Sep 04

Dutt’s Olympics 2012 medal may be upgraded to gold

New Delhi: Just days after Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze was upgraded to silver, the star Indian wrestler’s medal may now get converted into gold with champion Toghrul Asgarov also returning positive for banned substance, a media report said. According to the report, Asgarov of Azerbaijan, who won the gold medal in the men’s 60kg

Hamilton takes Italian GP pole position

Milan: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes secured pole position for the Italian Grand Prix with the fastest lap in Saturday’s qualifying at the Monza Formula One circuit. The British defending world champion dominated all three sessions in qualifying to post a best time of 1 minute 21.135 seconds for the 56th pole position of his career.

Shehzad returns home after being left out of Pak T20 squad

Karachi: Seasoned opener Ahmed Shehzad broke down and decided to return home to Lahore from the ongoing national T20 championship after learning that he was not in the Pakistan squad announced for the lone T20 match against England in Manchester on September 7. According to his teammates, Shehzad who was leading the Lahore Blues side

UEFA announces candidates for presidential election

Geneva: The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced its final approved list of three candidates running for the presidential post in Europes governing body of football. “UEFA has been informed by the FIFA Review Committee that all of the candidates running for election at the UEFA Congress on September 14, 2016 in Athens

BCCI sees Red: ICC allocates USD 135 million for CT in England

New Delhi: The BCCI has expressed its reservations with the International Cricket Council’s decision to earmark a budget of USD 135 million (approx) as the organisational cost for Champions Trophy scheduled in the United Kingdom from June 1-18, next year. The budget is a three-fold increase from the USD 45 million that was allocated to

Paes, Bopanna beaten, Sania win in US Open

New York: Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the men’s doubles competition after losing their respective matches but Sania Mirza made an assured start to her mixed doubles journey at the US Open tennis tournament. The Indo-German pair of Paes and Andre Begemann gave a tough fight before going down

Messi ruled out of Venezuela qualifier

Buenos Aires: Argentina striker Lionel Messi will miss Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Venezuela with a groin problem, national team coach Edgardo Bauza said on Friday. “Unfortunately, he won’t be able to play. We can’t take any risks. We spoke with the doctor and it’s the sensible thing to do. It must be

Morgan on brink of Bangladesh decision

Leeds: England one-day captain Eoin Morgan expects to confirm whether he will tour Bangladesh soon after next week’s finish of the home series against Pakistan. The future of the tour was in the balance after an attack on a Dhaka cafe in July saw 20 — mostly foreign — hostages killed, with the Islamic State

Harris named Australia bowling coach for S. Africa tour

Melbourne: Cricket Australia on Friday named former pacer Ryan Harris as the bowling coach for the national team’s upcoming ODI tour of South Africa. He joins head coach Darren Lehmann and assistant coach David Saker in Australia’s coaching staff. Harris, who took 11 Test wickets from 113 matches, retired from international cricket in July 2015.

Zaheer Khan made honorary life member by MCC

London:  Former pacer Zaheer Khan has beenmade an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), becoming the 24th Indian cricketer to be bestowed the honour. “MCC has elected Zaheer Khan as an Honorary Life Member of the Club,” the Club said in a statement. Zaheer is the second former India international to be

Don’t believe in looking too far ahead into future: Rahane

New Delhi: He is expected to play an important role in the upcoming 13 Test matches at home but Ajinkya Rahane doesn’t want to look too far ahead as it can clutter one’s mind. “I know I have a job at hand but I never set targets beforehand. I believe setting targets takes you too much

Messi wins it for Argentina in WC qualifier

La Serena (Chile): Superstar Lionel Messi marked his return to the international fold by edging Argentina past Uruguay and to the top of the table in South American qualifiers for the 2018 football World Cup. Despite their defeat on Thursday, the Uruguayans head the pack as one of the three teams that lie neck and

Australia’s oldest surviving Test player dies

Sydney: Australia’s oldest surviving Test cricketer, Len Maddocks, has passed away aged 90, Cricket Australia said on Friday. Maddocks, a batsman and wicket-keeper, played seven Tests for Australia between 1954 and 1956, and managed the Australian cricket team on its 1977 tour of England. He played 112 first-class matches, representing Victoria and Tasmania, and was

Harris joins Australia’s coaching ranks for South Africa

Sydney:  Former Test fast bowler Ryan Harris will join Australia’s coaching staff for this month’s tour of South Africa, Cricket Australia said on Friday. Harris, 36, will work as a bowling coach alongside newly appointed team assistant coach David Saker. Harris, who took 113 wickets in 27 Tests as a swing bowler, retired last year

AB’s autobiography gets huge pre-launch response in India

Johannesburg: South Africa cricket team captain AB de Villiers is “incredibly humbled” by the huge response his autobiography has been getting in India even before it’s launch there next week. Asked at the South African launch of the book here last night whether this was because of his huge popularity among Indian cricket fans, de

Messi strikes back as Argentina sink Uruguay

Mendoza (Argentina):  Lionel Messi marked his return from short-lived international retirement with the only goal as 10-man Argentina defeated Uruguay 1-0 to score a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifying victory. Messi, who had dramatically announced the end of his international career in June following Argentina’s Copa America Centenario final defeat to Chile, scored via a

England beat Pakistan in 4th ODI, lead series 4-0

Leeds:  England beat Pakistan by four wickets to win the fourth one-day international at Headingley today and so go 4-0 up in the five-match series. England, chasing a target of 248, finished on 252 for six with 12 balls to spare. They were in trouble at 72 for four before a fifth-wicket stand of 103

India Red enter final after fourth day’s play gets called off

Greater Noida: India Red entered the final of the Duleep Trophy after the rain-affected game against India Blue ended in a draw with entire fourth day’s play being washed out due to inclement weather and wet outfield. With only 78.2 overs of play possible through out the entire four days, both teams got a point

Bangladesh appoint West Indies ex-pacer Walsh as bowling coach

Dhaka: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday appointed former West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh as the national team’s pace bowling coach. Walsh, who boasts of a tally of 519 Test wickets, has signed a three-year contract to stay with Bangladesh until the 2019 World Cup, the board confirmed, reports The West Indies

Complete polls by December 30: Lodha panel directs BCCI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee has directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold its elections for the apex council and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by December 15. The decision was taken during a Lodha Committee meeting on Sunday. The panel also set a second set of