Aug 11

Messi leads Barcelona to 3-2 win over Sampdoria

Barcelona:  Argentine superstar Lionel Messi scored two goals and assisted the third as Spanish football champions FC Barcelona beat Italian side Sampdoria 3-2 to win the Joan Gamper Trophy. Played annually in honour of Barcelona’s Swiss-born founder Gamper, the match marks the end of the pre-season for the Catalan club, who were looking to rebound

Indian boxers get new kits, no threat of Oly disqualification

Rio de Janeiro:  Threatened with disqualification for not wearing vests bearing their country’s name, Indian boxers at the ongoing Olympics have got their kits replaced as required by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and will now compete without any hindrance. The AIBA officials had pointed out the “technical flaw” after Manoj Kumar’s victory in his

Big Bash League 2016-17 Squads Team Lists

The 2016-17 Big Bash League will be the sixth edition of Australian T20 domestic league KFC Big Bash League. Sydney Thunder are the title defending champions in BBL-06 season. The championship is set to be played between 20 December, 2016 and 28 January, 2017. A total of 35 matches will be played between 8 teams

England to play Spain at Wembley on November 15

London: England national football team will play Spain in a friendly match at the historic Wembley Stadium here on November 15, the England Football Association has announced on Thursday. The fixture is England’s last of 2016 and comes four days after Sam Allardyce’s side host Scotland in a World Cup qualifier. Spain have a new

Have taken 3 doping tests at Rio: Russian swimmer Yefimova

Rio de Janeiro:  Russian swimmer Yuliya Yefimova, who has won silver in 100-metre breaststroke at the Rio Olympics, has said she has already taken three doping tests. However, in her words, she thought she there would be more, reports Tass. “I have taken three doping tests at the Olympic Games already. As a matter of

Games away from the Games (Rio Diary)

Rio de Janeiro:  Sex at the games village has been an open secret and with the surge of dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Olympic flings have become a lot easier. Eager to have ‘some fun’, athletes from nearly every sport have their profiles on dating app especially Tinder with status messages like “Looking for

Hanif Mohammad still alive, says ‘misinformed’ son

Karachi: Former Test cricketer Hanif Mohammad is still alive and his heart beat has been restored, son Shoaib Mohamamd said on Thursday.Reports emerged earlier in the day that Hanif passed away when his heart beat stopped for six minutes. He had breathing problems, owing to which he was shifted to a ventilator two days ago,

England Bat , Iftikar Ahmed debuts for Pakistan in 4th Test

England won the toss and have opted to bat in 4th Test match to be played at Kennington Oval, London. For Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez and Rahat Ali are out, Wahab Riaz back in and Iftikar Ahmed debuts.While England squad is unchanged. England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook(c), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen

Enough time for arbitration if Russia appeals Paralympics ban: CAS

Lausanne: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will have enough time to conduct the necessary arbitration procedure before the 2016 Games if it receives an appeal from the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) over its ban by the international governing body, a CAS spokesperson has said. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) imposed a blanket ban

Australian top scorer Cahill joins Melbourne City

Sydney: Australian top scorer Tim Cahill returned to his country to play in the A-League for Melbourne City, the club announced on Thursday. Cahill, 36, left Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hangzhou Greentown last month, reports Xinhua. “I am incredibly excited to have signed with Melbourne City and ultimately the City Football Group. There is

Wales captain Ashley Williams joins Everton

London:  Wales football captain Ashley Williams has joined Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea with a three-year contract. “For me the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton,” Williams said on Everton’s website on Wednesday, reports Xinhua “Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager –

Acid tests await India’s track and field athletes

Rio de Janeiro:  For a discipline that has given Indian athletes only the Olympian’s tag, the country’s track and field participants will begin their campaign in the Rio Olympics here tomorrow with little hope to break the 116-year-old medal jinx. With the history-chasing Usian Bolt once again set to take centre stage in arguably the

Chalmers ends Aussie drought with storming win

Rio de Janeiro:  Kyle Chalmers, Australia’s newest sprint freestyle sensation, won the Olympic 100m freestyle gold in Rio on Wednesday to end his country’s 48-year drought in swimming’s prestige event. The 18-year-old stormed home to win in a junior world record of 47.58sec, 22-tenths of a second ahead of Belgian silver medallist Pieter Timmers’ 47.80

Babar Hayat to lead Hong Kong for Ireland, Scotland tours

Babar Hayat has been appointed captain of the Hong Kong cricket team for their upcoming tour of the United Kingdom. Hayat takes over from Tanwir Afzal, who decided to step down to focus on his game. “I am honoured and extremely proud to be named captain of Hong Kong,” Hayat said. “I must thank Tanwir for his

Ledecky powers US to 4x200m freestyle gold at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  Katie Ledecky powered the US to victory with a scintillating last leg in the women’s 4x200m freestyle final at the Rio Olympics here. The US team of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya Dirado and Ledecky finished in 7 minutes 43.03 seconds at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Wednesday evening, reports Xinhua. Australia’s

Yahi hai right choice baby, Saha ! West Indies Se surely ab Saha nahi jaata ! : Sehwag tweets

Sehwag has been known for his unique and rib tickling tweets. This time he congratulates Wriddhiman Saha  on scoring his maiden Test ton in his own way. Saha scored 104 in the third Test against West Indies at St Lucia. He stitched a 213-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin for the sixth wicket to dig India

It’s not an easy wicket to play shots on: Ashwin

Gros Isle:  Indian off-spinner RavichandranAshwin has said that his side will be looking to continue the fightback in the remainder of the third Test after recovering from a precarious 130 for five and finishing the first innings at 353. The West Indies finished day two at 107 for one. “When we got together we were

‘Gabigol’ rescues Brazil from Olympic shame

Rio de Janeiro:  Brazil escaped a humiliating early exit from the Olympics despite another scoreless performance from Neymar as wonder kid Gabriel Barbosa struck twice in a 4-0 win over Denmark here. The in demand Barbosa, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ for his prolific exploits for Santos, broke Brazil’s 200-minute goal drought after goalless draws with Iraq and

US NBA stars tested by Aussies in 98-88 win

Rio de Janeiro: Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and Kyrie Irving added 19 as the United States team of NBA stars rallied in the second half to escape upset-minded Australia 98-88 at the Rio Olympics. The Americans improved to 3-0 at Rio and 19-0 all-time against the Australians, but the full-game challenge posed by the

Rain wipes out tennis, threatens Nadal triple gold bid

Rio de Janeiro:  Torrential rain wiped out the entire 25-match tennis programme at the Olympics on Wednesday, threatening to scupper Rafael Nadal’s triple gold medal assault. Among the matches cancelled were all three due to feature Nadal who is still in the singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. The 30-year-old Spaniard is playing his first