Raina in focus as India aim to carry winning momentum

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17, (PTI), ON A high after the demolition of South Africa in the ODIs, an upbeat India will be aiming to tighten the noose around the beleaguered hosts when they square off in a three-match T20 series, starting here Sunday. Having..

Suarez, Alba fire Barca to victory

Eibar (Spain), Feb 17, (Agencies) BARCELONA were made to fight at 10-man Eibar, where Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba scored the goals and Fabian Orellana was sent off.Luis Suarez’s 17th LaLiga goal of the season helped Barcelona return to winning ..

Old is gold

Federer back on top, becomes oldest ATP world Number One Apparently I’m the oldest tennis player with a #1 ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing. —Roger [email protected] ROGER Federer a..

Batshuayi double delights Dortmund

LONDON,  MICHY Batshuayi scored twice, the second goal arriving in stoppage time, to earn Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 comeback win over Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Friday.Elsewhere, Arsenal powered past Ostersund 3..

Jagdish ends poor 103rd, India’s campaign over

  PYEONGCHANG,  INDIAN skier Jagdish Singh on finished a dismal 103rd in the men’s 15-km free cross-country race at his debut Winter Olympics here, ending another disappointing campaign for the country at the quadrennial extravaganza...

Barca face tricky Eibar trip

  MADRID, BEFORE their Champions League clash with Chelsea in London, Lionel Messi and Barcelona put their unbeaten record in La Liga on the line against Eibar in the rather less glamorous surrounds of Ipurua on Saturday.The modest 7,000-seat gr..

Shiffrin, German skaters claim tearful Olympic golds

PYEONGCHANG, SKIER Mikaela Shiffrin opened her delayed Olympics with victory and figure skaters Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot smashed a world record to grab gold as full competition resumed after days of wind disruption.The 22-year-old Shiffrin ki..

Our focus is on winning Asian Games and WC, says Marijne

NEW DELHI,  WITH a heavy calender lined up this year, Indian men’s hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne has set his sights on retaining the Asia Games crown to give his players ample time to prepare themselves for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics...

Zidane strikes back to win tactical battle with PSG

MADRID,  ZINEDINE Zidane has been questioned for his failure to repeat Real Madrid’s magnificent feats of last season but the Frenchman showed he still knows how to manage a big game as his side beat Paris St Germain 3-1 on Thursday in the ..

Gundogan shines as City run riot at Basel

BASEL,  ILKAY Gundogan dazzled with two goals in Manchester City’s 4-0 romp at FC Basel on Wednesday to leave the Premier League leaders on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.Pep Guardiola’s side effectively settled the la..

Harendra to work on fitness, agility at natl camp

NEW DELHI,  INDIA’S women’s hockey chief coach Harendra Singh will demand improved fitness and agility when 34 players report for the national camp, which will begin in Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru on Friday.&ld..

Chelsea target top-four finish: Hazard

Chelsea target top-four finish: Hazard..

Harendra to work on fitness, agility at natl camp

NEW DELHI, INDIA’S women’s hockey chief coach Harendra Singh will demand improved fitness and agility when 34 players report for the national camp, which will begin in Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru on Friday. “S..

Chelsea target top-four finish: Hazard

UNDATED CHELSEA must strive to finish in the Premier League’s top four and secure Champions League football for next season, playmaker Eden Hazard has said as the London outfit got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on ..

Gundogan shines as City run riot at Basel

  BASEL, ILKAY Gundogan dazzled with two goals in Manchester City’s 4-0 romp at FC Basel on Wednesday to leave the Premier League leaders on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.Pep Guardiola’s side effectively settled th..

Dipa Karmakar ruled out of CWG

NEW DELHI,  INDIA’S top gymnast Dipa Karmakar has been forced out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games owing to the career-threatening knee injury she picked up last year, her coach Bisweshwar Nandi said on Tuesday.“She is not yet ready ..

‘Fed Cup performance very encouraging’

NEW DELHI,  INDIAN tennis ace Sania Mirza feels Ankita Raina’s performance in the recent Fed Cup was encouraging but the team must progress to the next level.“We have always come back empty-handed. We see great progress in young talent ..

Chelsea back among top 4

LONDON,  BELGIAN playmaker Eden Hazard scored a brace here to take defending champions Chelsea to a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion as the defending champions jumped to the fourth spot in the English Premier League.Yet the contest at the St..

Family affair as Serena makes long-awaited return

ASHEVILLE (United States),  SERENA Williams made her long-awaited comeback to tennis alongside elder sister Venus after the United States sealed a decisive victory over the Netherlands in their defence of the Fed Cup.It is Serena’s first co..

Family affair as Serena makes long-awaited return

ASHEVILLE (United States),  SERENA Williams made her long-awaited comeback to tennis alongside elder sister Venus after the United States sealed a decisive victory over the Netherlands in their defence of the Fed Cup.It is Serena’s first comp..

Liverpool canter to 2-0 win at Southampton

  Southampton,  AFTER the agonies of last week, Liverpool closed to within two points of second-placed Manchester United with a comfortable 2-0 victory at relegation-haunted Southampton.Held 2-2 by top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur last Sun..

Barca frustrated in goalless draw

MADRID,  A DISALLOWED Luis Suarez goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for Barcelona as the leaders of La Liga dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with Getafe.After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Cat..

Take it as Red: Teen makes history as wind pummels Pyeongchang

  PYEONGCHANG, WILD winds disrupted the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday as a 17-year-old American snowboarder made history by becoming the first Games gold medallist born this millennium. Red Gerard, born on June 29, 2000, celebrated a sto..

Love on ice—skating and dating at the Olympics

  GANGNEUNG (South Korea), THE next time you have a ‘domestic’ with your nearest and dearest spare a thought for love on ice couple Chris and Alexa Knierim.The US figure skaters competing at the Olympics are partners on the ice, and m..

Newcastle disappoint Man-U

  ENGLAND, MANCHESTER United appear certain to have conceded defeat in the Premier League title race after a disappointing loss to Newcastle United.Matt Ritchie’s first Premier League goal since May 2016 gave Newcastle United a shock 1-0 wi..

Indian men, women end campaign in Badminton Asia Team C’ship

  ALOR SETAR (Malaysia), THE Indian men’s and women’s teams on Friday crashed out of the Badminton Asia Team Championships after losing to China and Indonesia respectively in the quarter-finals here.The women’s team, which took ..

Coutinho guides Barca to Copa del Rey final

  VALENCIA, RECENT acquisition Philippe Coutinho scored a magnificent goal off an equally remarkable play by Luis Suarez as FC Barcelona finished off a 3-0 victory on aggregate over Valencia to progress to the Copa del Rey final.Barça came..

Flag-bearer Shiva leads Indian contingent

  PYEONGCHANG, Winter Olympics begins STAR luger Shiva Keshavan once again did the honours of holding the national flag as the Indian contingent, including cross country skier Jagdish Singh, took part in a glittering opening ceremony of the Pyeo..

Indian men, women in quarters

  ALOR SETAR (Malaysia), THE Indian men and women’s teams on Thursday qualified for the quarter-finals despite losing to their respective opponents in the Badminton Asia Team Championship here.In the women’s event, PV Sindhu notched u..

Arsenal new boys face early derby baptism of fire

  UNDATED NEW Arsenal signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will get an early taste of the north London derby atmosphere when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday. The pair enjoyed comfortable home debuts in las..

Ankita shines again but doubles lets India down

  NEW DELHI, ANKITA Raina showed nerves of steel in an inspirational win over a seasoned Yulia Putintseva but her effort proved insufficient again as India lost the Fed Cup tie 1-2 to Kazakhstan after losing the decisive doubles here on Thursday...

Indian men rout Maldives

  ALOR SETAR (Malaysia), Asia team badminton c’ship WORLD No 5 Kidambi Srikanth led the charge as India drubbed minnows Maldives 5-0 to make a resounding start in the men’s team competition of the Asia Badminton Championships, here o..

‘Only Kane can answer questions on Spurs future’

  UNDATED HARRY Kane is happy at Tottenham Hotspur but only the England striker himself can answer questions regarding his long-term commitment to the Premier League club, manager Mauricio Pochettino said.Kane has excelled at his boyhood club in ..

U-17 WC star Dheeraj leaves for Scotland

  MUMBAI, HIS confidence bolstered after a stint with former England goalkeeper David James, India’s U-17 custodian Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem on Wednesday left for a trial at Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC.His training sting is sta..

A victorious start

  ALOR SETAR (Malaysia), India men, women teams begin on winning note OLYMPIC silver-medallist PV Sindhu led the women’s team to a thrilling 3-2 win over Hong Kong while the men’s side routed Philippines 5-0 as India made a positive ..

Watford late show sinks Chelsea

LONDON, TEN-MAN Chelsea suffered another setback in their stumbling season as they lost 4-1 at Watford after conceding three late goals to go down to their second straight Premier League defeat. Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra all sco..

All eyes on Ankita and Karman as Fed Cup begins

  NEW DELHI, IT WILL be an uphill task for Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi to catapult India to the Fed Cup World Group Play-offs but the spirited youngsters are expected to push their rivals in the Asia/Oceania Group I competition, beginning..

Tough ask for Sindhu, Srikanth

  ALOR SETAR (Malaysia), WITH HS Prannoy injured and Saina Nehwal pulling out, India will have a tough task at hand when Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu lead the men’s and women’s teams respectively at the Asia Team Badminton Champions..

United fans respond to Mourinho criticism

  LONDON, MANCHESTER United fans have responded to Jose Mourinho’s criticism about the subdued atmosphere at Old Trafford.Mourinho said United’s supporters were “quiet” during Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Huddersfiel..

I can dethrone Vikas: Mandeep

  NEW DELHI, HE HAS bulked up to “Indian boxing’s golden category”—the middleweight—in pursuit of a second successive Commonwealth Games medal and after two podium finishes since the shift, Mandeep Jangra says, he is..

Sindhu goes down fighting

  NEW DELHI, Finishes runners-up DEFENDING champion PV Sindhu stumbled on the threshold of glory once again, suffering yet another narrow defeat in a pulsating final, this time against American Beiwen Zhang to finish runner-up at the India Open ..

Shubhankar clinches Maybank C’ship

  KUALA LUMPUR, INDIA’S rising golfing star Shubhankar Sharma continued his red-hot form as he fired a stunning 10-under-par 62 to clinch the USD 3 million Maybank Championship, here on Sunday.The 21-year-old Indian, who won the Joburg Open..

Injured Sania to be off court for at least two more months

  GREATER NOIDA, INJURED tennis star Sania Mirza says, it will take her at least two more months to get battle ready and what frustrates her most during the rehab period is not the physical pain but the compulsory rest.Sania, winner of six Grand ..

This won’t just be a memory that defines them: Dravid

MOUNT MAUNGANUI (NZ), Feb 3, (PTI), INDIA U-19 coach Rahul Dravid is confident that World Cup triumph won’t just be “one memory” that would define this talented bunch of cricketers as a bigger and more challenging journey awaits t..

Future to the Four

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, Feb 3, (PTI), INDIA lifted a record fourth U-19 World Cup trophy after an eight-wicket rout of Australia in the final, underlining their dominant run in the tournament and giving Rahul Dravid the biggest success of his coaching car..

Difficult to express my feelings in words: Prithvi

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, Feb 3, (PTI), HE UNDERSTANDS the enormity of his side’s achievement but a reticent skipper Prithvi Shaw found it hard to express his emotions after India won their fourth Under-19 World Cup.At 18, like all teenagers, he was n..

Sindhu in semis; Saina bows out

  NEW DELHI, TOP seed PV Sindhu remained in hunt to defend her title by reaching the women’s singles semi-finals but Saina Nehwal, the other top home shuttler, was knocked out of the India Open, here on Friday.Saina, who reached the finals ..

Top-four battle heats up for Premier League’s big spenders

  LONDON, THE intensifying battle for Champions League places takes centre stage in the Premier League this weekend as Liverpool host Tottenham, while Manchester United and Chelsea seek to recover from damaging defeats.Just five points now separa..

Australia and Germany finish first day at one-all

  BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA and Germany finished the first day of their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane one rubber apiece after Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev both won in vastly contrasting styles on Friday. Zverev gave Germany the early adva..

Srikanth bows out; Sindhu, Saina enter QFs

  NEW DELHI, KIDAMBI Srikanth crashed out of the India Open after suffering a shock straight game loss even as title-contenders Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu progressed to the quarter-finals with facile wins, here on Thursday.Playing his first tourn..

Mary Kom strikes gold

    NEW DELHI, MC Mary Kom claimed a gold in the women’s competition but Indian men were denied a complete sweep by traditional powerhouses Cuba and Uzbekistan on an exciting final day of the India Open boxing tournament, here on Thur..

Eriksen stuns United

  LONDON, Chelsea crash to Bournemouth TOTTENHAM’S Christian Eriksen scored within 11 seconds on Wednesday to overshadow Alexis Sanchez’s Premier League debut for Manchester United, while Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat by Bournemout..

Kumar wins 1st gold, TN on top on Day 1 of Khelo India Games

  NEW DELHI, ANU Kumar of Uttarakhand grabbed the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games as Tamil Nadu bagged two of the six yellow metals on offer on the opening day of the athletics competition here on wednesday. While Tamil Nadu ath..

Saina, Sindhu win; Prannoy bows out

  NEW DELHI, SAINA Nehwal and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round while HS Prannoy made an early exit after playing with corns on his feet in the USD 350,000 India Open Super 500 badminton tournament here on Wednesday.With BWF making it mandat..

Higuain, Buffon keep Juventus on track for fourth Cup

  BERGAMO (Italy), GONZALO Higuain scored after three minutes and Gianluigi Buffon saved a penalty as Juventus stayed on track for a fourth straight Italian Cup with a 1-0 semi-final, first leg win at Atalanta. Buffon—making his first appe..

‘Class of 92’ blueprint for Miami, says BeckhamMIAMI,

DAVID Beckham wants to emulate Manchester United’s tradition of youth development as he looks to build success with his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.The English football superstar was celebrating after his four-year wait to own an MLS ..

Good day in ring: Shiva, Kom enter semis at Indian Open

  NEW DELHI,  MC MARY Kom (49kg) and Shiva Thapa (60kg) were among the prominent names assured of medals as host nation continued to dominate the ring in the USD 100,000 India Open boxing tournament for men and women here on Tuesday.Seeded ..

‘It is a matter of time that we beat Tai Tzu’

NEW DELHI, Jan 30 (PTI) WORLD No 1 Tai Tzu Ying might have proved to be a nemesis for Saina Nehwal but the Indian shuttler believes the Taiwanese is not unbeatable and exuded confidence of defeating her in due time.Tai Tzu, who clinched five titles last ..

Roger credits wife for keeping him going

MELBOURNE ROGER Federer has credited his wife Mirka with keeping him motivated and still going strong at 36, although his longevity has “many pieces to the puzzle”.He said having a supportive partner was key to him still being able to do w..

Two-goal Batshuayi up for the cup in Chelsea win

    LONDON MICHY Batshuayi took advantage of a rare start to score twice as Chelsea eased past Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.The Belgian’s goals could not have been better tim..

Two-goal Batshuayi up for the cup in Chelsea win

  LONDON, MICHY Batshuayi took advantage of a rare start to score twice as Chelsea eased past Newcastle United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.The Belgian’s goals could not have been better timed with..

Saina loses in Indonesia Masters final

  JAKARTA, STAR Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was outplayed by Chinese Taipei’s top seeded Tai Tzu Ying in the final of the $350,000 Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 here on Sunday.World No 1 Tai took only 27 minutes to win 21-9, 21-13..

Halep rides on aggression

  MELBURNE, WORLD number one Simona Halep set up an Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki after a thrilling 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 battle past former champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday.In a see-sawing contest, Halep sprinted into a 6-3, 3-1 ..

Cilic sweeps past Edmund

  MELBOURNE, Marin Cilic dominated British hope Kyle Edmund in straight sets to become the first Croatian to reach the final of the Australian Open, here on Thursday.The world No 6 powered into his third Grand Slam decider with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), ..

Up to 175 yrs jail for US gymnastics doc

  LANSING, DISGRACED former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing scores of young girls under the guise of medical treatment. “I’ve just signed your death warrant,” J..

Back to drawing board for ailing Djokovic

  MELBOURNE, IT’S back to the drawing board for ailing 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic with his immediate playing future uncertain after an injury-ravaged exit from the Australian Open. The former world No 1 cut a disconsolate f..

Battling Swansea shock Liverpool

    SWANSEA, LIVERPOOL’S progress towards securing a Champions League spot was halted by the Premier League’s bottom club and a single goal by Alfie Mawson as Liverpool’s defensive frailties returned.Jurgen Klopp’s s..

Sanchez move brings the smile back to Chilean football

Sanchez move brings the smile back to Chilean football..

Sindhu, Srikanth eye Indonesia Masters in new season

  JAKARTA, INDIAN ace shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to making a positive start to the new season when they kick off the international calender at the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning, he..

Messi, Suarez score twice as Barca extend league lead

  SEVILLE (Spain), LIONEL Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona won 5-0 at Real Betis with five second-half goals to increase its Spanish League lead.Ivan Rakitic also scored for the Catalan club, which moved 11 points ahead of Atletico..

Playing full Mushtaq Ali will help me in SA, says Kuldeep

  KOLKATA, CHINAMAN Kuldeep Yadav said playing the full Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will hold him in good stead in the limited overs series in South Africa.Kuldeep, who will leave for South Africa on January 24 for the ODI series, said he expects..

Nadal fights off gutsy Schwartzman

  MELBOURNE, CROATIA’S Marin Cilic won his 100th Grand Slam match as he mastered Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The former US Open champion won the big points in p..

Seven-up for Zidane’s men as Bale shines

  MADRID, GARETH Bale dragged Real Madrid away from the ignominy of a third straight home defeat in LaLiga by netting a match-turning brace before Deportivo La Coruna collapsed to a 7-1 defeat. Cristiano Ronaldo and, in a more unlikely turn of ev..

Paes-Raja crash out, Bopanna advances

  MELBOURNE, VETERAN Leander Paes and Purav Raja on Sunday crashed out even as Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos outplayed their opponents to progress to the pre-quarterfinals at the Australian Open, here on Sunday.While Paes an..

Almost DeadHalep joins Thiem in last 16

  MELBOURNE, WORLD number one Simona Halep saved three match points to survive a titanic struggle and make the last 16 at the Australian Open on Saturday where she joined Karolina Pliskova and Dominic Thiem.With the temperatures a manageable 26 C..

FedExpress steams on as Sharapova grinds to halt

  MELBOURNE, ROGER Federer and Novak Djokovic kept up their relentless march towards a semi-final meeting at the Australian Open on Saturday as Maria Sharapova suffered a crushing defeat by Angelique Kerber.The two greats of the game—who ha..

Djokovic beats Ramos-Vinolas

  MELBOURNE, FORMER champion Novak Djokovic added an apparent muscle strain in his lower back to concerns about his problem elbow but still overpowered Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open o..

Physically extraordinary Djokovic is battle ready: Agassi

MELBOURNE, Jan 19, (Reuters), NOVAK Djokovic is “physically extraordinary” and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday.The Serb arrived in Austr..

QF bound India hammer Zim

MOUNT MAUNGANUI (NZ), Jan 19, (PTI), THREE-TIME champions India completed their Group B domination with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over an ill-equipped Zimbabwe in the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Friday.India, who had already sealed a quarter-fin..

Look at the positives, we took 20 wickets: Dhoni

CHENNAI, Jan 19, (PTI), THE under-fire Indian Test team on Friday got the backing of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who said there are quite a few positives to pick despite the drubbing handed out by South Africa—the prominent one being..

Federer shines as Djokovic survives brutal heat test

    MELBOURNE, DEFENDING champion Roger Federer coolly swept into the Australian Open third round on Thursday as Novak Djokovic survived a gruelling fitness test under the brutal Melbourne sun.But with temperatures touching an energy-sappin..

Espanyol stun Barca

  CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT (Spain), ESPANYOL handed FC Barcelona a rare loss in the first leg of their Copa del Rey football quarter-final, getting a goal from Oscar Melendo in the 89th minute to pull off the 1-0 upset here.The city rivals of the Ca..

Praneeth, Ponnappa-Sikki out of Malaysia meet

  INDIAN shuttlers B Sai Praneeth and the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the Malaysia Masters badminton meet. Praneeth lost to top seeded Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 17-21, 8-21 while Ponnappa and Sikki..

Rs 500 cr fund scheme for farmers on cards

  By Gargi Parsai, NEW DELHI, AMIDST intense speculation on what the general budget of 2018-19 will hold for the agriculture sector, the Modi Government is working on creating a Central Corpus Fund of Rs 500-crore for extending interest-free wor..

Nadal dominant as Wozniacki pulls off great escape

  MELBOURNE, DOMINANT Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track on Wednesday, as Caroline Wozniacki pulled off a great escape to stay in contention.The world number one Spaniard’s mar..

Tsonga digs deep to reel in Shapovalov

  MELBOURNE, FORMER winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought to the bitter end to overhaul rising Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open on Wednesday.The 15th seeded Tsonga looked dead and buried down 2-5 in the..

Praneeth, Ashwini-Sikki advance at Malaysia Masters

  INDIA’S Sai Praneeth and the women’s doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Sibu on Wednesday. Praneeth got the ..

Federer dazzles under Melbourne lights

  MELBOURNE, DEFENDING champion Roger Federer dazzled under the Australian Open lights to waltz through to the second round with a straight sets win over Aljaz Bedene on Tuesday.The ageless Swiss marvel, rated as the favourite to win his 20th Gra..

Djokovic makes victorious comeback

  MELBOURNE, FORMER World No 1 Novak Djokovic made a strong comeback to defeat Donald Young of the United States 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the men’s singles competition at the Australian Open tennis tournament here on Tuesday.Afte..

United deal with Stoke at Old Trafford amid Sanchez talk

  MANCHESTER, THE thoughts of Manchester United’s fans may have been on the possible arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal but the players stayed focussed to beat Stoke City 3-0 in the Premier League at a rainy Old Trafford.Two superbly ta..

No problem for Nadal;Venus eclipsed

  MELBOURNE, RAFAEL Nadal dispelled any injury worries to storm into the Australian Open second round Monday as Venus Williams led a slew of seeds out of the tournament in a dark day for American players.The Spanish world number one was hampered ..

Suarez fires Barca nine clear in Sociedad fightback

  MADRID, LUIS Suarez stole the show with a brace and an assist as Barcelona fought back from two goals down to win 4-2 at Real Sociedad and restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga. Suarez struck in the 50th and 71st minutes, his fir..

Tamim guides Bangladesh to 8-wicket win over Zimbabwe

  DHAKA, OPENER Tamim Iqbal struck an unbeaten half-century to guide Bangladesh to an eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the opening match of a tri-nation One-Day International tournament. Tamim struck 84 off 93 balls at the Sher-e-Bangla Nationa..

Bhambri downs Polansky

  MELBOURNE, To face Baghdatis in 1st round CONTINUING his good form from the last season, Yuki Bhambri on Sunday qualified for the Australian Open with a come-from-behind win but Ramkumar Ramanathan missed out on his maiden Grand Slam appearanc..

Liverpool leave Man City’s unbeaten run in tatters

  LIVERPOOL, Beat leaders 4-3 in 7-goal thriller LIVERPOOL left Manchester City’s unbeaten Premier League record in tatters with a thrilling 4-3 win over the leaders.Anfield has long provoked a sense of dread for City, who last won at the ..

Young talent, team’s consistency make Chhetri hopeful

  NEW DELHI, THE emergence of young talent under coach Stephen Constantine’s rotation policy and the Indian football team’s consistency in recent times make skipper Sunil Chhetri hopeful of a smooth build-up to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup...

Federer impressed by Kyrgios form

  MELBOURNE, DEFENDING champion Roger Federer sees temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios as a threat at the Australian Open—if he can keep his focus.The 19-time Grand Slam winner, who is coming off an extraordinary 2017 in which he won two ..

Even without Williams, women’s field still tough

  MELBOURNE, WITH no Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there’s certainly an opportunity for another women’s player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion, as Sloane Stephens and Jele..

Nadal ready despite lack of Aussie Open lead-up

  MELBOURNE, TOP seed Rafael Nadal starts the Australian Open next week for the first time in his career without playing a warm-up tournament, and no uncle Toni by his side.But the Spanish star said on Saturday he feels good and his motivation re..

An opportunity like never before

CHRISTCHURCH, Jan 12, (PTI), IT’S CONSIDERED the stepping stone for the stars of the future and 16 teams, including three-time champions India, would be aiming to discover their Virat Kohli’s and Steve Smith’s when the ICC Under-19 ..