Our aim is to develop players for senior team: German coach

  GERMANY have not been a hugely convincing side in this FIFA U-17 World Cup, having lost to Iran 0-4 and they are not taking Colombia lightly in their round of 16 game.“They (Colombia) made a very good team for the World Cup. They played in..

‘Eng not going to get carried away’

  ENGLAND head coach Steve Cooper insists his team will not get carried away after topping Group F and they are not looking any further than their pre-quarterfinal clash against Japan on Tuesday. “It’s business as usual for us, we nee..

France thrash Honduras

GUWAHATI, Oct 14, (PTI), EUROPEAN powerhouse France rallied from a goal down to hand a 5-1 drubbing on Honduras and qualify for the knock-out stage as group toppers in the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Saturday. France had already booked a Round of 1..

Confident India face stern Pakistan test today

DHAKA, Oct 14, (PTI), TWO easy wins garnered, a confident India would face its toughest test in the event when it takes on arch-rivals Pakistan in the much-anticipated clash of the Asia Cup hockey tournament, here on Sunday. Rated as favourites to ..

Ashwin-Jadeja falling off radar

NEW DELHI, Oct 14, (PTI), ON A day when they slogged it out in the Ranji Trophy with contrasting results, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were ignored by the national selectors for the third time in a row as they continued with the younger ..

ICC to start nine-team Test and 13-team ODI league

  AUCKLAND, I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first. Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine sol..

Dominant India maul Bangladesh 7-0

  DHAKA, FAVOURITES India produced yet another clinical performance to maul minnows Bangladesh 7-0, registering their second consecutive win at the men’s Asia Cup hockey tournament, here on Friday.India beat Japan 5-1 in the opening encount..

Nadal enters into semis

  SHANGHAI, WORLD number one Rafa Nadal battled past Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 and into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday. The 16-times Grand Slam winner, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-fin..

Bhambri-Sharan in Tashkent final

  INDIAN team of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan stormed into the summit clash of the Tashkent Challenger on Thursday with a come-from-behind win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Enrique Lopez-Perez. The Indian combo beat the Spaniards 3-6, 7-5, 10-6..

Nehra wanted to end on high

  HYDERABAD, VETERAN Indian pacer Ashish Nehra decided to call time on his injury-ravaged career after next month’s opening T20 against New Zealand at his home ground of Delhi, saying “it is always good to retire when people are askin..

‘Current team is the best in Indian football history’

  BENGALURU, PRAISING India’s qualification for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, coach Stephen Constantine said the current team is one of the best in country’s football history.“This is one of the best teams in the history of Indian foo..

High-spirited India brace up for Ghana

  NEW DELHI, THEIR transformation from rank outsiders to valiant fighters drawing all-round praise, India face another test of character against former champions Ghana in their final group A game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, here on Thursday.N..

England reach knock outs with hard-fought win over Mexico

  KOLKATA, A SECOND half brace in the space of seven minutes by Diego Lianez went in vain as stubborn Mexico went down 2-3 to England who booked their passage into the knock out stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Kr..

Cometh the hour, cometh Messi

  QUITO, Messi hat-trick fires Argentina into WC LIONEL Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick as Argentina sealed their place at the 2018 World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Ecuador here.Barcelona superstar Messi single-handedly rescued Argentina&rsq..

Behrendorff rattles India

  GUWAHATI, Aus level series with emphatic win INDIA had a forgettable outing with both bat and ball as Australia bounced back in the T20 series with a crushing eight-wicket win in the second game here on Tuesday.Rookie pacer Jason Behrendorff (..

Rampaging India eye series win

  GUWAHATI, OVERWHELMINGLY dominant so far, India would be aiming to wrap up another series win when they take on a faltering Australia in the second Twenty20 International here on Tuesday. The ACA-Barsapara Stadium will be making its internatio..

‘There’s no question of replacing Ashwin, Jadeja’

  GUWAHATI, HE MAY have become India’s latest spin sensation but chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav says he is not thinking about being seen as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s replacement. India’s ploy of playing two wrist..

Moment of truth as Argentina seek WC berth

  MONTEVIDEO, THE once unfathomable prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina could become reality on Tuesday as South America’s thrilling 2018 qualification battle reaches its climax. Two years after Argentina kicked off ..

‘It would be great to emulate Australia’s past success’

  RANCHI, OPENER Shikhar Dhawan believes the right blend of youth and experience makes India a formidable side and it would be great if they can emulate the past success of five-time world champions Australia.After a comprehensive 4-1 victory in ..

Saurashtra post an innings and 31-run win over Haryana

  ROHTAK, SAURASHTRA seamers Jaydev Unadkat, Shaurya Sanandia and Chirag Jani shared seven wickets among them to bundle out Haryana for 140 in their second innings and help the team post an innings and 31-run win on the third day of their Group B..

Few better story tellers in the game than Nehra

  THE selection of 38 years old Ashish Nehra has created ripples among the Indian cricket fans.  As always opinion is divided about the selection. Nehra in his usual laconic way has shrugged off the debate and has instead revealed that he wi..

Samba boys begin in style

  KOCHI, A DOMINANT Brazil made a strong statement of their top title contender status with a 2-1 victory over Spain in a Group D marquee clash of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.In a much-anticipated encounter in front of a sell-out crowd, S..

Dheeraj disappointed at India loss

  NEW DELHI,  GOALKEEPER Moirangthem Dheeraj Singh was one of the top performers in India’s 0-3 thrashing by the United States but he was a disappointed man following the loss in the campaign opener of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here.Dhee..

Team’s performance improved after third goal: Paraguay coach

  AN ELATED Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo has said that his team’s performance improved in the second half, especially after scoring the third goal which steered them to 3-2 win over Mali in the FIFA U-17 Group stage game. “The team..

India eye total domination

RANCHI, Oct 6, (PTI) COMPREHENSIVE winners in the ODIs, India would aim to extend the domination, while Australia’s listless team would be eyeing a change of fortunes in the three-match T20 series beginning here on Saturday. India won the One..

Argentina in peril as WC race goes to wire

MONTEVIDEO, Oct 6, (AFP) LIONEL Messi and Argentina’s hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup were left hanging in the balance after another stalemate on a nail-biting day of South American qualifying action. Argentina were held to a 0-0 draw in..

India stand up, US count

NEW DELHI, Oct 6, (PTI), INDIA showed heart but lacked in skill and quality with a much superior United States of America handing them a sound 3-0 thrashing in the opening encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, here on Friday. Playing in their maide..

It will be huge to get IPL contract: Behrendorff

  RANCHI, ROOKIE Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff will be delighted if his performance during the upcoming three-match T20 series against India is noticed by potential IPL recruiters, which he thinks will be “huge” for him.The..

Other sports also getting popular in India: Vijender

  NEW DELHI, STAR Indian boxer Vijender Singh said even though cricket was quite popular in India, other sports were also getting popular rapidly in the country.Vijender, the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion and WBO Oriental Super Mid..

Halep knocks error-prone Shara out of China Open

  BEIJING, WORLD number two Simona Halep beat Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 in the China Open third round on Wednesday for her first win over the Russian in eight attempts. Halep, who lost to Sharapova in the first round of the US Open, won five out ..

Shastri paid Rs 1.20 cr for three months

  NEW DELHI, CHIEF coach Ravi Shastri was paid a little over Rs 1.20 crore for his services during the first three months of his new tenure with the Indian cricket team. Shastri was back as the chief coach in July this year and has since been pa..

Gowtham apologises, BCCI refers matter to Disciplinary Panel

  NEW DELHI, KARNATAKA off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham, who was barred by the BCCI from playing Duleep Trophy and India A series due to disciplinary reasons, has tendered unconditional apology but the matter is still being referred to the discipli..

Lure of IPL contracts prevented Australians from sledging: Sehwag

  NEW DELHI, FORMER star opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said that the Australian players were scared of sledging Virat Kohli and the other Indian players during the recently concluded One-Day International (ODI) series due to the possibility o..

England set to lose Ashes, with or without Stokes: Blewett

  ADELAIDE, AN ASHES series shorn of Ben Stokes would be a great shame for cricket but England are heading for defeat with or without the troubled all-rounder, former Australia batsman Greg Blewett has said.Test vice-captain Stokes and opener Ale..

Gago recalled as Argentina seek ideal Messi partner

  BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA coach Jorge Sampaoli’s search for an ideal attacking partner for Lionel Messi has earned Fernando Gago a first recall in two years as they seek victory in Thursday’s crucial World Cup qualifiers at home to Pe..

Isco stars in politicised Madrid win

  MADRID, ISCO scored twice as Real Madrid reduced the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to seven points courtesy of a 2-0 win over Espanyol on a day where football was dragged into violent political clashes in Catalonia.Barca had earlier extended..

Barca to join Catalan strike

  BARCELONA, BARCELONA will join a strike called across Catalonia on Tuesday in protest at a violent crackdown by police of an independence referendum called by pro-separatist politicians for the region on Sunday.“FC Barcelona joins the cou..

In the heart of India, on top of World

  By Paritosh Pramanik, NAGPUR, Spinners, Rohit give India their No 1 ranking back IT WAS his 14th ball of the innings. Rohit Sharma, struggling to get going, went for a heave-ho. The resultant inside edge climbed up but ended just short of the..

Consistently inconsistent, admits Smith

  By Anupam Soni, NAGPUR, AUSTRALIAN skipper Steven Smith squarely blamed the ODI series loss against India to inconsistency.“We were inconsistent throughout the series. The top four batters did not play the way we had expected of them. Th..

Rohit credits bowlers for series win

  By Anupam Soni, NAGPUR, The hallmark of this Indian bowling has been aggression. They were not out there in the middle to stop the flow of runs, they were there to take wickets. —Rohit Sharma GONE are the days when Indian bowling was su..

Indian football team qualifies for AFC U-16 C’ships

  NEW DELHI, INDIAN football team on Friday qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship to be held next year in Malaysia after finishing second in their group qualifying round played in Kathmandu.India qualified as one of the six best second-placed t..

Serena coach happy to let her handle pressure points

  LONDON, NEXT year’s US Open is set to allow coaching during matches but the man who guides Serena Williams has vowed to keep quiet for fear of making the 23-times Grand Slam champion too relianton him in high-pressure situations. Patrick ..

Pique issues rallying cry for Catalan vote

  MADRID, BARCELONA’S Camp Nou will attract world-wide attention for politics rather than football on a day of huge significance for Catalonia’s future on Sunday.Las Palmas are the visitors as Barca seek to stretch their perfect recor..

Chelsea fight back to shock Atletico

  MADRID, ATLETICO Madrid were beaten 1-2 by English Premier League (EPL) champions Chelsea in the first Champions League game at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, after the English side came from behind to clinch the win. As expected the first h..

Give women more credit for top matches: Konta

  WUHAN (China), FEMALE tennis players still do not receive the credit they deserve for putting on top-quality matches, according to British number one Johanna Konta. A lot of women’s matches this season “really kicked arse, they were..

Vettel won’t change style after Singapore exit

  SEPANG, A DEFIANT Sebastian Vettel vowed Thursday not to change the way he drives despite his first-lap exit in Singapore as he prepares for Sunday’s last-ever Malaysian GP.Vettel’s Ferrari started from pole but was involved in a cr..

Nadal hails Moya’s impact on training routine

  WORLD number one Rafa Nadal says the addition of compatriot Carlos Moya to his coaching team has added freshness and positive energy to the Spaniard’s training routine. Moya, a former world number one, joined Nadal’s team to work wit..

Ronaldo nets twice as Real win in Dortmund

  DORTMUND, CRISTIANO Ronaldo marked his 150th European game with two goals as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund to top their Champions League group.Ronaldo claimed two second-half goals after Gareth Bale’s stunning earl..

Down Memory Lane: When Kapil didn’t want Madan to bowl to Viv

  MUMBAI, EVERY captain trusts his instincts but for once on June 25, 1983, Kapil Dev had decided to go by gut feeling of his senior seamer Madan Lal.The anecdotes related to India’s historic World Cup triumph is a part of the folklore. On..

Chelsea won’t rush Hazard back: Conte

  UNDATED CHELSEA manager Antonio Conte has the club’s long-term interests in mind with his cautious approach towards selecting Eden Hazard as they prepare for Thursday’s Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.After making his ..

‘Misgovernance in NSFs won’t be tolerated’

  NEW DELHI, SPORTS Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday issued a stern warning to National Sports Federations (NSFs), saying there would be zero tolerance for Misgovernance.Rathore said there cannot be any alternative to the core princ..

‘My wax figure will inspire generations after I am gone’

  CHANDIGARH, LEGENDARY athlete Milkha Singh on Tuesday unveiled his wax figure, which will be installed at Madame Tussauds in Delhi on December 1, and said it will inspire generations after he is gone.The statue, sculpted in a spectacular sprint..

Sports Ministry recommends Sindhu for Padma Bhushan

  NEW DELHI, OLYMPIC silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Bhushan, country’s third highest civilian award, by the Sports Ministry here on Monday.“Yes, we have recommended Sindhu for Padma ..

Asia Cup will be a fresh start for me as well as team: Marijne

  BENGALURU, NEWLY-APPOINTED hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne says the upcoming Asia Cup will be a fresh start for him as well as for the senior Indian men’s team. Marijne, who replaced legendary Roelant Oltmans recently, feels next month&rsquo..

Valencia coach pays price for exuberant goal celebration

  MADRID, SIMONE Zaza’s 85th-minute winner in Valencia’s 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad was bittersweet for coach Marcelino.The 52-year-old appeared to pull his hamstring as he celebrated the goal which took his unbeaten side up to fo..

Axelsen wins first Japan Open title

  TOKYO, WORLD champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark beat Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei on Sunday to clinch his first Japan Open title.Axelsen, who defeated two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to bag the world title in Glasgow last month, ed..

Wozniacki whips Russian to retain Tokyo crown

  TOKYO, DEFENDING champion Caroline Wozniacki romped to a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Sunday to win her third WTA Pan Pacific Open.The Danish former world number one needed only 75 minutes to complete the rou..

Emery expects Neymar return after stalemate

  PARIS, PARIS Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said he expects Neymar to return from injury for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich, after his side struggled to a 0-0 draw at Montpellier in the Brazilian’s absence. ..

Five-star City go top

  MANCHESTER, Free-scoring Manchester City added to Crystal Palace’s mounting misery with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, a result that sent Pep Guardiola’s men top of the Premier League. Palace are the only team without a goal in E..

Focus is on job, can’t react to criticism: Marijne

  ENGALURU,   INDIAN men’s hockey team’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne on Saturday made it clear that he is not bothered by critics questioning his appointment as he has to deliver results.“I cannot do anything about what peo..

Wozniacki stuns Muguruza

  TOKYO, DEFENDING champion Caroline Wozniacki crushed new world number one Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open as the Dane remained on course for a third title at the Tokyo tournament.The third s..

‘Had the delivery spun in, I wouldn’t have got hat-trick’

KOLKATA, Sept 22, (PTI), INDIA cricket team’s newest hat-trick club member Kuldeep Yadav feels that had he bowled the traditional left-arm wrist-spinner’s delivery, which comes into a right-hander, he possibly wouldn’t have comple..

Kids of tailor, carpenter, fish seller form India squad

NEW DELHI, Sept 22, (PTI) A TAILOR’S son from Sikkim, a carpenter’s son from Manipur and a youngster whose mother is a street vendor in Bengaluru—the Indian team for the Under-17 FIFA World Cup is a fascinating blend of underdogs ..

We are having too many collapses to my liking: Smith

KOLKATA, Sept 22, (PTI), AUSTRALIA captain Steve Smith is unable to figure out why his batting line-up is falling apart in crunch situations across formats, admitting that it is happening way too often to his liking.“Well, it’s happenin..

Saina, Sindhu lose; Srikanth, Prannoy ray of hope

      TOKYO, OLYMPICS medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the USD 325,000 Japan Open Super Series after suffering straight-game defeats in second round here on Thursday. However, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy adv..

Betis shock Real Madrid

  MADRID, Real failed to score for the first time in 74 matches ANTONIO Sanabria struck deep into stoppage time to hand Real Betis a shock 1-0 win away to Real Madrid on Wednesday as the European champions failed to score for the first time in 7..

Mourinho calls for end to League Cup

  LONDON, JOSE Mourinho has admitted English football would be better off without the League Cup, just seven months after winning the competition with Manchester United.Mourinho celebrated the first major silverware of his United reign when his t..

Sindhu, Saina and Srikanth enter 2nd round of Japan Open

  TOKYO, NEWLY-CROWNED Korea Open champion PV Sindhu dished out another splendid performance edging past Japan’s Minatsu Mitani for the second time in as many weeks to reach the second round of the women’s singles at the Japan Open Su..

Messi hits four

    MADRID, As Barca maintain perfect start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 LIONEL Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1..

Bairstow cracks ODI hundred barrier

  MANCHESTER (UK), Windies condemned to World Cup qualifiers JONNY Bairstow said he was delighted to have joined an “elusive club” after finally scoring his maiden One-Day International hundred as England beat West Indies by seven wi..

All eyes on Sindhu

  TOKYO, As Japan Open begins today NEWLY-CROWNED Korea Open champion, PV Sindhu will take aim at a third Super Series title this season even as Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal return to action at the USD 325,000 Japan Open starting with the q..

India fail to cross play-offs again

  EDMONTON, After Ramkumar’s decisive defeat, Yuki gets consolation win INDIA were left to battle it out in the Asian zone yet again after Ramkumar Ramanathan’s defeat in the must-win fourth rubber as Denis Shapovalov steered Canada ..

Nadal maintains No 1 spot in ATP rankings

  SPANISH tennis player Rafael Nadal held on to the top spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings released on Monday. Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds second position, while the UK’s Andy Murra..

Sweet revenge

  SEOUL, Sindhu conquers Okuhara to clinch Korea Open title INDIA’S Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday exacted sweet revenge of her World Championship heart-break as she defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a thrilling su..

Man-U beat Everton to go joint top

  ENGLAND, ROMELU Lukaku was on target as Manchester United secured a 4-0 win over Everton that sent them joint top of the table.United took the lead when Antonio Valencia produced a superb strike from the edge of the area on four minutes, connec..

Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix

  SINGAPORE, LEWIS Hamilton benefited immensely from a chaotic start to win the rain-affected Singapore Grand Prix, extending his championship lead to 28 points with a hat-trick of victories. The front row was wiped out at the first corner, takin..

Sindhu fixes final spot

  SEOUL, OLYMPIC silver-medallist PV Sindhu defeated China’s He Bingjiao in the semi-finals to set up a mouth-watering summit clash with world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan at the Korea Open Super Series, here on Saturday.The 22-year-old..

Ramkumar wins and Yuki loses thriller

  EDMONTON, India, Canada locked 1-1 RAMKUMAR Ramanathan fetched the crucial win but Yuki Bhambri made the day memorable even in defeat as India and Canada shared the honours on Day One of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, here.Yuki turned..

Aguero gets hat-trick as City go top with 6-0 win over Watford

  London, SERGIO Aguero scored a hat-trick as free-scoring Manchester City climbed to the top of the Premier League with an irresistible 6-0 victory against Watford on Saturday.Aguero opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading home Kevin de B..

Missed out on coach job for lack of ‘setting’: Sehwag

NEW DELHI, Sept 15, (PTI), VIRENDER Sehwag on Friday said he missed out on becoming the Indian cricket team’s chief coach for the lack of patronage from the powers that be in the BCCI and will not apply for the position again. Sehwag lost out..

Rahane for Dhawan, hints Rohit

CHENNAI, Sept 15, (PTI) INDIAN vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Friday hinted that Ajinkya Rahane could be the one replacing his regular opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, who will miss the first three ODIs against Australia due to personal reasons.Dhawan..

Sindhu seals semis spot

SEOUL, Sept 15, (PTI), OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu progressed to the semi-finals of women’s singles but it was curtains for Sameer Verma in men’s singles event at the USD 600,000 Korea Open Super Series, here on Friday. Sindhu, w..

Sindhu, Sameer enter quarters

SEOUL, PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma advanced to the quarter-finals with straight-game wins in their respective women’s and men’s singles preliminaries of the USD 600,000 Korea Super Series here on Thursday.However, it was curtains for Parupal..

Back to business

  MADRID, Ronaldo fires holders Real to easy victory over APOEL CRISTIANO Ronaldo wasted no time in showing Real Madrid what they have been missing during his five-game domestic suspension, by scoring twice as the holders began their Champions L..

India’s first foreign coach for women boxers resigns

  NEW DELHI, INDIA’S first ever foreign coach for women boxers—Stephane Cottalorda—has resigned within a month of taking over, complaining of delay in salary payment and lack of professionalism in the national federation.The 41-..

Dhoni will play 2019 World Cup: Shastri

NEW DELHI, Sept 13, (IANS), INDIA head coach Ravi Shastri has dismissed doubts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s international future, saying that the team management cannot even think of removing the Ranchi stalwart considering his current form a..

FIFA still resistant to change, says former official

LONDON, Sept 13, (Reuters) FIFA is struggling to implement reforms and change its operating culture because its leaders are more worried about their own political futures, a former top official said on Wednesday. The global soccer body has been try..

Indoor courts will make it high-quality tie: Ali

NEW DELHI, Sept 13, (PTI), INDIA’S Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali is expecting high-quality tennis during the upcoming tie against Canada since external factors like the sun and the wind will have no chance to influence the contest on the indoor..

Ronaldo returns

  MADRID, Real Madrid look to easing striker worries SPANISH football giants Real Madrid will look to getting back to winning ways in front of their fans when they open their defence of the Champions League with a home game against Apoel Nicosia..

This Canada team is stronger than 2015 Czech side: Bhupathi

  NEW DELHI, DAVIS Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi says the Canada team, which has ‘future star’ Denis Shapovalov in the line-up, is stronger than the Czech Republic side to which India had lost in the play-offs stage in 2015. The Indian..

West Ham win to give Bilic perfect birthday gift

  LONDON, WEST Ham United claimed their first points of the season by beating promoted Huddersfield Town 2-0, giving some breathing space to under-fire coach Slaven Bilic who could finally celebrate his birthday. A deflected strike by Pedro Obia..

American Idol

  NEW YORK, Stephens routs Keys for US Open title, first Slam crown SLOANE Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in U..

Slams come and go, Keys and Stephens friendship remains

  NEW YORK, WHEN you are having a bad day, it is good to have a friend’s shoulder to cry on. For Madison Keys on Saturday, that was Sloane Stephens, the woman who had just humbled her to win the US Open title.In a ruthless display, Stephens..

Messi ’tricks; Barca, Sociedad top the ladder

  MADRID, LIONEL Messi’s hat-trick saw Barcelona move four points clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Ousmane Dembele marked his debut with an assist in a 5-0 rout of local rivals Espanyol.On Sunday, Real Sociedad snatched a 4-2 w..

Rafa Roars

  NEW YORK, World No 1 Nadal powers into his 23rd career Grand Slam final, faces Anderson RAFAEL Nadal moved one win away from a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown when he defeated weary Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.The 31..

Wasteful Real frustrated with home draw against Levante

  BARCELONA Sept 9, LA LIGA champions Real Madrid dropped points at home for the second game running when they drew 1-1 with Levante on Saturday, with Gareth Bale squandering a series of chances and Marcelo getting sent off late on. Ivan ‘..

Mbappe strikes as PSG beat 10-man Metz

  UNDATED Kylian Mbappe scored a superb goal on his debut for Paris St Germain and Edinson Cavani netted twice as the Ligue 1 leaders stretched their perfect start to five wins with a 5-1 rout of 10-man Metz in an entertaining clash on Friday. H..

Will play for another 10 years if fit: Kohli

NEW DELHI, Sept 8, (PTI), INDIA captain Virat Kohli will like to “play for another 10 years” if he is able to train as hard as he is at this point of time in his career. Kohli, who will turn 29 in less than two months time, spoke about ..

From money to emotions: BCCI’s player handbook has it all

NEW DELHI, Sept 8, (PTI), FROM managing money to managing emotions, Indian cricketers will have a ready reference to deal with myriad issues in the BCCI’s first ever players handbook released on Friday. The book titled ‘100 things every..

REVERSE FLICK: Eves’ coach Marijne gets men’s charge

                NEW DELHI, Sept 8, (PTI), WOMEN’S national hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne was on Friday named chief coach of the Indian men’s team -- a stunning decision given that the Dutchm..