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Indian Aces lose 20-24 to UAE Royals before IPTL final

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:30:01 +0530

Indian Aces, already assured of a place in the title clash, suffered a 20-24 defeat against UAE Royals in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), in Hyderabad on Sunday.

EPL: Arsenal hit back to beat Stoke and move top

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:21:26 +0530

Free-scoring Arsenal replaced Chelsea as Premier League leaders as goals either side of halftime by Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil helped them recover from a slow start to beat Stoke City 3-1 on Saturday.

Advani in pre-quarters of 150-Up World Billiards Championship

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:48:33 +0530

Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani blanked Sasan Lashkari 3-0 to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the 150-Up format in the IBSF World Billiards Championship, in Bengaluru on Saturday.

ISL: ATK rally past Mumbai City 3-2 in dramatic first leg semis

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:06:18 +0530

Iain Hume struck twice as former champions Atletico de Kolkata rallied to edge past Mumbai CityFC 3-2 in the first leg of the Indian Super League semi-finals, in Kolkata on Saturday.

Jr Hockey WC: Rampaging India continue winning run, beat England 5-3

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:49:47 +0530

Minnows Austria continued to impress in the ongoing men's Junior Hockey World Cup as they spanked declining Asian powerhouse Korea 5-2 in Lucknow on Saturday to remain in contention for a surprise quarter-final berth from Pool A in the 16-team tournament.

La Liga: Barca back to winning ways as they down Osasuna

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:47:44 +0530

Barcelona put pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid by picking up their first win in four games as two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suarez secured a 3-0 win at struggling Osasuna on Saturday.

Korea Open: Kashyap knocked out in semis

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:21:43 +0530

Indian shuttler P Kashyap's good run at the Korea Open came to an end after he suffered a narrow defeat against top seed Son Wan Ho in the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Gold tournament in Jeju, Korea, on Saturday.

Unfair that inferior teams are higher than United: Mourinho

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:02:49 +0530

United, who have drawn six of their 14 league matches, are in sixth position going into Sunday's home game with fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur

London Chess Classic: Anand draws with Caruana

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:08:36 +0530

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand got off to a good start with an easy draw against World No.2 United States' Fabiano Caruana in the first round of the London Chess Classic, the final leg of the Grand Chess tour.

China's Chen banned for two years for doping at Rio

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:20:27 +0530

Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi has been banned for two years after failing a drug test at the Rio Olympics, the sport's governing body (FINA) said.

Real's Ronaldo, Modric, Benzema rested for Deportivo game

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:11:23 +0530

Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in Real Madrid's game against Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday after the prolific Portuguese forward was left out of the squad on Friday.

Roma midfielder Strootman gets two-match ban overturned

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:05:16 +0530

AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman's two-match ban for simulation during his team's 2-0 win over local rivals Lazio on Sunday has been overturned, the Italian FA said on Friday.

Jr Hockey World Cup: Germany eke out fighting win over NZ

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:02:13 +0530

Six-time champions and title holders Germany continued their fine form and defeated New Zealand 2-1 in a closely-fought Pool C encounter to virtually seal their place in the quarter-final of the men's Junior Hockey World Cup, in Lucknow on Friday.

Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from conspiracy to conceal doping

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:57:10 +0530

'We are now able to confirm a cover up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games. It was a cover up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy'

Kashyap fights back to march into Korea Open semi-finals

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:33:04 +0530

Commonwealth Games champion P Kashyap advanced to the semi-finals of the Korea Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament after edging past Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin in a three-game thriller in Jeju, Korea on Friday.

Bangladesh unions sue FIFA over Qatar World Cup workers' rights

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:26:41 +0530

Bangladesh labour activists said on Friday they had joined a lawsuit in Switzerland against world soccer body FIFA for allegedly failing to use its influence to ensure people working on 2022 World Cup facilities in Qatar are treated fairly.

Rosberg hits back at Lauda over retirement comments

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:04:05 +0530

Newly-crowned Formula One champion Nico Rosberg issued a stinging rebuke to Niki Lauda after the Mercedes boss slammed the former for leaving the team in the lurch by announcing a sudden retirement from the sport.

Mary moves back to 48kg light flyweight division

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:47:30 +0530

The fire back in her belly after overcoming the Rio Olympic heartbreak, celebrated Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom has decided to go back to the light flyweight 48kg division amid speculation that it is among the two categories that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pushing for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

British police say soccer child sex scandal may affect 98 clubs

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:36:23 +0530

British police investigating allegations of widespread child sex abuse at soccer clubs dating back to the 1970s said on Friday they had identified 83 potential suspects and possible links to 98 clubs, including some from the Premier League.

Australia beefs up integrity unit ahead of 2017 Oz Open

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:44:00 +0530

Australia's tennis association has added two full-time investigators to its integrity unit and promised greater prize money at lower-tier events in a bid to thwart betting-related corruption.

Disrespectful Infantino won't answer my calls: Blatter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:13:00 +0530

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says successor Gianni Infantino has showed him no respect by failing to return his phone calls.

Romanian lifter, Russian boxer stripped of Rio Olympic medals

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:36:43 +0530

Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian and Russian boxer Misha Aloian have been stripped of their 2016 Olympic medals after failing doping tests at the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

PHOTOS: Mkhitaryan sparkles as United reach Europa last 32

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:27:25 +0530

Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made a mockery of his two-month exile from the starting lineup with a superb individual effort, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured an easy win that banished memories of their earlier group stage struggles.

PHOTOS: Dortmund beat Real to top spot, Porto crush Leicester

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:50:05 +0530

Real Madrid failed to win their Champions League group for the first time in four years when a late goal by substitute Marco Reus allowed Borussia Dortmund to equalise and clinch a 2-2 draw.

Ethics Board extends IAAF officials' suspension

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:24:46 +0530

Three senior athletics officials have had their provisional suspension from the sport extended by the IAAF's Ethics Board as it continues its investigation into their alleged involvement in a suspected cover-up of Russian doping cases.

Former Real players Alonso, Di Maria, Carvalho charged with tax fraud

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:17:39 +0530

Spanish prosecutors have brought tax fraud charges against three former Real Madrid players, Xabi Alonso, Ricardo Carvalho and Angel di Maria and opened investigations into two other players, a prosecution source confirmed on Wednesday.

Bengaluru FC to face Jordan's Al Wehdat in ACL prelims stage 2

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:06:42 +0530

I-League champions Bengaluru FC will play against Jordanian club Al Wehdat SC in their AFC Champions League Preliminary Stage 2 fixture in an away tie on January 31.

Another defeat for Indian Aces in IPTL

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:53:38 +0530

Indian Aces suffered a 20-27 defeat at the hands of a determined Japan Warriors in the crucial Singapore leg but continue to sit on top of the points table of the IPTL, in Singapore on Wednesday.

IBSF World Billiards: Kothari upsets Advani, Gilchrist in semis

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:46:22 +0530

Reigning national Champion Sourav Kothari pulled off a big upset by shocking 10-time world champion Pankaj Advani in the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Long-Up format in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Play stopped at Ladies European Tour event after caddie dies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:02:33 +0530

The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament was suspended on Wednesday 7after the death of a caddie on the course, the Ladies European Tour said in a statement.

Roma midfielder Strootman gets two-match ban for simulation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:05:19 +0530

AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has been banned for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct during his team's 2-0 win over local rivals Lazio on Sunday, the Serie A disciplinary committee said on Tuesday.

Former champs Dempo SC pull out of I-League

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:51:46 +0530

Dempo SC, on Wednesday, withdrew from the I-League for the upcoming season in protest against AIFF's proposed roadmap to restructure domestic football, dealing another body blow to the sport in India.

Mourinho's agent: Coach paid $27 million in taxes in Spain

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:22:45 +0530

Jose Mourinho's agent says the Manchester United manager paid more than 26 million euros (USD 27 million) in taxes when he lived in Spain from 2010-13.

Djokovic has not worked hard enough, says Becker

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:10:10 +0530

Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world number one by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian's former coach Boris Becker said on Wednesday.Speaking a day after the two terminated their cooperation by mutual consent, German Becker said Djokovic's need to spend more time with his family had derailed him on the court.

Fans stabbed in Kiev before Champions League tie

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:28:19 +0530

Ten people were treated in hospital for knife wounds after hundreds of Dynamo Kiev and Besiktas fans clashed in the Ukrainian capital before Tuesday's Champions League match, local media reported.Around 600 fans were involved in clashes near the Olympiyskiy stadium, which will host the 2018 Champions League final, before Dynamo's 6-0 victory, Football 1 channel reported.The Turkish supporters were attacked by Ukrainian rivals while approaching the stadium with knives and bats being used in the clashes, reports said.

Djokovic splits with coach Becker after three years

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:18:36 +0530

World number two Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he and his coach Boris Becker have mutually agreed to end their three-year-long partnership.Djokovic, who lost the number one ranking he had held for 122 weeks to Britain's Andy Murray in November, asserted the goals they had set together have been fulfilled. He also thanked the German tennis legend for his cooperation and dedication."Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation. The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment," the 29-year-old, who clinched this year's Australian and French Open, confirmed on Facebook.

Champions League: Bayern beat Atletico; Barca and Arsenal win

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:19:45 +0530

Robert Lewandowski scored a brilliant free kick to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in their last Champions League Group D outing on Tuesday, ending the 100 percent record of their opponents.The Poland international curled the ball over the wall and into the corner of the net in the 28th minute but the goal had no impact on the final standings with Atletico guaranteed top spot and Bayern in second place.

Ronaldo set to win Ballon d'or, claims Spanish media

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:37:55 +0530

Real Madrid star striker Critiano Ronaldo has been reportedly informed that he will be crowned this year's Ballon d'or winner.

United have ability to finish in top four, says Guardiola

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:48:16 +0530

ManchesterCity manager Pep Guardiola has expressed doubts over whether Manchester United can challenge for the Premier League title but believes they have a realistic chance of finishing in the top four.

Man City, Chelsea charged with failing to control players

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:24:25 +0530

Later on Monday, West Bromwich Albion and Watford were also charged for failing to control their players in Saturday's league game at the Hawthorns, which the hosts won 3-1

EPL: Middlesbrough edge Hull thanks to Ramirez header

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:45:52 +0530

Middlesbrough moved away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City thanks to a second-half header from midfielder Gaston Ramirez in the Premier League on Monday.

Korea Masters: Kashyap moves into second round bye

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:17:24 +0530

India's Parupalli Kashyap reached the second round of the men's singles competition at the $120,000 Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold in Jiju, Korea on Tuesday.

Federer, Serena skip IPTL due to 'economic climate'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:33:29 +0530

International Premier Tennis League founder Mahesh Bhupathi, one of India's most successful doubles player, confirmed the absence of the two star players.

Brazil invite Colombia to play in Chapecoense charity match

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:52:23 +0530

Brazil have invited Colombia to play a friendly match next month with proceeds from the game going to families of the Chapecoense players and staff killed in the Medellin air crash, a Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter loses appeal against six-year ban

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:20:17 +0530

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake the world soccer body, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

Former Barca striker Gudjohnsen offers to play for Chapecoense

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:33:20 +0530

Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has offered to play for Brazilian team Chapecoense following the air crash in Colombia last week in which most of their players died.

'Alonso very happy at McLaren'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:03:07 +0530

McLaren have no fears about losing Fernando Alonso to Mercedes after Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg's sudden retirement, the team's new executive director Zak Brown said.

Formula One returns to France after 10-year absence

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:40:21 +0530

The French Formula One Grand Prix will return in 2018 after a 10-year absence with the race scheduled to take place at the Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France, regional politician Christian Estrosi said.

Parikh shocks former champion Gilchrist at World Billiards

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:25:13 +0530

In the first upset of the tournament, India's Siddharth Parikh on Monday shocked multiple-time World champion Peter Gilchrist in a closely fought battle 500-483 at the 2016 IBSF World Billiards Championship in the 500 long-up format.

Man City's Aguero gets four-match ban for violent conduct

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:05:20 +0530

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will serve a four-match ban for violent conduct, the English Football Association (FA) said.

Another high for India's golf sensation Aditi

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:15:23 +0530

India's golfer Aditi Ashok scripted another piece of history in her fast-rising career by clinching partial playing rights on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour with a tied 24th finish in the Qualifying Tournament in Florida.

'Ronaldo doesn't have the brilliance of Messi'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:04:21 +0530

Former Real Madrid and England manager gives a clear explanation to the Messi vs Ronaldo debate

Euro football: Roma win bloody derby; Hamburg record 1st win

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:11:29 +0530

Photos from the football matches played in the Serie A, Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 on Sunday

'Positive' Vettel staying at Ferrari

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:59:45 +0530

Sebastian Vettel has made clear his future is with Ferrari as Mercedes look to replace newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg for next season.

EPL PHOTOS: Liverpool and United thwarted in dramatic finales

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:54:31 +0530

Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began on Sunday.

India big favourites in Jr. Hockey World Cup: Germany coach

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:10:02 +0530

Germany's junior hockey team coach Valentin Altenburg believes hosts India will be one of the contenders to win the FIH Junior World Cup, which will begin in Lucknow, on December 8.

Will Ferrari's Vettel replace Rosberg at Mercedes?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:13:51 +0530

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Williams' Valtteri Bottas have all been highlighted in media speculation but 22-year-old German reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein remains the bookmakers' favourite.

Chapecoense set to be named Copa Sudamericana champions

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:35:10 +0530

Six people survived, including three members of the club, en route to the Copa Sudamericana final against local side Atletico Medellin, the biggest game in Chapecoense's history.

IPTL: Indian Aces suffer first defeat of season

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:17:37 +0530

Indian Aces lost all but one match as they suffered their first defeat of the 2016 IPTL season, losing 20-30 to Singapore Slammers, in Tokyo.

PHOTOS: Sanchez 'tricks' Arsenal to victory

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:20:33 +0530

Alexis Sanchez grabbed a 15-minute hat-trick as Arsenal shook off any hangover from their midweek League Cup defeat to thrash West Ham United 5-1 and climb to second in the English Premier League.

Woods starts fast again, struggles at finish in Hero event

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 15:00:17 +0530

For a third day in a row, Tiger Woods treated his fans to a rousing start in his much anticipated return to competition but lost momentum over the closing stretch at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday.

El Clasico PIX: Ramos strikes late equaliser as Real Madrid hold Barca

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:01:15 +0530

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos scored in the 90th minute to hold FC Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

EPL PHOTOS: Ruthless Chelsea rally to sink Man City; Spurs down Swansea

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:39:21 +0530

Chelsea came from behind to secure a 3-1 win at Manchester City and forge further clear at the top of the Premier League as a dramatic top-of-the-table clash ended in a mass brawl and two City players being sent off on Saturday.

Mumbai finish on top after playing goalless draw vs Delhi

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:11:03 +0530

Mumbai City FC ended their League engagements with a goalless draw against Delhi Dynamos to finish on top of Indian Super League football in Mumbai on Saturday.

Olympian and former India defender Salam passes away

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:40:02 +0530

Former India footballer and coach Syed Abdus Salam, who was awarded Best Defender in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died at his Salarjung Colony residence in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Malaysia player pips Messi, Neymar to FIFA shortlist

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:13:32 +0530

A Malaysian footballer has beaten the likes of Neymar and Messi to score a place in FIFA's shortlist for top three goals of the year.

IPTL: Narrow win for Indian Aces over defending champs Singapore

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:07:01 +0530

Kirsten Flipkens led India Aces to a tight one-point win over defending champions Singapore Slammers with her decisive victory over Kiki Bertens in the do-or-die women's singles clash in IPTL, in Tokyo on Saturday.

IAAF overwhelmingly passes sweeping reforms

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:59:48 +0530

A sweeping reform package that changes how the scandal-hit governing body of world athletics operates was overwhelmingly passed at a special Congress on Saturday.

World Squash C'ship: Indian women blank Canada, finish 9th

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:49:45 +0530

India defeated Canada 2-0 to finish ninth in the World Women's Team Squash Championship in Paris on Saturday.

Ronaldo, Mourinho in tax evasion row

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:39:46 +0530

One of the publications, the French investigative portal Mediapart, said Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho had benefited from a tax optimisation system developed by their agent Jorge Mendes, who owns Gestifute.

Euro football: Napoli rediscover scoring touch; Bayern back on top

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:43:25 +0530

Napoli rediscovered their scoring touch as they brushed aside Inter Milan 3-0 on Friday, sending their opponents' new coach Stefano Pioli back to the drawing-board.

Verstappen a double winner again at FIA awards

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:19:00 +0530

Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen collected two special awards for the second year in a row at the International Automobile Federation (FIA)'s gala prize-giving ceremony on Friday.

Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies of soccer crash victims

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:55:07 +0530

The Brazilian town of Chapeco, its streets wet with drizzle and buildings draped in the green of its devastated soccer club, prepared Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air crash in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team.

Vote: Is Premier League title out of United's reach?

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:53:46 +0530

Manchester United might have left themselves too much ground to make up in the Premier League title race as they trail leaders Chelsea by 11 points after 13 games, according to their manager Jose Mourinho.

India, Pak pooled together for HWL Semi-Final 2017

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:13:39 +0530

Asian champions India have been clubbed along side arch-rivals Pakistan in the same pool in the men's Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final 2017 to be held in London.

Rio Olympic champions Bolt and Ayana win IAAF awards

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:12:12 +0530

Jamaica's Usain Bolt and Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana were crowned as the IAAF's athletes of the year on Friday.

Kanoute's El Clasico prediction: Real 2, Barca 1

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:28:39 +0530

On the eve of the big game, the Malian footballer tell's Norma Godinho why Real Madrid are favourites and what is plaguing Barcelona this season.

Sindhu achieves career-best rank of 7, Saina back in top 10

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:27:49 +0530

Rio Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu jumped two places to achieve her career-best ranking of seven, while Saina Nehwal was also back in the top 10, in the latest BWF World Ranking.

IPTL: Indian Aces trump Japan Warriors 30-17 in opener

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:56:25 +0530

The Indian Aces began their 2016 IPTL campaign with an easy 30-17 win over hosts Japan Warriors at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Friday.

ISL: ATK-Pune play out goalless draw

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:48:34 +0530

Atletico de Kolkata were guilty of missing too many chances and were held to a goalless draw against FC Pune City in their concluding group encounter of Hero Indian Super League at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium, Kolkata, on Friday.

F1 chief Ecclestone shocked by Rosberg retirement

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:22:54 +0530

World champion Nico Rosberg's retirement announcement on Friday came as a complete surprise even to the man who knows most of Formula One's best-kept secrets, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

ISL 2016 final to be played in Kochi

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:42:21 +0530

Kochi is all set to host the Indian Super League finale on December 18.

No team better than Barca; Real will be defensive, claims Luis Enrique

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:35:42 +0530

'Barca are the best team around and when we play as we know how we are unstoppable'

India's campaign in Macau ends as Saina, Sai crash out

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:49:10 +0530

Top seed Saina Nehwal and her compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out of their respective quarter-final matches to draw curtains on India's challenge at the the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.

World champ Rosberg announces shock retirement

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:29:38 +0530

My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen

Change in substitution rule for German Cup

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:01:04 +0530

Teams competing in the men's and women's German Cup this season will be allowed to make four substitutions if matches go into extra time, with Germany taking part in a pilot project, the country's football association (DFB) said on Friday.

Colombia crash victims to take final flight home

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:36:12 +0530

Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home.

West Brom's Pulis disappointed with High Court verdict

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:23:38 +0530

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis said on Friday he was disappointed to have lost a High Court battle last week after being ordered to pay 3.7 million pounds ($4.66 million) to his former club Crystal Palace in a dispute over the way he left.

Will former FIFA chief Blatter win ban appeal?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:17:17 +0530

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter will discover on Monday whether he has won his appeal against a six-year ban from football imposed for ethics violations amid the biggest corruption scandal ever to shake the world soccer body.

Drogba's charity cleared of fraud but may have misled donors

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:50:25 +0530

A charity set up by Ivorian football star Didier Drogba to help children in West Africa has been cleared of fraud and corruption but may have "misled" donors, Britain's charity watchdog said on Friday.The Charity Commission launched an investigation in April after Britain's Daily Mail newspaper said less than one percent of 1.7 million pounds ($2 million) donated to the Didier Drogba Foundation was spent on children in Ivory Coast.The watchdog found no evidence of fraud or corruption, but said Drogba's charity, set up in Britain in 2009, had failed to separate its activities from those of an Africa-based arm of the organisation - La Fondation Didier Drogba - established in 2007.

El Clasico: Will struggling Barcelona stop Real Madrid's charge?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:16:40 +0530

Real Madrid have enviously looked on as Barcelona claimed six La Liga titles in the last eight years, but Zinedine Zidane's side can take a huge step towards a first crown since 2012 with victory over their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

ISL: FC Goa edge Chennaiyin in nine-goal thriller

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:44:32 +0530

Young Indian player Sahil Tavora struck twice, including a last-gasped stunner, as FC Goa beat champions Chennaiyin FC 5-4 in Indian Super League's highest scoring nail-biting match in Margao, on Thursday.

'Some way to go before Saina aspires to win big tournaments again'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:59:26 +0530

Star India shuttler Saina Nehwal, who has recovered from a serious knee injury sustained during the Rio Olympics in August and is back on the international circuit, is still not at her physical best and needs more time to reach that high level, feels her coach Vimal Kumar.

Saina, Praneeth enter Macau Open quarters

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:12:04 +0530

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal survived an early scare from Indonesia's Dinar Dyah Ayustine to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday.After going down in the first game, the London Olympics bronze medallist rebounded strongly to register a 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 win over her Indonesian opponent in the women's singles clash that lasted about an hour.

High-flying Chelsea face tough test at Man City

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:57:03 +0530

Only one point separates the two sides with Chelsea on 31 and City on 30 but Antonio Conte's impact at Stamford Bridge appears greater than his City counterpart Pep Guardiola's at the Etihad.

Murray's wife deserves credit for his recent success: Djokovic

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:25:20 +0530

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic believes Andy Murray's wife Kim Sears deserves much credit for the British tennis star's recent success on the tennis court.The British tennis ace ended Djokovic's three-year reign at the top of the tennis world this month after defeating the Serb in straights in the summit clash of the ATP World Tour Finals.Murray dethroned Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in a contest to earn his first title at the ATP finals and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season.

Raonic parts ways with coach Moya after excellent year

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:21:52 +0530

Canada's world number three Milos Raonic has parted ways with coach Carlos Moya after the Spaniard guided the big-serving right-hander through his best season on the circuit.The 1998 French Open winner joined Raonic's coaching team in January and helped the 25-year-old reach his first grand slam final at Wimbledon and finish the campaign at a career-high ranking, rising 11 places since the end of 2015.

Rosberg deserved his title, says Hamilton

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:22:36 +0530

Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg hailed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton as one of the greatest drivers of all time on Wednesday, and the Briton repaid the compliment by saying the German's title was well-deserved.Hamilton sent congratulations in a message posted on Twitter after Rosberg had returned to his German birthplace in Wiesbaden.

Man United sweep past West Ham, Arsenal ousted by Southampton

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:27:11 +0530

Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice each to help Manchester United ease into the League Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 home victory over West Ham United on Wednesday as Arsenal suffered a 2-0 home defeat by Southampton.Martial netted twice in the second half to take the tie at Old Trafford away from West Ham, who had levelled through Ashley Fletcher following Ibrahimovic's opener after two minutes. The Swede added the fourth deep into stoppage-time.

Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team ran out of fuel

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:08:57 +0530

The plane that crashed in Colombia virtually wiping out an entire Brazilian football team was running out of fuel, had no electrical power, and was preparing for an emergency landing, according to the pilot's final words.The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people and sent shock waves round the global football world.Only six on board the LAMIA Bolivia charter flight survived, including three of the Chapecoense football squad en route to the biggest game in their history: the Copa Sudamericana final.