Panwar wins silver in 5000m race walk

  BUENOS AIRES, INDIA’S Suraj Panwar clinched a silver in men’s 5000m race walk event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games to open the country’s medal account in athletics here.Panwar won the stage 2 competition by clocking 20 min..

English storm sinks Spanish armada

  SEVILLE (Spain), RAHEEM Sterling scored twice as England delivered one of their finest victories of the modern era by beating Spain 3-2 in Seville. Away from home, and against a Spanish side in scintillating form under their new coach Luis Enri..

Saina, Sameer move ahead, Sindhu makes first-round exit

  ODENSE (Denmark), SAINA Nehwal rallied to carve out a hard-fought opening win but PV Sindhu crashed out of the Denmark Open with a stunning loss to American Beiwen Zhang in the women’s singles event, here on Tuesday.Saina defeated Hong Ko..

Simran settles for silver

  BUENOS Aires, INDIAN wrestler Simran settled for a silver in women’s freestyle 43 kg category competition after she lost to Emily Shilson of United States in the final bout here.Simran, who had won a 40kg class bronze in the 2017 Cadet Wo..

Novak is Shanghai’s Master

  SHANGHAI, NOVAK Djokovic is within touching distance of Rafael Nadal’s number one ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric on Sunday.The 14-time Grand Slam champion broke the 19th-ranked Croatian..

Netherlands overpower German defence

  AMSTERDAM, LIVERPOOL defender Virgil van Dijk led the Netherlands to a crushing 3-0 win over Germany in the Nations League to ramp up the pressure on German coach Joachim Loew.A first-half header by Dutch skipper Van Dijk gave the hosts the lea..

Difficult to contain lower-order with SG Test balls: Umesh

  HYDERABAD, (PTI), SPEEDSTER Umesh Yadav on Friday joined the growing list of Indian players who feel ‘SG Test’ ball was not ideal, saying the bowlers are unable to run through lower-order when it gets old.India skipper Virat Kohli..

Lakshya Sen reaches final 

  BUENOS AIRES, (PTI), TITLE favourite Indian Lakshya Sen recovered from a game deficit to beat Kodai Naraoka of Japan to enter the final of men’s singles badminton competition to at least be assured of a silver medal here. Sen, the reigni..

Roston Chase defies India

  HYDERABAD, (PTI), INDIAN spinners went off the boil in the final session as all-rounder Roston Chase hit a gutsy unbeaten 98 to take the West Indies to a respectable 295 for seven on the opening day of the second Test, here on Friday. Chase, ..

We have to defend well: Chhetri

  SHUZHOU (China), KEEN to see India improving their away record, national football team captain Sunil Chhetri Thursday said defense will be the key when they play an international friendly against China after 21 years on Saturday.“We have ..

Beating China tough but not impossible: Anas

  SHUZHOU (China) INDIAN football team defender Anas Edathodika feels upsetting China in front of their home crowd is “a tremendously tough job but not an impossible one.”“It’ll be a tremendously tough job for us against C..

Federer beats Agut to reach quarters

  UNDATED TWICE Shanghai Masters champion Roger Federer was far from his best against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut but did enough to reach the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win. The top-seeded Swiss, who is fighting to defend the tit..

Shooters like Manu are strong Olympic medal hope, says Rana

  NEW DELHI, JASPAL Rana feels the Asian Games heartbreak was a blessing in disguise for Manu Bhaker, who went there as the one who could do no wrong, only to fall and rise again in a matter of weeks. The moment of glory at the Youth Olympics, a..

‘Need to avoid complacency in Asian Champions Trophy’

  MUSCAT, EVEN as the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-final of the 18th Asian Games still lingers on at the back of Manpreet Singh’s mind, the midfielder urged the Indian hockey team to guard against complacency as they pre..

‘Get your own towels’

  SHANGHAI, Tennis rallies round ball kids after Verdasco spat FERNANDO Verdasco’s treatment of a ball boy who failed to bring him his sweaty towel fast enough has thrust tennis players’ attitudes towards the child volunteers into th..

Jeremy wins first Youth Oly gold

  BUENOS AIRES, WEIGHTLIFTER Jeremy Lalrinnunga scripted history by winning India’s maiden gold medal at the Youth Olympics, claiming the top honours in the men’s 62kg category here.The 15-year-old from Aizwal , who is also a world yo..

Rooney calls on Man Utd players to stand up

  LONDON, WAYNE Rooney has called on Manchester United’s players to stand up and be counted, saying that manager Jose Mourinho is an easy target for the club’s troubles.United battled back from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 at ..

Skipper Mandeep scores to help India edge out Japan

  JOHOR BAHRU (Malaysia), SKIPPER Mandeep Mor’s well-executed penalty corner in the 42nd minute helped Indian junior men’s team beat Japan 1-0 to register their third successive victory at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup here Tuesday. The..

Defence a headache for Mourinho

  MANCHESTER, (AFP), JOSE Mourinho’s defence is causing him headaches as he tries to turn around a woeful start to Manchester United’s season against a struggling Newcastle United. United have not been this badly off seven games int..

Centurions Park

  RAJKOT, (PTI), Jadeja slams maiden ton, Kohli 24th; bowlers strike as West indies reduced to 94 for 6 VIRAT Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja ravaged a clueless West Indian attack with strokeful hundreds as India headed towards a demolishing win wit..

It was special: Jadeja after scoring maiden century

  RAJKOT, (PTI), RAVINDRA Jadeja finally scored his maiden century after almost a decade in international cricket and the Indian all-rounder says being calm in the nervous 90s helped him reach the ‘special’ milestone. Jadeja had sco..

Barcelona outgun Spurs

  PARIS, LIONEL Messi struck twice as Barcelona inflicted more Champions League pain on Tottenham with a 4-2 win at Wembley on Wednesday, while Neymar hit a brilliant hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain’s 6-1 rout of Red Star Belgrade. Philip..

Jayaram in quarters, Sourabh bows out

  TAIPEI CITY, INDIAN shuttler Ajay Jayaram progressed to the quarter-finals of the Chinese Taipei BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament after ousting Denmark’s Kim Bruun in straight games in the second round.Jayaram, a former world no 13 Ind..

Vettel denies team has lost direction

  SUZUKA (Japan), SEBASTIAN Vettel on Thursday denied that Ferrari has lost direction this season. He made the asssertion at a press conference at Suzuka ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix .Vettel said he was hopeful that his Ferrari would fare bet..

Pregnancy empowers you, doesn’t make you handicapped: Sania Mirza

  By nivedita, She was at the peak of her career when she decided to step into motherhood, but tennis star Sania Mirza, who is due to deliver next month, always believed in moving forward in her life. For her, pregnancy doesn't mean taking things..

Messi eyes UEFA glory

  BARCELONA, AS LIONEL Messi lay on the Wembley grass, his left hand grasping Champions League trophy and his right pumping the air, he must have thought there would be many more European glory nights to come.It was 2011 and Barca had beaten Manc..

Reborn Sturridge adds extra venom to Liverpool’s attack

  LONDON, IT WAS a sight that just a few months ago would have been unthinkable — Liverpool a goal down in a big game, and Mohamed Salah hauled off by Jurgen Klopp.Klopp got the goal he craved for a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday that pres..

Imperious Osaka saunters into China Open third round

  BEIJING, NAOMI Osaka is keen to move on from the ‘bittersweet’ memories of last month’s US Open triumph and she did just that with a ruthless display at the China Open on Tuesday.The young Japanese star thrashed unseeded Ameri..

Manu Bhaker named India’s flag-bearer at Youth Olympic Games

  NEW DELHI, TEENAGE shooting star Manu Bhaker was on Monday named as the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires from October 6-18.Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra ..

Bengaluru make fine start

  BENGALURU,   Beat defending champs Chennaiyin 1-0 in ISL-V BENGALURU FC made a perfect start to their campaign at the fifth Indian Super League, defeating defending champions Chennaiyin FC 1-0 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium here on Sunda..

Reds scrape draw against Blues

  LONDON, CHELSEA were close to defeating Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, after Eden Hazard scored a brilliant opening goal in the 25th minute, though Daniel Sturridge equalised the match with a stunning last-minute shot from long distance.With thi..

Hamilton wins in Russia to extend lead in title race

  SOCHI, LEWIS Hamilton increased his lead in this year’s drivers’ world championship to 50 points when he claimed an accomplished victory, aided by Mercedes team tactics, in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. The defending four-time..

My goal was better than Salah’s: Ronaldo

  MILAN, CRISTIANO Ronaldo believes the overhead bicycle kick he scored for Real Madrid against his current club Juventus last season was better than Mohamed Salah’s which won the FIFA goal of the year award. “Salah deserved to win t..

Murray ends season after loss

  BEIJING, FORMER world number one Andy Murray has brought his season to a premature end, pulling out of the China Open in Beijing after reaching the quarter-finals at the Shenzhen Open. The 31-year-old Briton is battling to regain top form and f..

Bottas pips Hamilton to pole in Russia

  SOCHI (Russia), FINLAND’S Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate and Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton having to settle for second place on the starting grid.Hamilton’s Ferr..

Man Utd battle internal feud; Blues take on Reds

  LONDON, (AFP), JOSE Mourinho’s astonishing feud with Paul Pogba will take another twist when Manchester United’s warring duo head to West Ham, while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard bids to inflict more misery on Liverpool. On any othe..

Australia’s Short goes big with record double century

  SYDNEY, (Reuters), WESTERN Australia opener D’Arcy Short clobbered 23 sixes in a blistering 257 against Queensland to register the highest score by an Australian in one-day cricket on Friday. The 28-year-old left-hander raced to his seco..


  DUBAI, (Agencies), COMEBACK man Ravindra Jadeja once again proved how important he would be in next year’s World Cup with an important 23 runs as India managed to beat a fighting Bangladesh by three wickets to lift the seventh Asia Cup o..

Saina sails into quarter-finals

  SEOUL, INDIA ace Saina Nehwal progressed to the quarter-finals of the USD 600,000 Korea Open after seeing off Korea’s Kim Ga Eun at the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament here Thursday.Former world number one, who had won a bronze at the..

Indian men lose to USA, women recover to beat Poland

  BATUMI (Georgia), WORLD rapid champion Viswanathan Anand lost to world number two Fabiano Caruana of USA as Indian men went down 1.5-2.5 at the hands of the defending champions in the fourth round of Chess Olympiad here Thursday.In the women&rs..

Tiger ready for first-tee tension and big crowds

  SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES (France), TIGER Woods expects some nervous excitement when he steps on the first tee for the trophy-holders United States against Europe in the Ryder Cup before 7,000 screaming spectators at Le Golf National. The 14-t..

Saina in pre-quarters

  SEOUL, SAINA Nehwal emerged as the lone Indian survivor at the USD 600,000 Korea Open after reaching the pre-quarterfinals with a straight-game win over Korea’s Kim Hyo Min at the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament here Wednesday.The for..

Tiger, US and Europe teams spice up Ryder Cup battle

    SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES (France), RESURGENT star Tiger Woods and the highest-ranked lineups in Ryder Cup history have built anticipation for thrills and excitement ahead of Friday’s dramatic opening matches between Europe and tr..

Injured lifter Sivalingam to start training by November

  BENGALURU, DOUBLE Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam Wednesday said he would resume his training in next 45 days in Patiala as he is fast recovering from a thigh injury, courtesy ayurveda treatment. “..

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era

    LONDON, LUKA Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year.The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for b..

Cristiano turns to Juventus challenge

  MILAN, CRISTIANO Ronaldo turns his focus back to Juventus’s quest for a treble this season on Wednesday after losing out in the FIFA’s best player of the year award. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo skipped the awards cere..

Federer, Zverev lead the way as Team Europe retain Laver Cup

  Chicago, ROGER Federer and Alexander Zverev won clutch singles matches as Team Europe beat Team World 13-8 to retain the Laver Cup on the third and final day of action in the international tournament in Chicago on Sunday.Federer’s hardfou..

‘Could have done better’

  LONDON, HARRY Kane admits he has fallen below his own high standards this season but said he welcomes the intense public scrutiny of his game. The Tottenham striker ended a five-game goalless run for club and country when he put his side ahead ..

Woods seals first win in five years

  ATLANTA, TIGER Woods scored his first victory in more than five years on Sunday, completing a two-shot win at the Tour Championship to crown a fairy tale comeback after a near two-year absence. The 42-year-old, 14-time major winner carded a one..

Ritu to replace Vinesh in 50kg for Worlds, Pinki back in 53kg

  NEW DELHI, GRAPPLER Ritu Phogat will replace her injured cousin Vinesh Phogat in the 50kg category for the World Championship, the Wrestling Federation of India said on Monday.Vinesh, who was a medal favourite, suffered an elbow injury on Frida..

Malik saves Pak the blushes

  ABU DABHI, (Agencies), SHOAIB Malik used all his experience and kept his cool till the end to help Pakistan edge out a threatening Afghanistan by three wickets in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup, here on Friday. Malik’s match-winnin..

Jadeja roars on comeback

  DUBAI, (PTI), INDIA captain Rohit Sharma played another classy knock after comeback man Ravindra Jadeja picked up a four-wicket haul to set up a seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in their opening Super Four match at the Asia Cup here on Friday...

India’s campaign over

  CHANGZHOU, (PTI), TOP shuttlers P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth lost their quarterfinal matches on Friday, drawing the curtains on India’s campaign at the USD one million China Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament. After Srikanth w..

Sindhu, Srikanth enter quarters

  CHANGZHOU, STAR shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered hard fought victories to enter the quarter-finals of their respective events at the USD 1 million China Open here on Thursday. Third seed Sindhu bounced back after losing a clo..

Bajrang questions selection criteria for Khel Ratna

  NEW DELHI, DEJECTED over the denial of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, seasoned wrestler Bajrang Punia on Thursday said he was ‘hurt’ and questioned the selection criteria for the country’s highest sporting honour.Despite winni..

Djokovic to provide fire power for Team Europe at Laver Cup

  CHICAGO, THE second instalment of the Laver Cup comes at just the right time for 14-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic who is back in top form after winning the US Open.Djokovic is making his debut in this week’s three-day team event w..

Ashwini-Satwik stun CWG silver medallists

  CHANGZHOU, Srikanth too wins INDIAN mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday shocked Commonwealth Games silver medallists England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith to enter the pre-quarterfinals of..

Bhanwal becomes first Indian to win back-to-back medals

  NEW DELHI, SAJAN Bhanwal became the first Indian to win back-to-back medals at the Junior World Wrestling Championship after he secured a silver in the 77kg Greco Roman category in Trnava, Slovakia. Islam Opiev of Russia proved to be too good f..

Messi’s brilliance marks perfect start

  PARIS, ROBERTO Firmino’s last-gasp strike gave Liverpool a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in a thrilling encounter on the opening night of the UEFA Champions League group stage, after Lionel Messi’s latest hat-trick handed Barcelo..

Sindhu enters pre-quarters

    CHANGZHOU, Saina crashes out OLYMPIC and world championship silver-medallist PV Sindhu Tuesday progressed to the pre-quarterfinals but Saina Nehwal bowed out after a narrow loss at the USD one million China Open World Tour Super 1000 t..

Young Boys prepare for debut against Man Utd

  BERN (Switzerland), PLAYERS from Swiss football club BSC Young Boys took part in a training session on Tuesday on the eve of their UEFA Champions League group stage debut against English giants Manchester United. Having failed to qualify for t..

Arpinder eyes podium finish at Tokyo Olympics

  MUMBAI, TRIPLE jumper and Asian Games gold medallist Arpinder Singh aims at a podium finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after becoming the first Indian to clinch a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup.Before the Tokyo Games, he has a golden chance ..

Gold for Mary Kom, Jyoti

  NEW DELHI, FIVE-TIME world champion MC Mary Kom (48kg) Saturday clinched her third gold medal of the year, while Jyoti Gulia (51kg) picked up the country’s lone gold in the youth category of the Silesian Open Boxing Tournament for women i..

Man United cool off Watford with 2-1 away win

  LONDON, MANCHESTER United handed Watford its first loss of the new Premier League season, coming away with a 2-1 victory thanks to the outstanding play of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.The hosts were in control of the game in the early going ..

Srikanth out, India’s campaign ends 

TOKYO, (PTI), KIDAMBI Srikanth crashed out of the men’s singles event after losing a marathon three-game quarter-final to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the USD 700,000 Japan Open badminton tournament. Just like his compatriots, fa..

Indo-Pak rivalry USP of Asia Cup

  DUBAI, (PTI), VIRAT Kohli’s absence might have taken some sheen off it but the general excitement surrounding Indo-Pak encounters will be the USP of the six-nation Asia Cup starting Saturday with a Bangladesh-Sri Lanka clash here. While..

Chance to work towards perfect combination: Rohit

  DUBAI, (PTI), THE World Cup is still eight months away but India skipper Rohit Sharma feels that the six-nation Asia Cup starting Saturday will give his side a chance to work towards a ‘perfect combination’ going into next year&rs..

Two more junior golds for India at shooting worlds

Two more junior golds for India at shooting worlds..

Srikanth in QF, Sindhu out

Srikanth in QF, Sindhu out..

‘Kohli needs to learn about field placements, bowling changes’

‘Kohli needs to learn about field placements, bowling changes’..

Talismanic Sardar Singh calls it a day

  NEW DELHI, FORMER India hockey captain Sardar Singh Wednesday decided to call time on his illustrious career, saying he had played enough in the last 12 years and now it’s time for the youngsters to take over.Sardar said he made the decis..

Manu-Sumeeth shock Olympic silver winners

  TOKYO, INDIAN men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy stunned Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia to enter the quarter-finals of the USD 700,000 Japan Open badminton tournament here Wednesday. ..

Lukaku double in Belgium win

  REYKJAVIK, ROMELU Lukaku scored two goals as World Cup semi-finalists Belgium began their Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Iceland.Eden Hazard converted a 29th-minute penalty after a foul on Lukaku, with the Manchester..

Silva lifts Portugal past Italy

Silva lifts Portugal past Italy..

Sharp Shooters

    Juniors add silver, bronze to India’s tally at WC CHANGWON (South Korea) INDIA’S junior shooters scaled another high by delivering the country’s first set of skeet medals at the ISSF World Championships — a men&..

End of India’s ‘what if’ story

End of India’s ‘what if’ story..

WTA chief Simon backs Serena

WTA chief Simon backs Serena..

Djoker has the last laugh

    Novak Djokovic wins third US Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams NEW YORK NOVAK Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras&rs..

All but Oval after Cook’s last supper

All but Oval after Cook’s last supper..

Late penalty saves Italy

  BOLOGNA (Italy), ITALY needed a late penalty from midfielder Jorginho to scrape a 1-1 draw at home to Poland in the Nations League on Friday, their first competitive game under coach Roberto Mancini. Poland, playing their first match under new..

Lukaku, Hazard help Belgium thrash Scotland

  GLASGOW, WORLD Cup semi-finalists Belgium capitalised on a series of Scotland mistakes with goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and a Michy Batshuayi double to thrash the hosts 4-0 in a friendly at Hampden on Friday. Roberto Martinez’s..

Ankur wins gold in double trap event

  CHANGWON, ANKUR Mittal claimed the men’s double trap gold medal in the ISSF World Championship for his career’s biggest triumph, as the Indian shooting team continued its dominance in the premier tournament here Saturday.The multipl..

Ishant, Bumrah trigger England collapse

  LONDON, (PTI), ISHANT Sharma struck thrice to lead India’s sensational fightback as the visitors reduced England to 198 for 7 at stumps after Alastair Cook hit a memorable half-century in his career’s final match on Day One of the ..

Why do you need a psychologist, asks Harendra Singh

  MUMBAI, (PTI), THE Indian hockey team’s perennial problem of conceding late goals has raised concerns about nerves but men’s coach Harendra Singh Friday rejected the idea of getting a psychologist on board, saying the word has a &..

Serena faces history-maker Osaka in final

  NEW YORK, (AFP), SIX-TIME champion Serena Williams swept aside Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday to reach a ninth US Open final, where she’ll face Japanese trail blazer Naomi Osaka.Williams, seeded 17th as she seeks to add to her 23 Grand..

Govt must provide financial help to popularise equestrian: Mirza

Govt must provide financial help to popularise equestrian: Mirza..

Djokovic, Nishikori in semis showdown

Djokovic, Nishikori in semis showdown..

India eye consolation win in Cook’s farewell Test

India eye consolation win in Cook’s farewell Test..

‘Didn’t realise was flanked by Chinese and Pakistani’

    NEW DELHI IT WAS quite a moment at the Asian Games when Indian gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra stood flanked by a Chinese and a Pakistani on the podium but ask the star javelin thrower about it and he says it didn’t even strike him a..

I had lost mental edge: Cook

I had lost mental edge: Cook ..

This team has played better overseas: Shastri

This team has played better overseas: Shastri..

Fall season begins in US

Fall season begins in US..

‘Gentleman’ Cook deserves more credit, feels Clarke

    Undated FORMER Australian captain Michael Clarke has described Alastair Cook as one of the game’s “true gentleman” after the record-breaking England opener decided to end his 12-year international career. Cook, who wi..

Series win on par with Ashes triumph: Bayliss

Series win on par with Ashes triumph: Bayliss..

Serena in US Open quarters

    NEW YORK SIX-TIME champion Serena Williams survived a spirited challenge from unseeded Kaia Kanepi to triumph 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday and reach the quarter-finals of the US Open. The 23-time Grand Slam champion looked set to romp home ..

India series shows Test cricket alive and kicking: Root

India series shows Test cricket alive and kicking: Root..

Need to learn art of crossing the line: Kohli

Need to learn art of crossing the line: Kohli..

India sink in Southampton

  SOUTHAMPTON, (PTI), England take series 3-1, make fifth test a formality INDIAN batting once again wilted miserably under trying circumstances as a relentless England recorded a comfortable 60-run victory in the fourth Test to take an unassa..

Federer out-manoeuvres Kyrgios as Kerber, Zverev fall

  NEW YORK, (AFP), FIVE-TIME champion Roger Federer found a new way to amaze Saturday as he reached the US Open last 16 with a 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nick Kyrgios. The second-seeded Swiss withstood an early onslaught from the unpredictable ..

Asiad shows whiff of bright future

  JAKARTA, (PTI), ACHIEVEMENTS over the past two weeks, in the world’s second biggest multi-sport event, matched India’s aspirations and set the country on a road that appears far more promising than the path it has been on for deca..