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..

India take Smith route

RANCHI, Mar 17, (PTI) THE Indian batsmen showed positive intent in their reply to Australia’s commanding score of 451 by reaching 120 for 1 on the second day of the third Test.KL Rahul (67) scored his fourth half-century of the series and toget..

Have a better idea about myself now: Umesh

RANCHI, Mar 17, (PTI), INDIA paceman Umesh Yadav says an assured place in the Indian Test team has helped him explore his weaknesses and strengths as a bowler which has boosted his confidence.Yadav, who has improved on hitting right line and length c..

Jwala appointed SAI governing body member

NEW DELHI, Mar 16, (PTI), INDIA’S most successful doubles specialist Jwala Gutta has been appointed a member of the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI).The 14-time national champion said she is looking forward to play her role in ..

Guardiola blames poor first half for exit

MONACO, Mar 16, (IANS), MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola cited a poor first half performance as the reason for his side’s Champions League round of 16 exit at the hands of AS Monaco.“Forty five minutes,” Guardiola told BT Sport..

Federer beats Nadal yet again

INDIAN WELLS, Mar 16, (AP), ROGER Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open in a fourth-round match that saw the long-time rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual.Federer broke Nadal four times in advancing to the ..

I don’t take semi-final decisions: Manohar

By Rahul Dixit, NAGPUR, Mar 15, AS IS his wont, Shashank Manohar walks the talk. There are no half measures. If a decision is made it has to see the light of the day, is his clear way in life be it personal or professional. Just as he did while quitt..

After raised pitch, a pitched battle

RANCHI, Mar 15, (PTI), THE spotlight is firmly trained on the pitch as an ambitious India brace up for what is expected to be a high-voltage battle of attrition against Australia in the third cricket Test starting.Since the amicable end to the acrimo..

Federer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Mar 15, (AP), ROGER Federer edged Steve Johnson 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in a hard-serving duel at the BNP Paribas Open, setting up a fourth-round match against Rafael Nadal.Federer fired 12 aces—his fastest serve registering 131 mph&mdas..

Kante ousts champions

LONDON, Mar 14, (IANS), CHELSEA defeated FA Cup holders Manchester United 1-0 to claim a spot in the semi-finals of the English competition.United Manager Jose Mourinho won titles during his two stints with Chelsea, which both ended in firings, and h..

Mourinho blasts referee

MANCHESTER, Mar 14, (IANS), MANCHESTER United coach Jose Mourinho lashed out at referee Michael Oliver, claiming the 32-year-old official has cost his team four times this season following the red card shown to Ander Herrera during the FA Cup quarter..

Wawrinka cruises into Indian Wells fourth round

THIRD seed Stan Wawrinka continued his dominance of Philipp Kohlschreiber, rolling past the German 7-5, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.Wawrinka recorded his fifth victory over Kohlschreiber in as many meetings in a perform..

Hull, Bournemouth strike blows

LONDON, Mar 12, (Reuters), HULL City’s hopes of escaping relegation got a huge boost as they dragged fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea City back into the mire with a 2-1 home win over the Welsh club on Saturday.Defeat would have left Hul..

Chawrasia retains Indian Open title

GURUGRAM, Mar 12, (IANS), INDIAN star golfer SSP Chawrasia raced to a commanding seven-shot victory after carding a final round of one-under 71 to successfully defend his title at the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open.The 38-year-old Chawrasia, who triu..

Mayweather wants McGregor fight in June

UNDATED FLOYD Mayweather has declared himself “out of retirement” to fight Conor McGregor and demanded the Irish mixed martial arts champion commit to a crossover bout in June.“I’m not ducking or dodging anyone,” American ..

Man City ease into SF

LONDON, Mar 11, (Reuters), David Silva and Sergio Aguero score against Middlesbrough DAVID Silva and Sergio Aguero scored in each half as Manchester City became the first team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win at Premier Lea..

Saina’s gallant fight ends in agony

BIRMINGHAM, Mar 11, (PTI), INDIAN ace Saina Nehwal crashed out of the All England Championship after her gallant fight against World No. 3 Korean Sung Ji Hyun ended with a narrow 20-22, 20-22 loss in the women’s singles quarter-finals of the Su..

Milestone man Herath spins Lanka to victory

GALLE, Mar 11, (AFP), RANGANA Herath grabbed six wickets in the second innings to become Test cricket’s most successful left-arm spinner as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 259 runs in their first Test at Galle.Herath finished with 6-59, his 23..

Maxwell to lead Kings XI Punjab

NEW DELHI, Mar 10, (PTI) AUSTRALIAN all-rounder Glenn Maxwell replaced Murali Vijay as Kings XI Punjab captain ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), beginning April 5.The IPL franchise made the announcement on social media. Vijay had rep..

Kumble, left-arm round, to Pujara’s help

RANCHI, Mar 10, (PTI), A LEGENDARY former leg-spinner, India coach Anil Kumble went to the extent of bowling left-arm spin to help Cheteshwar Pujara overcome the challenges posed by Steve O’Keefe in the ongoing Test series against Australia.Puj..

Body blow for Australia as pacer Starc ruled out

RANCHI, Mar 10, (PTI), AUSTRALIA’S premier pacer Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the remaining two Tests against India with a stress fracture in his right foot, dealing a major blow to the team’s fortunes.Starc was handy with both bat and..

MIRACLEBarcelona pull off six-goal comeback to oust PSG

BARCELONA, Mar 9, (IANS), FC BARCELONA became the first team in UEFA Champions League football history to overcome a 0-4 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) as the hosts scored six goals to knock out the French champions despite Edins..

Sindhu, Saina in quarter-finals

BIRMINGHAM, Mar 9, (PTI), ACE Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal stormed into the quarter-finals of the All England Open Badminton Championships after their straight-game victories over their respective opponents in the women’s singles..

I always wanted to be the best in the world, says Virat

BENGALURU, Mar 9, (PTI), ALWAYS aiming to be the best in the business since his early days, India captain Virat Kohli said he very well knew that he has to consistently perform in all three formats of the game to realise his dream.Kohli, who won the ..

‘Women need to be celebrated every day’

GURUGRAM, Mar 8, (IANS), WOMEN deserve to be celebrated every day, not just on the International Women’s Day, star Indian women wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat said at an event here on Wednesday. “No single day should be reserve..

Wenger ‘revolted’ by referee as Arsenal crash out

LONDON, Mar 8, (AFP), ARSENE Wenger blamed Laurent Koscielny’s dismissal for the 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich that condemned Arsenal to a humiliating 10-2 aggregate Champions League defeat. “We produced the game we wanted and we were really..

Striker Ibrahimovic banned for three games

MANCHESTER United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be banned for three matches after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct in last weekend’s English Premier League (EPL) match against Bournemouth.Ibrahimovic was charged with el..

Chawrasia’s wait for Rio money continues

GURUGRAM, Mar 7, (PTI), LEADING Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia is yet to receive the Rs 30 lakh promised by the government towards preparation for the Rio Olympics held in August last year.“I had written to the Sports Ministry sometime ago and I h..

Sevilla held 1-1 by Alaves

VITORIA (Spain), Mar 7, (IANS), SEVILLA wasted an opportunity to move within a point of Real Madrid and just two behind Barcelona in the La Liga football championship after being held 1-1 against a motivated Alaves side that dominated the second half..

Wenger focuses on ‘bigger picture’ for Arsenal future

undated ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of the season, will make a decision about his future based on the “bigger picture” and not a recent slump in form.Having lost to Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool in rece..

Barca seek miracle; Bayern, Real eye QF

PARIS, Mar 6, (AFP), BARCELONA striker Neymar vowed his side will throw everything at Paris Saint-Germain in their bid to overturn a four-goal deficit in the Champions League last 16 this week. PSG fired a significant warning of intent throughout Eu..

AITA picks Paes but Bhupathi to decide final 4

NEW DELHI, Mar 6, (PTI), LEANDER Paes was retained in the Indian Davis Cup squad for the tie against Uzbekistan but new non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi will decide whether the veteran pro will make the final four.Bhupathi will take a call on Paes..

Chhattisgarh skipper Kaif tries to scrap Hazare tie after tiff with umpire

KOLKATA, Mar 6, (IANS), FORMER India cricketer and Chhattisgarh captain Mohammad Kaif on Monday wanted to pull out of their Group D encounter against Karnataka at the Eden Gardens after embroiling in a tiff with the umpire regarding the dismissal of ..

Saina ready to take on the best at All England

NEW DELHI, Mar 5, (PTI), BACK to full fitness and hungry for a good fight, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal says she is ready to take on the world’s best at the prestigious All England Championship starting next week.After putting in the hard y..

Murray clinches first title of year in Dubai

UNDATED WORLD number one Andy Murray won his first title of 2017 with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over unseeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the Dubai Tennis Championships final. Murray lost his first two service games of the match but overcame that poor start..

Selectors to deliberate whether to have Paes in Davis Cup team

NEW DELHI, Mar 5, (PTI), SENIOR pro Leander Paes’ place in Indian Davis Cup team will be up for discussion when the AITA Selection Committee meets Monday to pick the squad for the upcoming Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.The selectors ..

‘Haryana govt yet to fulfill promise’

OLYMPICS bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik claimed that she has not yet received the incentives promised to her by the Haryana government after her historic medal at the Rio Games. “Medal ka vada maine pura kiya, Haryana sarkar apna vada kab..

Bopanna-Matkowski lose in Dubai final

DUBAI, Mar 4, (PTI), INDIA’S Rohan Bopanna and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski squandered one set advantage to lose to the pair of Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer in the men’s doubles final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship..

Ashwin can run through Australia, feels KL Rahul

BENGALURU, Mar 4, (PTI), INDIA opener Lokesh Rahul is hopeful that premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin would be able to match Nathan Lyon’s performance on a track that has crumbled on the first day itself.Rahul stood tall amidst ruins as Ly..

Kerala HC issues notice to BCCI on Sreesanth

KOCHI, Mar 3, (PTI), THE Kerala High Court on Friday issued notice to the BCCI on a plea filed by tainted Indian cricketer S Sreesanth, challenging the life ban imposed on him by the disciplinary committee of the cricket body. Admitting the petition..

Pune is past: Smith

BENGALURU, Mar 3, (PTI) AUSTRALIA captain Steve Smith said the big win in the series-opener in Pune is a thing of the past now and the tourists would look to starting afresh when they take on India in the second cricket Test.Smith said they can&rsquo..

Kohli promises intent

BENGALURU, Mar 3, (PTI), INDIAN captain Virat Kohli assured that his team will never repeat the kind of “bad performance” and “lack of intent” that led to the humiliating opening Test loss to Australia in Pune.The Indians were..

Tendulkar reveals timing of first thoughts about retirement

NEW DELHI, Mar 2, (PTI), LEGENDARY Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that the first thoughts of retiring from international cricket came to his mind in October 2013 during a Champions League T20 match here, just a month before he decided to call it quits..

Barca run riot before coach bombshell

MADRID, Mar 2, (Reuters), Real Madrid play 3-3 draw against Las Palmas BARCELONA thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 to go top of La Liga on a dramatic night in Spain as Luis Enrique announced he was stepping down as the Catalan club’s coach at the en..

Enrique to leave at end of season

BARCELONA, Mar 2, (AFP), BARCELONA coach Luis Enrique ended speculation over his future by confirming he will leave the Catalan giants at the end of the season. “I will not be the coach of Barcelona next season,” Enrique said after Barca&..

I enjoy fighting back: Rai

NEW DELHI, Mar 1, (PTI), HAVING scripted yet another come-from-behind triumph, champion shooter Jitu Rai said he “enjoys” fighting his way back from difficult situations.The unassuming Army-man shot a total of 230.1, a world record, to fi..

Sharapova handed Rome wildcard

ROME, Mar 1, (AFP), FIVE-TIME Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard to play in the Italian Open in May, organisers said on Wednesday.The former world number one makes her return to the circuit in Stuttgart in April after compl..

Srikanth enters second round of German Open

TOP Indian shuttler K Srikanth made a resounding start to his campaign at the German Open Grand Prix Gold, defeating Alen Roj of Slovakia in straight games in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. Srikanth brushed aside Alen 21-4, 21-11 in a lop-sided open..

Two-goal Vardy lifts Leicester to post-Ranieri win

LEICESTER, Feb 28, (AFP), JAMIE Vardy scored twice as a revitalised Leicester City started life without sacked manager Claudio Ranieri by sinking Liverpool 3-1 to spark their Premier League survival hopes. Ranieri, 65, was dismissed last Thursday, n..

Jitu rallies to win bronze

NEW DELHI, Feb 28, (PTI), ACE pistol shooter Jitu Rai staged a remarkable comeback on Tuesday to clinch the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for India’s third podium finish in the ongoing ISSF World Cup here.The 29-year-old Rai shot a t..

‘Lion’ Ibrahimovic basks in cup heroics glory

LONDON, Feb 28, (Reuters), MANCHESTER United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has likened himself to a lion after his brace in Sunday’s 3-2 League Cup final win over Southampton took his goal tally to 26 this season. Ibrahimovic has made more appear..

Mittal bags silver

Ankur Mittal clinching the silver medal in a marathon double trap final. The 24-year-old Mittal finished second on the podium after he tallied 74, one behind gold medal winner James Willett of Australia. Great Britain’s Steven Scott was third on ..

Kalinga’s Furste happy with team’s improved performance in HIL

HAVING won their first ever Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) title, Kalinga Lancers skipper Moritz Furste said that he was satisfied with the way the players lifted themselves after finishing runners-up in the last edition. Furste’s penalty co..

Mourinho demands United trophy charge

LONDON, Feb 27, (AFP), JOSE Mourinho has challenged his Manchester United stars to use their dramatic League Cup final win against Southampton as a springboard to bigger prizes.Mourinho lifted the first major trophy of his United reign on Sunday afte..

All’s Not Lost

All’s Not Lost..

Kohli, Ashwin unmoved in latest ICC Test Rankings

DUBAI, Feb 26, (PTI), CAPTAIN Virat Kohli remained the highest-placed Indian batsman at second, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin held on to his top position in both the bowlers’ and all-rounders’ list of the latest ICC Test rankings ..

Dhoni ton inspires Jharkhand win against Chhattisgarh

KOLKATA, Feb 26, (PTI), MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni notched up his maiden List A hundred for Jharkhand to guide the side to a comprehensive 78-run victory over Chhattisgarh in a Group D Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day fixture here on Sunday.Dhoni survived some ..

Harika back with a bang, takes semis to tie-breaker: World meet

TEHRAN, Feb 25, (PTI) INDIAN GM Dronavalli Harika was back in hunt at the World Women’s Chess Championship winning the second game against Tan Zhongyi of China to take the semi-final into a tie-breaker. The painful loss in the first game of th..

We showed how not to bat: Kohli

PUNE, Feb 25, (PTI), CAPTAIN Virat Kohli loathed the way Indian batsmen negotiated a rank turner, saying they showed how not to bat on such tracks and termed the massive defeat against Australia as their “worst” batting performance in rec..

India played into our hands with pitch: Smith

PUNE, Feb 25, (PTI), AUSTRALIAN captain Steven Smith rubbed salt into India’s wounds saying that Virat Kohli and company dug their own grave by preparing a rank turner which backfired badly in the first Test.Indian batsmen were made to hop skip..

Djokovic back on court at Acapulco

UNDATED WORLD number two Novak Djokovic will make his return from a shoulder injury at next week’s ATP tournament in Acapulco, the Serb said on Friday.Djokovic had accepted a wildcard into the Mexican tournament which boasts a strong field includ..

Makelele relishing Chelsea reunion

UNDATED SWANSEA City assistant coach Claude Makelele retains fond memories of his successful spell as a Chelsea player but the Frenchman will temporarily sever ties with the London side when his current team face the Premier League leaders on Saturday...

Ghatkar wins bronze, Deepak finishes fifth in air rifle

NEW DELHI, Feb 24, (PTI), POOJA Ghatkar overcame technical issues to clinch the women’s 10m air rifle bronze medal as hosts India opened their account on a positive note in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.Deepak Kum..

Leicester hang on...

SEVILLE (Spain), Feb 23, (Reuters), JAMIE Vardy scored his first goal in the Champions League to give Leicester City some hope of staying in Europe’s elite competition despite a 2-1 loss to an utterly dominant Sevilla in their last-16 first leg..

Harika beats Dzagnidze, storms into semi-finals

TEHRAN, Feb 23, (PTI), INDIAN Grandmaster D Harika came out strongly yet again in the rapid tie-breaker and put it across Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia to enter the semi-finals of the World Women Chess Championship for the third time in a row.Harika was ..


BUESNOS AIRES, Feb 23, (AFP), LIONEL Messi could not be happier than at Barcelona, and can crown his status as an all time great by winning the World Cup with Argentina, national coach Edgardo Bauza said. “I can see just how happy he is at Bar..

Griezmann among goals as Atletico pip Bayern 4-2

LEVERKUSEN (Germany), Feb 22, (AFP), ANTOINE Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Saul Niguez and A..

Messi promotes hepatitis C treatment in Egypt

ARGENTINIAN football star Lionel Messi was in Egypt as the face of an initiative to promote the North African country as a medical tourism destination for hepatitis C patients. A blood-borne viral disease, hepatitis C is highly prevalent in Egypt. &ldq..

Sushil to promote Gramin Khel Mahotsav

DOUBLE Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar is set to play an exhibition match to promote rural sports during the Gramin Khel Mahotsav scheduled to be held in New Delhi from March 25 to 31...

Federer wants Rafa as Laver Cup doubles partner

PRAGUE, Feb 21, (AFP), ROGER Federer has revealed that he wants to join forces in doubles with arch rival Rafael Nadal at the inaugural Laver Cup this year.The Swiss tennis great made the confession at the unveiling of the new tournament scheduled fo..

Indian eves clinch thrilling final

COLOMBO, Feb 21, (PTI), HARMANPREET Kaur blasted a six in the penultimate delivery to power India to a one-wicket win over South Africa in a last-ball thriller at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier Final at P Sara Oval on Tuesday.Needing nine ..

Shooter Heena welcomes mixed gender events move

NEW DELHI, Feb 20, (PTI), RENOWNED pistol shooter Heena Sidhu welcomed the ISSF Athletes Committee’s proposal to introduce mixed-gender team events in the Olympics though she felt sorry that its implementation would result in the removal of a f..

Bye-bye ‘Boom Boom’ as Afridi ends international career

SHARJAH (UAE), Feb 20, (AFP), LEGENDARY Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career.The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and O..

India likely to play three spinners

By Paritosh Pramanik, NAGPUR, Feb 20, AFTER surviving scare on the last day of the first Test, hosts India Under-19 won’t be taking the visiting England Under-19 team lightly when the meet for the second and the last four-day Youth Test here at..

Dhoni removed as Pune captain, Smith to take over

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

Gunaratne fireworks win T20 series for Sri Lanka

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