Zinedine Zidane handed baptism of fire by misfiring Madrid

Madrid, Jan 05 (PTI): In a time of crisis, Real Madrid have looked for inspiration rather than experience as club legend Zinedine Zidane was handed his first senior managerial role as the club’s coach. Zidane replaces Rafael Benitez, who was sacked on Monday after just seven months and 25 games...

16 dead in football team’s bus crash in Mexico

Coatzacoalcos, Jan 11 (PTI): A bus carrying amateur football players and fans plunged into a river after careening off a bridge in eastern Mexico today, leaving at least 16 people dead, authorities said. Another 10 people were injured in the crash in the municipality of Atoyac in the eastern state...

‘Vijay Vidhata’ wins main Hyderabad race

Hyderabad , Jan 17 (PTI): Vijay Vidhata', ably ridden by Kuldeep S, won the T Chandrasekhar Reddy Memorial Cup, the chief event of Hyderabad Winter Races held here today. The winner was trained by Laxman S. Trainers Deshmukh scored a double, Laxman S bagged a treble, while jockeys P S Chouhan...

‘Heavy’ match-fixing in lower tiers: anti-corruption official

Melbourne, Jan 20 (PTI): Match-fixing is commonplace in tennis’s lower levels and efforts to fight it are inadequate, a senior anti-corruption official told AFP after cheating claims rocked the sport during the Australian Open. After an explosive report claimed match-fixing was repeatedly going unpunished, Chris Eaton of the International Centre...

R Ashwin remains No.1 all-rounder in Tests

Dubai, Jan 27 (PTI): India’s Ravichandran Ashwin continued to hold on to the top spot in the all-rounders’ table and also retained his second position in the bowling list in the latest ICC Test rankings. Premier off-spinner Ashwin stood out with 31 wickets in four Tests in India’s 3-0...

New Zealand, Afghanistan win last league engagements

Fatullah, Feb 01 (PTI): Knocked out of the Super League quarterfinals, Afghanistan and New Zealand notched up consolation wins on the last day of league engagements in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup here today. Afghanistan finished third in Group B with a four-wicket win over Canada in Sylhet,...

Nepal blank Maldives 2-0 in women’s football

Shillong , Feb 7 (PTI): Anu Lama, Niru Thapa struck one each as Nepal blanked Maldives 2-0 for their second successive win that brightened their final prospects in the women's football tournament of the 12th South Asian Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Nepal's lead came in the...

Without Saina, Indian women face tough task in Asian C’ship

Hyderabad, Feb 14 (PTI): With star shuttler Saina Nehwal not playing, the Indian women’s team have a tough task at hand in the Badminton Asia Team Championships beginning at the Gachibowli stadium here tomorrow. In the absence of Saina, doubles pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa and the young players like...

MS Dhoni: Captain cool loses his calm over persistent retirement query

New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI): Tired of answering never-ending questions on his retirement, India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday suggested reporters not ask the same questions again and again. Talking to media in Kolkata before leaving for Bangladesh for the inaugural Asia Cup Twenty20, the exasperated skipper...

Infantino’s wants FIFA reforms to turn pain to joy

ZURICH, Feb 28 (AFP): Gianni Infantino insisted on Sunday that FIFA's reform package would close the door on a chapter of pain at world football's governing body and usher in an era of joy. The package will limit Infantino's powers compared to those formerly enjoyed by the disgraced Sepp Blatter,...

ICC Anti-Corruption chief hopes for clean World T20

Mumbai, Mar 06 (PTI): The International Cricket Council has put in place checks and balances to eliminate corruption during the upcoming World T20 Championship starting in two days’ time in the country, said the world governing body’s Anti-Corruption Unit’s chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, today. Saying that like in the past...

World T20: Netherlands Register Consolation Win Against Ireland

Dharamsala, Mar 13 (AFP): Paul van Meekeren bagged four wickets to help the Netherlands notch up a consolation 12-run win against Ireland via Duckworth/Lewis method in their final match of the World T20 in Dharamsala on Sunday. Invited to bat in the inconsequential group tie, the Dutch openers had to...

Don’t see any threat at all in India: Shahryar Khan

New Delhi, Mar 19 (PTI): Bowled over by the hospitality given to the Pakistan cricket team in India, PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan has said all security concerns prior to the side’s arrival for the ICC World Twenty20 have ended. Pakistan team’s arrival for the mega-event was delayed by several...

Country’s maiden Climbing World Cup takes to crowd-funding

Mumbai , Mar 28 (PTI): Mid-last year, India’s nascent climbing sport segment scored big by winning the bid to host the International Federation of Sports Climbing (IFSC) World Cup for bouldering in the satellite city of Navi Mumbai in May 2016. But the encouraging move has not yet translated...

Sarfraz Ahmed named Pakistan’s T20 captain

Lahore, Apr 05 (PTI): Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed was today named captain of Pakistan’s Twenty 20 team, replacing Shahid Afridi who resigned from the position after the side’s dismal World T- 20 campaign. “PCB is pleased to announce appointment of Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of Pakistan T-20 team. Sarfraz was...

2017 FIFA U-17 WC can bring football revolution: official

New Delhi , Apr 20 (PTI) Buoyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support to the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in the country next year, Tournament Director Javier Ceppi today said the government's involvement in the prestigious event will play a major role towards creating a "football...

5 Pak players under probe for alleged involvement in a brawl

Karachi, Apr 26 (PTI): Five players who have represented the country are apparently under investigation by Pakistan Cricket Board on suspicion of their involvement in a brawl and disorderly conduct in Faisalabad where they played National One-day Cup matches. Umar Akmal, Muhammad Nawaz, Bilawal Bhatti, Ovais Zia and Shahid Yousuf...

Good start will be vital for Indian hockey team at Rio Olympics: PR Sreejesh

New Delhi, May 2: Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh feels a good start at the 2016 Rio Olympics is pivotal to the success of the eight-time champions in the quadrennial event. India are scheduled to play Ireland in their opening match of the Olympics. "Our focus will be to...

Motorcycling: Lorenzo wins French MotoGP

LE MANS, France, May 08 (AFP): Jorge Lorenzo put in an exhibition ride to win the French MotoGP Grand Prix and go top of the world championship standings on Sunday (May 8). The Yamaha rider crossed the line more than 10 seconds clear of his teammate Valentino Rossi, with Maverick...

Indian men and women in semifinals of Asian Squash

Taipei, May 13 (PTI): The Indian men and women teams bounced back to reach the the semifinals of the the Asian Squash Championship here today. The loss to Japan yesterday had the men drooping their heads but their chins were up after a stupendous 2-0 win over the higher seeded...

Rio Olympics: Sports minister Sonowal meets hopefuls at NIS

Patiala, May 16 (PTI): Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today visited the SAI training institute here and met the Rio Olympics probables to get an idea of the preparations and facilities offered to them. During the surprise visit, Sonowal interacted with many sportspersons, including sprinter Dutee Chand, discus throwers Kirpal...

Mary Kom, Sarita Devi Sail Into Second Round of World Championships

Astana, May 19 (PTI): Five-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) and former Asian gold-medallist L Sarita Devi (60kg) began their campaign on a resounding note by notching up comfortable victories in their opening bouts of the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championships in Astana on Thursday. While Mary Kom outpunched Sweden's...

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...

Tigers and Eagles start with wins at Goregaon Sports Club Badminton League

Mumbai , May 29: Tigers and Eagles got off to a good start with wins on the first day of the Reebok GBL (Goregaon Sports Club Badminton League) 2016 organized and hosted by Goregaon Sports Club (GSC). Sanjeev Mahajan and Amit Goenka of Tigers beat Kamlesh Sharma and Gaurav...

Motorcycling: Spanish rider Salom dies after crash during practice

BARCELONA, Jun 03 (AFP): Spanish Moto 2 rider Luis Salom has died from his injuries after crashing in Catalonia Grand Prix practice on Friday, race organisers confirmed. The 24-year-old SAG team rider crashed at Turn 12 at the challenging Montmelo track near Barcelona with 25 minutes left in Moto2 Free...

Serena tops Sharapova as world’s highest paid sportswoman

Los Angeles, Jun 07 (PTI): Two days after her stunning loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, Serena Williams scored a different win on Monday, when Forbes Magazine reported she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid sportswoman. Williams earned USD 28.9 million over the past 12...

Croatia gain some revenge on Turkey with Modric magic

PARIS, Jun 12: Croatia needed a touch of Luka Modric magic to beat Turkey 1-0 in their Euro 2016 Group D opener on Sunday, gaining a measure of revenge after their bitter quarter-final elimination by the same opponents at Euro 2008. Inspirational playmaker Modric put Croatia in front with a...

‘Sports terrorists’ bring new chaos to Euro 2016

Saint-Étienne (France), Jun 18 (PTI): Croatian fans who hurled flares on the pitch to halt their country’s Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic were branded “sports terrorists” as the showcase tournament suffered new troubles. UEFA said an investigation would be opened and even the country’s president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic slammed the...

Meghalaya to bid for 2022 National Games

Shillong, Jun 21 (PTI): Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today handed over the documents to the Meghalaya State Olympic Association (MSOA) to begin the bidding process for hosting the National Games 2022. The Chief Minister also handed over a cheque of Rs 50 lakh on behalf of the state government and...

Bulls beat Warriors, U Mumba disappoint

Mumbai , Jun 27: With more than points – pride and bragging rights — at stake, Puneri Paltan delivered a stellar performance to beat U Mumba 41-19 in the first Maharashtra derby of the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League. Ajay Thakur was the star for Pune...
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