after beating Bayer Leverkusen at the opener of the 19th round in Bundesliga football league.Leverkusen suffered their second straight loss whereas Ha..

Bolt sprinkles star-dust as athletics goes glittery

MELBOURNE, Feb 4, (Reuters), THE Nitro Series promised to make athletics a show and the sport’s ultimate show-man Usain Bolt capped its first meeting in Melbourne on Saturday by propelling his team of international “All-Stars” to a ..

Hardik, Jayant aiming to impress in warm-up tie

HYDERABAD, Feb 4, (PTI), HARDIK Pandya and a fit-again Jayant Yadav will be aiming to impress the Indian team management during India A’s two-day warm-up game against Bangladesh, starting here Sunday.While Hardik, after recovering from shoulder..

Sharapova boxes clever as return nears

MARIA Sharapova said she refused to feel sorry for herself during her doping ban, occupying her time by studying at Harvard, writing a book and even learning how to box. The former world number one and five-time Grand Slam title winner told a Russian c..

England and Chelsea star Lampard retires

LONDON, Feb 2, (AFP), FORMER England and Chelsea midfield star Frank Lampard said he was retiring on Thursday at the age of 38 after turning down “a number of exciting offers” in Britain and abroad. “After 21 incredible years I hav..

Lakshya is World No 1 in BWF jr ranking

NEW DELHI, Feb 2, (PTI), YOUNG shuttler Lakshya Sen from Uttarakhand Thursday achieved the World No. 1 ranking in the latest BWF World junior ranking. The 15-year-old prodigy, who won the bronze medal at Junior Asian Championships and clinched the A..

Chahal’s 6 brings Three Cheers

BENGALURU, Feb 1, (PTI), England lose 8 wkts in 8 runs as India take all series YOUNG leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal scripted a dramatic collapse with incredible figures of 6 for 25 as England lost 8 wickets for a mere 8 runs losing the final T20 Inte..

Mignolet denies Chelsea

LONDON, Feb 1, (AFP), Liverpool goalie stops Costa penalty; Watford stun Gunners 2-1 LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Simon Mignolet went from zero to hero as Premier League leaders Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, while Arsenal’s title challen..

‘There will be no easy matches’

NEW DELHI, Feb 1, (PTI), NATIONAL football coach Stephen Constantine feels India have a legitimate chance to qualify from Group A but said there won’t be any easy games in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. India have been drawn with Kyrgyz Re..

New email suggests Coe ‘aware’ of Russian doping

LONDON, Jan 31, (AFP), ALLEGATIONS that world athletics chief Sebastian Coe misled British lawmakers intensified on Tuesday after new emails appeared to show he was “made aware” of corruption claims concerning the Russian doping scandal f..

Pistorius prosecutor ‘the bulldog’ resigns

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 31, (AFP), SOUTH African prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who came to worldwide attention for securing the murder conviction of Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, has resigned, the country’s prosecuting authority said Tuesday. Nel&rsquo..

Tendulkar lone Indian in Swann’s All-time XI

LONDON, Jan 31, (IANS), FORMER England tweaker Graeme Swann, who considers cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar as the “best player of his generation”, on Tuesday picked the Indian batting maestro in his All-time XI.Swann’s dream team has ..

Federer drops hints that the end may be nigh

MELBOURNE, Jan 30, (AFP), ROGER Federer dropped hints that his great career may be drawing to a close after his age-defying win over his Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.The 35-year-old Swiss admitted his return to Melbourne was..

Real Madrid extend lead

MADRID, Jan 30, (AFP), REAL Madrid extended their La Liga lead to four points and still have a game in hand over their title rivals as Cristiano Ronaldo was on target in a 3-0 win over Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.Earlier, Barcelona were le..

Defying Age

By Anupam Soni, NAGPUR, Jan 30, Ashish Nehra, about 100 odd days shy of his 38th birthday, rose to the occasion when the going got tough for his side.   ONE down in a three-match Twenty20 series makes it tough for the side to bounce back. In a..

Sania-Dodig finish 2nd best

MELBOURNE, Jan 29, (PTI), SANIA Mirza will have to wait for her seventh Grand Slam trophy as the Indian and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost the Australian Open mixed doubles final 2-6, 4-6 to underdogs Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal.The..

The moment

By Vijay Phanshikar Moment!The moment!History arrives at its own moment -- of a unique gild! Roger Federer, too, arrived at his moment -- with a special gild sans glitter!He arrived where he belonged! Federer won!Rafael Nadal lost!Both won! Both lost!..

Sarita wins on pro debut

IMPHAL, Jan 29, (PTI), CELEBRATED Indian woman boxer L Sarita Devi comfortably outpunched Zsofia Bedo of Hungary to make a winning start to her professional career in the IBC Fight Night at the at the Khuman Lampak Stadium, Sunday. Zofia Bedo had cha..

Orange City set to ‘Bleed Blue’

By Anupam Soni, •Match starts 7 pm; entry inside stadiums from 3 pm WILL they, won’t they?With this million dollar question in their minds, cricket aficionados will head towards Vidarbha Cricket Association, Stadium, Jamtha, for the second In..

How a mongoose helped in Hero Cup semis win

KOLKATA, Jan 28, (PTI), BATTING great Sachin Tendulkar recalled how a mongoose proved to be good omen for India in their sensational last-over win in the semi-final of Hero Cup way back in 1993.South Africa buckled under pressure as Tendulkar, bowlin..

A series win in India would be a great feeling: Jordan

By Paritosh Pramanik NAGPUR, Jan 28, ENGLAND pacer Chris Jordan, who strangulated Indian batting in the death overs in the first Twenty20 at Kanpur, feels it would be great if his side kept the momentum going in the coming matches .Jordan bowled exc..

Bowlers have a chance against attacking batters, says Chahal

By Anupam Soni, NAGPUR, Jan 28, THOUGH the shortest form of the game is batsmen oriented, Indian bowler Yuzvendra Chahal reminded the breed that their life is just “one ball”.“A bowler can bowl six different balls in an over and it ..

Me opening the batting gives extra balance: Skipper Kohli

KANPUR, Jan 27, (PTI), INDIA captain Virat Kohli defended his decision to open the innings as he feels it gives the team more balance in absence of a seasoned Rohit Sharma while making it clear that young Lokesh Rahul needs to work on his consistency.I..

Most complete performance: Morgan

KANPUR, Jan 27, (PTI), ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan said their performance in the opening T20 was as complete as it could get on the long India tour, which saw them lose the Tests as well as the ODI series.“Yeah, I think so. It was a pretty comp..

Sania a win away from 7th Major title

MELBOURNE, Jan 27, (PTI), SANIA Mirza put herself in contention for a seventh Grand Slam title as she breezed into the Australian Open mixed doubles final with Ivan Dodig, beating local favourites Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth.The second-seeded Indo-..

Nadal storms into SF

MELBOURNE, Jan 25, (AFP), RAFAEL Nadal claimed a dominant straight-sets win over world number three Milos Raonic to advance to the semi-finals at the Australian Open, here on Wednesday.The 14-time Grand Slam champion was too clinical for the Canadian..

Sania-Dodig pair prevails in clash against Bopanna-Gabriela

MELBOURNE, Jan 25, (PTI), SANIA Mirza and Ivan Dodig held their nerves and saved two match points against Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski before pulling off a tense win to seal a place in the mixed doubles semi-finals of the Australian Open, her..

Bolt loses relay Oly gold after mate Carter tests positive

LONDON, Jan 25, (Reuters), JAMAICA’S Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals and his perfect triple treble of Games’ sprint victories after team-mate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. C..

Paes-Hingis eases into mixed doubles quarters

MELBOURNE, Jan 23, (PTI), VETERAN Indian tennis star Leander Paes and Martina Hingis sailed into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open with straight sets win over Australian duo of Matt Reid and Casey Dellacqua, here on..

Federer flies above the Australian Open debris

MELBOURNE, Jan 23, (IANS), AS THE Australian Open lurched into the second week bereft of glamour and with the cavernous arenas resounding with the triumphant screeches of unknown upstarts, one Swiss stalwart looks set to write once again an old scrip..

Chelsea thump Hull City 2-0

LONDON, Jan 23, (IANS), Lead swells to 8 points at top of EPL RETURNING striker Diego Costa scored as Chelsea thumped Hull City 2-0 to extend their lead at the top of the English Premier League (EPL) to eight points at the Stamford Bridge here. The..

Saina clinches Malaysia title

SARAWAK (Malaysia), Jan 23, (PTI), INDIAN badminton ace Saina Nehwal notched up her first title after a career-threatening injury by claiming the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a hard-fought victory in the summit clash. Up against 18-year-old..

Champions Leicester slip to new low

Southampton, Jan 22, (Reuters), CHAMPIONS Leicester City’s alarming slump continued with a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Sunday that left them just five points off the drop zone and firmly embroiled in a relegation fight. First-h..

Gurjinder stars in Kalinga Lancers’ win

BHUBANESWAR, Jan 22, (Agencies), Gurjinder Singh converted a brilliant penalty corner to hand Kalinga Lancers a 1-0 win against Delhi Waveriders, giving last year’s finalists a great start to this year’s Coal India Hockey India League, on ..

Alexander, and The Great!

MELBOURNE, Jan 21, (IANS), Nadal survives Zverev scare in Australian Open SPANISH superstar Rafael Nadal survived a marathon third-round battle against Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open tennis tournament, prevailing with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6..

Saina a win away from title

SARAWAK (Malaysia), Jan 21, (PTI), INDIA ace Saina Nehwal produced a dominating performance to notch up a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin to seal her place in the finals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold.London ..

Liverpool title challenge dented by Swansea sensation

LONDON, Jan 21, (Reuters), LIVERPOOL were on the end of the biggest sensation of the Premier League season when bottom club Swansea City repelled a dramatic comeback (2-3) from Juergen Klopp’s title chasers to earn their first-ever league win a..

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..