Aug 17

Pole vaulter Lavillenie booed on the Olympic podium

Rio de Janeiro:  French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, who won the silver in men’s pole vault, burst into tears during the medal ceremony at the Olympic Stadium after he was booed by the crowd. Lavillenie was on the podium alongside gold medalist Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil, who pleaded with his home crowd to

Spurs goalkeeper Lloris sidelined by hamstring injury

London:  Tottenham Hotspur’s star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could miss the team’s Champions League opener due to a hamstring injury that might keep him out for up to a month, the English club has confirmed. “Following further assessment and scans of the left hamstring injury sustained by Hugo Lloris in the 1-1 draw at Everton on

Canada’s Drouin wins high jump gold

Rio de Janeiro: Canada’s Derek Drouin has recorded his best leap of the year to win gold in the men’s high jump at the Rio Olympics. The world champion cleared 2.38m at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday to beat Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, whose best effort was 2.36m, Xinhua news agency reported. Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko

M Pandey ton Leads India A to victory

  Townsville(Australia): Skipper Manish Pandey led from the front with a timely century while Dhawal Kulkarni showed his all-round prowess as India A defeated South Africa A by 3-wickets in the quadrangular One-Day series here today. Pandey anchored the innings with a brilliant unbeaten 100 off 105 deliveries that had hit nine boundaries and a

Ashwin No.1 All-rounder in Test

The standout performer in the series for India has been Ravichandran Ashwin, who is now world No 1 all-rounder in Test as per the official rankings. With two centuries and two five-wicket hauls, the Tamil Nadu lad has been the toast of the team. His 235 runs and 16 wickets have gone a long way

Sri Lanka looks for whitewash on Day 5

Colombo: Having started the day at 312/8, Sri Lanka raced to 347/8 on Wednesday in just four and a half overs before declaring, with Dhananjaya de Silva (65) and Suranga Lakmal (4) finishing not out, leaving Australia with 83 overs to bat. Sri Lanka set Australia 324 for victory on the final day in Colombo, where

China harvest two more golds at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  China claimed two more gold medals in diving and table tennis to be placed third on the medals table of the Rio Olympics. Chinese female paddlers defended the team gold after easily rounding up the final against Germany in straight three games on Tuesday, reports Xinhua. It has been the 27th Olympic

Swedish women stun Brazil to enter Olympic football final

Rio de Janeiro: The Swedish women’s football team beat hosts Brazil 4-3 on penalties to reach the Olympic gold medal match for the first time. Most of the 66,000 people who flocked to Rio’s legendary Maracana Stadium for Tuesday’s clash were expecting to see the Brazilian women take another step toward the Olympic triumph that

India eyeing another big win to regain No 1 Test ranking

Port of Spain (Trinidad): On a high aftersealing the series with comprehensive victories, an upbeat India will be aiming to complete a 3-0 rout in order to regain its No 1 Test ranking when they meet a listless West Indies in the final Test match of the series, here tomorrow. Having already taken an unassailable

‘Pokemon’ movie lands writers

Los Angeles:  Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirschare in talks to write the script for the upcoming live-action movie inspired by Japanese media franchise “Pokemon”. “Pokemon”, first created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, is a franchise of video games, trading cards, TV shows, comic books and movies that center on the unique creatures that are collected

One of the best moments of my career, says PV Sindhu

Rio de Janeiro:  A visibly elated PV Sindhurated her win over London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang as one of the best moments of her career hoping that she could maintain her good form against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics. Asked about her initial feelings, Sindhu said:”This is also Rio

US women beat Japan to enter basketball semis

Rio de Janeiro: The ambitious Japanese women’s basketball team failed to make history at the Olympics as they lost 110-64 to the powerhouse United States in a quarter-final match here. The Asian champions, aiming for a medal finish, battled in every corner of the court in the first half on Tuesday before they were beaten

China coach Kong starts planning for 2020 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  Even before the last bounce ended off the table at the Olympic women’s table tennis team final at the Rio Games, Kong Linghui, head coach of China, the eventual winner, has sent his thoughts to the Tokyo Games four years later. “Me and Li Xiaoxia, we were watching the third and doubles

Britain bag 6 golds in track cycling at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  British track cyclists continued their strong performance at the Rio Olympics, increasing their gold collection to six after winning women’s omnium and men’s keirin. Laura Trott became the first female athlete representing Britain to win a fourth Olympic gold medal after wrapping up women’s omnium title on Tuesday. She also became the

Argentina, Belgium in hockey final as giants crash

Rio de Janeiro:  Argentina and Belgium reached the Olympic Games hockey final for the first time on Tuesday as defending champions Germany and fellow favourites Netherlands came up short. Argentina stunned Germany, the gold medallists in 2008 and 2012, by 5-2 while Belgium clinched a 3-1 semi-final win over neighbours Netherlands, the 1996 and 2000

India’s schedule in Brazil today

Here is India’s schedule for August 17 (Wenesday) in Rio de Janeiro: Badminton: Men’s singles quarter-final Kidambi Srikanth VS Lin Dan (China) (5:50 PM IST) Golf: Women’s Round 1 Aditi Ashok (4 PM IST) Wrestling: Women’s Freestyle 58 kg Qualification Sakshi Malik Vs Sweden’s Malin Johanna Mattsson (6:38 PM IST) Wrestling: Women’s Freestyle 48 kg

All eyes on shuttler Srikanth after Sindhu’s inspiring win

Rio de Janeiro:  Kidambi Srikanth, the centreof attention in the Rio Olympics today, can take heart from Hyderabad city mate P V Sindhu for his men’s singles quarterfinal clash against Chinese badminton icon Lin Dan here. Sindhu’s stunning straight-game victory over formidable Chinese shuttler Wang Yihan on day 11 yesterday to reach the semis is

Iranian lifter snatches new world record

Rio de Janeiro: Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi set a new world record of 216kg in the snatch in the men’s superheavyweight +105kg competition at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Salimikordasiabi, often called ‘Salimi’, had owned the record of 214kg going into the event only for Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze to lift 215 with his third attempt.

Cheers of ‘jeetega bhai jeetega ! India jeetega! ‘ reverberating in the stadium

Rio De Janeiro:  Sindhu took the court for the second game and soon opened up a 8-3 lead, much to the delight of the Indian fans. Cheers of ‘jeetega bhai jeetega ! India jeetega! ‘ reverberating in the stadium. There was absolutely no margin for error as the duo tried to outwit each other. In the

Much more to come from Chelsea, says coach

Conte London: Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte insisted that there is much more to come from star Eden Hazard and his side after they defeated West Ham United to kick off their English Premier League (EPL) football season in style. Man-of-the-match Hazard put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot and, following James Collins’ equaliser, Diego