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Sindhu wins, Srikanth sinks in Dubai Super Series Final opener

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:32:44 +0530

P V Sindhu made a positive start to her campaign in women's singles but Kidambi Srikanth suffered a straight game loss on the opening day of the $ 1 million Dubai Super Series Final, in Dubai on Wednesday.

Messi's last chance to win World Cup

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:22:36 +0530

The 'wounds' of 2014 will probably never heal, concedes Lionel Messi but the Argentine superstar is hopeful that 2018 will bring with it the World Cup that football 'owes' him.

Will not rush things for world title: Vijender

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:11:30 +0530

Just over two years old in the professional circuit, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh says he is quite content with the two belts he has won so far and will not rush things in his quest for a world title next year.

EPL PHOTOS: Chelsea cruise to victory, Burnley up to fourth

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:38:18 +0530

Images from the English Premier League matches played on Tuesday.

Maradona mesmerises children but Dada disappointed

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:57:46 +0530

Diego Maradona showed glimpses of his famous dribbling skills, his deft left-footed touches and even crooned Spanish songs as he mesmerised a bunch of school children during an event in Barasat on Tuesday.

Sports Shorts: India men's hockey team ends year on 6th

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:42:30 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Tuesday

Has Manchester become 'boring' United under Mourinho?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:21:22 +0530

Louis van Gaal believes the club have become more boring under his successor Jose Mourinho, saying he would prefer to watch local rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City in action.

Serena hints at swift return to tennis

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:02:27 +0530

American Serena Williams dropped a large hint that she could soon be back on court competing when she posted an Instagram photo of a pair of dazzling gold and white tennis shoes.

Football Briefs: Stunning Sorrentino stops Roma

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:02:39 +0530

News of all that's transpired on and off the football fie

Champions League: Real face PSG, Chelsea play Barca in last-16

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:18:40 +0530

The draw was made on Monday for the Champions League round of 16.

Delhi footballer drowns to death in Aus, Sports Ministry orders probe

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:37:41 +0530

Nitisha Negi, was one of the five Indian footballers who were swept away by a huge wave on Sunday when they ventured into the seawaters after the completion of the Games.The Pacific Games were not recognised by the International School Sports Federation, the parent international body. The Indian contingent had around 120 members.

Sharma holds nerve to claim maiden tour win at Joburg Open

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:26:28 +0530

The 21-year-old Sharma led for the final two rounds after a scintillating 61 on Friday and had 11 holes to complete after lightning, rain and hail forced the event into an extra day.

Super Sindhu hoping to end season on a high!

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:56:13 +0530

It was another good year for PV Sindhu, who won the India Open Super Series and Korea Open Super Series titles, besides bagging the silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing as runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.

Chelsea wary of Huddersfield ferocity, says Ince

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:38:36 +0530

Third-placed Chelsea will be eager to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat by relegation-threatened West Ham United on Saturday but face a tough test against a Huddersfield side that have won four and drawn two of their eight home league games this season.

EPL: Guardiola responds after Mourinho blames ref for United's loss

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:51:28 +0530

'Last season it was the same -- we won here and it was the referee. Today as well'

With 11-point difference, can United catch up to 'noisy neighbours'?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:50:33 +0530

'We can work and fight for it''Yes, they had much more of the ball. Yes, they had that apparent control of the game but the biggest save is the double save of their goalkeeper and the biggest decision of the game is the unlucky decision of Michael (Oliver)'

Barca 'sharp shooter' Messi equals Bayern legend Mueller's record

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:05:17 +0530

Lionel Messi has added another record against his already legendary name.

La Liga PIX: Suarez and Messi give Barca win as Atletico keep up chase

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:16:00 +0530

Barca looked set for a third consecutive league draw as they created scant opportunities but they were presented with the advantage of an extra man when Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba was given a straight red card for a wild, studs-up challenge on Sergio Busquets on the hour mark.

EPL: Klopp defends team selection as Liverpool continue unbeaten run

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:40:59 +0530

'Yes, I was sure this was the right decision. We brought Roberto Firmino on for Mo Salah. We could have scored before, we could have scored afterwards, we could have scored all the time. We lived more or less in their box'

How India plans to prepare medal winners for 2024, 2028 Olympics

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:39:17 +0530

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday said the government will launch a 'Khelo India' programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

EPL PHOTOS: City down United in derby; Arsenal and Liverpool held

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:37:57 +0530

Manchester City went 11 points clear with a record 14th consecutive Premier League win in an entertaining derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Clinical Australia beat Argentina to retain HWL Final title

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:01:37 +0530

World champions Australia defeated Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 in a hard-fought summit clash to defend the Hockey World League (HWL) Final crown.

First Look: Maradona arrives in Kolkata sans fan-frenzy

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:15:58 +0530

Legendary Diego Maradona finally kept his date with the football-crazy Kolkata for a three-day private trip, which was originally scheduled in September.

India edge past depleted Germany to reclaim bronze at HWL Final

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:49:57 +0530

India reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final after eking out a close 2-1 win over a depleted but spirited Germany in the third-fourth place classification match in Bhubaneswar.

Sharma closes in on Joburg Open title on rain-hit day

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:36:51 +0530

India's Shubhankar Sharma remained on course for his maiden European Tour victory as lightning, rain and hail forced the Joburg Open into a Monday finish.

Heena, Jitu win medals at Asian Championship

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:29:58 +0530

Pistol aces Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged a bronze each to continue India's medal charge at the 10th Asian Championship 10m Rifle/Pistol in Wako City.

Ronaldo steals the show as Real blow away Sevilla

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:59:58 +0530

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his recent Ballon d'Or award by scoring twice for the first time in a La Liga game this season as champions Real Madrid swept to a stunning 5-0 win over Sevilla on Saturday to go five points behind leaders Barcelona.

EPL PIX: Chelsea no longer in title race after West Ham defeat?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:33:40 +0530

Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday

Sports Shorts: Corominas hat-trick sinks Kerala Blasters

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:15 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday.

From zero to hero: World champion Chanu's amazing comeback!

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:56:48 +0530

Newly-crowned weightlifting world champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu says she thought of quitting the sport after receiving flak for her failure to win a medal at the Rio Olympics.

Want to join the WWE? Listen to The Great Khali

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:53:43 +0530

'Olympic wrestling is like an old Nokia phone.''WWE is like an iPhone.'The Great Khali's academy turns pro-wrestling dreams into reality

Sports Shorts: Aditi moves up to tied-4th in Dubai

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:41:37 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday.

Spaniards Nadal, Muguruza named ITF world champions

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:36:51 +0530

Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were named as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions on Friday - the first time in 19 years the awards have gone to players from the same country.

Ronaldo is greatest player ever, says Zidane

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:25:27 +0530

After seeing Cristiano Ronaldo pick up a fifth Ballon d'Or on Thursday, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane described the Portuguese forward as the greatest player ever.

Hockey World League: India go down to Argentina in semis

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:07:51 +0530

Rain spoiled India's party as they struggled in heavy pitch conditions to lose 0-1 to Olympic champions Argentina and crash out of title race in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, in Bhubaneswar, on Friday.

Indian sports set for major overhaul under sports minister Rathore

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:43:13 +0530

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Friday announced a cash award of Rs 6.70 lakh for all the gold medal winners at the recently concluded Youth Women's World Boxing Championships in Guwahati.

Football Briefs: Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:09:18 +0530

News of all that's transpired on and off the football field

What you should not miss in EPL this weekend

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:49:04 +0530

Two big derbies and an eventful weekend of football awaits us all...

Ballon d'Or: It's 5-all. So who is better, Ronaldo or Messi?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:03:25 +0530

After picking fifth Ballon d'Or, Ronaldo's reignites eternal debate

Ronaldo pips Messi to win Ballon d'Or for joint-record fifth time

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:59:51 +0530

Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Ballon d'Or for world player of the year on Thursday for a joint-record fifth time, going level with eternal rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the player to have won the prize the most times.

Indian sportsman pleads guilty to abusing minor in US

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:40:36 +0530

Hussain will now be deported as his visa expired in August.

Europa League: Arsenal maul Bate 6-0, Red Star advance after 26 years

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:20:56 +0530

Red Star, who won the European Cup in 1991 and reached the latter stages the following season, finished second in Group H behind Arsenal who crushed BATE Borisov 6-0.

ISL 4: Chennaiyin FC edge out ATK in a thriller

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:41:28 +0530

Jeje Lalpheklua scored two goals, including the winner in the 90th minute, as Chennaiyin FC beat ATK 3-2 in an exciting Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

Sports Shorts: India face Olympic champs Argentina in HWL semis

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:07:46 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Thursday.

Tennis Roundup: Serena likely to return for Australian Open

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:53:48 +0530

American tennis player Serena Williams is all set to make her comeback at the Australian Open, organisers confirmed.

EPL snapshots: 'Key Arsenal trio will not be sold in January'

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:39:43 +0530

Arsenal will not sell striker Olivier Giroud, midfielder Jack Wilshere and winger Theo Walcott in the January transfer window despite their lack of playing time at the Premier League club, manager Arsene Wenger has said.

Champions League: Real Madrid edge Dortmund; Liverpool rout Spartak

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:17:29 +0530

images from the UEFA Champions League matches played across Europe on Wednesday

'Zorro from Shakhtar' arrives at post-match conference!

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:05:17 +0530

Last month, Fonseca vowed that he would don the iconic masked vigilante's outfit if the Ukranian side progressed to the last 16 and stuck to his word, wearing a black cape, mask and hat during the post-match presser after the win.

EPL: Are you ready for 'the mother of all football derbies'?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:13:49 +0530

City will look to extend lead against United at Old Trafford

Champions League: Another goal-scoring record for Ronaldo

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:37:52 +0530

Ronaldo leads the scoring charts in the Champions League for the sixth season running with nine goals and is the top marksman in the competition's history with 114 strikes, 17 more than nearest challenger Lionel Messi.

HWL final: India shock Belgium to reach semis

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:48:07 +0530

Hosts India produced a spirited performance to stun Olympic silver medallist Belgium in the shoot-out and progress to the semi-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) final after both the teams were locked at 3-3 at the end of regulation time, in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

Sports Shorts: Sushil Kumar resigns as National Sports Observer

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:00:02 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Wednesday.

'Phenomenal year for Indian badminton'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:32:48 +0530

National badminton coach, Pullela Gopichand, on Wednesday expressed happiness at the performance this year of Indian shuttlers and termed Kidambi Srikanth's feat of winning four Super Series titles as 'phenomenal'.

'India can produce 100 Usain Bolts'

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:34:06 +0530

Sports Ministry to introduce 'transparent' National Sports Code

PHOTOS: Bayern thrash PSG; Barcelona, United win

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:25:53 +0530

Bayern Munich and Barcelona registered easy wins, while Manchester United came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 and Chelsea surrendered the top spot after a 1-1 at home against Atletico Madrid.

Russia banned from 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:51:00 +0530

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC found evidence of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system that has led to a series of bans for the country's athletes in recent months.

After Lankan cricketers, ISL footballers sport masks in Delhi

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:02:04 +0530

Air pollution in the city is a cause of concern for not only the Sri Lankan cricketers but also for the footballers competing in the Indian Super League as they wore masks while training on Tuesday.

One of the greatest moments in Usain Bolt's career...

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:09:52 +0530

Multiple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt has described the unveiling of his statue in front of Kingston's National Stadium as one of the greatest moments of his career.

Is Manchester derby most important game in the world?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:02:32 +0530

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the derby against Manchester United is the biggest fixture of the season and he would feel the same even if the two teams were not involved in the Premier League title race.

A STUNNING sporting weekend in PICS

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:27:45 +0530

Some highlights from this action-packed weekend we give to in this beautiful package...

Will Tiger 2.0 be as good as the previous version?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:31:26 +0530

Let's not expect miracles in 2018 from a man nearly 10 years removed from his most recent major championship victory, and four-plus years from any victory.

PHOTOS: Messi's statue hacked down again

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:23:48 +0530

Argentina's Lionel Messi is used to being hacked down by desperate defenders but his statue in Buenos Aires has suffered even rougher treatment for the second time this year.

Indian football captain Chhetri gets hitched!

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 23:06:46 +0530

Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Monday tied the knot with long-time girlfriend Sonam Bhattacharya, daughter of Mohun Bagan legend Subrata Bhattacharya, at a grand wedding ceremony in Kolkata on Monday.

India winless in Hockey World League Finals

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:14:19 +0530

India produced a lacklustre and disappointing performance in their second consecutive match to go down 0-2 to Germany and end their pool engagements on a winless note at the Hockey World League (Final), in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Sports Shorts: Vijender to defend title against African Champion

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:57:39 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Monday

Football Briefs: 'United on the verge of hitting top form'

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:12:49 +0530

Manchester United are optimistic ahead of a crucial period of fixtures as they are close to finding their best form, midfielder Ander Herrera said ahead of Sunday's top of the table showdown against Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Football's worst behaved fans?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:50:26 +0530

Spartak Moscow have warned their fans to refrain from violent behaviour when they travel to support their club in a crucial Champions League encounter against Liverpool on Wednesday.

Smiling Tiger eyes 'bright future' after good showing in Bahamas

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:21:13 +0530

Tiger Woods proved he could be competitive again after playing some of the best golf of his comeback with a final-round four-under 68 to tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

EPL: Late Silva goal extends City's winning run to 13 games

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:38:12 +0530

David Silva scored a late goal as runaway leaders Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday.

Sports Shorts: Sereno strike helps Chennaiyin beat FC Pune City; Atwal loses

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:33:17 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday

Goalkeeper scores last minute equaliser to STUN Milan

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 20:32:53 +0530

Benevento, beaten in their first 14 Serie A matches, grabbed their first-ever top flight point in extraordinary style on Sunday when goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored with a flying header deep into stoppage time to give them a 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

PHOTOS: 10-man Manchester Utd stun Arsenal at Emirates

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:43:28 +0530

Photos from the English Premier League match played between Manchester United and Arsenal on Saturday

Football Briefs: Coman steers Bayern past Hanover, Dortmund held

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:28:56 +0530

News of all that's transpired on and off the football field

EPL: Liverpool rout Brighton, Chelsea see off Newcastle

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:32:12 +0530

Images from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday

Sports Shorts: NorthEast United beat Delhi Dynamos; Atwal leads

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 22:18:29 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Saturday

Hockey World League: Sloppy India lose to England

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 21:52:56 +0530

Sloppy defending cost India dearly as Sam Ward scored a brace for England to hand the home team a heart-breaking 2-3 defeat in a hard-fought Pool B match of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final, in Bhubaneswar, on Saturday.

Barcelona drop points despite Messi ending goal drought

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 20:17:11 +0530

La Liga leaders Barcelona were held to a 2-2 home draw by Celta Vigo on Saturday as their former assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue dented the title hopes of the Catalans, who dropped points for the second game in a row for the first time this campaign.

Here's why 2018 World Cup favourites feel optimistic

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:34:11 +0530

The favourites to win next year's World Cup in Russia were given navigable paths to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain having reason to feel reasonably optimistic after Friday's draw.

Analysis: Which is the toughest group at 2018 FIFA World Cup?

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:40:00 +0530

Analysis of the eight groups for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia.

Tiger tied for fifth at Hero World Challenge

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:50:12 +0530

Tiger Woods got off to a fast start and fired a four-under par 68 despite a pair of bogeys on the back nine as his comeback continued at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Friday.

Russia to kick off 2018 WC against Saudis; Spain, Portugal in same group

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:47:23 +0530

Hosts Russia will kick off next year's World Cup finals versus Saudi Arabia in Moscow and defending champions Germany will start against Mexico after Friday's draw threw up some mouthwatering clashes.

Sports Shorts: Jamshedpur play another goal-less draw in ISL 4

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:11:45 +0530

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Friday

Hockey World League: Impressive but misfiring India hold Australia

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:01:24 +0530

India produced an impressive display but wasted chances galore as they held defending champions and world number two Australia to a 1-1 draw in their opening pool match of the Hockey World League Final, in Bhubaneswar, on Friday.

Why Real Madrid are in danger

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:11:49 +0530

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Saturday's La Liga game at Athletic Bilbao, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday, after the Wales international picked up yet another injury on his return to action on Tuesday after 63 days out.

Consistency department: Work in progress for Prannoy

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:52:59 +0530

H S Prannoy, feels a high ranking would help players avoid meeting top shuttlers in early rounds, while conceding that the primary focus should be on winning big events.

Race of a lifetime for tribal kids in Singapore

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:38:34 +0530

Five tribal youngsters from Maharashtra's Dhule district will run the Singapore Marathon this Sunday.

Why Mary Kom quit as boxing's national observer

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:28:13 +0530

Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has resigned as the national observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.

PHOTOS: Tiger dazzles in long-awaited return from injury

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:38:12 +0530

The former world number one appeared pain free at the Albany course on the island of New Providence where he mixed five birdies with two bogeys for a three-under-par 69.

Missing her sister's wedding didn't go in vain

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:26:37 +0530

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu says the triumph did not just lessen the pain of her Olympic failure but also ensured that missing her elder sister's wedding was not for nothing.