Cricket Legend Brian Lara hospitalised in Mumbai

West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara was on Tuesday (June 25) rushed to the hospital in Mumbai after complaining of chest pain. He is in In...

World Cup 2019: Andre Russell out of World Cup due to injury

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World Cup cricket: England eyes comeback in key clash with Australia

The defending champions Australia are all set to take on the World Cup favourites England at Lords on Tuesday (June 25) at 3 PM (IST). While Australia is nesting at the second position on the points table with 10 points, England has slipped to the fourth position with eight points following two defeats in six matches. Australia is hoping to have...

Shakib, Mushfiqur shine during face off with Afghans, restore semi-final hopes

Afghanistan and Bangladesh went toe-to-toe on Monday (June 24) at the Rose Bowl stadium. At this point, this match was just a formality for Afghanistan who are already out of the 2019 world cup. Bangladesh on the other hand still has a chance to make it to the semi-finals. Although those chances are really slim and just a win over Afghanistan will ...

Jason Roy ruled out of match against Aussies

England opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the match against Australia on Tuesday (June 25), failing to recover from injury. Roy who missed the last two matches due to a hamstring tear was suggested a second scan for the same. It was later announced that his return against the Australians is unlikely. Looking at his progress in recovery, he a...

Roger Federer feels sympathetic towards the next generation

Just seven titles away from breaking the men’s record of 109, held by Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer feels sympathetic towards the next generation tennis champs. He said that their successes outside of the Grand Slams are overlooked. The 37-year-old who won the ATP tournament in Halle, Germany for the 10th time is now eyeing Wimbledon. He admitted...

IOA might pull out of 2022 Commonwealth Games after shooting snub

The ongoing controversy over the exclusion of shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games has left many Indian shooters disappointed. To show their protest towards the same, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is planning to pull out of the tournament. Last year, the Birmingham Organizing Committee decided to drop shooting as an event ...

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Pakistan survive ‘do-or-die’ as World Cup dream ends for Proteas

The Proteas crashed out of the ICC World Cup as Pakistan kept their dreams of making it to the semi-finals alive by clinching an outstanding 49 run win on Sunday. It has been a difficult season for both the teams. Neither Pakistan nor South Africa performed up to their potential. Given their past records in the tournament, this match was already...

Asian clash to be formality for Afghanistan, must-win for Bangladesh

Two nail-biting performances but no wins — Afghanistan’s debut World Cup performance was a let-down for the team! But, not for others. In two matches out of the six they played so far — those against Sri Lanka in Cardiff and India in Southampton — they had put themselves in a winning position. With defeats in all their six matches, Afghanistan i...

New Zealand can be World Cup winners, says Brendon McCullum

Manchester: Former captain Brendon McCullum says New Zealand has the firepower to win the World Cup for the first time in their history. The Kiwis won a nail-biter against the West Indies here on Saturday to stay unbeaten at the 50-over tournament in England and Wales. New Zealand, often labelled as underdogs, reached their first World Cup final in 2015 und...

Indian women hockey team beats Japan 3-1, wins FIH Women’s Series Finals

Hiroshima: Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who has been on a song, struck twice after skipper Rani Rampal provided the lead as India outplayed Japan 3-1 to clinch the FIH Women's series finals, here on Sunday (June 23). Leading from the front, captain Rani found the net as early as third minute but Japan's Kanon Mori equalised in the 11th minute. Gurjit scored i...

India’s washed-out matches a ₹100 crore blow to insurers

Not only fans, even insurance companies are praying to rain God to spare India's remaining matches at the ongoing cricket World Cup as washed-out games could cost them ₹100 crore in pay-outs. Team India has four more games to play before the semi-finals and insurers are hoping there are no wash-outs because their liability surfaces when a match ...

Dhoni asked Shami to bowl hat-trick yorkers

Mohammed Shami had no second thoughts about bowling a yorker for a hat-trick delivery after Mahendra Singh Dhoni advised the same during India's thrilling World Cup encounter against Afghanistan here. Shami is the second Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cup after Chetan Sharma's feat against New Zealand in the 1987 edition. This is the...

Olympic Committee opens $145M headquarters in Switzerland

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has formally opened its 145 million Swiss francs ($145 million) new headquarters exactly 125 years after the Olympic Games was revived. "On our 125th anniversary, we clearly see what a great visionary Pierre de Coubertin was," IOC President Thomas Bach told guests Sunday at the inauguration. "By bring...

Kohli, Bumrah to be rested for Windies limited overs tour

India captain Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are set to be rested for the limited overs series against the West Indies, scheduled in the United States and the Caribbean, starting August 3. Kohli and Bumrah will however be back for the two-Test series which is a part of the inaugural World Test Championship. "Virat and Jasprit will...

Kohli fined for excessive appealing during clash against Afghanistan

Southampton: India skipper Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for appealing in an aggressive manner during their tense World Cup win over Afghanistan, here on Saturday (June 22). "Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "Excessive appealing during ...

WC: Tough bet for England to keep alive their semi-final dreams

Chennai: England’s defeat to Sri Lanka on Friday was an upset for ages! It was unimaginable, given the host’s form and Lanka’s woes. However, it couldn’t have come at a better time and couldn’t have been bigger than this. England were the red-hot favourites this World Cup. They seemed invincible. Barring an odd game or two, they dominated every time they...

Zimbabwe cricket board, managing director suspended

The ICC World Cup is in full-swing and while Afghanistan’s meteoric rise to the top 10 has been a joy to watch, Zimbabwe team's demise has coincided with it. The Zimbabwe Cricket Board was suspended, on Friday (June 21), with immediate effect by the Sports and Recreation Commission, the governing organistaion for Zimbabwe's recognised sporting o...

Can Pakistan clinch a win in ‘do or die’ match against the Proteas?

When Pakistan lost to India, fans thought it will be the end of their World Cup dreams. However, the squad hasn't given up on their World Cup dreams and is ready to take on South Africa on Sunday (June 23) at Lord’s in London. England that has been under covers since long is finally seeing some sunshine, but the weather getting better doesn’t lo...

Sachin Tendulkar unhappy with India’s lack of intent against Afghanistan

Sachin Tendulkar was left disappointed by India's slow batting display against Afghanistan and said the middle-order batsmen, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, lacked positive intent during their tense World Cup clash here. India's famed middle-order failed to counter the Afghanistan spinners as the Gulbadin Naib-led side restrict...

Brathwaite confident after his knock against the Kiwis

Carlos Brathwaite Saturday said he will take confidence from his valiant 101 that took West Indies close to victory only to lose the World Cup thriller by five runs against New Zealand. Brathwaite set up an exciting game with his 82-ball blitz after West Indies slipped to 245 for nine in their chase of 292 at Manchester's Old Trafford. He smash...

India showed too much respect to Afghan spinners: Srikkanth

India showed "too much respect" to Afghanistan spinners and should have batted more freely, said former captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who hailed the "outstanding leadership" of skipper Virat Kohli during the teams 11-run win here. India's famed batting-order failed to counter the Afghanistan spinners on a slow wicket as the Gulbadin Naib-led...

Bangladesh to play a ‘must-win’ game against Afghanistan

Eager to keep the semi-final hopes alive, a desperate Bangladesh will have their work cut out when they take on a spirited Afghanistan in a do-or-die World Cup encounter here Monday. England's defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka on Friday breathed air into Bangladesh's hopes of securing a semi-final berth and the Tigers will be keen on making the m...

World Cup 2019: New Zealand defeats West Indies

West Indies clashed with New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester in a match that played a very important part in the team standings. New Zealand was undefeated so far and wanted to cement their place in the semi-finals. West Indies, on the other hand, looked to change the face of the semi-finals with a win. West Indies won the toss and chose t...

World Cup: India shatter Afghanistan’s semi-final dream, remain unbeaten

A magnificent hat-trick from Mohammad Shami sealed the deal for Afghanistan and shattered the semi-final dream of the Asian underdogs on Saturday (June 22). Even though the Afghans gave a close competition to India, they were too low on the points table to make it through to the next round. India vs Afghanistan was a mere formality match for the ...

Indian women’s hockey team beats Chile, secures berth in Olympic Qualifiers fin...

Hiroshima, Japan: Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur scored a brace as India secured its place in the final round of Tokyo Olympic qualifiers by beating Chile 4-2 in the semifinals of the women's FIH Series Finals hockey tournament at Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday. The top two teams from the ongoing tournament have secured their berths in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers to be he...

World Cup 2019: Pakistan, South Africa meet to restore pride

London: With both teams virtually out of the semifinal race, South Africa and Pakistan will be battling it out for a consolation win in their World Cup match at the Lords here on Sunday. Having mustered just three points from six games, South Africa are all but out of the tournament while Pakistan might still sneak into the semifinals, provided they win...

Sri Lanka makes England say we can’t win all matches

Sri Lanka and England share a lot of history when it comes to the World Cup. Both the teams have crushed each other at one point or another. Their rivalry, as it were, started in 1983 when England crushed Sri Lanka in their first ever match. England went toe to toe with Sri Lanka a total of nine times before the world cup 2019. The Englishmen ha...

World Cup 2019: West Indies hopes to take down the unbeaten Kiwis

Sri Lanka’s unexpected victory over England has given all the teams, on the verge of knock-out, hope that they still have a shot at the semis. West Indies that has shown a decline in their performance with every match will take on New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday (June 22) at 6 PM IST. The Windies have slightly more hope than ...

World Cup 2019: Will Afghanistan take the challenge to beat India?

Despite the injury scares, India has started off the tournament with a bang. They have proved everyone that they are in the game not just to participate but to take the World Cup back home. Ageas Bowl, Southampton will witness the battle of points and knock-out on Saturday (June 22) at 3 PM IST. Afghanistan will challenge India from getting t...

I was positive despite being ignored for World Cup: Rishabh Pant

Back in the Indian team as a replacement following the injury to Shikhar Dhawan, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant Friday said he remained positive despite being ignored from the World Cup squad. Pant was flown in as cover after Dhawan suffered a thumb injury during his match-winning hundred against Australia. With the injury turning out t...

Does chess help cricketers perform better? Well, Chahal thinks so

Chennai: Find chess to be a boring game that needs a lot of patience? Well, Indian cricketers seem to have benefitted from their experience of playing chess and are undoubtedly indebted to it for excelling in their own sport. Yuzvendra Chahal, in a recent media interaction, said that playing chess has taught him to pre-empt the batsman’s moves, and skipp...

Ganguly, Laxman must choose between CAC, IPL roles: BCCI Ethics Officer

New Delhi: BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain on Thursday (June 20) has ruled Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman holding twin jobs of being Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and mentors with IPL franchises amounts to conflict of interest and the two former players will have to make a choice. While Laxman is a mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Ganguly holds the sa...

Ranveer Singh sent legal notice, claims WWE champ Brock Lesnar’s advocate

WWE champion Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman claims that actor Ranveer Singh has sent a legal notice to them regarding the mantra paraphrasing row. The actor who is currently in London preparing to shoot Kabir Khan’s ’83 attended the India vs Pakistan match in Manchester. He tweeted a picture with the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, captio...

Andy Murray makes winning return at Queens after hip surgery

Former world number one Andy Murray made a victorious return after what he described as "life-changing" hip surgery at a raucous Queens on Thursday. The three-time Grand Slam champion partnered Spain's Feliciano Lopez to a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory in his first competitive match in five months. Playing on a packed centre court including his wife Kim...

Messi focuses on positives as Argentina’s Copa hopes risk

Lionel Messi was looking at a glass half full after his penalty kept alive Argentina's hopes of reaching the Copa America knock-out stages following a 1-1 draw with Paraguay. Five-time Ballon dOr winner Messi's 57th-minute penalty cancelled out a first-half opener from Paraguay's Richard Sanchez on Wednesday night. But Argentina also had goalke...

Inclusion of women’s cricket in CWG is a brilliant news: Knight

The inclusion of women's cricket in 2022 Commonwealth Games is a brilliant move as it will take the game to new audiences who have never given "priority" to it, says England women's team captain Heather Knight. Women's cricket is set to be part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games after the Commonwealth Games Federation on Thursday nominated its...

Federer survives setback during Wimbledon preparations

Roger Federer admitted that he got lucky after avoiding a major setback in his preparations for Wimbledon in a gruelling 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5 victory over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP event in Halle on Thursday. Federer, 37, appeared firmly on course for a place in the quarter-finals at a set and a break up before an impressive comebac...

Not just team, I expect a lot from myself: Tamim

Bangladesh expects a lot from opener Tamim Iqbal and the left-hander was candid enough to admit that he has not been able to live up to the expectations still in the ongoing World Cup. In the six games he had played so far, Tamim has hit just one half-century in the competition -- 62 against Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday that too in a lo...

World Cup 2019: England aims to thrash Sri Lanka in Headingley

A battle of two teams performing at different levels; one sitting atop the points tables, other still holding their hopes up to make it to the semi-finals. England has been setting unbeatable targets for their opponents and if they win the match against Sri Lanka on Friday (June 21) at Headingley, Leeds, they would more or less secure a position in...

Aussies top points table with empathic win over Bangladesh

Kangaroos Vs Tigers was an unpredictable, flip coin confrontation of the 2019 World Cup. The fifth match at Nottingham had a lot at stake for the underdogs. Bangladesh was hoping to make it to the semi-finals whereas Australia was looking to establish its dominance by climbing back on top of the points table. The two teams have collided three ti...

Yuvraj seeks BCCI’s nod to participate in overseas T20 leagues

 New Delhi: Newly retired Yuvraj Singh has formally written to the BCCI seeking the board's permission to play in T20 leagues around the world. Yuvraj called time on his glorious international career last week and expressed his desire to play overseas leagues for fun. He wrote to the board on Tuesday (June 19). I don't see an issue in him getting the nod...

World Cup 2019: Tigers, Aussies to take on each other after a decade

As Bangladesh comes to take on Australia, after an astounding win against West Indies, on Thursday (June 20) in Nottingham, the tigers are heading towards announcing their ideas to make it to the World Cup finals. The Mashrafe Mortaza lead squad has only met Australia 12 times since their 2005 encounter at Cardiff, where the current skipper hims...

New Zealand beat South Africa in an exciting brawl to the end

New Zealand went head to head against South Africa in the 25th match of the 2019 World Cup. New Zealand looked to regain its seat at the top of the points table in the Wednesday match. South Africa, on the other hand, tried their best to stay relevant in the competition after losing three of their five matches. The Proteas had faced New Zealand 7 t...

Blame game in Afghanistan camp after defeat against England

A dejected Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons on Wednesday hinted that chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai had a role in shock removal of Asghar Afghan from captaincy days before the World Cup. Lying at the bottom of the table after losing all of their five matches so far, a blame game has started with Ahmadzai holding the Simmons-led coaching set-up res...

Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of WC due to fracture; gets replaced by Rishabh Pant

Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday (June 19) was ruled out of the ongoing World Cup due to a thumb fracture and was replaced by wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The Indian batsman is not in a position to recover in time for the remaining four games of the tournament. It is being said that he will take more than two weeks to recover. Ea...

Now, Pak sportspersons can play in India, govt assures Olympic body

The Indian government on Tuesday (June 19), gave a written assurance to the International Olympic Committee that it has allowed Pakistani athletes and officials to visit and play in India “without any prejudice" to the country's "principled positions and policies on other political matters”. The decision was taken in view of the suspension of ...

Blind cricket: A game better than the usual

Amidst all the hopes for India winning the ICC World Cup 2019, there lies a hidden story about the Indian National Blind Cricket team which has won the Blind Cricket World Cup four times. A tournament played among six countries: India, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates and Nepal, this is an initiative to promote the skills of...

Never thought I could play that knock: Eoin Morgan on 17 sixes-record

England skipper Eoin Morgan, who smashed a world record 17 sixes in his sides 150-run crushing of Afghanistan in a World Cup game, said he never thought a knock like that could come from his bat. Morgan blasted an incredible 17 sixes -- the most in ODI history -- during his game-changing knock of 148 at Old Trafford Tuesday, breaking the previou...

Will New Zealand vs South Africa be a one-sided game?

It has been more than 10 days that the New Zealand team has put their foot on the ground to play. Their previous clash against India was abandoned due to rain which means more time to make strategies and added net practice. However, after three loses in the very first week, South Africa seems to playing in a virtual knockout game. The Kiwis will...

South Africa and their New Zealand hoodoo

There is something about South Africa and World Cups. The ‘C’ word always comes to fore. It doesn’t matter what they do before or after the World Cup. In fact, it hardly matters what they do during the group (or initial stages) of the World Cup. Everything comes crashing down when they are under pressure in a proper knockout or a knockout scenar...

England crushes Afghanistan in a David vs Goliath fight

Afghanistan vs England was always going to be a David vs Goliath match. The England team is an odd on favorite to win the world cup and has just lost one of their four matches so far. Afghanistan, on contrary, has yet to win a match in the tournament. At this point, a win was crucial for Afghanistan just to save face. England, however, was havin...

WC 2019: Six partnerships that would mint money this season

ICC World Cup has always been popular among advertisers due to its mass reach and popularity across demographics. The debut match between England and South Africa witnessed a viewership of 114 million just on TV and the most-awaited India vs Pakistan match was watched by 1 billion people. If live streaming demographics is also considered, the numbe...

Get ready to face wrath of public back home: Sarfaraz warns team

Drawing flak after the loss to India, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has warned his teammates of further backlash at home if they fail to lift their game in the remaining matches of the ongoing World Cup. Pakistani cricketers are facing strong criticism from both fans and former players after the 89-run defeat to India in the marquee World Cup ...

Will England be able to take on Afghanistan with two of its hitters injured?

Chennai: While every other team faced a grumpy weather during the ongoing World Cup, England remains untouched. However, as the hosts are all set to take on the underdogs Afghanistan on Tuesday (June 18), the Met department has some bad news for the players. England is scheduled to play Afghanistan at Old Trafford, Manchester at 3 PM on Tuesday (June 18)...

Bangladesh beat Windies, reach No.5 on scoreboard

Bangladesh met West Indies in a match that was mutually crucial for both the teams to win. Both sides could be just one loss away from being eliminated. There is no dearth of talent within their ranks but they just haven’t been able to cash in on that through this tournament. West Indies and Bangladesh had already lost two matches coming into this ...

World Cup 2019: Jason Roy ruled out for the next two matches

England star batsman Jason Roy has been ruled out of the ICC World Cup for the next two matches due to a hamstring tear that he suffered during the match against West Indies. Roy’s injury is a grade 1 tear which is not serious but any pressure on it can aggravate the problem. The opener left the field during the eighth over with tightness in his...

This WC season cricket fans turn to virtual fields to earn fast bucks

E-sport, which has been a part of American culture, is growing roots in India, thanks to the immense popularity it has gained among sports fanatics. With the introduction of Dream11, as an official fantasy gaming partner for ICC World Cup 2019 and VIVO Indian Premier League, the idea of earning quick money through e-sports is spreading like wildfir...

West Indies vs Bangladesh: A must-win for both the teams

Will it be too soon to tag the matches ‘must-win’, also when the group stages haven’t reach an end? West Indies will take on Bangladesh in County Ground, Taunton on Monday (June 17) at 3 PM IST. A victory in this match is the only way for both the teams to keep their semi-finals hopes alive. Even if a team loses, which it will, there is a chance of...

Bhuvneshwar ruled out of next 2-3 games due to hamstring niggle: Kohli

Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of at least the next two World Cup games after developing a niggle in his left hamstring during the clash against Pakistan. The paceman walked off the field without completing his third over, and India skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that he will be replaced by Mohammed Shami in the following games. ...

We were a good team in 90s, now India is better, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has reconciled to the fact that they "were a better team than India in the 90s" and now the tables have turned. The soft-spoken Pakistan captain was literally hounded by his country's media with a host of uncomfortable questions following the teams heavy defeat against India here on Sunday. Asked if the Indo-Pa...

World Cup jinx remains as India beat Pakistan by 89 runs

Chennai: India clinched an easy victory against Pakistan, defeating the rival-neighbours by 89 runs in a much-awaited high-profile match at the Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday (June 16). India vs Pakistan has long been the marquee match of cricketing history, with the two countries sharing a long and, at times, bitter rivalry. The two sides have had a...

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Indo-Pak match ‘washout’ could be a ₹137.5 crore blow to Star Sports

Prediction of showers in Manchester on Sunday (June 16) would not only dampen the spirits of fans awaiting the India-Pakistan ICC World Cup Match 2019 in the case of a washout, but also dig a hole in the pockets of its chief sponsors. AccuWeather, the weather forecasting platform has predicted showers in Manchester, the city where the two teams ...

Virat Kohli vs Sarfaraz Ahmed: A tale of two captains

Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Ahmed are captains of two of the most passionate and craziest cricketing countries. There are billions of fans and the pressure is on all the time. There is so much pressure that in a recent interview with ICC, Hardik Pandya cheekily said, “No pressure because only maybe 1.5 billion people are expecting that so no pressure ...

World Cup 2019: South Africa registers easy victory over Afghanistan

South Africa and Afghanistan battled it out for their first win in the tournament. Both teams would be fighting to ensure a place in the semi-finals. South Africa have been struggling with a inexperienced batting line-up and even experienced Hashim Amla hasn’t been in a good form. Skipper Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock will look to carry their ...

World Cup 2019: Australia rises to top after defeating Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has been having a tough World Cup with rain playing havoc in their matches. Two of their matches have been washed out and they split points with Bangladesh and Pakistan. Their only victory in the tournament has come against Afghanistan. This is the match where Sri Lanka would look to make its comeback. It might be easier said than done...

Pre-match analysis: India vs Pak result to remain a surprise

It’s June 16. A date every cricket fan has anxiously been waiting for. It’s Match 22, and India is all set to take on Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. As fans from both sides of the border get excited, it’s fair to say it’s not just another cricket match. Both teams are coming off contrasting results in their previous game. While India's ...

Pakistan have proven to be worthy rivals over the years

The much-awaited India-Pakistan match is scheduled for Sunday (June 16) at Manchester, a city where football rules and is now about to host a rivalry larger than the sport itself. Even though England's unpredictable weather conditions hover over the match, it is important to look at the head-to-head statistics of both the teams over the years. I...

India-Pakistan rivalry, one that transcends cricket and sport

This Sunday (June 16), India take on Pakistan in Manchester in a World Cup game and the buzz is back. The India-Pakistan rivalry is such that it creates a frenzied atmosphere. It won’t be any different this time. In any sport, be it cricket, hockey, or kabaddi, a game between India and Pakistan always tends to create a hype and buzz. No matter w...

Afghans won’t be distracted by Shahzad’s exit row, insists Captain Naib

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has insisted that his side won't let the row over Mohammad Shahzad's controversial World Cup exit overshadow the rest of the tournament. Shahzad played in Afghanistan's first two World Cup matches, but the wicketkeeper-batsman was removed from the squad after suffering a knee injury that the country's cricket bo...

England to hit panic button with Roy and Morgan under injury scans

By his own admission, England captain Eoin Morgan is doubtful for the next World Cup game having suffered a back spasm while Jason Roy undergoes a scan for hamstring strain but the skipper insisted it is not a panic station yet. During their World Cup match against the West Indies here on Friday, Morgan left the field in the 41st over of West In...

Holder has no regrets about gambling on Russell’s fitness

His troublesome knee flaring up time and again but West Indies skipper Jason Holder insists that "match-winner" Andre Russells fitness is a gamble worth taking. The West Indies all-rounder once again pulled up a knee injury during their eight-wicket defeat to England in a World Cup match here on Friday and he went off the field after bowling to ...

Sri Lanka complains to ICC over ‘unfair’ pitches

Sri Lanka seems to be struggling on the points table due to their matches being washed out. Till now, two of Sri Lanka’s crucial matches have been abandoned using which the island nation could have moved up the scoreboard. One was against against Bangladesh and the other against Pakistan. Besides, the Lankan team has reservations about the pitch on...

World Cup 2019: South Africa aims to break losing streak against Afghanistan

Chennai: While South Africa managed to open its account with a single point from an abandoned match, after three defeats, there hardly seems any good news coming their way. Cardiff has been flooding since a week now and their Saturday's match against Afghanistan is also at a risk of getting washed out. The Proteas finally seem to have an opportunity to b...

Not another washout: Lanka expects action as they take on Australia

Chennai: With two matches abandoned due to rain, Sri Lanka is finally looking forward to some action as the weather seems fine this time in London. The asian side will take on the mighty Australia at the Kennington Oval at 3 PM (IST) on Saturday (June 15). According to the Met department's predictions, a bright weekend is on the cards in the England capi...

World Cup: England restricts West Indies to 212, bags an easy win

England clinched an easy victory against West Indies on Friday (June 14) in their fourth game of the tournament and grabbed the second position on the points' table. West Indies batsmen were all back to the pavillion putting up a total of 212 runs in 44.4 overs, conceding a cakewalk to the English team. England won the match by eight wickets. ...

Does ICC have any rule to prevent matches getting washed out?

Chennai: With Thursday’s (June 13) India vs New Zealand match being abandoned, the count of matches being washed out in the ongoing ICC World Cup now stands at four. While the weather in England continued to be spoilsport, Thursday’s washout promoted India to number 3 on the points table pushing England down to rank 4. However, the Kiwis are still on top...

Fans keep fingers crossed for Virat-Amir clash in India-Pak match

Virat Kohli vs Mohammad Amir. This is one battle the world will be yearning to see. About less than a month back, this battle or this tag line would’ve have been apt with Mohammad Amir struggling to get in to the Pakistan World Cup squad. However, the heat is on and the battle is set up beautifully. It’s no secret that both Virat Kohli and Mo...

ICC World Cup: Will rain let England take on West Indies?

England and West Indies will face each other at the Hampshire bowl, Southampton with contrasting results in their previous games on Friday (June 14). England came back after a defeat against Pakistan to dominate Bangladesh and win the game by 106 runs. Jason Roy scored 153 followed by some disciplined display by the bowlers at Sophia Gardens on ...

India, New Zealand share a point each after another washout

Nottingham: The frustrating English weather finally caught up with the Indian team as their third World Cup game against New Zealand was called off without a ball being bowled here Thursday. New Zealand have seven points from four games while India now have five from three with the next game against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday. Incidentally, the weath...

The rivalry: A look back at India and Pakistan’s World Cup face-offs

Chennai: The India-Pakistan rivalry is arguably one of the biggest in cricket history. Over the years, the two teams have fought hard and produced some of the best classics. In World Cup cricket, the two countries never faced each other in the first four editions. Their first face-off in a World Cup game was in 1992 in Australia. However, since then, bar...

All eyes on weather as India, NZ get set to take on each other

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has already seen a record number of washouts and on Thursday it may be a record extending instance as India and New Zealand clash having won all their previous matches but with a cloud over the weather in Nottingham. Both teams are coming off strong starts to the tournament and will hope that rain doesn’t play a sp...

WC 2019: Defending champions outplay Pakistan by 41 runs

Australia’s momentum was disrupted in its match against India. Pakistan, true to their mercurial nature, came in with a splendid win against odds on favorite England. With rain playing spoilsport in the last two matches, it was a relief that the weather held steady through the entirety of the match. Pakistan was one of the teams that fell prey t...

Want KL Rahul to be a versatile ODI player like Dravid: Bangar

If KL Rahul could adjust to opening the batting in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, it will provide much-needed balance to the side, says assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, citing history when Rahul Dravid excelled in a similar role. Rahul Dravids versatility as a keeper and a floater under Sourav Gangulys captaincy helped India maintain balance in OD...

Can India overcome the ‘Yellow Warning’ and Kiwi challenge?

It’s been raining all over England in the last few days. In fact, such has been the downpour that two full games got washed out in the last couple of days. The game between South Africa and West Indies lasted a mere 45 balls. And the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was abandoned even without the toss. It was the second such incident in th...

ICC says reserve days for every rain-hit match not possible

Three rained out games and more feared, the ongoing World Cup does seem to be a bit under the weather but the International Cricket Council says there's hardly anything it can do to deal with the "extremely unseasonable" cloud cover in the country right now. Two Sri Lanka games against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bristol have been abandoned witho...

Rishabh Pant flies to Nottingham as stand by for Shikhar Dhawan

Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant flew to England as back up for the injured opener Shikhar Dhawan on Wednesday (June 12). While Dhawan is still recovering from the injury and will continue to be a part of the 15-member squad, Rishabh Pant will be in as cover for the upcoming match against New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday (June 13). ...

Kohli remains sole Indian and cricketer in Forbes list of highest-paid athletes

Indian Captain Virat Kohli remains the sole Indian and cricketer in the Forbes list of worlds highest-paid athletes with estimated annual earnings of USD 25 million. However, the Indian captain has dropped 17 spots to be 100th in the rankings. The list is headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi. According to the For...

BCCI not looking to replace Shikhar Dhawan yet, says he is under observation

Chennai: Shikhar Dhawan who was declared to have ruled out from the ICC World Cup 2019 is kept under observation and the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) is not asking for a replacement yet. Dhawan had sustained a thumb injury during India's encounter with Australia at The Oval on Sunday (June 9). It was later informed that he has suffered a mino...

Australia set to battle against Pakistan

After an eye opening defeat with India, Australia is all set to battle it at Taunton against an unpredictable Pakistan, as both the sides will play their fourth game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The previous match Australia played was on Sunday (June 9) as India handed them their first defeat of the tournament. The defending champions chose to...

SL split points for second successive time in WC after match washed out

Bristol: Sri Lanka was forced to split points for the second successive time in the ongoing World Cup after their match against Bangladesh was called off without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain here Tuesday (June 11). Both the teams came into the match with one win from three matches and now each will get a point for the washout. Sri Lanka now...

Four stadiums that India’s World Cup top-order prefer

Chennai: Amidst all the controversies and celebrations over wins, the pitch on which a record-breaking knock is played goes unnoticed. Every batsman in the world has his/her favourite stadiums which they call as their second home ground. Even this year’s ICC World Cup top-order has their favourite grounds where they’ve knocked double centuries and trained t...

Can Pak turn it around against Australia, like they did against England?

While Australia have dominated throughout the bilaterals and overall head to head, Pakistan are almost neck to neck in World Cup cricket.

Du Plessis says it was too late to consider ABD’s World Cup request

South African captain Faf du Plessis has broken his silence on the controversy surrounding AB de Villiers wanting to come out of retirement for the World Cup, saying he had told the swashbuckler that it was too late to consider the offer. Just after South Africa lost to India by six wickets on June 6, news came out that de Villiers had wanted to...

Australia open to reshuffling batting order, says Coach Ponting

Assistant coach Ricky Ponting said that Australia is open to shuffling the batting line-up if the circumstances dictate a more flexible approach in the ongoing World Cup. India posted a massive 352 for 5, riding on a professional performance by the top-order led by Shikhar Dhawan (117). In reply, Australia were dismissed for 316 to suffer a 36-r...

Injury blow to India: Shikhar Dhawan out of action for 3 weeks

Chennai: Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan ruled out from the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 for three weeks due to a thumb fracture that he suffered during his match-winning century against Australia. This is a major blow out to team India ahead of its two crucial matches against New Zealand and Pakistan. His ton against Australia turned the tables of t...

Yuvraj Singh: A triumph of Indian cricket

Chennai: With the retirement of Yuvraj Singh comes the end of an era. The emotional out-pour of the fans on social media takes us back to the innumerable special moments that the Prince of Cricket has gifted the country and the Indian fans, including his World Cup-winning innings. “After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of internat...

Stuart Broad bids adieu to Yuvraj, reminds fans of his six sixes

Chennai: England bowler Stuart Broad bid adieu to his biggest nemesis Yuvraj Singh on Instagram, after the Indian World Cup-winning cricketer announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Monday (June 10). Broad posted a picture along with Yuvi and wrote: “Enjoy retirement Legend @yuvisofficial”. A dream of cricket fanatics to relive will a...

Yuvraj — The man who oscillated back and forth, both in life and cricket

The story of Yuvraj Singh’s life must have been written by someone with a balancing scale. Its one side got loaded with spectacular triumphs, unbelievable glory and unimaginable joys. But, the moment it started tipping in one direction, his life was always balanced with failures, rejections and tragedies. Destiny always pulled Yuvraj back from t...

After 3 defeats, rain helps South Africa open its World Cup account

Chennai: With Monday's World Cup match between South Africa and West Indies being abandoned due rain, the Proteas finally opened their account with one point credited to the both the countries. The Proteas have lost all the three opening matches while the fourth one, against West Indies, got washed out. With West Indies’ middle-overs hitman Andre Russell...

Hardik Effect: Kohli on why he played second fiddle vs Australia

Nottingham: Virat Kohli can switch gears seamlessly while batting but the Indian captain feels that the presence of a compulsive stroke-player like Hardik Pandya allows him to play second fiddle at times. It's not everyday that Kohli scored at more than run a ball, yet his 82 off 77 balls in India's 36-run win against Australia had only four boundaries and ...

Asian clash to decide which team is more equipped in tournament

The two Asian teams — Bangladesh and Sri Lanka — are set to clash against each other at the Bristol Cricket ground on June 11, the 16th fixture of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Both the teams will eye on gaining momentum after a couple of setbacks. The Bangla tigers started on a high with a big win against the heavyweight Proteas but ...

Yuvraj Singh retires: A 19-year illustrious career draws to a close

Chennai: A role model to next generation cricketers and one of the most shining gems of Indian cricket, Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from the game. But, his innings continue with an inspiration for all. During a press conference in Mumbai, Singh announced his retirement, while sharing his most-prized moments as part of the cricketing fratern...

Mauka Mauka ads featuring Indo-Pak repartee return this WC season

Chennai: While Pakistan is still searching for a ‘mauka’ (opportunity) to celebrate its maiden victory against the mighty Indian team in the World Cup, the 'desi' boys seem confident of keeping the winning streak intact, at least in the much-popular ‘Mauka Mauka’ ads. The ‘Mauka Mauka’ promotional campaign by Star Sports is nothing new to cricket fans, a...

Windies, SA meet at Southampton to bring campaign back on track

Two teams who started the tournament as dark horses for Cricket’s ultimate crown, 10 days into the ICC World Cup 2019 fight it out between themselves at the Ageas Bowl in a group fixture on Monday (June 10). Both teams are still recovering from the loss in their previous games. While the West Indies won their opening game, the Proteas are in the...

Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to lift UEFA Nations League title

Chennai: Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win the inaugural UEFA Nations League title. A well-crafted goal by Goncalo Guedes made the 2016 Euro Cup champions, the first team to win the tournament on Sunday (June 9). Guedes, preferred to Joao Felix in the starting lineup, nut-megged an opponent, exchanged passes with Bernando Silva and then beat goalkeepe...

‘King of Clay’ Nadal retains his crown, wins 12th French Open title

Chennai: The king retains his crown. Rafael Nadal has once again proved he is the 'King of Clay' as he defeated Dominic Thiem on Sunday (June 9). This is his 12th French Open title and is the first player to achieve this feat. While the initial phase of the game seemed close, it was only after losing the second set did Nadal made a come back. The Span...

In clash of titans, India hand Aussies their first defeat in WC-2019

India stepped up to number three on the points table with an emphatic win against Australia at The Oval on Sunday (June 9). It was more of a ‘clash of the titans’ as the two cricket heavyweights battled it out for supremacy. In the past, Australia have had the upper hand in their rivalry with India having lost eight of their 11 World Cup matches ag...

Igor Stimac’s India football team has started on a very bright note

Despite being knocked out of the 2019 Asia Cup in the group stages, India’s football team showed enough potential — including a brilliant 4-1 win over Thailand — to attract some big-name applications for the head coach position that was left vacant by Stephen Constantine. The agenda this time was far from safe, tried, and tested. The All India Foot...

No dagger insignia, Dhoni wears gloves without logo

London: India's veteran wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday (June 9) decided to obey the ICC diktat as he removed the dagger insignia from his green keeping gloves during the World Cup game against Australia. Dhoni wore the gloves with military dagger insignia against South Africa, which evoked mixed reactions, and the ICC requested the BCCI to ...

Hit on thumb, Dhawan skips fielding

London: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan could not field after sustaining a thumb injury while batting during India's World Cup game against Australia here on Sunday. Dhawan was hit on his left thumb by a delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile and needed medical attention. Physiotherapist Patrick Farhart would check on him during breaks as he continued manful...

Will the famous pace attack of Windies see them through?

It all started in March in the series-decider between West Indies and England at the Gros Islet in St Lucia. England were leading 2-1 and another series defeat loomed over Windies’ head. Remember, they haven’t won an ODI series since August 2014. Yes, they’ve returned empty-handed in almost every 50-over tournament in the last five years. Howeve...

Rashid should be fully fit for South Africa clash: Naib

Rashid Khan took a blow to the head while batting against New Zealand and didn't play the rest of the game. So far, Afghanistan has lost all its matches.

David Warner injures net bowler during practice session

David Warner sent net bowler Jaykishan Plaha to the hospital after hitting him on the head as he tried to stop Warner’s drive off a half-volley. During the practice session at The Oval ahead of Sunday's (June 9) match against India, the bowler was dropped to the ground leaving Warner 'shaken up' said Australian captain Aaron Finch. However, F...

Another injury for South Africa before West Indies clash

South Africa had another injury scare ahead of their match against West Indies at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Monday (June 10). Middle-order batsman Rassie Van Der Dussen strained a groin muscle and may miss the upcoming match. Even before the start of the ICC World Cup 2019, they lost Anrich Nortje, while Dale Steyn was ruled out due to a rec...

England, New Zealand thrash opponents Bangladesh, Afghanistan with all ease

Bangladesh were the reason why England got pushed out from the 2015 World Cup and after four years they’ve become the favourite title contenders. They announced their come back in style against the same side, defeating them by 106 runs. Similar visuals were seen in the match where New Zealand knocked down Afghanistan by 7 wickets. Rashid Khan’s ...

French Open 2019: Can Dominic Thiem stop Rafael Nadal?

The one question that was hanging over the men’s section this fortnight at Roland Garros was: can anyone prevent a Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal final? Dominic Thiem answered with a resounding yes. In a semi-final played over two days that lasted for over four hours, fourth-seeded Thiem outlasted World No. 1 Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. Th...

Heavyweights India, Australia face each other on a blockbuster Sunday

Two teams who have been predicted as the semi-finalists by most of the people will clash on Sunday (June 9) at the Kennington Oval in London as India and Australia look to add to their wins at the ICC World Cup 2019. Earlier this year, Australia lost to India in the ODI series. Both the teams are coming off with convincing wins although India ha...

French Open: Thiem ends Djokovic history bid; to face Nadal in finals

Paris: Novak Djokovic's dream of becoming the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice was crushed by Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros on Saturday (May 8). Thiem downed the world number one 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a repeat of last year's final against 11-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal. Djokovic...

French Open 2019: Rain rescues faltering Djokovic at Roland Garros

Paris: Rain came to the rescue of Novak Djokovic on Saturday (June 8) as the world number one was staring at defeat against Dominic Thiem in the Roland Garros semi-finals. Djokovic, bidding to become just the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice, was trailing 1-4 in the final set and was 40-40 when play was halted. ...

World Cup: India-Australia face-off to be a clash of bowlers

Chennai: India taking on Australia at The Oval on Sunday (June 9) will perhaps be one of the most high-profile matches this World Cup season with the ultimate rivals looking forward to keep their winning streak intact. The clash is expected to be largely a battle between the bowlers of the two teams, given the pitch remains unpredictable and both the tea...

‘Be a man’, don’t play gimmicks, Akhtar tells De Villiers

London: "Be a man" by sticking to your guns instead of playing "gimmicks", former speedster Shoaib Akhtar told AB de Villiers after it came to light that the South African was keen to come out of retirement and play in the World Cup. Cricket South Africa (CSA) rejected De Villiers' offer, saying the selected players should represent the country in the W...

Pakistan board rejects team’s request for celebrating India’s wickets

Chennai: MS Dhoni’s controversy sporting an Army insignia during the ongoing World Cup is bringing up ideas that are more controversial than the present one. According to Saj Sadiq, editor of the Pakistan website ‘Pak Passion’ on Friday (June 7) tweeted that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly rejected the request from Sarfaraz Ahmed and his ...

Hosts France enjoy winning start as FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off

Paris: Hosts France laid down a marker in the opening game of the Women's World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the tournament in style in Paris on Friday (June 7). A sell-out crowd of 45,261 filled the Parc des Princes to watch the start of what is billed as the biggest Women's W...

‘Giant-killer’ Bangladesh, England to battle it out for a second win

Chennai: After convincing victories in their respective opening games, England and Bangladesh were edged by Pakistan and New Zealand in close encounters. Today (June 8), both the teams will take on each other at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff at 3 pm (IST) as they look to regain momentum and bag a second win in the tournament. England began their campaign...

Will Afghanistan match be one-sided affair for the Kiwis again?

Chennai: A confident New Zealand, with two victories, will be taking on the underdog Afghanistan in their first face-off since their 2015 World Cup, which was rather a one-sided affair for the Kiwis. On the other hand, it can only turn better for the Asian team with two defeats, which will be looking forward to bounce back in the game. The two teams will...

French Open 2019: Barty, Vondrousova set up an unlikely yet intriguing final

If you are a casual tennis fan, you could be forgiven for being surprised when you look at the line-up for the French Open women’s final - Ashleigh Barty vs Marketa Vondrousova. After all, both Barty and Vondrousova will play in their first singles major final ever on Saturday (June 8). However, if you look back at the tour-level results in 2019...

Afghanistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad departs from World Cup 2019

Afghanistan opener and wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad has departed from ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a knee injury. Known for his consistent big-hits at the top of the order, he suffered the knee injury during Afghanistan's warm-up match against Pakistan last month. Even though he had featured in the 1st two matches against Australia and Sr...

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard joins Madrid

Chennai: Chelsea star player Eden Hazard signed a 5-year-contract with Real Madrid, confirmed the La Liga club in a statement on Friday (June 7). 🇧🇪✨ ¡El TALENTO de @hazardeden10!#WelcomeHazard | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/xgTV39yCRY — Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) June 7, 2019 Spanish media reports said that Real Madrid agreed to pay Chelsea 10...

Kohli fined for washing his cars with drinking water

Indian Cricket captain Virat Kohli has been fined ₹500 for using drinking water to wash his cars, on Friday (June 7). The skipper who is currently in England for the World Cup has about a dozen cars in his Gurugram house at DLP phase-I. According to reports, his domestic help used drinking water to wash the cars on daily basis. The neighbours ra...

Nadal hands Federer worst Slam loss in 11 years to reach 12th French Open final

Paris: Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals on Friday (June 7), to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his oldest rival his worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years. The 33-year-old produced a masterful performance to get past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the l...

The top five catches in World Cup history

Catches win matches is a saying that holds true to almost every cricket game. There have been times when dropped catches have proved costly with the game slipping away and sometimes not. After witnessing Sheldon Cortrell's scintillating catch against Australia in the World cup on Thursday (June 6), we look past at some of the best catches in World ...

Won’t share MSD’s secrets with Australia: Mike Hussey

London: Michael Hussey feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni does not have "too many weaknesses" but even if he has, the Chennai Super Kings batting coach wouldn't share them with in-form Australia, ahead of their World Cup clash on Sunday (June 9). Having crushed Afghanistan and put up an inspirational performance against a rampaging West Indies, Australia i...

Anand loses to Mamedyarov, falls to last spot in Norway Chess

Stavanger: Former world champion Viswanathan Anand slipped to the bottom of the points table after going down to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the second round of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament. Anand, who lost to world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the Armageddon game in the first round, was out of sorts in the classical game against ...

BCCI backs Dhoni after ICC wants removal of army insignia from his gloves

Chennai: MS Dhoni sporting a pair of wicket-keeping gloves bearing a logo similar to the badge of honour given to the Para Commandos has triggered a new controversy, with the ICC seeking the removal of the gloves and the BCCI standing firm behind the former skipper. In the opening match for India against South Africa in the ongoing World Cup, Dhoni was s...

Once tough, Indian shuttlers put up a weak fight in Australian Open

Chennai: Not one of the four ace Indian singles shuttlers and one men’s doubles pair could win their semi-final matches against their opponents at Sydney Olympic Park’s indoor stadium on Thursday (June 6). Considering the contrast between their Badminton World Federation rankings, it was no surprise that rank 24 B. Sai Praneeth lost to World No. 7 Indone...

Will Lanka be able to break the jinx, defeat an inconsistent Pakistan in WC?

Chennai: After losing their respective opening matches by humiliating margins against New Zealand and West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan made a sort of dream comebacks by defeating Afghanistan and England, and registered their first two points on the points’ table. The Lankans will come into the face-off with confidence as they defeated the Afghan side ...

Oz vs Windies: Coulter Nile clinches victory with a brilliant knock

Australia marked another win against West Indies at Nottingham, thanks to a brilliant knock by Nathan Coulter-Nile. Coulter-Nile established a crucial partnership with Steve Smith and pushed his team’s total to a decent 288. His score of 92 is the highest score by a no. 8 or below in World Cup history. Australia recovered impressively from a 38-...

Pakistan eyes’ Sri Lanka after England. Why they may win?

Pakistan has emerged like a tough competitor in the World Cup 2019 by thrashing their opponents when they shattered their 11-match losing streak against World No. 1 One-Day International team, England. Safaraz Ahmed’s men are now eyeing towards tying Sri Lanka that too had a rough start just like Pakistan. The two nations would fight it out on F...

Playing chess in past is helping me pre-empt batsmens moves: Kohli

Southampton: Yuzvendra Chahal is indebted to his days as a chess player which taught him to pre-empt the batsman's moves and skipper Virat Kohli feels this ability makes the leg-spinner stand out among his peers. Chahal had an impressive World Cup debut against South Africa, picking 4 for 51 in India's six-wicket victory here. "Chess has taught me patience a...

South Africa’s defeats mount just as their injuries pile up

Chennai: South Africa’s injuries are mounting as high as their defeats. The Proteas lost three of their three played matches, again being called as ‘chokers’ by many. On Wednesday (June 5), Faf du Plessis’ men lost by 6 wickets to India, facing the bottom of the barrel already. They have more injured frontline bowlers than fit ones. The departure of Dale...

Rijiju promised for ‘early resolution’ to Olympic Committee’s ban

The new sports minister Kiren Rijiju promised to try for an "early resolution" to the International Olympic Committee's ban on India from hosting global events. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra announced on Thursday (May 5). In February, the Indian Olympic Committee suspended all Indian applications to host future ev...

Upbeat Australia and West Indies look to bag second consecutive win

Not quite does it happen that two teams, who came off low scoring in the last game, stare at a high scoringin the immediate next. But that’s what is going to happen in the 10th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 as West Indies and Australia take on each other at Trent Bridge. For the Carribean team, they will be high on confidence after their first...

Ronaldo’s hat-trick pushes Portugal into UEFA’s Nations League finals

Chennai: Cristiano Ronaldo has yet again proved to be a hero for Portugal with his hat-trick against Switzerland, 3-1, to enter the UEFA’s Nations League finale. Based on their first-half performance, Portugal looked well under-pressure. However, after Ronaldo struck home a brilliant free-kick, which left goalkeeper Yann Sommer astounded, the fall of Swi...

Breaking the jinx: Will Federer be able to defeat Nadal?

In the summer of 2005, a precocious long-haired, capri-donning teenager announced his presence to the world when he defeated Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the French Open. Rafael Nadal, who turned 19 on the day, shocked the then four-time major champion and World No. 1 Federer, went on to win his first major title a couple of days later. ...

Striker Neymar’s injury scare amid Copa America’s victory

Brasilia: Brazil's Copa America preparations suffered a huge injury scare on Wednesday (June 6) after striker Neymar limped off the field as the Selecao beat Qatar at 2-0. A distraught-looking Neymar was seen covering his face with his hands as he sat on the bench after hobbling from the field in the 20th minute at Brasilia's Mane Garrincha Stadium. A ...

Easy win for India in the opening, though they faltered a bit in the batting front

Chennai: India vs South Africa turned out to be a slow burner of a match. India prevailed in the end managing to glide by the South African team with ease in their first match of the World Cup 2019. South Africa, on the other hand, lost their third match of the tournament and would need a miraculous recovery to get back in the game. Injuries have hit the ...

Cricket, legacy and where it went wrong

The most celebrated moment of Indian cricket took place when Sachin Tendulkar played his debut match for the country as a tender 16-year-old against Pakistan. That day, in 1989, began the epic 24-year-long career of the Master Blaster. He is called as the ‘God of cricket’ for being the only batsman in the world to score centuries across all three f...

Will Aussie pace attack be an advantage for Windies?

Trent Bridge, Nottingham will witness a gush of confidence when Australia would face the buoyant West Indies on Thursday (June 6). Both the teams have been performing at their best thrashing their opponents, only to go closer to the World Cup. Aaron Finch-led Aussies had a convincing seven-wicket win over Afghanistan by restricting them to 207 a...

India match aside, Bangladesh takes on the Kiwis in World Cup 2019

The world is looking at India's big opener against South Africa, but it shouldn’t go unnoticed that another big game starts at 6 pm today when Bangladesh will try their best to take on New Zealand at The Oval, London. The day-night game will turn out to be an interesting one as both the teams have delivered two comprehensive victories in the ope...

World Cup 2019: India begins campaign vs crisis-ridden South Africa

As Indian fans wake up today morning, there will be no limit to their excitement as it is June 5, a day they have waited for long time, as the men in blue will finally start their campaign against injury-plagued South African side. The Hampshire bowl is the venue that will host this spectacular match as India will go into this encounter with dom...

World Cup 2019: India set eyes on 3rd Trophy

As the cricket carnival begins in England and Wales, all eyes will be on India, the 2-time champions, who will be looking forward to adding another World Cup trophy in their cabinet as Kohli and Co., enter the 10-team tourney as joint-favourites for the ultimate prize in World Cricket, alongside the host, England. Will Virat do a Kapil Dev by lifti...

Dale Steyn out of World Cup 2019 due to shoulder injury

South African pace bowler Dale Steyn departs from the ICC World Cup after failing to recover from a shoulder injury. The fifth highest ODI wicket-taker of all time missed the first two matches and also withdrew from the Indian Premier League with the same issue. Steyn underwent a surgery for this problem in 2016 and has been facing issues wit...

India vs SA: IPL familiarity may help players gauge opponent’s move in WC match...

The Indian Premier League was concluded recently and even before Mumbai Indians could finish celebrating their win, some of them were whisked off to England to participate in the International Cricket World Cup tournament. IPL may be more known for the glitz and cash that it comes with, but there were some important cricketing takeaways from it thi...

When Kohli chose Faf to join his World Cup squad

Before the commencement of ICC World Cup 2019, there was a captain’s meet in which each captain was asked to choose a player from other teams, if given a chance, to join their squad. And Virat Kohli promptly chose the South African captain Faf du Plessis. Faf was the star player for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the recently concluded Indian Prem...

Can South Africa shake off the ‘choker’ tag this World Cup?

A leash fitted tightly against the neck is a choker, says the dictionary. It’s a term that is used to describe the South African cricket team in the prestigious cricket World Cup. One might wonder why only South Africa earned the ‘choker’ tag while other teams like New Zealand and Bangladesh too have not won the title as yet. Unlike other teams ...

World Cup: Underdogs Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to battle for their 1st win

When Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, the two Asian teams meet at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, they will try to leave behind their respective setbacks in the first match and earn points for the first time at the ICC World Cup 2019. In the previous game, Sri Lanka handed out 10 wickets to New Zealand as they were bundled out for 136 by the Kiwis. The...

WC: Pakistan makes a comeback in nail-biting match against England

In a match that had more twists than the Game of Thrones ending, Pakistan vs England proved to be a fight to the finish. It was anyone’s game right until the final overs as both teams put up splendid performances that had the audience at the edge of their seats. The final result was just as much of a nail biter, with Pakistan winning by just 14 run...

The return of the bouncer and his ‘white orb’

Ahead of the 2000 Wimbledon, Anna Kournikova advertised a sports bra with the tagline, “only the ball should bounce…” Two decades later, just ahead of the Wimbledon season, on pitches a few miles from the world’s most famous tennis lawns, the ball is indeed bouncing—but in the cricket World Cup. Bowling conditions in England were traditionall...

Team play, power-hitting help Bangladesh deliver Proteas their 2nd WC loss

The wait for a 'competitive' match at the ICC World Cup 2019 finally ended as a team effort from Bangladesh meant that they defeated South Africa by 21 runs at the Oval on Sunday (June 2). Bangladesh opened their campaign with a comprehensive win over the World No. 3 side. The 2015 quarter-finalist’s win was constituted by a fair share of senior...

India’s Aditi Ashok slips at US Women’s Open

Charleston (US): India's Aditi Ashok failed to find a single birdie on way to a four-over 75 and slipped to T-53rd after the third round of the US Women's Open here on June 2 (Sunday). Aditi now has rounds of 72, 71 and 75 to be five-over for the tournament. She dropped shots on third, eighth, 10th and 16th. Meanwhile, Yu Liu of China and Celine Boutier of Fr...

World Cup: Amla could be be fit for India clash

London: Veteran South Africa opener Hashim Amla, who was hit on his helmet grille in the World Cup opener, is expected to regain full fitness for the teams third game against India in Southampton on Wednesday (June 5). Amla missed the game against Bangladesh here on Sunday (June 2) after suffering the blow against England on Thursday. He missed a sharp ...

Woman accuses Neymar of rape, player says he was set up

Rio de Janeiro: A Brazilian police document says an unidentified woman has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in Paris last month. After the revelation, the player used Instagram to publish a 7-minute video that includes WhatsApp messages he says he exchanged with the accuser in a friendly way days later. Neymar calls the incident "a setup" and insists it...

Bangladesh vs South Africa: Fight of the underdogs

Bangladesh vs South Africa marks the fifth match of the ICC World Cup 2019 and cricket fans are eagerly guessing the outcome of this face off. There are several factors to take into consideration when trying to evaluate the two teams against each other. On paper, South Africa definitely looks to be the strong contender. Going by their winning st...

‘The myth of the most challenging World Cup and its many victims’

This dates back to the time when the world became aware of the ICC’s shrinking policy ahead of the 2015 World Cup edition. The shrinking has made the World Cup as a 10-team event. Ten years ago the situation wouldn’t be this bad but, ten years ago, there were no Ireland and Afghanistan either. As the first two associate (now test playing) nations, ...

French Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams suffer shock defeat

When women’s draw was made for the French Open top seed Naomi Osaka and 10th seed Serena Williams landed in the same quarter, there was a sense of anticipation among fans and journalists alike. Could we finally see a rematch of that controversial US Open final from 2018 where Osaka won her first Grand Slam title as Williams had an angry outburst an...

Windies pacers blow Pakistan away in no time

The West Indian fast bowlers turned back the clock as they made the Pakistan batsmen hop and jump around in what was a brilliant display of fast bowling before the batsmen wrapped it up in no time. The entire game lasted a mere 35.2 overs as Pakistan were no match for the mighty West Indies. The Windies pace attack blew away the Pakistan batting...

Stokes, Archer help England crush South Africa in the opening game

England walked into the ICC World Cup and this opening game against South Africa as favourites and played as one. Here's an analysis of their victory.

A clash of two English giants in the UEFA Champions League finals

On May 2, two English clubs — Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur — will battle it out for the Champions League trophy. Both teams need the win.

Serena crushes Nara to reach French Open third round

Paris: Serena Williams put her nervy start to the French Open behind her by thrashing Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara on Thursday to step up her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. The 37-year-old cruised into the third round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier. Williams will face Sofia Kenin for a last-16 spot, after her fe...

ICC World Cup: Will English fans cheer ‘It’s coming home’?

As the ICC World Cup begins and England plays South Africa, let’s see if they can ‘bring it home.’ The English are yet to win the 50-over format.

World Cup: A high-scoring tournament of equals where bowlers will give the edge

World Cup 2019 is a tournament of equals. No team or no match can be taken lightly in this World Cup. Every team is capable of upstaging the other team on a given day. Just take a look at the results of the warm-up matches and recent results, you will know what’s cooking. The warm-ups started with Afghanistan beating Pakistan. They almost beat t...

Indian weightlifters caught for doping violation

New Delhi: Several Indian weightlifters have been tested positive by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for banned substances, the sports national body IWLF confirmed on Wednesday (May 29). The details of the lifters, who were randomly tested during the National weightlifting championships held on February 21-28, are not yet known. The news comes ahead...

Sports Ministry has agreed to ask NADA to conduct dope tests in state meets: AFI

New Delhi: Agreeing to a request from Athletics Federation of India (AFI), the Sports Ministry has asked the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to conduct dope tests for all state meets, a move that could help curb the menace. An official of the national federation confirmed this to PTI. The AFI, in the ACTC (Annual Calendar of Training and Competitions) m...

Cricket World Cup: Takeaways from India’s warm-up games

The warm-up games are done and dusted and the dress rehearsals are over. India had a dampening start to their World Cup campaign as they lost their first warm-up game against New Zealand. The Kiwi pacers exploited the conditions beautifully as they exposed India’s old woes against the moving ball once again. All India could manage was 179 and New Z...

Australian greats tag West Indies, New Zealand as dark horse

Melbourne: Hosts England and India head into the World Cup as firm favourites, but Australian greats like Allan Border and Brett Lee feel two-time champions West Indies and last editions runners-up New Zealand would prove to be the dark horses. "I look at the West Indies side and I think that's a very dangerous cricket team. If they get some momentum going...

Why both Chelsea and Arsenal desperately need to win Europa League

It all boils down to the quest of winning the Europa League finals and it seems that both clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal, have never needed a trophy this badly.

Sachin passes dad’s message of not taking short-cuts to son Arjun

Mumbai: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he followed his fathers advice of not taking short-cuts in his journey and has passed on the same message to his son, who is a budding left-arm pacer. The cricketer's son, Arjun Tendulkar, played in the recently concluded T20 Mumbai League and shone with both ball and the bat. He was picked up by the Aakash T...

India loses WC warm-up match to New Zealand, but finds new asset in Jadeja

While most fans were anticipating a run fest in the India vs New Zealand warm-up game, India’s dominant batting line-up was bundled out for only 179 runs. On a green Oval surface, Trent Boult dominated the game with figures of 4 for 33, while Jimmy Neesham played a perfect second fiddle to Boult with figures of 3 for 26. The Kiwi openers fell ea...

Sprint queen Hima Das secures first division in Class 12 exams

India’s newest sprint sensation Hima Das has scored 70 per cent marks in Assam Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) examination, the result of which was declared on Saturday, May 25. Hima, a student of Dhing College in Nagaon appeared for the HS final examination in the Arts stream, scored 63 in English, 84 in Assamese, 60 in Adva...

At the warm-up game, India will look to finalise number four slot

Death, taxes and this Indian management’s fidgety outlook towards finding a suitable number four in ODIs are three certainties of life for any cricket fan that waits for the commencement of the World Cup 2019. For the uninformed, two years ago after a crestfallen defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals of the Champions Trophy 2017, the In...

Five most pleasing moments from India’s history in the ODI World Cup

The most awaited sporting event of 2019 is less than a week away. 10 teams will fight it out in England and Wales to become the ODI champions of the world and seal a place in history books. As the Men in Blue begin their quest to a third World Cup trophy, here we take a look at India’s best moments from the previous World Cup editions, which have s...

French Open 2019 preview: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep aim to defend titles

The tennis venue, Stade Roland Garros, has been given a facelift ahead of the showpiece second Grand Slam of the year. The French Tennis Federation has also added a new show court — Court Simonne-Mathieu to attract fans and please players while hosting the French Open. But will there be a new champion in Paris at the end of the coming fortnight?...

Number 4 the focus as India face NZ in warm-up at Kennigton Oval

London: Armed with pedigree, personnel and form, favorites India will look to hit the ground running when they face New Zealand in their opening warm-up game of the World Cup here on Saturday (May 25). However, with India yet to clear the haze of confusion over the number four position, it will be much more than a ritual of allowing one top-order batsma...

Dhoni’s role massive in India’s World Cup campaign, says Shastri

Mumbai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have a massive role in India's bid to regain the World Cup, coach Ravi Shastri said on Tuesday (May 21), harping on the veterans ability to influence the games little moments. "Massive as it has always been," Shastri told reporters when asked what he thinks would be Dhonis role in the ICCs upcoming showpiece. "He is rig...

Most challenging World Cup, says Virat Kohli before team leaves for England

India skipper Virat Kohli on May 21 said the upcoming World Cup will be the most challenging of all the three he has played so far. As the Indian cricket team is set to leave for the United Kingdom on Wednesday (May 22) with sights on regaining the most coveted trophy in international cricket — the World Cup -- India skipper Virat Kohli and coach R...

Indian womens hockey team beat Republic Of Korea 2-1 in tour opener

Jincheon: Indian women's hockey team defeated hosts South Korea 2-1 in the first match of the three-match bilateral series to begin its short tour on a confident here on Monday (May 20). Young striker Lalremsiami (20th minute) and Navneet Kaur (40th) scored for India, while Shin Hyejeong (48th) found the net for Korea. High on confidence after its impress...

Mary Kom and co aim to pack a punch in India Open

Guwahati: All eyes will be on six-time world champion Mary Kom as 72 Indian boxers vie for honours against 200 pugilists from 16 nations in the second edition of India Open beginning here Monday (May 20). Asian Games champion Amit Panghal and World Championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa will be among the other top Indian boxers in the tournament which ...

Yuvraj mulls retirement, may seek BCCI nod to compete in pvt T20 leagues

New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh, one of India's greatest limited overs cricketer's, is seriously contemplating retirement from international cricket and pursue a freelance career in ICC approved foreign Twenty20 leagues. The Punjab left-hander would make a final decision only if he gets permission from the BCCI. It has been learnt that Yuvraj has come to terms wit...

Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Rome title at stake

Rome: Novak Djokovic said he was relishing locking horns with his "greatest rival" Rafael Nadal as the pair set up the 54th clash of their careers in the Italian Open final. Djokovic battled past Argentinas Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3 and meets defending champion Nadal on Sunday after the Spaniard earlier swept past Greeces Stefanos Tsitsipas 6...

Dutee shunned by family for coming out of the closet

New Delhi: Unapologetic about her same-sex relationship with a younger relative, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family. Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship. “I am having a relationship with a 19-year-ol...

Indian shuttlers eye elusive medal at Sudirman Cup in China

Nanning (China): India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway here on Sunday (May 19). India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage. The Indians would have to ensur...

How India’s World Cup squad fared in the IPL

The Indian Cricket Team undertook their last international assignment on March 13, more than two months before their World Cup sojourn. The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was thus their last competitive tournament to get in shape for the blockbuster ODI event, albeit in a T20 format. As Virat Kohli and co aim for India’s third Worl...

ICC tries to troll Sachin gets trolled back

Mumbai: When the International Cricket Council decided to troll legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar using an image of umpire Steve Bucknor, with whom the master blaster has had well known clashes in the past, little did they realise that they would get trolled back in his trademark style. The official twitter handle’s tweet in response to a pictur...

Croatian football legend Igor Stimac to coach Team India

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has officially announced Croatian Igor Stimac, 51, as next coach for India. Stimac succeeds Stephen Constantine, whose contract had expired in January this year. The Indian Express quoted a member of AIFF’s technical committee, saying, “This appointment is a signal that we are serious. To take the next st...

India have enough ammunition going into World Cup: Shastri

New Delhi: India are a flexible side with enough ammunition in their arsenal going into the World Cup, says head coach Ravi Shastri, making it clear that combinations would depend on conditions. When Vijay Shankar was picked in the 15-man squad, it was largely perceived that the Tamil Nadu all-rounder could bat at crucial number four position but Shastri s...

United who? We live in the era of Manchester City

The Manchester City era has not just begun; we have been living in it since last season. And there’s no saying when it will end.

IPL 2019 final: Mumbai local derails Chennai Express on Hyderabad ‘track’

In a mouth-watering Indian Premier League (IPL) final, Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run in Hyderabad to lift a record fourth silverware. CSK needed two runs off one ball to cross the line, but Lasith Malinga removed Shardul Thakur with a perfect Yorker on the last ball to seal the deal for Mumbai. Having won the toss...

What bills today’s CSK-Mumbai clash as IPL’s El Clasico

When experienced campaigners Shane Watson (50 off 32) and Faf du Plessis (50 off 39) took Chennai Super Kings to their eighth IPL final in 10 years, cricket lovers -- minus CSK loyalists -- were disappointed. You see, nobody enjoys a routine life of eat, sleep, work, repeat. Similarly, cricket fans are exhausted of a routine IPL of eat, sleep, CSK ...

Neville plots World Cup glory for England women

London: England manager Phil Neville has hailed the ongoing revolution in the women's game as he fine-tunes his preparations for the World Cup in France. The women's boss named his squad on Wednesday (May 8) for the tournament that starts on June 7, with sports stars, musicians and even Football Association president Prince William announcing the 23-strong...

Hamilton seeks hat-trick as Ferrari aim for revival

Barcelona: Lewis Hamilton will seek to complete a hat-trick of Catalan triumphs and regain the lead in this years drivers world championship as Formula One returns home to this years first European race at this weekends Spanish Grand Prix. The defending five-time champion is a single point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the embryonic stan...

A World Cup loss unleashes a beast in Lionel Messi for Barcelona

As the stadiums in South Africa filled with the sound of vuvuzelas during FIFA World Cup 2010, Lionel Messi — by then already crowned the world’s best player — experienced Argentina’s worst margin of defeat since 1974. Germany outdid them in the quarters, just like in 2006. This time, it was a 4-0 defeat. In the season that followed for Barcelon...

Afghanistan’s struggle to get to the 2019 World Cup is a bloody one

A year ago, eight were killed and 45 injured in a series of explosions that targeted a cricket match in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. The blasts erupted among civilians as they watched the Ramadan Cup at a local cricket stadium. Prior to that, in September 2017, a suicide bombing at a cricket match in the capital city of Kabul left three dead and f...

Federer back to third after Zverevs Munich knockout

Paris: Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP rankings released on Monday (May 6), replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage. Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three year...

Shaving off Myth: When Tendulkar got a shave from Neha and Jyoti

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has many firsts to his credit but a "first shave" from female barbers Neha and Jyoti is something that he will possibly be proud of, having done his bit in breaking the gender stereotype prevalent in India. Hailing from the Banwari Tola village in Uttar Pradesh, Neha and Jyoti entered the profession, which till now has been stri...

CSK will look to maintain pole position, KXIP to play for pride

Already assured of a playoff berth, table toppers Chennai Super Kings will aim to maintain their pole position with a victory over a struggling Kings XI Punjab in their last IPL group league encounter on Sunday (May 5). After a defeat against Mumbai Indians in an earlier match, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK bounced back with a massive 80-run win ...

Arsenal bid to reverse slump as Brighton fight for survival

London: Arsenal have one foot in the Europa League final but know they cannot afford the luxury of taking it easy in Sunday's (May 5) match against struggling Brighton as they chase a Premier League top-four berth. Unai Emery's team have wobbled badly in the league in recent weeks, losing four out of their past five matches after putting themselves in a...

Federer returns to clay, feels like a journey into “no-mans land”

Paris: Roger Federer returns to clay court tennis for the first time in three years at Madrid next week, admitting it feels like a journey into "no-mans land". The 37-year-old last tested his ability on European dirt at the Rome Masters in 2016, before opting to concentrate on the world's hard surfaces and grass courts which have yielded the majority o...

No tension as Smith and Warner back in Aussie colours: Langer

Brisbane: Steve Smith and David Warner have been welcomed back to the Australian team with "no tension", coach Justin Langer said on Friday (May 3), with the World Cup offering another opportunity for redemption. The duo returned to the national side for a World Cup training camp on Friday (MAy 3) in Brisbane after serving year-long bans for their part in...

Neeraj undergoes elbow surgery, doubtful for Doha World Championships

Mumbai: Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has undergone an elbow surgery, raising doubts over his participation in the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 27 to October 6. Neeraj was operated by celebrated orthopaedic surgeon Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala at the Kokilaben Hospital. "Undergone elbow surgery in Mumbai by Dr.Dinshaw Pardiw...

Magical Messi’s double leaves Liverpool on the brink

Barcelona: Lionel Messi left Liverpool needing a miracle to reach their second Champions League final in as many years as his brace helped Barcelona win a pulsating Champions League semi-final first leg 3-0 on Wednesday (May 1). Barcelona have one foot in next months final ahead of Tuesday's second leg at Anfield after former Reds striker Luis Suarez gave ...

Klopp hails unstoppable Messi after Barca star shines in CL semis

Barcelona: Jurgen Klopp admitted Lionel Messi was "unstoppable" on Wednesday (May 1) after he left Liverpool needing a miracle to reach the Champions League final. Luis Suarez poked in against his former club before Messi hit a late double, the second a stunning free-kick for his 600th Barcelona goal, as his team took a 3-0 lead from a pulsating semi-final...

Tennis ball cricket helps me for quick hands behind stumps : Dhoni

Chennai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is lightning quick behind the stumps and the veteran wicket-keeper batsman said it is a skill which he has developed from tennis ball cricket. Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said, "I think its something that's come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If yo...

Saina crashes out of NZ Open after shocking loss to world no 212

Auckland: India's Saina Nehwal suffered a shocking first round loss to world number 212 Wang Zhiyi of China to exit the New Zealand Open on Wednesday (May 1). The 29-year-old Olympic bronze medalist and world number nine lost 16-21 23-21 4-21 to her 19-year-old opponent in the women's singles match that lasted one hour and seven minutes. In men's singl...

AAI president Rao resigns after SC ruling

New Delhi: Archery Association of India (AAI) President BVP Rao on Wednesday (May 1) resigned after the Supreme Court's ruling to set aside the constitution of the national body of the sport as amended by Delhi High Court-appointed administrator SY Quraishi. Justices AM Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi on Wednesday (May 1) ordered that fresh elections be held f...

KXIPs Varun Chakravarthy ruled out of IPL

Mohali: Kings XI Punjabs Varun Chakravarthy was on Wednesday (May 1) ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League after the spinner failed to recover from an injury. The Tamil Nadu player has been on the sidelines for most part of this IPL campaign due to a finger injury. A leg-spinner, Chakravarthy played just one match during the ongoing se...

GT20 Canada to be played from July 25-August 11

Toronto: The second edition of the Global T20 Canada will be played from July 25 to August 11 with top shorter format players from West Indies, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan expected to participate. The five franchises are - Vancouver Knights, Toronto Nationals, Winnipeg Hawks, Edmonton Royals and Montreal Tigers. The sixth team in the tournament w...

Hima Das to run in World Relays despite injury

New Delhi: Top quarter-miler Hima Das has been named in India's women 4x400m relay team for the World Relays which begin in Yokohama, Japan on May 11, despite pulling out of the recent Asian Athletics Championships in Doha due to lower back pain. Hima dropped out midway through her 400m heats on April 21 at the Asian Championships due to lower back spasm a...

Good to end home season on a high: Steve Smith

Jaipur: Steve Smith is happy to have ended Rajasthan Royals "home run" on a high after a seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad as he gears up to leave for Australia to take join national teams World Cup preparatory camp. Rajasthan Royals kept slender hopes of IPL play-off qualifications alive with a seven wicket win over Sunrisers and are currently ...

Imad Wasim century sets up Pakistan win in tour opener

London: Imad Wasim hit an unbeaten century as Pakistan began their tour of England with a 100-run win over Kent on Saturday (April 27). The all-rounder 117 not out, his career-best List A score, featured 13 fours and four sixes. It was the cornerstone of Pakistan's commanding 358 for seven from 50 overs at a windswept Beckenham and that proved far too ...

Landmark law behind US women’s football dominance

Los Angeles: The United States will arrive in France for the women's World Cup as the standard-bearers for one of the most dominant eras in the history of international football. In the 34 years since a makeshift team played their first international, the Americans have forged a record of success unparalleled in womens football. Since the first women's World...

Not harsh enough: England star Rose shocked by Montenegro racism rap

Lausanne: England defender Danny Rose said he was "shocked" that Montenegro were only told to play just one game behind closed doors as punishment for racist chants, insisting the sanction "was not harsh enough". UEFA ordered Montenegro to play their next home Euro 2020 qualifier in an empty stadium after Raheem Sterling, Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were ...

It was a massive boost that MSD wasn’t around, says Rohit

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's name not figuring in the Chennai Super Kings team sheet owing to fever was a massive boost for Mumbai Indians ahead of their return-leg IPL fixture, feels skipper Rohit Sharma. In the talisman's absence, MI thrashed CSK by 46 runs to brighten their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. "It was a massive boost that MSD...

IPL 2019: Five veteran cricketers who prove that age is just a number

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.” The above quote was written by famous Italian actress Sophia Loren, in the context of growing old. You are only as old as you allow your mind t...

3 past winners, 1 Indian named among 22 match officials for ICC World Cup

Dubai: Three World Cup winners and one Indian umpire in Sundaram Ravi were on Friday (April 26) named among the 22 match officials for the league stage of the mega event beginning on May 30 in the United Kingdom. Sixteen umpires and six match referees have been finalized for the 48-match tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced. Ra...

My job to lead from front, says Dinesh Karthik after another KKR loss

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik feels that questions are bound to be raised against his captaincy after the team suffered its sixth defeat in row in the IPL but "his job is to lead from the front". The World Cup-bound Karthik regained his batting form with an unbeaten 97 off 50 balls, helping KKR recover from 49 for 3 to a challengi...

Getafe aims champions league spot after draw with Real Madrid

Getafe: Real Madrid's dreary end to the season took another turn for the worse on Thursday (April 25) as they were left holding on for a goalless draw away to Champions League chasers Getafe. Just 48 hours before Barcelona are set to be celebrating a 26th La Liga title at Camp Nou, Madrid drifted to a stalemate that leaves them 15 points behind the soon...

Guardiola urges caution from City, ManU seek Chelsea redemption

London: Manchester City and Liverpool are showing no signs of letting up in their thrilling Premier League title race but their flawless form contrasts sharply with the struggles of the teams chasing a top-four finish. Manchester United host Chelsea on Sunday (April 28) hoping to arrest an alarming slide of seven defeats in nine games in all competition...

Amit Panghal continues golden run at Asian Championships

Bangkok: Indian boxer Amit Panghal (52kg) picked up his second successive gold medal of the year, claiming the top honours in the Asian Championships here on Friday (April 26). Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea's Kim Inkyu Korea in a unanimous decision. He came into the tournament on the back of a gold at the Strandja ...

Losing six in a row really hurt us: Kohli

Bengaluru: Losing half a dozen of matches in one go did hurt his team's pride and a fabulous turnaround could be attributed to players enjoying their game, said Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli. RCB has won four out of their last five games and there is an outside chance of their play-off qualification if they can win the remaining three gam...

The demi-god of Indian cricket who hit a century of centuries turns 46

It has been more than five years since he hung his boots as a professional player across all formats of the game. Yet, stadiums across the country never fail to reverberate, “Sachin, Sachin!” when he is seen in the field or is flashed in an advertisement. Such is his fan-following. Almost every Indian kid who dreams of wearing the blue jersey somed...

Long breaks fastest goal record, Gray snatches late point for Watford

Watford: Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history on Tuesday (April 23) after netting just 7.69 seconds into his sides 1-1 draw at Watford, who snatched a point thanks to Andre Grays late equaliser. Long's record-breaking goal came immediately after the kick-off when he blocked a clearance from Watford defender Cra...

They wont buy me at auctions if I reveal CSK’s success mantra, says Dhoni

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings success mantra is a "trade secret" revealing which could leave Mahendra Singh Dhoni unsold at the IPL auctions, jocularly says the talisman. "(On CSKs mantra of success) If I tell everyone what it is, then they won't buy me at the auctions. Its a trade secret," Dhoni said cheekily after CSKs six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderab...

203 IPL sixes – ‘Thala’ Dhoni – man behind jersey number 7

At 37 years, he is one of the oldest players in the current season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Over the course of 12 seasons, he has 203 sixes to his credit, becoming the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in IPL, one shy of being number two on the list of players with most sixes in all seasons. In match 39 of IPL 2019, Chennai Super Kings (...

World Cup selection was running in my mind, says Pant

Ignored for the World Cup, Rishabh Pant on Monday said the "selection thought was running" in his mind. Pant made a statement with a blistering 78 off 36 balls and powered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here. "I am feeling lovely. To make your team win in an important match is a good feeling...

BCCI shifts IPL final to Hyderabad after TNCA fails to get nod on locked stands

New Delhi: The Indian Premier League final scheduled on May 12 was shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) failed to get requisite permission from the government to open the three closed stands. While the Chennai Super Kings still have a chance to play Qualifier 1 at home if they finish among the top two teams in t...

Never expected Dhoni to miss that last ball: Parthiv Patel

Bengaluru: Parthiv Patel, the man whose direct hit gave Royal Challengers Bangalore an improbable one-run win over Chennai Super Kings, said he was left quite surprised when Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed hitting the last ball of the cliffhanger. Patel wasn't expecting a marauding Dhoni to miss Umesh Yadav's slower delivery before his direct throw sealed it f...

Barca on cusp of La Liga triumph after win over Real Sociedad

Madrid: Barcelona are closing in on their eighth La Liga title in 11 years after Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba both scored in a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday (April 20). Victory means Barca only have to beat Alaves on Tuesday (April 23) and then Levante next Saturday (April 27) to be crowned champions at Camp Nou, while three points against Alave...

Smith replaces Rahane as captain of Rajasthan Royals for rest of season

Jaipur: Former Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday (April 20) replaced Ajinkya Rahane as Rajasthan Royals skipper, hoping the mid-season switch will revive their disappointing campaign so far in the IPL. Smith, who is back in action after serving a one-year ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, has been made the leader of the team once ...

Pandya, Rahul fined ₹20 lakh each for their sexist comments

New Delhi: India cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were on April 20 fined ₹20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain for their sexist comments on a popular TV show. In the order published on the official BCCI website, Jain wrote that no further action will be taken against Pandya and Rahul, who have already served a provisional suspension and tendered...

RCB pull-off 10-run win after another Russell carnage

Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore eked out a 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders for only their second success of the season after Andre Russell and Nitish Rana nearly pulled off the impossible in the Indian Premier League here on April 19. Needing 113 runs off the last six overs, Russell (65 off 25) and Rana (85 not out off 46) almost got their tea...

Dhoni liked my version of helicopter shot: Hardik Pandya

New Delhi: Hardik Pandya has already emulated M S Dhoni's signature helicopter shot and the Mumbai Indians all-rounder says the veteran keeper-batsman liked his version of the innovative stroke. Pandya has looked in ominous form this IPL, scoring 218 runs at a strike rate of 194.64 in nine matches. He used the shot to good effect against speedster Kagiso R...

Jordan says Woods comeback is “greatest I have ever seen”

Michael Jordan described Tiger Woods Masters comeback as the "greatest ever" and added he called the golfing icon to personally congratulate him. "To me it is the greatest comeback I have ever seen," Jordan told. "I never thought he'd get back physically. He didn't think he'd get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the...

Hardik has become a better cricketer after forced break: Krunal

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya feels that the time his younger brother Hardik spent away from the game has helped him become a better cricketer. Hardik seems to be in menacing form with the bat ahead of the World Cup, having overcome a back injury and a massive controversy following his sexist comments on a popular TV show. "When he wa...

CSK was exposed for the first time: Coach Fleming on loss to SRH

Hyderabad: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says his team was "exposed" for the first time this IPL in the six-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad and it would be interesting to see how the side, which doesnt believe in over-analysing, responds to the setback. Chennai suffered only their second loss of the season on Wednesday and Fleming said the d...

Dhoni might play the next game, says Raina

Stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni "might" play the next game after missing Chennai Super Kingss six-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here. Dhoni was ruled out of the match with back spasm, paving the way for Raina to shoulder captaincy responsibility. "His back was stiff. He is feeling better and migh...

Excluded from main squad, Pant, Rayudu named India’s standbys for WC

Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were on Wednesday (April 17) named among the standbys for India's World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side. Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event start...

Ajax stun Ronaldo’s Juventus to reach Champions League semis

Turin: Ajax stunned Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 1997 as Matthijs de Ligt's thumping second-half header secured a 2-1 second-leg victory in the last eight in Turin on April 16. Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-l...

Klopp keeps Liverpool’s feet on ground before Porto return

Portugal: Liverpool are on the brink of a place in the Champions League semi-finals in what could turn out to be a dream season, but Jurgen Klopp warned his team still have a fight on their hands to finish the job in their quarter-final tie against FC Porto. The Reds travelled to northern Portugal in a strong position going into April 17 second leg after a 2...

India pins hopes on its squad’s new faces for ICC World Cup

Kolkata: After almost a year of debate on India’s best 15 for the ICC World Cup 2019, the national selectors finally announced the squad on Monday, April 15. The MSK Prasad-led selection committee listed the names of 15 cricketers who will represent India in the showpiece event, to be hosted in England and Wales from May 30. Of the names on the list, seven ...

BCCI announces India’s squad for ICC World Cup 2019

Mumbai: The 15-member squad for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) World Cup (WC) 2019 to be held in England during May-July this year, has just been announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The 15-member squad includes Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wic...

Garin becomes first Chilean ATP champion in a decade

Los Angeles: Christian Garin claimed his first ATP title on April 14, weathering a solid challenge from Casper Ruud to post a three-set win in the final of the US Men's Clay Court Championships. The 22-year-old Garin, who is part of the ATP's next generation of stars, beat Ruud 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3 and becomes the first Chilean to win an ATP Tour title since ...

India’s craze for cricket: where have all the cricket balls gone?

Meerut: India’s craze for cricket is unparalleled. But cricket ball manufacturers in India are slowly going out of business in an industry that is otherwise thriving. Why? Gau raksha (cow vigilantism) and GST. Cricket ball makers in Meerut, who produce almost all the leather balls in the country, took a hit after the Modi government came to power in 201...

Sindhu surrenders to Okuhara in Singapore semifinals

Singapore: PV Sindhu looked out of form as she surrendered without a fight to former world champion Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the womens singles semifinals to draw curtains on Indias campaign at the Singapore Open here on March 13. Sindhu, a Rio Olympics silver medallist, lost 7-21 11-21 to world no. 3 Okuhara in a lop-sided contest. Sindhu had won the las...

Captain cool loses his calm: What happened in match 23 of IPL 2019?

Chennai: ‘Dhoni finishes off in style, a magnificent strike into the crowd. India lift the world cup after 28 years.’ Ravi Shastri’s exuberant voice showed more emotions than Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the then captain of the Indian cricket team who led the team to their second only World Cup win, on home ground. Known for his ‘calmness’ on the field, it was ...

No security threat to Wankhede stadium: Mumbai police

Mumbai: The city police on April 13 said there was no security threat to the Wankhede Stadium in South Mumbai during the ongoing IPL cricket matches. Police said a "fake news" was being circulated since April 12 about the threat to the stadium. "There is no specific intelligence input about the threat to Wankhede Stadium during the IPL matches," Mumbai ...

Dhawan strikes 97, Delhi Capitals beat KKR by 7 wickets

Shikhar Dhawan found form with a 63-ball 97 and powered Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on Friday (April 12), leaving two legends at the visiting dugout beaming. Chasing 179, Colin Ingram launched one down the ground to finish the game in style and deny Dhawan what would have been his maiden hundred in ...

Alzarri Joseph’s courage transcends his impressive bowling

In the words of celebrated American educator Bob Riley, “hard times do not create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” When you try to establish a correspondence between the above quote and the game of cricket, there are two ‘heroes’ who cross the mind — Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. Not for having a pl...

Dhoni gives cue, presenter shuns from asking question on public outburst

Jaipur: Mahendra Singh Dhoni lost his bearings on the cricket field for the very first time as he rushed into the field of play to confront Indian umpire Ulhas Gandhe for not signalling a no ball, an act which certainly seemed out of line. However to everyone's horror, official broadcaster Star Sports presenter Murali Kartik lost a golden opportunity as...

Our plans were good, but Pollard was unstoppable: KXIP batting coach

Kings XI Punjab had their plans in place but nothing could have worked in the face of an "unstoppable" force called Kieron Pollard, the teams coach Sridharan Sriram conceded reflecting on the three-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians in the IPL. MI's stand-in skipper Pollard, who promoted himself in the batting order, struck 10 monstrous sixes and thr...

CSK vs KKR: Harbhajan and Tahir maturing like fine wine, says Dhoni

New Delhi: Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have proved that age is just a number, feels Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, equating the spinners with fine wine for the way they have matured. The inspirational CSK skipper, himself 37, was effusive in his praise for the duo after CSK's seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders here on Tuesda...

Ombudsman might call Ganguly but no bar on sitting in DC dugout

New Delhi: Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly will not be barred from sitting in the IPL team Delhi Capitals' dug-out despite a conflict of interest complaint against him but he is likely to depose in person before the BCCI ombudsman in the matter, a top BCCI official said on Wednesday (April 10). The Delhi Capitals, where the former ca...

We need a better wicket at home, says CSK pacer Chahar

Chennai: Chennai Super Kings pacer Deepak Chahar has agreed with his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni that the team needs a better pitch at home despite winning all their games here so far. CSK captain Dhoni has criticised the Chepauk pitch after registering a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday, terming it as "low scoring". And Chahar, wh...

ICC WC 2019: India’s squad to be selected on April 15 in Mumbai

New Delhi: The Indian squad for the ICC World Cup will be selected on April 15 in Mumbai, the CoA decided on Monday (April 8). The Committee of Administrators (CoA) along with three BCCI office bearers met in the Capital to discuss various issues related to IPL and Cricket Operations. The last date for announcing the World Cup squads is April 23 but BCCI has ...

Hyd on standby for IPL final after impasse over stands at Chepauk

New Delhi: Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will remain as the stand by venue for the Indian Premier League's play off and the final on May 12 if the impasse with regards to three closed stands at the Chepauk is not over. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has not been able to procure fit certificate for three stands I, J and K from the local munici...

Football legend Pele to stay in Paris hospital for extra night

Brazilian football legend Pele will spend one more night in hospital in Paris ‘as a precaution’ after being taken ill earlier this week, his advisor told AFP on Sunday. A date for the 78-year-old’s discharge has not been officially announced by the hospital which is based in the Paris suburbs. “He will spend the night (Sunday to Monday), we do not...

Virat the batsman needs to part ways with Kohli the captain

“We have 10 games to go. If we start turning things around pretty soon, then we can get on a roll as well. We have to keep believing as a side,” said a buoyant Virat Kohli after the Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their fourth successive game of Indian Premier League 2019. Repeated failures can lead to disappointment, yet Kohli’s passion and c...

Praful Patel elected FIFA Council member, first from India

Kuala Lumpur: All India Football Federation president Praful Patel was elected as a FIFA Council member on April 6, becoming the first Indian to enter the prestigious council in a landmark development. Patel got 38 out of 46 votes. The AIFF chief was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football...

Kohli slams bowlers after RCB suffer fifth consecutive loss

Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli on April 5 slammed the "unacceptable" effort of his pacers at the Chinnaswamy Stadium after the hosts suffered their fifth straight loss in the Indian Premier League. Chasing 206, KKR were able to score 66 runs off the last 24 balls to snatch a sensational win from RCB, who are yet to win this seas...

Sad to see how Rahul’s “Koffee” controversy turned out: Zinta

New Delhi: India batsman KL Rahul is "very respectful towards women" and it was sad to see him become a subject of nationwide criticism in the wake of his and Hardik Pandyas sexist remarks on a chat show, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and actor Preity Zinta said on April 5. Both Rahul and Pandya were handed a provisional suspension for their controversial comme...

Delhi Capitals coach Ponting blasts Kotla track

Sports: Delhi Capitals (DC) coach Ricky Ponting was furious with the Feroz Shah Kotla ground staff, who provided the home team with a pitch that proved to be more helpful for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) during the IPL encounter between two teams. SRH comfortably beat DC by five wickets on a track where run-scoring was difficult and suited the visiting...

Peerless PSG on verge of another French title

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) can clinch a sixth Ligue 1 title in seven seasons this weekend and complete the first part of a domestic double after booking their place in the final of the French Cup. Thomas Tuchel's team will know ahead of kick-off whether they can round off their title procession with a victory at home to League Cup champions Stras...

Last 7 months were toughest period, did not know what to do: Pandya

Mumbai: India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya termed the last seven months as the toughest period of his life when he "did not know what to do" in the wake of the controversy surrounding his outrage-evoking comments on women. Pandya, who helped MI beat Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game on April 3, was initially suspended by the BCCI and se...

Fleming all praise for rival team player Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance

Mumbai: Hardik Pandya's all-round performance that set up Mumbai Indians' 37-run win against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game here has earned fulsome praise from rival team's head coach Stephen Fleming. Pandya smashed an unbeaten 25 from just eight balls and in the company of big-hitting West Indian Kieron Pollard (17 not out from ...

‘It hurts’: Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane’s new Madrid

Madrid: Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale and endured his first defeat since returning to Real Madrid as his side were deservedly beaten 2-1 by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday. The last time Zidane left Bale on the bench, the Welshman proved a spectacular substitute against Liverpool in the Champions League final 10 months ago but there was to be no re...

MI, CSK to face off in riveting contest in IPL

Mumbai: With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in red-hot form, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will start favourites against the slightly off-colour Mumbai Indians (MI) when the IPL's two most successful teams have their first showdown of the season in Mumbai on April 3. The Super Kings, three-time winners of the T20 League like the hosts, have been on a roll wit...

Benzema saves Real Madrid’s underwhelming season with late Huesca winner

Karim Benzema stopped Real Madrid's underwhelming La Liga season going from bad to worse on Sunday after firing a last-minute winner to hand the European champions a barely-deserved 3-2 winner over bottom club Huesca. Humbled by Ajax in the Champions League and dumped out of the Copa Del Rey by deadly rivals Barca, third-placed Real showed littl...

Dhoni’s intelligent batting in tough conditions scripts CSK’s 3rd win

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's well-calculated half-century in challenging conditions turned out to be game-changer as Chennai Super Kings won their third match of the season with an eight-run defeat of Rajasthan Royals, here on March 31. The pitch used in the previous match was a rank turner here but on Sunday it turned to be a different challenge for the...

India crush Poland 10-0 in Azlan Shah Cup, to face Korea in final

Ipoh: Striker Mandeep Singh continued his rich form and scored a brace to help India thrash minnows Poland 10-0 in their last league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on March 29. Already assured of a place in the final summit clash against Korea, the Indians scored goals almost at will, leaving the Polish players in daze. Besides M...

Umpires should keep their eyes open, says Kohli; Rohit agrees

Bengaluru: An angry Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli came down heavily on ICC Elite Panel Umpire S Ravi after the final delivery of the match bowled by Mumbai Indians Lasith Malinga turned out to be a no-ball, which was not awarded to the losing team. More importantly, winning captain Rohit Sharma was also critical of umpiring standard during ...

Of Ashwin, Buttler and the spirit of ‘Mankading’

Jos Buttler has now been 'Mankaded' twice in his senior competitive career while Ravichandran Ashwin has hit the 'Bull's Eye' in his second attempt after an aborted one seven years back. The two protagonists in the latest episode of 'Mankading and the ensuing Spirit of Cricket debate', have been there and done that. On February 21, 2012 durin...

I will be first to hang up my boots when time comes: Yuvraj

Mumbai: Yuvraj Singh's cricketing future has been a topic of discussion for some years now but the player said that he would be the first one to bid adieu when he feels that his time is up. Out of national team's scheme of things for good, Yuvraj has had poor track record in IPL but started on a bright note with a half-century for his latest franchise M...

Footballer Bhaichung Bhutia to auction two jerseys for elections

Gangtok: In an attempt to raise money for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, former Indian football captain and working president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) Bhaichung Bhutia is auctioning two of his jerseys online. The Arjuna awardee is contesting from Gangtok and Tumin Lingee constituencies. The footballer-turned-politician has been campaigning for a ‘c...

Russell steals thunder from Warner; leads KKR to dramatic win

Kolkata: Andre Russell smashed an explosive 49 to spoil David Warner's scintillating IPL comeback as Kolkata Knight Riders pulled off a dramatic six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, here Sunday. Needing 53 runs from last three overs, the Jamaican changed the course of the match with his big-hitting against Siddharth Kaul, creaming off 19 runs from th...

Women’s football team better than men’s: Captain Chhetri

New Delhi: The world ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women's team is better than the men's side. The men's team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. It was in the top-100 last year. The women's side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations. Chhetri, the poster boy of Ind...

India U-23 team bows out of AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers

Tashkent: The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here Sunday. Daler Yodgorov's 30th minute strike and Solehov's 85th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign,...

J&K’s Rasikh Salam makes his IPL debut; 2nd from state

Mumbai: Young right-arm medium pacer Rasikh Salam became only the second player from Jammu and Kashmir to play in the Indian Premier League. Salam, 17, turned up for Mumbai Indians in their lung-opener against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium here Sunday and also opened the bowling for the hosts. Rasikh, who got his cap from former India pacer Zah...

No one complains when so many runs are scored: Harbhajan

Chennai: The slowness of the Chepauk track might be attracting a lot of criticism but veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said while the wicket was difficult to bat, it was not unplayable. Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli expressed their disappointment over the wicket here after the opening match of the Indian Premier League turned out to...

Real Madrid’s European reign ends with shock loss to Ajax

Madrid: Kings of Europe no more. Real Madrid's Champions League reign is over. More than 1,000 days since winning the first of three consecutive European titles, Real Madrid unprecedented era of dominance ended with a whimper when the Spanish giant was stunned 4-1 by Ajax at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 5. The humiliating loss meant Madrid was eli...

Kohli’s innings made the difference, says Pat Cummins

Nagpur: Australian pacer Pat Cummins has said that India captain Virat Kohli's 116 was the difference between the two sides in the second ODI, which the hosts won by eight runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Kohli's dogged hundred, his 40th in ODIs, helped India to revive their innings and post a competitive 250 after a middle-order collapse...

Desperate India women aim to end 5 match losing streak in T20s

Guwahati: A desperate Indian women's team would aim to snap its five-match losing streak in the second T20 International against England here on March 7. India suffered a crushing 41-run loss to England in the first T20 of the three-match series here on March 3. The loss, India's fifth in a row in the shortest format, meant the W V Raman-coached side has ...

Ferrari removes all cigarette ad branding for Australia

Melbourne: Ferrari will remove all branding by tobacco giant Philip Morris's "Mission Winnow" initiative for the opening Formula One race of the year in Melbourne after concerns about cigarette advertising, officials said on March 6. On March 5, Mission Winnow was removed from Ferrari's official name for the Australian Grand Prix on March 17 after local au...

UK expects more bonhomie with India over cricket

Kolkata: Cricket's biggest spectacle — the World Cup — would further bolster ties between India and the UK, which hosts the multi-nation tournament later this year, a top diplomat said. The UK Visas and Immigration division is gearing up to welcome "tens of thousands of Indian" visitors expected to travel to the UK to witness the 12th edition of the World C...