Aug 26

How can India improve dismal Rio performance at Tokyo 2020?

New Delhi: With India, a country of over 1.2 billion people, managing to win only two medals — one silver and a bronze — in the just concluded Rio de Janeiro Olympics, critics and experts say revamping sports bodies and removing corruption are the key to moving forward. In an effort to ensure that India

Betis sign Serbian Brasanac for five seasons

Sevilla (Spain): Spanish football club Real Betis has announced the signing of Serbian midfielder Darko Brasanac, who comes from Partizan Belgrade, for five seasons. The 24-year-old joined Betis after the club failed to sign Napoli midfielder David Lopez because the Italian side did not send the necessary documents to finish the process, reports Efe. Brasanac,

Looking forward to work with Dhoni, says Kumble on T20Is

Lauderhill (Florida):Indian cricket team head coach Anil Kumble has said he is looking forward to working with limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the side takes on the West Indies in the first game of the two-match Twenty20 International series starting here on Saturday. The team is coming into the shortest format of the game

Paes-Begemann in semis of Winston-Salem open

Winston-Salem (US):  Indian tennis player Leander Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann stormed into the semi finals, defeating top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Nenad Zimonjic in straight sets of the ATP Winston-Salem Open here on Friday. The Indo-German duo outplayed the Polish-Serbian combine 6-4, 6-4 in their quarterfinal match. Paes and Begemann will now

Myneni a step closer to US open main draw

New York:  India’s Saketh Myneni is one winaway from making the singles main draw of the US Open as he advanced to the final Qualifying round with a 7-6 (6) 6-4 win over local lad Mitchell Krueger, here. Saketh, ranked 143rd in the ATP chart, now has a chance to play in the singles main

Indian, Windies stars look to rock US as ICC eyes new market

Fort Lauderdale (US):  Cricket will seek to reach out to the untapped American market when the sport’s most followed practitioners, India, lock horns with the West Indies in their maiden international game in the US here tomorrow. The two Twenty20 Internationals over the weekend will be the first instance of India being involved in a

Polish athlete puts Olympic medal up for sale

WARSAW, Poland :  Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer. The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeks urgent hearing on his plea challenging 2-year ban on Chennai Super Kings.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeks urgent hearing on his plea challenging 2-year ban on Chennai Super Kings. SC to list matter next

Another Rio Olympian tests positive for H1N1, hospitalised

Bengaluru:  Olympian O P Jaisha, who returnedfrom Rio Olympics with fever and body ache last week, has been hospitalised after she tested positive for H1N1, two days after another athlete Sudha Singh was found to be suffering from the same disease. “Jaisha, who arrived in Bengaluru with fever and body ache, has been hospitalised at

Ronaldo crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe

Real Madrid superstar – Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real team-mate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann. “I’m obviously delighted to

Lehmann backs Smith’s Sri Lanka series opt out

Sydney: Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed the decision to rest skipper Steve Smith for the remaining one-day international series against Sri Lanka after criticism from ex-captain Michael Clarke, reports said today. Smith will miss three ODIs and two Twenty20 games to return home and prepare for next month’s one-day series in South Africa. Smith

Proteas, Black Caps shootout for Test honours

Centurion:  South Africa and New Zealand go into a one-match shootout for series honours when they meet in the second and final Test starting at SuperSport Park here tomorrow. The Proteas can nudge up one place to sixth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings if they win, while the Black Caps will remain

England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour

London: England are to go ahead with their tour of Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed.. “We can confirm that @englandcricket’s tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned,” said a statement yesterday on the ECB’s official Twitter feed. The future of the tour was thrown into doubt when an attack in Dhaka, the

Nation-wide inter-schools TT on Dhyan Chand’s birthday

Mumbai:  A nation-wide inter-schools table tennis team event is to be conducted on August 29, the birthday of hockey wizard Dhyan Chand which is celebrated as the national sports day, across 27 states. Depending on the number of entries, the event would be carried on for two more days to identify the particular state’s schools

India announces probables for friendly against Puerto Rico

New Delhi: India today named a 28-stronglist of probables for the upcoming international friendly against Puerto Rico which is scheduled to be played in Mumbai on September 3. This will be the first ever official international match in Mumbai in 61 years since India last played USSR in 1955. This is also the first time

Ramkumar falls in first round of US Open qualifiers

New York :  Indian youngster Ram kumar Ramanathan could not enter the main draw of a Grand Slam yet again as he lost in the first round of the US Open Qualifiers, here. Ramkumar, one of the fittest players in the country, lost his opening round 5-7 1-6 to Italian Alessandro Giannessi. The 21-year-old could

India ‘A’ vs South Africa ‘A’ match abandoned due to rain

Mackay (Australia): Rain played spoilsport as the One-Day match between India ‘A’ and South Africa ‘A’ was today abandoned after 35 overs in the first innings, taking the Manish Pandey-led side to the top of points table in the quadrangular contest. The Indians were struggling for most part of the 35.2 overs bowled today after

Dilshan to retire from ODIs and T20Is after Australia series

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan will not play the last two ODIs against Australia. Tillakaratne Dilshan has confirmed he will play his final ODI in Dambulla on Sunday, and his last T20 international in Colombo on September 9. His retirement comes in the wake of significant pressure from Sri Lanka’s selectors. Dilshan’s own performance has been

Irish football skipper Keane to retire

Dublin:  Ireland captain Robbie Keane has announced he will retire from international football after a friendly match with Oman on August 31 here at the Avaya Stadium. The 36-year-old Keane made his senior international debut back in 1998. He played at the 2002 World Cup and the Euro in 2012 and 2016, reports Xinhua. Keane

Will focus on Superseries, World No.1 is ultimate goal: Sindhu

Hyderabad:  Basking in Olympic glory, star shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has now set her eyes on the World Superseries, the only trophy missing from her cabinet, while becoming the World No.1 remains her ultimate goal. The tall 5′ 11″ silver medallist in women’s singles badminton at Rio Olympics is conscious of the fact that she