Asensio, VAR help Madrid to victory

    Amsterdam, Real Madrid, chasing a fourth consecutive Champions League title, needed a goal in the final minutes to pull out a 2-1 win against Ajax in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie.The Blancos also got help from the Video Assistan..

Sindhu commences with an easy win

    Guwahati, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu sailed into the quarterfinals with a straight game win but three pre-quarterfinals of the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championship had to be rescheduled after Saina Nehwal refused to play..

Libertad keep hopes alive

  Rio de Janeiro, Libertad advanced to the final Copa Libertadores qualifying stage after a 5-1 home victory over The Strongest. The result on Wednesday gave the Paraguayan outfit a 6-2 victory on aggregate following the teams' 1-1 draw in last ..

England WC-winning ’keeper Banks dies

  LONDON, GORDON Banks, England’s goalkeeper during their triumphant 1966 World Cup campaign, has died aged 81, his former club Stoke City announced on Tuesday. His family said the 73-times capped Banks, who lost an eye in a car crash in 19..

Nationals will help in preparation for All England: Praneeth

  GUWAHATI, A CRAMMED BWF calendar affecting his fitness last season, Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth says he will pick his tournaments carefully in the Olympic qualification year and is eyeing a national title to prepare for the All England Champ..

Ramos leads rejuvenated Real in 600th appearance

  MADRID (Reuters) WHEN Real Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow in their last Champions League group game in December they looked far removed from the defending champions, let alone like the side that had just won the competition ..

Prajnesh makes maiden entry into top-100

  New Delhi, Reaping rewards of his consistent performance, Prajnesh Gunnes-waran Monday broke into men's singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97. Prajnesh is only third Indian player to brea..

Huge task faces Man United

  london, When Manchester United were paired with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 draw in December there seemed likely to be only one winner. United were stuck in a rut under the management of Jose Mourinho, while the French c..

Tottenham edge past Leicester City

  London, Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez scored his first goal with Tottenham Hotspur to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Leicester City at Wembley Stadium, earning a fourth consecutive English Premier League (EPL) win.Since losing 0-1 to ..

Pogba, Martial keep Man Utd ahead

  LONDON, Pogba completing a brace in the 14th and 65th minutes with A.Martial chipping in with a beauty in the 23rd minute saw Manchester United go on to blank Fulham 3-0 scoring twice before the breather and once thereafter in an English Premie..

Balotelli scores again in Marseille’s win at Dijon

  Dijon (France), Mario Balotelli’s second goal in three games helped Marseille to a 2-1 win at Dijon in the French league on Friday.The Italy striker, who joined last month from Nice, turned the ball in from close range in the 57th minute ..

Expecting better medal haul at Olympics

  New Delhi, India have got one medal in badminton from each of the last two Olympics, but current national coach Pullela Gopichand is confident that the Tokyo Games next year will witness a better haul.Saina Nehwal had bagged a bronze at the 201..

Body recovered is that of Sala, Dorset Police testify

  London, (IANS), The body recovered from the wreckage of a crashed plane has been identified as that of the missing Argentine footballer and Cardiff City player, Emiliano Sala, UK police has confirmed. Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a p..

Valencia rally to draw

  Seville (Spain), (IANS), Valencia fell behind 0-2 to Real Betis in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie before rallying for a 2-2 draw.Roughly 700 Valencia supporters were among the more than 57,000 people in the stands at Sevil..

Sindhu signs nearly 50 cr deal with Li Ning

  New Delhi, (PTI), Olympic and World Championship silver medallist P V Sindhu has signed a whopping four-year sports sponsorship deal in the tune of Rs 50 crore with Chinese sports brand Li Ning. The record deal comes after compatriot Kidambi ..

Madrid hold Barca one each

  Liverpool, Manchester City seized first place in the Premier League on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Everton that moved the champions above Liverpool on goal difference. Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead through Aymeric Laporte’s h..

UK begin Sala’s recovery bid

  London, British crash investigators launched an underwater operation to recover a body from the wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel.“We are attempting to recover the body. If we are successful,..

AICF to utilise foreign coaches

  Chennai, Hiring foreign coaches for Indian junior/sub-junior chess teams and for senior women players and providing international exposure to top performers are some of the measures being considered by the All India Chess Federation (AICF) to t..

Mandhana shines but India fail; NZ women win 1st T20

  WELLINGTON, SMRITI Mandhana remained an unstoppable juggernaut with a record-smashing half century but the Indian women’s cricket team failed to make it count, going down by 23 runs in the opening T20 International against New Zealand her..

Aguero still City’s go-to goal getter

  MUCH has changed at Manchester City in the three seasons since Pep Guardiola took charge tasked with turning the wealth of the club’s Abu Dhabi backers into domination of English football. However, if Guardiola’s men are to reel in L..

Liverpool slip up again

  LONDON, LIVERPOOL wasted another chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League as a sub-par performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men was punished in a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday.  Less than a week after missing the oppo..

Kerala Blasters face Bengaluru FC

  BENGALURU, KERALA Blasters will renew their rivalry with table-toppers Bengaluru FC when the two sides meet in an Indian Super League fixture at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here Wednesday. The two sides have a burgeoning rivalry between them an..

Aguero hat-trick sinks Arsenal City narrow the gap on Liverpool

  Manchester, Pep Guardiola was glad to see Manchester City’s clinical best return as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick closed the gap Premier League leaders Liverpool to just two points in a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday. The champions were..

Real close in to top spot

  Madrid, Real Madrid gained ground on both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in La Liga as Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior each scored in a 3-0 win over Alaves on Sunday. Benzema, Vinicius and Gareth Bale started together for the first time and tw..

Footballer Sala’s plane found

  London, The wreckage of a plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot has been found two weeks after it disappeared in the English Channel, one of the investigators said on Monday. Sala, 28, was flying from France to join hi..

My biopic is turning out well: Saina

  Mumbai, Saina Nehwal is looking forward to her biopic and the ace shuttler says actor Shraddha Kapoor, who will be playing her role in the movie, has worked hard on the project.Titled “Saina”, the film directed by Amol Gupte, went o..

Barca draw against Valencia

  Barcelona, FC Barcelona roared back from a two-goal deficit after a brace by superstar Lionel Messi, but the Catalans had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Valencia in the La Liga action.First-placed Barca came out sluggish at Camp Nou here just..

Gunneswaran, Myeni lead Indian challenge

  Chennai, All eyes will be on India’s top singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament, which begins here Monday. The Chennai left-hander has been given top billing in the 64-player singles draw,..

India staring at relegation Italy win both ties on Day One

  Italy's Matteo Berrettini (L) serves against India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran during their men's singles match in the Davis Cup 2019 tennis qualifier the Calcutta South Club in Kolkata on Friday. (AFP) Kolkata, (PTI), The gamble of playing on gr..

200 is just a number: Mithali on world record

  HAMILTON, (PTI), BACK in 1999, 16-year-old schoolgirl Mithali Raj was simply happy wearing the India colours for the first time and not much changed even after two decades as the coveted milestone of 200 ODIs “is just a number” fo..

White Ferns wallop India in dead rubber

  HAMILTON, (PTI), HAVING already sealed the series, the Indian women’s cricket team put up an ordinary effort with the bat to go down by eight wickets against New Zealand in the third and final ODI here on Friday. Captain Mithali Raj, pl..

India favourites for World Cup: Dravid

  THIRUVANATHAPURAM, (PTI), FORMER captain Rahul Dravid is confident that the Indian team under Virat Kohli will “peak during next few months” as they go into the World Cup in England as one of the tournament favourites. India have..


  HAMILTON, (PTI), Boult’s fifer hands NZ consolation win INDIA seemed shorn of their aura in the absence of talismanic skipper Virat Kohli as pacer Trent Boult’s fiery five-wicket haul guided New Zealand to a stunning eight-wicket ..

India are pinning hopes on Prajnesh CSC grass courts could upset Italians

  Kolkata, (PTI), India would rely heavily on in-form Prajnesh Gunneswaran and favourable home conditions to upset former champions Italy in their bid to qualify for the inaugural Davis Cup Group Finals when the two teams clash in the Qualifier..

No room for excuses now, says Bhupathi ahead of Davis Cup

  Kolkata, Non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday said there is no room for excuses in the Davis Cup Qualifier against Italy starting here Friday, especially after India got whatever they had desired. Bhupathi said home comfort and the ..

Newcastle shock Man City Liverpool’s title chances get a boost

  New Castle, Manchester City handed the advantage firmly to Liverpool in the Premier League title race as they surrendered the lead in a stunning 2-1 loss away to Newcastle United on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s second-placed side looked likel..

Piatek puts Milan in Coppa Italia semis

  Milan, Krzysztof Piatek said it was “just the start” to his AC Milan career after scoring twice on his full debut as Gennaro Gattuso's side beat Napoli 2-0 at the San Siro on Tuesday to reach the Coppa Italia semi-finals. Piatek, si..

‘Trophies more important for Utd’

  MANCHESTER, OLE Gunnar Solskjaer says trophies are more important for Manchester United than a top-four finish as he targets success in two cup competitions over the second half of the season.  A run of eight successive victories to start ..

Anything can happen in new Davis Cup format: Prajnesh

  KOLKATA, INDIA’S number one singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Tuesday said beating formidable sides is a possibility in the new Davis Cup format as he looks forward to cash in on his stupendous form in the Qualifier match against Ita..

Robben mulling Tokyo move after Bayern

  TOKYO, SUPERSTAR Dutch winger Arjen Robben is lining up a move to J-League outfit FC Tokyo after he leaves Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, local media reported on Tuesday. The 35-year-old has already confirmed he is leaving Bayern at the end o..

Champs Bayern rout Stuttgart Keep pace with leader Borussia Dortmund

  Berlin, Six-time defending champion Bayern Munich routed Stuttgart 4-1, to keep pace with leader Borussia Dortmund, which has a six-point advantage over the Bavarian club in the Bundesliga table. Bayern on Sunday was unable to maintain the 1-0 ..

Anand finishes joint third after drawing with Gujrathi

  Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand had to be content with a joint third-place finish after settling for a draw with compatriot Vidit Gujrathi in the 13th and final round of the Tata Steel Masters here.Wit..

Crystal Palace stun Spurs

  London, Tottenham Hotspur suffered their second defeat in English knockout football in a matter of days as they lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.Connor Wickham gave the unfancied Eagles, 29 points adrift of..

India conquer another series away from home

  ARRAYMOUNT MAUNGANUI, This is India’s first ODI series win in New Zealand in a decade. India last achieved the feat under M S Dhoni in 2009 (Agencies) A FORMIDABLE Indian team completely dominated an out of sorts New Zealand for a series..

‘Shocked’ Osaka outlasts Kvitova First Asian to become world number one

Melbourne, Japan's Naomi Osaka said she was “in a state of shock” Saturday after holding her nerve to battle past Petra Kvitova to win the Australian Open in a three-set thriller that also delivered her the world number one ranking. The fourt..

Anand draws, is joint third now

  Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out an exciting draw with Ding Liren of China to move to joint third spot after the penultimate round of Tata Steel masters here. In what turned out to be a theor..

Saina wins Indonesia Masters

  Jakarta, Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two years after three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury, here Sunday. The London Olympics bronze medallist..

India eye dominance

  MOUNT MAUNGANUI (New Zealand), (PTI), AFTER a near perfect beginning, India would look to tighten the noose around a struggling New Zealand with a barrage of spin in the second ODI here on Saturday. New Zealand batsmen looked all at sea agai..

Competition within team getting stiffer: Dhawan

  MOUNT MAUNGANUI (New Zealand), (PTI), OPENER Shikhar Dhawan on Friday said the fast-tracking of Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill into the Indian team shows that the upcoming talent is “maturing” faster than ever before, increasing co..

Djokovic coasts into final

  Melbourne, (AFP), Novak Djokovic on Friday continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open crown by swatting aside French 28th seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a final against Rafael Nadal.It was a flawless display on Rod La..

Bhupathi may not be India’s captain

  New Delhi, The national tennis federation may not renew the contract of Mahesh Bhupathi as captain of the Indian Davis Cup team if it fails to qualify for the World Group Finals, it has been learnt. The tie will be hosted on grass court of Calc..

Sindhu, Srikanth make it to Indonesia Masters’ QF

  Jakarta, Star Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth looked in fine fettle, easing into Indonesia Masters' quarterfinal with straight-game triumphs over their respective opponents, here Thursday. Sindhu, seeded second, defeated local ..

Anand loses to Carlsen

  Leiden (The Netherlands), Viswanathan Anand's quest for a sixth title in the Tata Steel chess tournament suffered a serious setback as he lost to reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the tenth round here on Thursday.  Having..

Djoker juggles past Nishikori

  MELBOURNE, NOVAK Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1, 4-1 in their quarter-final. Top seed and six-times champion Djokovic will m..

Pouille beats odds to reach maiden semis

  MELBOURNE, FRENCHMAN Lucas Pouille continued his unlikely run at the Australian Open by stunning in-form Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 to advance to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday.The odds were stacked heavily ag..

None better than Harendra as India coach: Sandeep

  NEW DELHI, FORMER captain Sandeep Singh on Wednesday slammed the frequent change of coaches in Indian hockey, asserting that there was none better for the job than the recently-removed Harendra Singh. Harendra was sacked as India coach earlier ..

Collins, Kvitova make it to semis in contrasting styles

  Melbourne, Unheralded Danielle Collins battled from a set behind to down Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Tuesday and take her dream debut at the Australian Open into the penultimate round. The unseeded American beat world number 44 Pavlyuchen..

Tsitsipas, Nadal in Semis

  Melbourne, Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas showed resilience and maturity to power into a fairytale Australian Open semi-final Tuesday after sweeping past Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. Roger Federer's conqueror had to contend with dropping ..

Ex-Olympian Bhola dead

  New Delhi, Former India hockey player Raghbir Singh Bhola, a two-time Olympic medallist, has passed away aged 92, his family said Tuesday. Bhola, who breathed his last on Monday, represented India in the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympics, w..

Djokovic gets grind past Medvedev into quarters

  Melbourne, Drained Novak Djokovic admitted he “didn't feel so great” after surviving a physical fourth-round examination against 15th seed Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open.The world number one came through an almost three-and-..

Serena muscles past top seed Halep, Osaka to meet Svitolina in quarters

  Melbourne, Serena Williams subdued a stubborn fightback from world number one Simona Halep to take her quest for a record-equalling 24th major into the Australian Open quarter-finals Monday. The 37-year-old American beat the Romanian top seed 6..

Anand shares lead with Carlsen in Tata Open

  Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand scored a crushing victory over Shakhriayar Mamedyartov of Azerbaijan in the eighth round to share the lead with Norway's Magnus Carlsen in the Tata Steel chess tournamen..

Tsitsipas Ousts Federer, Signals Change Of Guard

    Melbourne, Young Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard at the top of world tennis as he shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open fourth round Sunday. The NextGen Finals champion beat Federer, who is..

Barty shocks Shara

  World number two Angelique Kerber was sensationally bundled out of the Australian Open Sunday by a women playing the event for the first time, as Ashleigh Barty muscled past Maria Sharapova to make the quarter-finals. On a hot day on Margaret C..

Arsenal blow race for EPL top-4 chase open

  London, Arsenal blew the race for a top-four Premier League finish wide open as first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny saw the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Chelsea remain in pole position for a retu..

Bumrah has best yorker in world: Akram

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), BACK in his time, he knew a thing or two about bowling ‘toe-crushers’ and no wonder Wasim Akram is all praise for Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl the “most effective yorker” currently in world ..

Djokovic beats Shapovalov 

  Melbourne, (AFP), World number one Simona Halep set up a headline last 16 showdown with Serena Williams by beating her sister Venus Saturday as Novak Djokovic's relentless drive towards more Australian Open glory cranked up another gear. On D..

Let Pandya, Rahul play while inquiry is on: BCCI president urges CoA

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), BCCI acting President CK Khanna Saturday urged the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to lift the suspension on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their much-criticised sexist remarks and refused to convene a Special General Meet..

Legends in one frame

  MELBOURNE, (PTI), AFTER leading India to two historic series victories Down Under, India skipper Virat Kohli wrapped up his Australian summer in “style” by meeting legendary tennis star Roger Federer at the Rod Laver Arena here S..

Djokovic beats Shapovalov 

  Melbourne, (AFP), World number one Simona Halep set up a headline last 16 showdown with Serena Williams by beating her sister Venus Saturday as Novak Djokovic's relentless drive towards more Australian Open glory cranked up another gear. On..

‘Will hit back at agenda driven criticism’

  MELBOURNE, (PTI), RAVI Shastri is not known to pull back punches and the India head coach has made it clear that he wouldn’t change his ways if he feels that criticism directed at the national team is “agenda-driven”. Speaki..

Saina tames Okuhara, enters semi-finals

  Kuala Lumpur, (PTI), A gritty Saina Nehwal scripted a hard-fought straight-game win over former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the women's singles semi-finals of the USD 350,000 Malaysia Masters here Friday. Seventh seeded S..

Murder mystery of scrap dealer solved; 2 held

  Staff Reporter, RAIPUR, Raipur Police on Friday brought the two men accused of murdering a scrap dealer of Moudhapara from Gwalior to Raipur. Divulging the details of the case, SP Neethu Kamal told the media that the mastermind Mohammad ..

India Thunder down under

  Dhoni, Chahal shine in India’s maiden bilateral series win MELBOURNE, (PTI), MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni rekindled his love affair with final flourishes, anchoring India to their maiden bilateral ODI series triumph in Australia for a perfect ..

Djokovic powers past Tsonga, Miloslav puts out Wawrinka

  Melbourne, World number one Novak Djokovic blasted past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Thursday in a repeat of their 2008 Melbourne final, also won by the Serb. The top seed vanquished his old French foe for the 17th..

Saina, Srikanth in quarters

Kuala Lumpur, Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth produced yet another fine display to progress to the quarterfinal of the Malaysia Masters here on Thursday.Saina, seeded seventh, took 39 minutes to tame Hong Kong's Pui Yin Yip 21-14..

Derby dump Southampton

  London, Southampton's dismal season hit a new low as the Premier League strugglers were dumped out of the FA Cup by second tier Derby after a penalty shoot-out. In a third round replay heavily influenced by the latest controversy over the use o..

Newcastle survive scare

  London, Newcastle survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra time in the third-round replay. Rafael Benitez sent out an under-strength line-up featuring eight changes from Newca..

Federer on track as Sharapova sets up Wozniacki showdown

  Melbourne, Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with long-time rival Rafael Nadal also safely through in his drive towards an 18th Grand Slam titl..

Saina ‘coaches’ Kashyap to advance

        Kuala Lumpur, After sailing into the season-opening Malaysia Masters women's singles pre-quarters, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Wednesday turned coach for her shuttler husband Parupalli Kashyap, who a..

Chennai lad crowned world’s second youngest Grand Master

  CHENNAI, (PTI), TAMIL Nadu lad D Gukesh Tuesday became the second youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, seven months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in..

Chennai lad crowned world’s second youngest Grand Master

  CHENNAI, (PTI), TAMIL Nadu lad D Gukesh Tuesday became the second youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, seven months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in Ju..

Kohli, Dhoni star in series-levelling win

  Chase Master & The Finisher ADELAIDE, (PTI), MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni pulled off a tight finish for India just like old times to silence his critics after captain Virat Kohli laid the foundation for a series-levelling six-wicket win against ..

Chennai lad crowned world’s second youngest Grand Master

  CHENNAI, (PTI), TAMIL Nadu lad D Gukesh Tuesday became the second youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, seven months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in..

Serena mauls Tatjana

  MELBOURNE, (AFP) A FOCUSED Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as world number one Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent as he targets a record seventh title. US Open champi..

Djokovic back to where it all began

  MELBOURNE, WORLD number one Novak Djokovic revealed his fondness for the Australian Open Sunday, saying the tournament kickstarted his storied career when he won his first major in Melbourne more than a decade ago. Perhaps prompted by Andy Murr..

Constantine upbeat about India’s chances

  SHARJAH, THE odds are stacked against India but a confident head coach Stephen Constantine says his players have it in them to qualify for the next round of the AFC Asian Cup by beating Bahrain, here on Monday.The Group A is currently balanced ..

Chelsea stay in top four

  LONDON, SKILFUL finishes from Pedro and Willian earned Chelsea a 2-1 win over battling Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday, keeping the London side safely in the top four.A pinpoint lofted pass from David Luiz in the ninth minute..

Quick learner Halep ready for Slam crown 2

  Melbourne,  World number one Simona Halep Saturday admitted losing the 2018 Australian Open final was a painful moment, but it taught her how to better handle pressure situations which she has since put to good use.The Romanian was targeti..

Liverpool’s Klopp is best coach

    London, Liverpool has dominated the Premier League awards for December as its German coach Jurgen Klopp earned the Manager of the Month award while the English side's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk claimed the Player of the Month trophy..

Kvitova battles past Barty for Sydney International crown

  Sydney, Fifth-seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic had to dig deep to defeat Australia's Ashleigh Barty for her second Sydney International title on Saturday.For the second year in a row, Barty had to settle for the runner-up spot, having l..

Raptors beat Warriors in first semi-final

  BENGALURU, (PTI), THE unbeaten Kidambi Srikanth combined with Sai Praneeth to guide Bengaluru Raptors to a win over Awadhe Warriors in the first semi-final of the Vodafone Premier Badminton League here Friday. With the two teams tied at 2-2 o..

Prelims before final

  SYDNEY, (PTI), After Test high, India begin final preparations for World Cup HIT hard by an unexpected controversy after the high of the Test triumph, India will look to fine tuning their World Cup preparations in the three-match ODI series a..

Kohli not stressed about Pandya situation

  SYDNEY, (PTI), INDIA captain Virat Kohli Friday said he is not too stressed about the possibility of a ban on all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his “inappropriate” comments on women as the side has a ready replacement in Ravindra Jade..

‘Lokrajya’ becomes the largest circulated magazine in country

  By Kartik Lokhande, ‘LOKRAJYA’, the official monthly publication of Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR), Government of Maharashtra, has broken all previous records of publication and circulation. The prin..

UAE two good for India

  ABU DHABI, INDIA left their scoring boots and luck behind while hosts United Arab Emirates found both after a subdued opener to record a 2-0 win in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday.Khalfan Mubarak (41’) Ali Ahmed Mabkhout (88’) score..

Djokovic faces qualifier, Federer takes on Istomin

  MELBOURNE, WORLD number one Novak Djokovic will start his bid to win a record seventh Australian Open title next week against a qualifier following Thursday’s draw. The Serb had a magnificent 2018, making an astonishing climb back from ou..

Poor show by state women

  By Mukund Dhus, Bhavnagar, MAHARASHTRA women suffered a humiliating 40-81 defeat at the hands of Punjab in the pre-quarter finals of the ongoing 69th senior national basketball championship at Bhavnagar.Though Maharashtra lead 4-0 through bask..

Federer, Djokovic chase

  Magnificent MELBOURNE, THIRTYSOMETHINGS Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic share the Australian Open record with six wins, but either could make history with a magnificent seventh when the first Grand Slam of the year begins in Melbourne on Mond..

Upbeat India face UAE test

  ABU DHABI, IF THAILAND was big, India are faced with a bigger test in hosts United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup here Thursday, overcoming whom will require them to play out of their skins. Four days after creating a flutter with a stunnin..