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Sloppy India play draw with Britain

IPOH (Malaysia), Squander lead twice to split points in opener INDIA squandered the lead twice as Great Britain rallied to earn a 2-2 draw in the rain-delayed opening match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here.Akashdeep Singh (19th..

Ramkumar and Paes in finals of Tallahassee Challenger

TALLAHASSEE (Florida), YOUNG Indian Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan and legendary Leander Paes have reached the singles and doubles final of the ATP Challenger event in Tallahassee after winning their respective semi- finals, here. Ramkumar battled p..

Real rotation vital but there’s no A or B team, says Zidane

UNDATED REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday he had no A or B side and needed to call on every member of his squad to cope with a gruelling fixture list, as a debate about his team selections was played out in the Spanish media.The question..

Sindhu sails into quarter-finals

WUHAN (China), OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu of India sailed into the quarter-finals of the Badminton Asia Championships with another clinical performance. The Rio Games silver winner easily notched up a 21-14, 21-15 win over unseeded Japanese Ay..

Back with a Bang

STUTTGART, MARIA Sharapova picked up a second win in as many days on her comeback from a 15-month doping ban, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova at the Stuttgart WTA tournament.The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner dominated Makarova, rank..

Madrid hit Deportivo for six, Barca relegate Osasuna

BARCELONA, REAL Madrid again made light of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they crushed Deportivo la Coruna 6-2 to maintain the upper hand in the La Liga title race on Wednesday.Madrid and Barcelona are locked on 78 points at the top of the table, ..

Sindhu wins, Saina bows out

WUHAN (China), RIO Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu cruised into the second round but compatriot Saina Nehwal bowed out fighting in the Badminton Asia Championships here on Wednesday. The world number three Indian, who clinched the India Super Series..

Murray advances in Barcelona

BARCELONA, ANDY Murray has advanced to the third round of the Barcelona Open without playing a stroke after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew on Wednesday. Australian player Tomic pulled out because of a lower back injury after reaching the second round..

Soriano hands Villarreal shock win

MADRID, VILLARREAL kept their slim hopes of Champions League football next season alive as Roberto Soriano’s late winner shocked Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon. A battle between the two best defences in La Liga was unsurprisingly se..

All Hopes on Sindhu, Saina

WUHAN (China), ALL eyes will be on women’s singles specialists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal as they carry India’s hopes in the Badminton Asia Championships, starting here at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium on Wednesday.While Saina has two b..

Rags-to-riches journey of Sharapova resumes in Stuttgart

STUTTGART, FROM the shadow of Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland to international super-stardom and from penniless arrival in the United States, without a word of English, to a fortune of USD 200 million.It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood dreams..

Subrata suspended for dope taint, will go for ‘B’ sample test

NEW DELHI, ACCLAIMED Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul was provisionally suspended after failing a dope test but has vowed to prove himself innocent by going for the confirmatory ‘B’ sample test.All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Sec..

Messi’s 500th Barca goal sinks Real Madrid in thriller

MADRID, “Leo’s greatness doesn’t stop surprising us. He is an honour for us and a blessing for the club. We all have to stay with him to have a chance of lifting the title.—Captain Andres Iniesta LIONEL Messi struck his 50..

No Singh in Amir Khan’s SBL, say promoters

NEW DELHI, INDIAN boxing star Vijender Singh will not compete in the Amir Khan-backed Super Boxing League, which will roll out from July 7. Vijender, who is promoted by IOS Boxing Promotions, is the reigning WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champio..

Zaheer announces engagement with Sagarika Ghatge

NEW DELHI, FORMER India pace spearhead and Delhi Daredevils skipper Zaheer Khan announced his engagement with Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge on Monday. “Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them. Partners for life!!! #enga..

Gatlin trumps Grasse at World Relays

NASSAU (Bahamas), EVERGREEN American sprinter Justin Gatlin struck gold when he anchored his team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, while double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson shone for Jamaica. The battle between Gatlin, the 35-year-ol..

Dhoni remains the most destructive finisher: Fleming

FORMER New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said Mahendra Singh Dhoni remains the best finisher of the limited overs game, hailing the World Cup-winning captain after he turned the clock back with a destructive knock. India’s most successful capta..

Mumbai Indians to celebrate Sachin’s birthday today

IPL franchise Mumbai Indians would be celebrating the birthday of cricket legend and their ‘icon player’ Sachin Tendulkar who will turn 44 on Monday. The right-handed batsman was born in Mumbai on April 24, 1973. “Mumbai Indians would..

Real Opportunity

MADRID, Real Madrid can take a huge step towards claiming a first La Liga title in five years; Barca look to bouncing back in Clasico AFTER sealing their place in the Champions League semi-final, Real Madrid can take a huge step towards claiming a fir..

Harika registers third win at Rejkjavik Open

Indian Grand Master Harika Dronavalli continued her good run at the Reykjavik Open, getting past Martin P Burrows of England in round four game at the Herpa Concert Hall Reykjavik . With three wins and one draw in four outings, the World No.11 Indian ha..

Bopanna-Cuevas enter Monte Carlo final

ROQUEBRUNE CAP MARTIN (France), INDIAN star Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas defeated Romain Arneodo of Poland and Hugo Nys of France in straight sets to enter the men’s doubles final of the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tourname..

Lions find the roar back

KOLKATA, Apr 21 , (Agencies), GUJARAT Lions skipper Suresh Raina led from the front as the bottom ranked team upset second placed Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in their Indian Premier League match, here on Friday. In pursuit of Kolkata&rsquo..

Bopanna-Cuevas reaches quarters

MONACO, Apr 21 , (PTI), ROHAN Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas knocked out fifth seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram after a three-set battle to progress to the quarter-finals of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters event here. The unseeded Indo-Uruguay p..

Singapore win turning point for my career: Praneeth

HYDERABAD, Apr 21, (IANS), B SAI Praneeth, the latest among Indian shuttlers to make their mark in the international arena by winning his maiden Super Series title, believes that this could be a turning point for his career. He won the Singapore Ope..

‘Barca can turn Euro pain to Clasico gain’

BARCELONA, BARCELONA boss Luis Enrique insists his final season in charge can still end in glory despite bowing out of the Champions League at the quarter- final stage to Juventus. “It’s a sad night, but we tried until the last minute and ..

Kashyap, Dani ousted

CHANGZHOU, INDIA’S campaign at the China Masters Grand Prix Gold ended on Thursday after Parupalli Kashyap and Harsheel Dani bowed out in the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the USD 150,000 event. Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion shu..

Good performance will automatically improve ranking: Sindhu

HYDERABAD, INDIA’S star shuttler PV Sindhu is focusing on coming championships and aims to give her best to achieve her ultimate goal—becoming World No. 1.After winning the Indian Open Superseries early this month, she was almost there, wit..

Real win controversial thriller

MADRID, Ronaldo ’tricks in 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time win and 6-3 aggregate success against 10-man Bayern Munich in co..

Universe Boss is still here and still alive, says Gayle

RAJKOT, SWASHBUCKLING West Indies opener Chris Gayle on Wednesday described it as a “special occasion” to become the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in twenty20 cricket.The self-proclaimed “UniverseBoss” Gayle also warned h..

I am a special talent, avows Yusuf

KOLKATA,  YUSUF Pathan might not have ever looked upto Jose Mourinho for inspiration but his latest self-assessment is akin to the current Manchester United coach’s famous statement ‘I am the special one’. So does he harbour hop..

‘Away monkey’ off Gunners

MIDDLESBROUGH (UK), Sanchez, Ozil strike to end Arsenal away woes GOALS from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ended Arsenal’s run of four successive away defeats with a scratchy 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough in their Premier League clas..

Messi vs clone Dybala

BARCELONA, DIMINUTIVE, dynamic and armed with a deadly left foot, Paulo Dybala could be a prototype of a Lionel Messi clone.The similarities between the two Argentines, who face off in Thursday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg between ..

Jugraj’s presence as PC coach will benefit us, says Rupinder

BENGALURU,  PENALTY corner expert Rupinder Pal Singh says having a specialist dragflicking coach in idol Jugraj Singh will be beneficial for him and his young colleague Harmanpreet Singh in the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia. Ru..

Dipa and Sakshi among Forbes’ Under-30 list of super achievers

OVER 50 Indians, including gymnast Dipa Karmakar and Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik are among Forbes’ list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 who are “pushing boundaries of innovation”. The second Forbes ‘30 Under 3..

Drawing Canada presents India a golden chance: Amritraj

CHENNAI, (PTI), FORMER Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj believes drawing Canada in the play-offs presents India a golden chance to make it to the World Group in next year’s tournament.The Indian team beat Uzbekistan in Asia-Ocenia zonal match in..

Barcelona eye another famous comeback with semis in sight

PARIS, (AFP), LITTLE over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Thursday.Luis Enrique’s side were ta..

Praneeth Prevails

SINGAPORE, (PTI), Clinches maiden Super Series title at Singapore Open PROMISING Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open after defeating compatriot K Srikanth in a historic all-Indian final here on ..

United offer hope to Spurs with 2-0 win over Chelsea

UNDATED MANCHESTER United reopened the Premier League title race on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over leaders Chelsea that leaves second-placed Tottenham Hotspur just four points behind. United manager Jose Mourinho started with top scorer Zlatan Ibrahim..

Vettel conquers Bahrain

MANAMA, (Reuters), FERRARI’S Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix to go seven points clear at the top of the Formula One standings on Sunday, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton staging a late charge to finish second after picking up a tim..

It’s beenasolid year, hope to build on it: Sania Mirza

CHENNAI, (PTI) INDIAN tennis star Sania Mirza said she has had a “solid year already” and hopes to build on it with her new women’s doubles partner -- Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.Sania’s partnership with Czech Republic&rsq..

Di Maria shines in PSG’s win

PARIS, (IANS), POWERED by Angel Di Maria’s brace, Paris Saint-Germain provisionally drew level with Ligue 1 football championship leaders Monaco on points after beating Angers 2-0. At the Raymond-Kopa Stadium, Di Maria finished a superb curling ..

Lahiri makes cutat Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (USA), INDIAN golfer Anirban Lahiri carded a sedate one-under 70 in the second round to be tied 16th at the midway stage of the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Links. Lahiri had turned in a fine four under 67 in the first round..

Tye brings back Lions’ roar         

RAJKOT, Apr 14 , (Agencies) IT WAS a tale of two hat-tricks. One had submerged in a heartbreaking loss in the evening. But as the night turned on another piece of three wickets in three balls got the topping of a much-needed victory. While Samuel Bad..

Srikanth, Praneeth make it to semis; Sindhu loses

SINGAPORE, Apr 14,  (PTI), OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu suffered a crushing quarter-final loss to arch-rival Carolina Marin but B Sai Praneeth and K Srikanth advanced to the semi-finals of the Singapore Open Super Series. Sindhu, who had ..

Sharapova blames ITF for failing to warn her on banned substance

(Reuters), FIVE-TIME Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has criticised the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for not doing enough to make her aware that meldonium had been added to the list of banned substances last year. Sharapova’s initia..

Griezmann gives Atletico slender Leicester lead

MADRID, ANTOINE Griezmann’s penalty handed Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 advantage over Leicester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. In a game of very few chances, Griezmann proved decisive as it was he who also won th..

Sindhu, Praneeth advance to Singapore quarters

SINGAPORE, TOP Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the quarter-finals of the USD 350,000 Singapore Super Series after posting hard-fought victories in the women’s and men’s singles respectively.Rio Olympic silver medal..

Umesh, the shining Knight

KOLKATA, THE rich form that kept him the most sought-after Indian pacer in the last international season continued for Vidarbha lad Umesh Yadav as he made a brilliant comeback to Kolkata Knight Riders, helping them to an eight-wicket win over Kings XI ..

Mbappe stars in rearranged thriller

DORTMUND, KYLIAN Mbappe’s rise into the upper echelons of football’s elite continued as his star turn put Monaco on the path to the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund. The rearranged quarter-final first leg wa..

Tributes pour in after BAI chief Das Gupta’s demise

NEW DELHI, PRIME Minister Narendra Modi led the tributes that poured in for Badminton Association of India President Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, who passed away in Lucknow after suffering a heart attack. “Saddened by the demise of former MP & Unio..

Sindhu, Srikanth enter second round

SINGAPORE, OLYMPIC silver medallist P V Sindhu and ace male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth registered contrasting victories in their respective events to make it to the second round of Singapore Open Superseries. Sindhu staved off a stiff challenge from No..

Sreejesh to lead experimental Indian team

BENGALURU, STAR custodian PR Sreejesh will lead an 18-member Indian hockey team at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, starting April 29.Manpreet Singh will be Sreejesh’s deputy in the squad that also has members from the junior Wor..

Sindhu, unknown Garg in fray for BWF athletes’ commission

NEW DELHI, OLYMPIC silver-medallist and world No 2 PV Sindhu will be among the nine shuttlers vying for a position in the Badminton World Federation’s Athletes Commission.The other Indian in fray for the four slots is relatively unknown male shut..

Federer beats Murray in charity match

SCOT tennis star Andy Murray returned to action after a month-long injury lay-off in a charity exhibition match against Swiss legend Roger Federer. The 35-year-old Federer dominated the game -- named ‘Match for Africa 3’ -- against the curre..

Mahesh should have shown respect to Paes: AITA

NEW DELHI, Apr 10, (PTI), DAVIS Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi should have shown “respect” to Leander Paes by clearly telling him that he was not going to be a part of the playing squad before his arrival for the tie against Uzbekistan, the ..

Saina withdraws, Sindhu hoping for better show

SINGAPORE, Apr 10, (PTI), LONDON Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal pulled out of the USD 350,000 Singapore Super Series to spend more time in training to improve her game ahead of the hectic international circuit. Olympic silver medallist PV Sin..

After 73 failed attempts, a major title for Garcia

AUGUSTA (United States), Apr 10, (AFP), SPAIN’S Sergio Garcia captured his first major golf title after 73 failed attempts, making a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Justin Rose and win the 81st Masters. Garcia took his emotional, lo..

Djokovic makes Davis Cup vow

PARIS, Apr 9, (AFP), NOVAK Djokovic vowed to spearhead Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final clash against France in September, telling reporters: “From your mouth to God’s ears, I’ll do my best to be there”. Serbia will travel..

Barca fall to shock Malaga defeat

MADRID, Apr 9, (Reuters), NEYMAR was sent off as Barcelona suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday that scuppered their hopes of going top of La Liga and handed control of the title race to leaders to Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane’s R..

Rose, Garcia lead at Masters

AUGUSTA (GEORGIA), Apr 9, (Reuters), JUSTIN Rose and Sergio Garcia led the US Masters on six under par and Jordan Spieth was lurking two shots back after an absorbing third round at a sun-drenched Augusta National.England’s Rose and Spaniard Ga..

Spirited India take lead

BENGALURU, Apr 7, (PTI), RAMKUMAR Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran handed India a 2-0 lead over Uzbekistan as they staved off a spirited challenge in their respective singles matches in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie here on Friday. In th..

Hoffman tames windy Augusta as Johnson pulls out

AUGUSTA (Georgia), Apr 7, (Reuters), AMERICAN journeyman Charley Hoffman led the US Masters after firing a sparkling 65 in a wind-swept first round on Thursday as world number one Dustin Johnson pulled out due to a back injury. The 40-year-old Hoffm..

Kyrgios puts Aus ahead

UNDATED NICK Kyrgios eased past John Isner 7-5, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in a duel of big servers to fire Australia to a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup quarter-final in Brisbane on Friday.The Australian number one carried on from the early wo..

If Srinivasan comes to ICC Bangladesh, Sri Lanka may not be with BCCI

NEW DELHI, Apr 2, (PTI), INDIAN cricket board’s move to stall the proposed constitutional and financial reforms in the ICC may suffer a roadblock if BCCI tries to send N Srinivasan as its representative at the world body’s board meeting.I..

Reduce on-field chatting: Chappell

MELBOURNE, Apr 2, (PTI), FORMER captain Ian Chappell has called for drastic reduction in “on-field chatter” and a limited use of DRS in Test matches after a gripping but tense India-Australia series. Chappell described the constant on-fi..

‘Ind-Aus series was the best of all’

MUMBAI, Apr 2, (PTI), PRAISING the highly competitive nature of the recently concluded four-Test series between India and Australia, fit-again batsman Rohit Sharma felt it was the best among the four home rubbers this season. “The last series ..

Sindhu gets better of Saina in clash of titans

NEW DELHI, Mar 31, (PTI), RIO Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu prevailed over Saina Nehwal in straight games in a much-anticipated clash to advance to the semi-finals of the India Super Series badminton tournament. In a high-voltage contest, Sind..

Focus back on title race

LONDON, Mar 31, (AFP), CHELSEA will aim to resume their steady march towards the Premier League title after an international break in which the focus was on the future of Eden Hazard. The 26-year-old Belgian star sat out Chelsea’s last game at ..

Ashwin, Rahul, Vijay out; some rest for Umesh, Jadeja

NEW DELHI, Mar 31, (PTI), THE Indian Premier League was on Friday robbed of some sheen after premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and a host of top Indian players pulled out of the event’s 10th edition beginning on April 5, owing to a gruell..

England, Germany on course; Dutch axe Blind

PARIS, Mar 27, (AFP) ENGLAND and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked ..

Saina, Sindhu eye Indian Open

NEW DELHI, Mar 27, (PTI), OLYMPIC medallists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will be the cynosure of all eyes when the seventh India Super Series badminton tournament gets under way with the qualifiers here on Tuesday. London bronze-medallist Saina will ..

One last act before curtains

By Satish Viswanathan, DHARAMSALA, Mar 27, Jadeja, Ashwin, Umesh put India on course for series victory AN EXEMPLARY showing with bat and ball on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test put India within striking distance of winning back the Border-Gavask..

OPENING SALVO: Vettel masters Hamilton to win Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Mar 26, (AFP), SEBASTIAN Vettel out-manoeuvred Lewis Hamilton and the world champion Mercedes team with a stunning victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. Vettel won by almost 10 seconds from Hamilton an..

Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

MIAMI, Mar 26, (AFP), ROGER Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid under way.Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Fede..

De Kock bats through pain to have Test even

HAMILTON, Mar 26, (AFP), QUINTON de Kock batted through the pain of a damaged finger to bolster South Africa with a defiant 90 as the deciding Test against New Zealand was evenly poised at the end of Day Three in Hamilton on Sunday.In the rain disrup..

Chinaman in the bullring

By Satish Viswanathan, DHARAMSALA, Mar 25, Debutant Kuldeep takes 4, Australia all-out for 300 on Day 1 THREE hundred runs in a day is normally considered to be good for the batting team but if you have lost all ten wickets in the process, things ge..

Spain, Italy cruise

UNDATED ITALY and Spain cruised to easy victories and stayed on top of the Group G with equal points in the World Cup qualifiers. Italy beat Albania 2-0 while Spain brushed Israel 4-1 in Friday night’s games.Elsewhere, Ireland dented Wales’..

Release funds for holding matches: SC tells BCCI

NEW DELHI, Mar 24, (PTI) THE Supreme Court on Friday asked the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by it to run the BCCI to release funds to state cricket associations, including HPCA, which is holding the last India-Australia Test, for organ..

Mountains bring clouds

By Satish Viswanathan DHARAMSALA, Mar 24, BEFORE any Test match begins there are always a number of questions to be answered. How will the pitch play (this question is especially true of a new venue like the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadi..

Manohar agrees to stay on temporarily as ICC Chairman

By Rahul Dixit NAGPUR, Mar 24, TAKEN aback by the sudden decision of Shashank Manohar to quit as ICC Chairman citing “personal reasons”, the ICC directors, including BCCI’s representative Vikram Limaye, have managed to persuade the ..

Mittal wins double trap gold in shotgun WC

ACAPULCO (Mexico), Mar 23, (PTI), EXTENDING his good form, Ankur Mittal clinched the gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in the double trap event, pipping his Australian rival James Willet in the final in a world record equalling effort.Mittal h..

Stadium to be named after Isinbayeva

A CENTRAL track and field stadium in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, will be named after iconic pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, Dagestani Sports Minister Magomed Magomedov said. “Yelena Isinbayeva i..

Rani confident of a good show at HWL Rd 2

NEW DELHI, Mar 23, (IANS), BUOYED after a 5-0 whitewash of Belarus earlier this month, the Indian women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal on Thursday said she is confident of a top finish at the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2, starting on Ap..

Neymar ‘needs rest’

SAO PAULO, Mar 22, (IANS), FC BARCELONA forward Neymar has said that he is looking forward to some rest before preparing for the national football team’s World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Paraguay.Neymar, Juventus defender Dani Alves and..

Tennis star Kvitova recovering from arm injury

CZECH tennis star Petra Kvitová has revealed that she has been working hard on her recovery from the left arm injury she suffered after being attacked by a knife-wielding assailant in her home here on December 20. The two-time Wimbledon champion ..

Ex-Liverpool captain Moran passes away at 83

RONNIE Moran, former Liverpool football club captain and coach, breathed his last at the age of 83 here on Wednesday.Moran played 379 times between 1952 and 1968 for Liverpool, scoring 17 goals, but arguably played a big role under head coach Bill Shank..

Podolski, the fans’ hero, bidding farewell to Germany

DORTMUND, Mar 21, (IANS), A FRIENDLY against old rivals England will give forward Lukas Podolski a perfect farewell from the German football team. After three World Cups and four European Championship participations, the 31-year-old will appear in a ..

Cech voted Czech player for record ninth time

ARSENAL goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted the Czech Republic footballer of the year for a record ninth time.The 34-year-old Cech topped the poll of players, coaches, football federation officials, and journalists for 2016. Cech retired from international f..

Both juniors and seniors will have to push for spots: Sreejesh

BENGALURU, Mar 21, (PTI), INDIA hockey captain PR Sreejesh says it is heartening to see healthy competition for spots in the national team between juniors and seniors.With emphasis given to junior players in this new Olympic cycle, the task is cut ou..

Lack of hardness in ball in middle session hurt us: Kohli

RANCHI, Mar 20, (PTI), LACK of hardness in the ball during the middle session was one of the factors why India could not force a win in the third Test against Australia, reasoned captain Virat Kohli. India went wicketless in the post-lunch session w..

TN drub Bengal for crown

NEW DELHI, Mar 20, (PTI), SENIOR pro Dinesh Karthick produced an innings of character before Tamil Nadu’ s disciplined bowling effort saw them beat Bengal by 37 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy final.This was the third time that Tamil Nadu preva..

Gritty Aussies win a draw

RANCHI, Mar 20, (PTI), Valiant batting from Handscomb, Shaun Marsh INDIAN bowlers were thwarted by Australia’s perseverance as Steve Smith’s men survived a battle of nerves to force a draw in the third cricket Test here and keep the seri..

Federer aims at fifth title

Plays Wawrinka in all-Swiss final INDIAN WELLS, Mar 19, (AFP), ROGER Federer’s resurgence has already out-stripped his expectations, but the Swiss great says relishing the game is more important now than chasing a ranking.Federer subdued 17th-..

United punish Boro

MIDDLESBROUGH, Mar 19, (Reuters), MANCHESTER United moved up to fifth in the Premier League on Sunday with a 3-1 victory away to struggling Middlesbrough, who sacked manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday.Jose Mourinho had said his team would “proba..

FIFA promises a ‘magnificent’ U-17 WC

NEW DELHI, Mar 19, (PTI), INDIA’S vast size and diversity posed as obstacles in the initial preparatory stage, but having crossed the hurdles, FIFA’s head of events Jaime Yarza has promised to deliver a “magnificent” U-17 Worl..

More misery for Wenger

UNDATED Dawson double gives West Brom 3-1 win over Arsenal TWO headers by Craig Dawson and a Hal Robson-Kanu strike lifted West Bromwich Albion to a 3-1 win over Arsenal and piled more misery on their manager Arsene Wenger after a pulsating Premier Le..

Dhoni wins hearts but Bengal match

NEW DELHI, Mar 18, (PTI), MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni enthralled one and all with some breathtaking sixes but a young Bengal side put up a spirited display to beat Jharkhand by 41 runs and enter the Vijay Hazare final here on Saturday. They will meet Tamil..

Maharaja Moment!

WELLINGTON, Mar 18, (AFP), Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj sets ‘impossible’ win for SA SOUTH African captain Faf du Plessis hailed an “impossible” victory after the Proteas recovered from a desperate situation to win the sec..

Rooney’s England place not guranteed: Southgate

(Reuters) WAYNE Rooney faces a battle to get back into the England squad due to his lack of playing time at Manchester United, with a number of in-form players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, manager Gareth Southgate has said. Rooney, who..

Need to look beyond 2020 Oly: Bindra

MUMBAI, Mar 16, (PTI), STRESSING on the need to put systems in place, India’s lone Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said the country should forget about 2020 Games and instead start working for 2024 and beyond. “No, for 2020 (Olympi..