Sports Ministry asks states to promote football

New Delhi, May 27 (PTI): With an aim to make the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup a huge success, the Sports Ministry has urged all the states and Union Territories to take necessary steps to popularise and promote football in their region by including the game in various programmes. In...

I see every day as a new day: Kohli on his dream run

New Delhi, May 27 (PTI): In the form of his life, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli says the hunger to keep improving with every game keeps him motivated. “Every day is a new day. I always feel that there is a scope for improvement and with every game, I...

Supercoach Mourinho becomes Manchester United boss

London, May 27 (PTI): Manchester United today anointed Jose Mourinho as their new manager to launch a third bid in less than three years to transform the Red Devils into a title-winning force again. After three days of talks, Mourinho agreed a three-year contract on a bumper salary reportedly worth...

GM Abhijeet shocked by unheralded Chinese in Asian opener

Tashkent (Uzbekistan), May 27 (PTI): Indian GM and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta was shocked by unheralded Fang Yan of China in the first round of Asian continental Chess Championship. Playing black in the opening round of Gupta made many unforced errors in the middle game to find himself...

England eye series win

Chester-Le-Street , May 27: England may come into the second Test against Sri Lanka in Durham on the back of a crushing win in the series opener, but according to Stuart Broad the hosts have still to hit top form. Propelled by a hundred from Jonny Bairstow and match figures...

Most memorable 18 months: Shastri

New Delhi , May 27 (PTI): Ravi Shastri considers his 18-month stint as the Indian cricket team’s Director the “most cherished and memorable phase” of his life but does not want to comment on whether he would seek a contract renewal. “I have no doubt in my mind that these...

Sanjay Bangar named coach for Zimbabwe tour

New Delhi , May 27: Former India and Railways all-rounder Sanjay Bangar was today named coach for the national cricket team’s upcoming tour to Zimbabwe, while there was no place for Bharat Arun and R Sridhar in the support staff. The Indian cricket team is slated to play three T20s...

Golf: Leader Willett finds reverse gear after record 29

England, May 27 (AFP): Danny Willett veered from the sublime to the ridiculous, following a record 29 on the front nine with an inward half of 39 as he set the early second-round pace at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday. The U.S. Masters winner surged to the top of...

Football: Manchester United fans give Mourinho cautious welcome

MANCHESTER, May 27 (AFP): Manchester United fans welcomed Jose Mourinho's appointment as the club's new manager on Friday (May 27) but said the pressure was now on to deliver quick results for a team whose recent form has been lacklustre. "I think the new manager will bring a bit more...

Nadal pulls out of French Open with wrist injury

PARIS, May 27 : Nine-times champion Rafael Nadal sent shockwaves around Roland Garros on Friday when he unexpectedly pulled out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist. A day after notching up his 200th grand slam victory with an imperious 6-3 6-0 6-3 second-round win...

IPL: SRH win by 22 runs, eliminate KKR to set-up virtual semi-final with GL

NEW DELHI, May 25: Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a clinical performance to seal their place in the Qualifier 2 as they crushed the hopes of two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders with a comfortable 22-run win in the IPL Eliminator in New Delhi. After putting on 162/8, riding on Yuvraj Singh's 30-ball...

Bengaluru FC beat Kitchee SC, enter AFC Cup quarterfinals

HONG KONG, May 25: Bengaluru FC carved history for themselves as they marched into the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup football, beating Kitchee SC 3-2 in a pulsating game at the Mong Kok Stadium here on Wednesday. Two goals from skipper Sunil Chhetri (31st and 33rd minute) and a winner...

Indian selectors must keep an eye on Kuldeep Yadav: Gavaskar

New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has been impressed by Kuldeep Yadav’s performance in the ongoing IPL and gave a “honest advice” to the Indian selectors to keep an eye on the young left-arm spinner. Playing in place of the more experienced Piyush Chawla, Yadav turned out...

Dipika, Joshna enter quarters in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, May 25 (PTI): India’s leading squash players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won their opening round matches to reach the quarterfinals of the PSA HKFC International here today. Joshna, India’s highest ranked player at 13, beat Egyptian qualifier Salma Hany 11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 in a match...

Ashish Nehra undergoes successful knee surgery

London, May 25 (PTI): Veteran India speedster Ashish Nehra successfully underwent a right-knee surgery in a London hospital to treat his high-grade tendon injury sustained while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad during the Indian Premier League earlier this month. The 37-year-old was India’s best bowler during the ICC World T20 where...

ICC President Abbas wants BCCI to consider Pak players for IPL

Karachi, May 25 (PTI): International Cricket Council President Zaheer Abbas has said that he would ask the BCCI top brass to consider having Pakistani players in the IPL again when he comes to India to watch the summit clash of the lucrative league in Bangalore on Sunday. Abbas told the...

Russia says 14 athletes in 2008 Games positive in drug tests

Moscow, May 25 (PTI): Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) said Tuesday that 14 of its athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics had been found positive for doping in new tests of their samples given during the Games. “Fourteen Russian athletes in three disciplines gave a positive result,” the ROC said in...

Win for Konnark FC in Colaba Sports League

Mumbai , May 25: Playing with plenty of determination Konnark FC staved off a spirited challenge from Flash FC to snatch a narrow 1-0 victory in a league match of the Colaba Sports League and played at the Cooperage ground. In a match in which was evenly fought, the two...

Sonia Lather in semifinal of AIBA Women’s World Championships

Astana , May 25: Former Asian silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) was the lone Indian boxer to make the semifinals and assure herself of a medal at the AIBA Women’s World Championships even as four others lost their quarterfinal bouts here on Tuesday. Sonia got the better of Poland’s Aneta Rygielska...

IPL: AB de Villiers takes RCB into final

Bengaluru, May 24: AB de Villiers played a breathtaking knock to single-handedly lead Royal Challengers Bangalore fightback and take them into the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling four wicket win over Gujarat Lions in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Chasing 159, RCB looked down and out at 29 for five...

Cycling: Kruijswijk stretches lead, Valverde bags maiden Giro win

MILAN, May 24 (AFP): Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk moved closer to a history-making Giro d'Italia triumph on Tuesday (May 24) after stretching his lead over Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali in a thrilling 16th stage won by Alejandro Valverde. Kruijswijk, of the Lotto team, started the hilly 132 km race from...

Football: Liverpool sign Mainz goalkeeper Karius

LONDON, May 24 (AFP): Liverpool signed Germany Under-21 goalkeeper Loris Karius from Mainz on Tuesday (May 24) for a fee reported to be £4.7 million (US$6.8 million). Karius agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League club and is expected to provide strong competition for Liverpool's current first-choice goalkeeper Simon...

Easy for Djokovic and Nadal, Murray suffers, Kerber out

PARIS, May 24 (AFP): Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal sauntered to opening wins at the French Open on Tuesday but Andy Murray, one of their main title rivals, came perilously close to going home before joining them in the second round. World number one Djokovic, back on Philippe Chatrier court...

Zidane confident Ronaldo will be fit for CL finals despite injury scare

Johannesburg, May 24: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the upcoming Champions League final clash against Atletico Madrid despite an injury scare. Ronaldo remains in doubt for the European Cup final after limping out towards the end of the recent training...

Rio medal winners to be considered for Khel Ratna, Arjuna

New Delhi, May 24 (PTI): In a bid to ensure that Olympic medallists get immediate recognition, the Sports Ministry today said medal winners from the upcoming Rio Games will be considered for this year’s Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awards. The ministry the decision has been taken so that athletes need...

India beat Lanka, Qatar to enter knockout stage

Mumbai , May 24 (PTI): Spearheaded by recently crowned continental 6-red champion Pankaj Advani, India defeated Qatar 3-0 to enter the knockout stage of the Asian Team Snooker Championship being held in Abu Dhabi. Advani gave India a 1-0 lead when he outclassed Qatar's Ahmed Sai 70-16, which was then...

Sonia Lather lone Indian to make Women’s World Boxing Championship semis

Astana, May 24: Former Asian silver-medallist Sonia Lather (57kg) was the lone Indian boxer to make the semifinals and assure herself of a medal at the AIBA Women's World Championships even as four others lost their quarterfinal bouts in Astana on Tuesday. Sonia got the better of Poland's Aneta Rygielska...

Rookie Shardul in Test team for WI, Dhoni to lead in Zimbabwe

Mumbai, May 23 (PTI): Rookie Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur was the lone new face in India’s Test squad for the tour of West Indies, while a second-string team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni was picked by the selectors for the limited-overs series in Zimbabwe, here today. The 24-year-old right-arm medium...

Italy arrests 10 mafia suspects in football match-fixing probe

NAPLES, Italy, May 23: Italian police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of being members of the mafia as part of a probe into football match-fixing, investigators in the southern city of Naples said on Monday. The arrests stem from a probe into two matches in Serie B - Italy's...

Wawrinka survives Rosol scare

PARIS, May 23: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka diced with danger but managed to avoid an ignominious first-round exit at the French Open on Monday, scrambling past Czech Lukas Rosol in five sets. Twice the Swiss third seed trailed by a set on a cold and damp Philippe Chatrier Court but...
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