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Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:01:00 GMT

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The great escapes on Day 1 of Australian Open

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:26:37 +0530

Defending champion Angelique Kerber battled her nerves and blew a match point in the second set before finally overcoming Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the second round.

Aus Open PHOTOS: Halep ousted; Wawrinka and Nishikori survive

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:08:30 +0530

Images from Day 1 of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, on Monday.

F1: Bottas replaces world champion Rosberg at Mercedes

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:58:04 +0530

Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas will partner Britain's triple world champion Lewis Hamilton at dominant Mercedes, winners of the last three drivers and constructors' titles and favourites again this year.

PHOTOS: Federer makes winning return at Australian Open

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:46:12 +0530

Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game on Monday, thrilling a packed Rod Laver Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round.

Australian Open: Knight in rusty armour Murray battles through

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:35:18 +0530

Andy Murray took to Melbourne Park's centre court as top seed at a grand slam for the first time in his career on Monday but the recently knighted Briton's victory over Illya Marchenko was far from a regal display.

Ramos sees reverse in fortunes as Real's record run ends

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:41:50 +0530

Sergio Ramos has so often been Real Madrid's man of the moment but the captain saw the tables turn as his own goal helped his former club Sevilla to a 2-1 win over the La Liga leaders on Sunday, ending a record-breaking 40-game unbeaten run.

'Switch hit': Big Bash cricket to Aus Open, Barty back with Beck win

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:17:19 +0530

The 20-year-old, free of a shoulder injury that forced her out of qualifying for last week's Hobart tournament, won her first match at the Australian Open at her fourth attempt with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Germany's Annika Beck.

Mourinho-Klopp touchline confrontation adds to EPL publicity

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:17:57 +0530

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho played down the touchline confrontation that flared up between him and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp near the end of Sunday's Premier League draw.

Almagro denies money motivation after playing just 23 minutes!

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:38:16 +0530

'I was top 10, I have more than $10 million. I'm not going to play for $50,000. It is not the reason'

Inspiring! This Marathoner wants you to break free

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:47:04 +0530

Partially paralysed but with unbreakable will power and determination, Nihad Panju has beaten the odds to become a fitness freak and is all set to run his 4th Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.

Serie A: Juve's lead at the top cut after defeat at Fiorentina

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:43:59 +0530

Gonzalo Higuain pulled one back three minutes later with a typically opportunist goal, the Argentine's 13th in the league this season, to set up a tense final half hour.

EPL: Exceptional Ibra to United's rescue again in Liverpool draw

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:43:53 +0530

Zlatan Ibrahimovic noted this week in his own inimitably self-regarding fashion that he had taken just three months to conquer England.

Manchester City's title hopes hit by Everton teens

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:45:57 +0530

Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were delivered a grievous blow on Sunday as Everton's inspired Romelu Lukaku and teenagers Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman made it another crushing afternoon for Pep Guardiola.

Aus Open: Federer, Kerber in the spotlight on day one

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:17:54 +0530

Andy Murray embarks on his first Grand Slam campaign as world number one with much stronger title credentials, even if he has lost five finals at Melbourne Park.

PHOTOS: Simbu, Kitur emerge winners at Mumbai Marathon

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:12:20 +0530

Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu won the men's elite full marathon event while Kenya's Bornes Kitur bagged the women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai, on Sunday.

EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal enjoy big wins

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:12:57 +0530

Chelsea made light of striker Diego Costa's absence to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a 3-0 win at champions Leicester City.

Chennai edge past Mumbai to win Premier Badminton League title

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:51:21 +0530

Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk produced a superb comeback against Ajay Jayaram in the deciding fifth rubber to help Chennai Smashers edge out Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in a thrilling final to clinch the Premier Badminton League season 2 title.

EPL: Special hat-trick for new dad Kane as Spurs thrash West Brom

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:47:28 +0530

Kane, who became a father for the first time last Sunday, celebrated with a treble -- and it could have been more -- as Spurs coasted to a surprisingly easy win, their seventh straight victory in all competitions, to move into second in the table.

FC Barcelona director removed after anti-Messi remarks

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:32:03 +0530

Barcelona removed Pere Gratacos as their institutional sporting relations director on Friday after he claimed that Lionel Messi "would not be as good" without his teammates.

Tennis round-up: Tearful Muller wins in Sydney for first tour title

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:02:13 +0530

The 33-year-old left-hander from Luxembourg had lost all five of his previous tour finals but prevailed at the sixth attempt in the Australian Open warm-up event at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

Serena defers engagement joy as 7th Aus Open in sight

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:40:08 +0530

The World No 2 announced her commitment to the social media entrepreneur shortly before the New Year and while it was "great", she was pushing it to the back of her mind, at least until after Melbourne Park.

No Sir, confident Murray comfortable with being called 'Andy'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:38:08 +0530

Losing five Melbourne Park finals would leave many believing they were destined to never win the Australian Open title but world number one Andy Murray remains confident that this could be the year he lays his demons to rest.

Government ask AITA to conduct election as per Sports Code

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:25:20 +0530

To ensure that the National Sports Federations (NSFs) elect office bearers as per the Sports Code only, the government has hardened its stance and latest to fall in line is All India Tennis Association, which has agreed to elect its new President next month.

Zico leaves FC Goa after three seasons in charge

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:09:55 +0530

In its immediate next step, the club is in the process of appointing a Technical Director, who has the relevant coaching experience and scouting knowledge within the Indian footballing ecosystem.

Chelsea drop Costa after row over fitness?

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:44:02 +0530

Costa, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, will miss Saturday's game following a disagreement with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and a club fitness coach Julio Tous, the reports say.

Yuki falls to make cut for Australian Open

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:30:20 +0530

There will be no Indian presence in the singles main draw at the Australia Open this year with Yuki Bhambri stumbling at the final hurdle, losing his third and final qualifying round match to Ernesto Escobedo, in Melbourne on Saturday.

Holders Barcelona avoid Real Madrid in King's Cup draw

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:42:27 +0530

Holders Barcelona were drawn on Friday to play Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup while Celta Vigo will take on Real Madrid.

Sania-Strycova fail to cross final hurdle at Sydney International

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:42:31 +0530

Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova went down to Timea Babos of Hungary and Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets in the final of the Apia International tennis tournament in Sydney on Friday.

Sports Ministry revokes IOA suspension

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:56:00 +0530

The Sports Ministry on Friday lifted the suspension on the Indian Olympic Association with immediate effect after it removed the corruption-tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents following widespread outrage.

Tennis round-up: Konta wins Sydney title; Goffin retains Kooyong crown

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:11 +0530

Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title.

Djokovic faces huge test as he opens Australian Open defence

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:11:50 +0530

Top seed Andy Murray could meet Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the third round, while Serena faces tricky Belinda Bencic in opening round

China faces one-year ban after trio stripped of Beijing golds

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:45:35 +0530

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it had disqualified weightlifting gold medallists Cao Lei (75kg), Chen Xiexia (48 kg) and Liu Chunhong (69kg) from the Beijing Games after they tested positive for prohibited substances.

Who will wear the champions' crown at the Australian Open?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:28:43 +0530

As the players warm up before the tournament, meet the players who could well be contenders for the 2017 Australian Open titles.

King's Cup: Real claim record with last-gasp draw against Sevilla

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:45:12 +0530

Real Madrid set a Spanish record of 40 matches unbeaten in all competitions after they came back from two goals behind to snatch a 3-3 draw at Sevilla with a last-gasp equaliser from Karim Benzema in the King's Cup on Thursday.

Djokovic. Novak Djokovic. Licensed to thrill

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:08:12 +0530

'007, Why not? Maybe this is the year. Seven in 17. I'm not a numerologist but it sounds good'

FIFA Rankings: Constantine-coached India climb 42 places in less than two years

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:10:39 +0530

'The National Team gaining its best ranking since December 2005 shows that we are on the upsurge. The ranking enables us to be placed in pot two when the draw for the Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 is to be conducted later this month'

Murray joins Bolt, Ronaldo in running for Laureus award

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:37:30 +0530

The contest for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award promises to be one of the most competitive ever with the likes of Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Murray vying for top honours.

Murray, Kerber top seeds at Australian Open, Federer is 17th

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:58:47 +0530

World No 1s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber have been named top seeds for the first major of the season, Australian Open, which will commences on January 16.

Vijay Amritraj slams AITA decision to sack brother Anand as Davis Cup captain

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:31:17 +0530

Surprised by the sacking of his elder brother as India's Davis Cup skipper, the legendary Vijay Amritraj says Anand Amritraj is the country's best captain in the last three decades and it is quite against the trend to remove a winning leader.

PHOTOS: Djokovic tries his hand at cricket

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:52 +0530

The 29-year-old Serbian tried his hand at different sports including cricket, football, wheelchair tennis and basketball during 'A Night with Novak' at the Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday night.

PHOTOS: Messi fires Barca to victory, Southampton stun Liverpool

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:06:37 +0530

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target as holders Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Wednesday to overturn a deficit from the first leg and advance to the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.

Euro 2016 gave France massive financial boost

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:22:59 +0530

Last year's European Championship soccer tournament generated a 1.22 billion euro ($1.3 billion) boost for host France, a study commissioned by the French government showed on Wednesday.

Financial caps could see Messi leave Barca for FREE!

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:15:12 +0530

The club could also sell other players to in order to create a new contract for Messi, who is the top scorer in La Liga this season with 13 goals.

World's oldest soccer player to play another season!

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:33:38 +0530

Japanese striker Kazuyoshi Miura will extend one of soccer's longest professional careers by 12 months after the 49-year-old agreed a new deal with second division Yokohama FC on Wednesday.

Paes-Sa oust top seeds; Sania-Strycova in quarters

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:07:56 +0530

Leander Paes and his new partner Andre Sa shocked the top-seeded pair of Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in the ASB Classic in Auckland, to commence their partnership on a successful note on Wednesday.

Mixed day for India at Australian Open qualifiers

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:22:29 +0530

The 534th ranked Yuki, who missed out on half the season in 2016 due to a tennis elbow injury, conjured up a 6-1, 6-4 win against his 116th-ranked American opponent.

Inspiring! Two young footballers from Kashmir to play for Spanish club

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:57:30 +0530

Mohammed Asrar Rehbar and Basit Ahmed, two 18-year old footballers hailing from Srinagar city of Kashmir, have been shortlisted to play for Sociedad Deportiva Lenense, a third division professional club in Spain.

PHOTOS: Lionel Messi statue in Buenos Aires broken in two

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:53:19 +0530

A statue of Lionel Messi in Argentina's capital has been broken in half, with the player's upper body, arms and head removed.

PHOTOS: Manchester United turn frustration into jubilation

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:49:11 +0530

Manchester United turned frustration into jubilation as they planted one foot in the League Cup final after a late Marouane Fellaini header gave them a 2-0 win over Hull City in the first leg of their last four clash.

FIFA to expand World Cup teams to 48. Do you support the move?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:09:52 +0530

The new format will be made up of 16 groups of three teams.

Want to work hard to stay No 1: Marin

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:48:56 +0530

She might have won almost all big events in a short span of her international career but Olympic champion and World No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain says she is still hungry for titles.

Jwala expresses desire to join BAI to change fate of doubles players

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:41:57 +0530

'I want to join the association in the administration, may be as an advisor to address the plaguing issues of Indian doubles'

PIX: Russian teen ousts World No 1 Kerber; Sharapova to return

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:10:17 +0530

Angelique Kerber's build-up for next week's Australian Open suffered a setback with the German world number one going down in straight sets to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the Sydney International.

IOA drops Kalmadi, Chautala; to regain Sports Ministry's recognition

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:19:21 +0530

Facing a severe backlash for appointing scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as life presidents, the Indian Olympic Association has been forced to revoke its controversial decision.

FIFA agrees to expand football World Cup to 48 teams

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:14:08 +0530

The World Cup will expand to 48 teams from its current 32, starting with the 2026 edition of football's showpiece tournament.

Maradona backs plans to expand World Cup to 48 teams

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:14:01 +0530

Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina's former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interest in the tournament.

The night Ronaldo stole the show

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:44:39 +0530

The night Ronaldo stole the show

Why Tiger Woods texts McIlroy at 4am

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:31:32 +0530

World number two Rory McIlroy has said he still resents the Olympic Games for forcing him to choose between Britain and Ireland and revealed that Tiger Woods sends him texts in the early hours.

Ronaldo wins FIFA's Player of the Year Award

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:58:39 +0530

'I'm very happy and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career, the trophy shows that people aren't blind and watch the games.'

Fit-again Geeta Phogat ready to Dangal in Pro Wrestling League

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:29:48 +0530

After days of speculation on her fitness, former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Geeta Phogat was on Monday declared fit to take part in the Pro Wrestling League.

PHOTOS: Messi salvages draw for Barcelona, Juventus set record

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:26:50 +0530

Barcelona's Lionel Messi rescued a 1-1 draw at Villarreal with a sensational late free-kick on Sunday but could not prevent the champions finishing the weekend third in La Liga, five points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Bungle in Dangal: Babita out of PWL, Geeta doubtful

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 09:17:35 +0530

The Pro Wrestling League's star quotient took a massive hit on Sunday after one of the Phogat sisters, who are in the limelight following a blockbuster biopic on their struggle, was ruled out of the ongoing season.

I-League: 10-man Mohun Bagan pip Churchill Brothers

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:48:08 +0530

Former champions Mohun Bagan rode on a Balwant Singh first-half strike and held their nerves after being reduced to 10 men to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over Churchill Brothers in their 10th I-League opener in Barasat on Sunday.

Agut subdues Medvedev to lift Chennai Open title

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:41:13 +0530

The World number 14 subdued the young Russian 6-3, 6-4 to capture his fifth ATP singles title.

FA Cup: Fourth-tier Plymouth hold Liverpool; Chelsea win

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:34:20 +0530

Determined defending and unstinting effort kept the League Two team in the game against opponents lying second in the Premier League, almost 70 places above them.

PBL: Delhi Acers beat Chennai Smashers to register first win

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 22:58:11 +0530

Defending champions Delhi Acers defeated Chennai Smashers 5-2 to register their first win of the Premier Badminton Premier Season 2 at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium, in Bengaluru on Sunday.

How to produce an Indian tennis champ

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:16:48 +0530

Tamil Nadu Tennis Association Vice President Karti Chidambaram says the top 5-6 players such as Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal, Dhakshineshwar Suresh and Nitin Sinha should be supported to travel with a common coach and trainer, play 26 tournaments, out of which at least 18 are abroad, train for 20 weeks and have six weeks of rest in a year.

Dimitrov stuns Nishikori to end trophy drought with Brisbane title

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:40:50 +0530

The 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win at the Pat Rafter arena was the 25-year-old's first in four attempts against world number five Nishikori and will boost his confidence ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on January 16 in Melbourne.

Europe football: Napoli snatch 95th minute win against 10-man Sampdoria

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 16:34:14 +0530

Draxler makes PSG debut as holders advance into French Cup last 32

PHOTOS: Djokovic downs Murray to win Qatar crown

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 16:02:22 +0530

Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men's tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world number one, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha on Saturday.

Kuznetsova opens Sydney defence with win, seeds withdraw

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:35:24 +0530

Svetlana Kuznetsova opened the defence of her Sydney International title with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday as the Australian Open warm-up event suffered a pair of big-name withdrawals.

Rooney matches Charlton to become Manchester United's leading scorer

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:00:00 +0530

Wayne Rooney made history by equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United record and becoming the club's leading all-time goalscorer after netting his 249th goal (543 matches) during an FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday.

Matching Charlton beyond my imagination, says Rooney

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:48:35 +0530

Wayne Rooney said he could never have imagined equalling Bobby Charlton's Manchester United scoring record after bagging his 249th goal for the club in his side's 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading on Saturday.

Five reasons for Real Madrid's unbeaten run

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:47:19 +0530

Real Madrid's 5-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions. Reuters Sport takes a look at the factors behind their run.

Modi-Costa discuss football exchange programmes

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:16:09 +0530

PM Modi gifted Cristiano Ronaldo's autographed jersey by Portugal PM

Agut to face Medvedev in Chennai Open final

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:10:48 +0530

Second seed and world number 14 Roberto Bautista Agut outclassed Benoit Paire in a lop-sided semi-final to set up the singles title clash of the ATP Chennai Open with young Daniil Medvedev, who rallied to reach his maiden ATP final, in Chennai on Saturday.

PBL: Marin sees off Ponnappa as Hyderabad beat Bengaluru

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 22:27:08 +0530

Rio Olympics gold medallist Carolina Marin won her trump game after facing some anxious moments against Ashwini Ponnappa as Hyderabad Hunters defeated Bengaluru Smashers 4-3 in a sea-saw Premier Badminton League contest in Bengaluru on Saturday.

I-League: Bukenya saves EB the blushes in season opener

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:37:36 +0530

Super sub Ivan Bukenya's strike a minute before the regulation time saved East Bengal the blushes as they managed to hold minnows Aizawl FC to a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the 10th I-League football tournament in Barasat (West Bengal) on Saturday.

Gasquet inspires France to second Hopman Cup title

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:44:30 +0530

Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet beat Coco Vandeweghe and Jack Sock of the United States on Saturday to win France's second Hopman Cup title in Perth.

Real Madrid go unbeaten and equal record after thrashing Grenada

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:19:30 +0530

Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing struggling Granada 5-0 on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of La Liga.

Indian sweep medals at U-19 British Junior Open squash

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:49:38 +0530

It turned out to be a dream tournament for India as the boys the medals, winning a gold, silver and bronze, in the U-19 category in the prestigious British Junior Open.

Sania ends 91-week reign as World No 1 despite Brisbane title

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:43:33 +0530

Her doubles partner, Bethanie-Mattek Sands now wears the 'Miss World No.1 crown'

Pliskova breaks into top five after claiming Brisbane title

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:06:58 +0530

Czech Karolina Pliskova crushed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-0, 6-3 with a barrage of winners to win the Brisbane International title on Saturday and signal her intent for this month's Australian Open.

Siniakova captures maiden title with Shenzhen win

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 17:54:35 +0530

The Czech world number 52 had beaten top-10 players Simona Halep and Johanna Konta on her way to the final

Guardiola wants Manchester City to become 'believers'

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 17:15:41 +0530

ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola had his spirits cheered with a 5-0 FA Cup thrashing of West Ham United on Friday that the Spaniard hopes will turn his side into "believers" for the rest of the campaign.

Dimitrov vs Nishikori in Brisbane; Murray-Djokovic face off in Doha

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 15:37:54 +0530

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov upset top seed and defending champion Milos Raonic of Canada at the Brisbane International on Saturday to set up a title clash against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Australian Boys champion Anderson charged with match fixing

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:19:04 +0530

Australian teenager Oliver Anderson, one of the brightest young talents in tennis, has been charged by police with involvement in match fixing following an investigation, local media reported on Thursday.

Nadal bows out, Nishikori eases into Brisbane semi

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:47:48 +0530

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Brisbane International after going down at the hands of top-seed Milos Raonic of Canada in their quarter-final clash here on Friday.World number three Raonic recorded only his second victory over Nadal in eight meetings with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in the last-eight contest that lasted two hours and 21 minutes.

Intelligent Ronaldo accepts need to rest more: Zidane

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:31:33 +0530

Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted that he needs to rest more and that sitting out the odd game is in the interests of him and Real Madrid, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday.Real's all-time top scorer has missed four of his team's 15 league games this season, two more than in the whole of the last campaign, and he was a surprise omission from the squad for Wednesday's King's Cup game against Sevilla.Zidane remarked last year that he would prefer Ronaldo to rest more after injuries forced him to miss vital games at the end of the season, although the Frenchman appears to have reached agreement with his talisman this campaign.

Croatian Cilic ready to challenge Big Four for Slams this season

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:15:31 +0530

'Goran had quite a big influence on me to change my mentality and focus on my game. He changed my serve, I started to get aggressive and that is what I needed in my career'

Mourinho backs World Cup expansion, video technology

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:14:03 +0530

Jose Mourinho believes an expanded World Cup tournament would develop the sport in areas lacking strong soccer foundations without proving to be a burden for both clubs or players in major leagues.

Pique wants refreeing to improve

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:19:48 +0530

'We want to play football and not roulette, which is what this type of refereeing provokes. The penalty claims by Neymar and me are clear but we already know how this works'

Barcelona lose first leg of cup tie in fiery Bilbao affair

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:00:26 +0530

King's Cup holders Barcelona have a fight on their hands if they are to remain in the competition after losing a fiery first leg of their last-16 tie at Athletic Club 2-1 on Thursday despite playing the final 10 minutes with a two-man advantage.Spain striker Aritz Aduriz headed Bilbao in front in the 25th minute and the veteran produced an audacious flick to tee up youngster Inaki Williams to volley in the second three minutes later.Talisman Lionel Messi pulled a full-strength Barca side back into the game with a free-kick in the 52nd minute which came off the underside of the bar and over the line.

I'm not going to retire in two or three years: Guardiola

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:08:40 +0530

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has clarified comments that suggested he was making plans for an early retirement, with the Spaniard insisting he was not ready to quit management.

Leicester's Mahrez named African Footballer of the Year

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:24:28 +0530

Riyad Mahrez, who inspired Leicester City to an extraordinary Premier League title triumph last season, was named African Footballer of the Year on Thursday.

Nice striker Balotelli banned for two matches

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:58:00 +0530

Mario Balotelli has been banned for two games after being sent off near the end of Nice's 0-0 draw with Girondins de Bordeaux on December 21, Ligue 1's disciplinary said on Thursday.

Chelsea's Mikel joins China gold rush with move to Tianjin

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:38:08 +0530

Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League gold rush after leaving Chelsea for Tianjin Teda.

Yuki ousted as India's challenge ends in singles at Chennai Open

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:49:36 +0530

An erratic Yuki Bhambri paid for his unforced errors as he was knocked out of the Chennai Open with a straight sets defeat against world number 47 Benoit Paire.

Paes rules out retirement, says his comments were misread

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:12:01 +0530

The iconic Leander Paes has ruled out immediate retirement from the competitive tennis, saying his comments were misconstrued and he actually aims to capture another Chennai Open trophy next year and motivate his new partner to win his maiden Grand Slam title.Paes and Brazilian Andre Sa began the 2017 season with a defeat against Indian team of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in the opening round on Wednesday night.

Paes starts 2017 season with defeat in company of new partner

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:35:11 +0530

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes began the 2017 season and his partnership with Andre Sa on a disappointing note as they crashed out of the Chennai Open with a straight sets defeat against rising stars Divij Sharan and Purav Raja in Chennai.Paes and his 111th partner were sent packing 4-6 4-6 in 67 minutes by Sharan and Raja, who enjoyed a successful 2016 season with four Challenger level titles and silently broke into top-70.Both Raja and Sharan are establishing themselves as force to reckon with as they look for their third ATP World Tour title at a home event.