Lucky Kakran secures bronze

    Jakarta Divya Kakran shrugged off a crushing quarter-final defeat to bag a bronze, ensuring that medals continued to come from the wrestling arena even as three other Indians crashed out early at the Asian Games. Kakran was demolished ..

Salah in diving storm as Liverpool win

Salah in diving storm as Liverpool win..

‘Felt pressure but county stint helped me’

‘Felt pressure but county stint helped me’..

‘I’ve become stronger after Rio’

‘I’ve become stronger after Rio’..

Don’t compare me to Kapil: Pandya

    NOTTINGHAM ALL-ROUNDER Hardik Pandya has said that comparisons with Indian legend Kapil Dev are unwarranted and that he should be left alone to perform on the basis of his capabilities.Pandya took career-best figures of 5-28 as England ..

King Kohli holds court

King Kohli holds court..

Shooters win first medal

    PALEMBANG INDIA opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar cracked under pressure to finish third in the rifle mixed team shooting event here on Sunday. The Indians aggregated 42..

I analysed my batting a lot after Lord’s Test: Rahane

I analysed my batting a lot after Lord’s Test: Rahane..


    NOTTINGHAM HARDIK Pandya stole the limelight with his maiden five-wicket haul as India made a strong comeback in the series by taking complete control of the third cricket Test against England, here on Sunday. At stumps on Day Two, Ind..

Chance for Bajrang, Vinesh to enhance status

  JAKARTA, RISING star Bajrang Punia and confidence-personified Vinesh Phogat will lead the Indian charge on the wrestling mat even as double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has a point to prove when the freestyle competition at the Asian Games be..

Teenage shooting sensations aim for gold

  PALEMBANG, TEENAGE prodigies Anish Bhanwala, Manu Bhaker and Elavenil Valarivan will carry India’s medal hopes in the shooting event of the Asian Games beginning here on Sunday, and standing in their way will be the mighty Chinese and Sou..

Sindhu, Srikanth lead India’s charge at Asiad

  JAKARTA, IN-FORM PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to break new grounds as they spearhead India’s charge for an elusive gold at the 18th Asian Games badminton event which begins with the team competitions here on Sunday. India end..

Kohli hits out at critics of chop-and change policy, calls it ‘bizarre’

  NOTTINGHAM, (PTI) INDIA skipper Virat Kohli on Friday said his players don’t feel threatened because of his chop-and-change policy and called it “quite a bizarre thought to have”, taking a dig at those questioning the trend..

Time to cross the Bridge

  NOTTINGHAM, (PTI), SHAKEN by abject surrender in the first two Tests, a desperate India are expected to ring in a slew of changes as they aim at redemption against a rampaging England in a do-or-die third Test, starting on Saturday. For India..

Wadekar cremated with full state honours

  MUMBAI, (PTI), FORMER India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who died on August 15, was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium here on Friday with full state honours. Wadekar, who had led India to its first victory in West Indies and England i..

Lost focus due to injury, movie: Geeta

Lost focus due to injury, movie: Geeta..

My captain will always be with me

My captain will always be with me..

India pin hopes on stars

India pin hopes on stars..

Jones expects India to bounce back

Jones expects India to bounce back..

Kohli admits selection has been off

    LONDON INDIA captain Virat Kohli conceded that team combination was “a bit off” in the lost second Test against England and urged his struggling batsmen to “keep it simple” in the head to save the ongoing series...

We are favourites to win gold: Sreejesh

    NEW DELHI INDIAN hockey captain P R Sreejesh on Monday called his team ‘favourites’ for the Asian Games gold medal and said there aim is to secure an early qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.India finished runners-up t..

Man City fire two past Gunners

    LONDON MANCHESTER City, who romped to Premier League success by 19 points last season, began the defence of their title with an impressive win away to an Arsenal side playing under new Spanish manager Unai Emery on Sunday.Attempting to ..

No help for bowlers in post-lunch session was problem: Pandya

    LONDON THE lack of assistance for bowlers during the post-lunch session on the third day was a major reason for England’s complete control over India in the second Test, feels all-rounder Hardik Pandya.England are now 250 runs ahe..

India suffer embarrassing innings and 159 runs defeat

India suffer embarrassing innings and 159 runs defeat..

Captain Pogba leads from front

  MANCHESTER, PAUL Pogba assumed the responsibility of captain handed to him by Jose Mourinho to help Manchester United get off to a winning start in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Leicester City. Less than a month since Pogba scored in t..

Halep topples Garcia to reach semi-finals of Rogers Cup

  MONTREAL, WORLD number one Simona Halep punched her ticket to the semi-finals of the WTA Canada tournament for the fourth straight year, cruising past France’s Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-1. The 26-year-old Halep battled through a difficult fi..

Sharma likely to make cut at PGA

  ST LOUIS (US), INDIAN golfer Shubhankar Sharma was one-under through seven holes in the second round of the PGA Championships when play was stopped because of inclement weather. Sharma, playing his fourth successive Major this year, was two-und..

India send mega contingent to Asiad

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), SPORTS MINISTER Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Friday asked the Indian athletes and officials, who are part of the Asian Games contingent, to behave responsibly on and off the field during the mega sporting event starting next w..

Rains & Ruins

 Murali Vijay is bowled by England’s James Anderson for a duck on the second day of the second Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. (AFP/Glyn Kirk) LONDON, (PTI), James Anderson takes five to bundle out India for 107 THE inept ..

Jayaram, Mithun enter semi-finals

  HO CHI MINH CITY, (PTI), AJAY Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath put in the hard yards to progress to the men’s singles semi-finals with contrasting wins at the USD 75,000 Vietnam Open Super Tour 100 tournament here on Friday. Former world no..

India send mega contingent to Asiad

  NEW DELHI, (PTI), SPORTS MINISTER Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Friday asked the Indian athletes and officials, who are part of the Asian Games contingent, to behave responsibly on and off the field during the mega sporting event starting nex..

Sharapova storms past Kasatkina, Kerber bows out

  MONTREAL, MARIA Sharapova fired 25 winners past hapless Russian compatriot Daria Kasatkina in a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the Montreal WTA event on Wednesday, but Angelique Kerber’s first match since capturing the Wimbledon title ended in a sob..

Athletes always aim for medals: Sakshi

  NEW DELHI, UNDER the scanner for her below-par performance in the run-up to the Asian Games, Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik is feeling the heat but insists that athletes always aim for medals so that fingers are not pointed at them. The 25-year..

Courtois joins Madrid as Chelsea await Kepa deal

  LONDON, CHELSEA and Real Madrid agreed terms on Wednesday for the transfer of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois subject to the agreement of personal terms and passing a medical.The deal should now pave the way for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa..

Romancing cinematic endeavours

  Amidst her wedding rumours, actress Tamannaah Bhatia says she is not on “a husband shopping spree” and that she is only romancing her cinematic endeavours right now.There are reports that Tamannaah, who was earlier rumoured to be in ..

Hope to do better at Asiad: Sindhu

  HYDERABAD, PV SINDHU believes Indian shuttlers haven’t got enough time to prepare for the Asian Games but expects the team to deliver more than just the one bronze medal claimed in the 2014 edition.Indian women’s team had won a bron..

Pogba keen to leave Man Utd for Barca

  LONDON, FRANCE World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday.The 25-year-old -- who scored in the 4-..

Asensio, Bale power Real to win

    EAST RUTHERFORD (US), REAL Madrid continued life without former star and five-time Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo with a pre-season International Champions Cup win over Serie A side AS Roma.With the Portuguese superstar movi..

Yogeshwar is my role model: Punia

Yogeshwar is my role model: Punia..

Siraj takes 10-for as India A beat SA A

    BENGALURU PACER Mohammed Siraj bagged his maiden 10-wicket haul as India A beat South Africa A by a comprehensive innings and 30 runs after stiff resistance from the middle order on the final day of the first ‘Test’.After hi..

Arun wants five bowlers at Lord’s

    NEW DELHI PLAYING an extra batsman in the second Test against England will be a “conservative move” with the Lord’s pitch looking more bowler-friendly than Edgbaston, feels India bowling coach Bharat Arun. India lost t..

‘Kohli can be put under pressure’

  BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND coach Trevor Bayliss feels the seemingly peerless Virat Kohli can be put under pressure if the home team’s bowlers can continue to tame the rest of the Indian line-up in the ongoing Test series.“If Virat Kohli is..

More motivated than ever: Swimmer Sejwal

  NEW DELHI, HE ALMOST quit swimming due to boredom and stagnation but Asian Games-bound Sandeep Sejwal says he is now more motivated than ever after being driven back to the pool by a fear of regrets.Sejwal claimed a bronze in the 50m breaststro..

Pressure will be on rivals, feels Sharath Kamal

  KOLKATA, STILL basking in the afterglow of Commonwealth Games glory, India’s top paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal feels the country’s upswing in table tennis will keep its more fancied rivals on their toes at the Asian Games although t..

Sindhu settles for silver, again

Sindhu settles for silver, again..

Can’t take five days off before Test series: Gavaskar

    NEW DELHI CRITICAL of the way India prepared for the Test series against England, Sunil Gavaskar says lack of serious practice ahead of the Birmingham game hurt India dearly as batsmen’s poor technique against moving deliveries wa..

Root not as good batsman as Kohli: Brearley

    I think Kohli is best in the world and anyone who averages 50-plus in all three formats must be a very, very fine player. He can play in every mode and so can Joe Root. But there is something ruthless about Kohli and he converts all..

Olympic final rematch

  NANJING (China), Sindhu seals second successive final spot To face Olympic champion Carolina of Spain on Sunday OLYMPIC silver medallist PV Sindhu continued her incredible run of form in the World Championships, earning a second successive fi..

Zverev beats Nishikori to reach semi-final, Murray withdraws

  WASHINGTON, DEFENDING champion Alexander Zverev outlasted Japan’s Kei Nishikori 3-6 6-1 6-4 to reach the ATP Washington Open semi-finals while three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray withdrew citing fatigue. Germany’s third-rank..

PSG thrash Monaco 4-0

  SHENZEN, BRAZILIAN superstar Neymar made his first club appearance since February as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Monaco 4-0 in the Champions Trophy in China on Saturday.Angel Di Maria’s double fired PSG to their first silverware under ne..

Kohli fights, India breathe

  BIRMINGHAM, (PTI), CHASING a coveted Test victory on English soil, a nervy India ended the action-packed third day of the first match at a precarious 110 for five, still 84 runs adrift from a tricky 194-run target. India allowed England to p..

Super Smriti smashes 60-ball century, takes Western Storm to win

  MANCHESTER, (PTI), SMRITI Mandhana continued her dream run smashing her way to a 60-ball-hundred as she powered Western Storms to an an easy seven-wicket win over Lancashire Thunder in a Kia Women’s T20 Super League encounter. Smriti hi..

Sindhu enters semis, assured of medal

  NANJING (China), (PTI), STAR Indian shuttler P V Sindhu avenged her heart-breaking summit clash defeat against Nozomi Okuhara last year as she produced a dominant display to beat her Japanese rival in straight games to storm into the semi-fin..

Saina, Sindhu move into quarters, Srikanth out

  NANJING (China),   OLYMPIC medallists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu sailed into the women’s singles quarter-finals with straight-game wins but it was curtains for Kidambi Srikanth at the BWF Badminton World Championships here on Thursd..

England keen to keep Southgate beyond Euro 2020

  LONDON, ENGLAND’S Football Association wants Gareth Southgate to stay on as manager beyond Euro 2020 but knows it cannot compete on wages if a Premier League club makes an approach. Southgate took England to the World Cup semi-finals in ..

Juventus top MLS All-Stars

  WASHINGTON, SERIE A champions Juventus got the best of Major League Soccer’s All-Stars in a penalty shootout Wednesday after an entertaining 1-1 draw in the North American league’s mid-season exhibition. Before a crowd of 72,317 at..

Contrasting wins for Sindhu, Srikanth

  NANJING (China), Badminton World Championship PV SINDHU and Kidambi Srikanth notched up contrasting wins to progress to the pre-quarterfinals but world no 11 HS Prannoy suffered a shock defeat to unheralded Brazilian Ygor Coelho to bow out of ..

Revenge, semi-finals spot on Indian eves’ mind

  LONDON, THEIR erratic campaign back on track, the Indian women’s hockey team would now be aiming to secure its first World Cup semi-final spot in 44 years by extracting revenge from giant-killers Ireland in the last-eight stage here on Th..

Ashwin to the four

  BIRMINGHAM, India surge ahead on Day 1 against England OFF-SPINNER Ravichandran Aswhin produced one of his impactful performances outside the sub-continent as India reduced England to 285 for nine on the opening day of the first cricket Test.A..

Saina, Srikanth record comfortable victories

  NANJING (China), TOP Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth notched up comfortable victories over their respective opponents to make an impressive start at the BWF World Championship here on Tuesday. Saina, who won a silver and bro..

India beat Italy, enter quarters

  LONDON, INDIAN women hockey team produced a much better performance when it mattered as they defeated Italy by three goals to nil in the Cross Overs to storm into the quarter-final of the World Cup Hockey Tournament, on Tuesday.The Rani Rampal-..

Ibrahimovic joins Ronaldo in skipping MLS All-Star Game

  ATLANTA, THE MLS All-Star Game will feature one of the world’s most storied clubs. Unfortunately for the more than 70,000 fans expected at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo is not along for the ride. After Portugal’s elimina..

Successful day for Indian shuttlers

    NANJING (China) INDIAN shuttlers enjoyed a comfortable outing on the opening day of the Badminton World Championship on Monday with H.S.Prannoy and Sameer Verma sailing into the second round of the men’s singles while the doubles ..

India U-19s trounce SL U-19s by six wickets

India U-19s trounce SL U-19s by six wickets..

‘Patience would be key in fickle English weather’

    BIRMINGHAM INDIA’S attack will have to show patience to take 20 wickets and in the fickle English weather, it could be a virtue for the batsmen as well, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said on Monday. The five-Test series starts with ..

India hold USA, progress to knock-outs

India hold USA, progress to knock-outs..

Sourabh wins Russian Open

Sourabh wins Russian Open..

Sindhu and Srikanth lead Indian challenge

    NANJING (China) OLYMPIC silver medallist P V Sindhu will look to break the jinx of losing major finals and better the colour of her medal when she spearheads the Indian challenge at the prestigious World Championship, starting here on M..

Plenty to ponder for India

  CHELMSFORD, (PTI), Dhawan, Pujara fail again INDIA failed to bowl out county side Essex in 94 overs before Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara suffered another batting failure on the final day of the one-off practice game, leaving the visit..

Neeraj Chopra qualifies for Diamond League Final

  ZURICH, (PTI), India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has qualified for the prestigious Diamond League Final, which will be held here on August 30. Reigning Commonwealth Games champion, Chopra, finished fifth in the Rabat (Morocco) ..

Sania sets sights on 2020 Olympics

DUBAI, (IANS), Out of action for a long period with a chronic knee injury and now her first pregnancy, ace Indian player Sania Mirza is hopeful of hitting the tennis court for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In a recent interview to Gulf News, former Doubl..

India colts tighten grip on Lanka

India colts tighten grip on Lanka..

Unimpressive India go down to Ireland

    LONDON INDIAN women are in danger of missing out on a quarter-final berth after Ireland pulled off a 1-0 victory in a hockeyWorld Cup group league match, here on Thursday.A 13th minute penalty corner conversion by Anna O’Flanagan ..

Int’l body admits mistake in Sanjita Chanu dope case

    NEW DELHI THE International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita Chanu in its report of her failed dope test, a development which has prompted the Commonwealth ..

Undeterred Sindhu eyes medal at Worlds, Asiad

  NEW DELHI, A TITLE has eluded P V Sindhu this season despite three summit appearances but the Indian ace says she is undeterred by the heartbreak and will aim for a fresh start in the upcoming World Championship in China and the Asian Games in ..

Nadal says, winning all matches not his aim, lives for competition

  MALLORCA (Spain), SPANISH tennis great and current world No.1 Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday that throughout his career, he has been driven by the thrill of the competition rather than a desire to win 100 per cent of his matches. On Wednesday,..

played WC finals with a back injury: Mbappe

  PARIS, FRANCE striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he played the World Cup semi-finals and final with a back injury he hid from his rivals.In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe says he displaced three vertebrae in his back during ..

Eager to win Asian Games gold: Rupinder Pal Singh

  NEW DELHI, BOOSTED by a strong comeback in the three-match series against New Zealand last week, ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh says the Indian hockey team is eager to carry forward the momentum into the upcoming Asian Games and win the go..

Mourinho wants Pogba’s WC focus at Man Utd

  Undated JOSE Mourinho believes the World Cup environment helped bring out the best in Paul Pogba and the Manchester United manager wants the France midfielder to show the same focus and intensity at the Premier League club. The 25-year-old, wh..

US star swimmer Lochte suspended for 14 months

  NEW YORK, US STAR swimmer Ryan Lochte has been banned for 14 months for receiving intravenous infusion, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced. Two months ago, he posted a photo on social media of himself receiving an intravenous infu..

India complete series whitewash

    BENGALURU THE Indian men’s hockey team thrashed New Zealand 4-0 in the third and final Test to complete a series whitewash at the Sports Authority of India centre.Rupinder Pal Singh (8th minute), Surender Kumar (15th), Mandeep Sin..

Rishabh has temperament and skills to bat differently: Dravid

    NEW DELHI RISHABH Pant has earned plaudits for his flamboyant batting in shorter formats but India A coach Rahul Dravid believes that the talented youngster has the “temperament and skills to bat differently” in longer forma..

‘India have strong bench strength in pace bowling’

    MUMBAI FORMER pacer Zaheer Khan believes that India have sufficient bench strength to make up for the absence of injured pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, at least for part of the upcoming five-Test series against hosts..

India beat Kiwis, take unassailable 2-0 lead

  BENGALURU, THE Indian men’s hockey team registered its second successive victory against New Zealand, beating the visitors 3-1 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengal..

Lakshya moves into final of Asian Juniors C’ship

  NEW DELHI, RISING Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stormed into the finals after disposing off fourth-seed Indonesian Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay in the semifinals of the Asia Junior Championships at Jakarta on Saturday.Sixth-seeded Lakshya, who ..

Will take confidence of ODI triumph into Tests: Bairstow

  LONDON, WICKETKEEPER-BATSMAN Jonny Bairstow says England will look to carrying forward the momentum of their come-from-behind ODI series triumph against India into the Test arena.The 28-year-old said: “There’s an overlap of players ..

Shubhankar gives himself a birthday present 

  CARNOUSTIE (Scotland), (PTI), SHUBHANKAR Sharma on Friday became the youngest Indian golfer to make the cut in any Major after he capped a wonderful back nine to achieve the feat at the 147th Open Championships here. Shubhankar gave himself the ..

Swann predicts Indian comeback 

  LONDON, (PTI), FORMER off-spinner Graeme Swann foresees a strong Indian comeback in next month’s Test series against England if the ball fails to swing, the chances of which are high due to a warmer-than-usual English summer. India lost..

Indian women take on hosts England in World Cup opener

LONDON, (PTI), AN UPBEAT Indian team is set to take on hosts England in its opening match of the Women’s Hockey World Cup here on Saturday. Grouped in Pool B, India will take on world number 16 Ireland on July 26 followed by world number 7 USA ..

‘We need to find good balance’

  LEEDS, (PTI), INDIA will have to find the right balance in the ODI side and get their “act together” before the World Cup next year, said skipper Virat Kohli after his team’s 1-2 loss in the three-match series. “These..

Pant earns maiden call-up to Indian Test team, Shami back; Rohit ignored again

  LEEDS, (PTI), YOUNG wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Wednesday named in the 18-member Indian squad for the first three Tests against England, but senior batsman Rohit Sharma was once again ignored for the five-day format.The 20-year-old P..

Dhoni seeks match ball, sets speculation swirling on future

  LEEDS, (PTI), MAHENDRA Singh Dhoni’s future has once again become fodder for speculation after the talismanic-but-currently-off-colour former India skipper sought the match ball at the end of the lost third ODI against England here.The 3..

Arjun, the other Tendulkar, picks wicket on India U-19 debut

    COLOMBO ARJUN Tendulkar, son of arguably one of the greatest batsmen some of whose unique records are tipped to live down the ages, on Tuesday made his much-anticipated international debut on a ground identified by its unique name.Sach..

CoA chief Rai plays down head coaches’ controversial exit

    NEW DELHI COMMITTEE of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai played down the recent trend of senior players influencing the future of coaches in Indian cricket, saying “there was nothing new in it”.Indian women’s crick..

Eng canter to series win

    LEEDS ENGLAND produced a perfect peformance with the bat and ball to turn the tables on India and took the One-Day International series 2-1 with a thumping eight-wicket win in the final game at Headingley on Tuesday. Leading the Englan..

Croatia team gets heroes’ welcome

  ZAGREB, TENS of thousands of Croatians gave a heroes’ welcome to their team in Zagreb after the squad returned from Russia following their World Cup final defeat.A crowd estimated at more than 1,00,000 thronged the capital’s main sq..

Raucous welcome to World Champs

  PARIS, THE World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome as hundreds of thousands packed the Champs Elysees for their victory parade ahead of a presidential reception in the evening.France overcame a determined Croatia ..

World Cup win as beautiful as 1998 victory: Deschamps

  MOSCOW, DIDIER Deschamps said France were “swimming in happiness” after his players interrupted his post-World Cup final press conference, dancing and showering their manager in drinks as they celebrated their 4-2 win over Croatia.T..

A Victor A Winner

      MOSCOW, France win historic trophy, gritty Croatia win hearts Young Player AwardKylian MbappeGolden Ball WinnerLuka ModricGolden Boot AwardHarry Kane Statistics France Croatia 6 Shots on targe..

From Paris to Moscow, France fans go wild

  PARIS/MOSCOW, MILLIONS of French soccer fans were delirious with joy on Sunday as France beat Croatia 4-2 to win soccer’s World Cup in a pulsating final in Moscow that sparked ecstatic scenes from Paris to Marseille and beyond.In Paris, w..