Aug 25

Rio Paralympics can ‘open doors’ for inclusion, says Romario

Rio de Janeiro:  The Paralympic Games in Rio will help transform perceptions in Latin America about people with impairment, football great Romario said. The former Barcelona and Selecao striker said the September 7 to 18 Games could “open doors” for greater inclusion, not just in Brazil but across the region. “The Paralympic movement can help

Queen’s Park Oval outfield rated poor by the match referee

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday said the outfields at Kingsmead, in Durban, and Queen’s Park Oval, at Port of Spain, have been rated as “poor” by match referees. Andy Pycroft and Ranjan Madugalle, both from the Elite Panel of ICC match referees, in accordance with Clause 3 of the ICC pitch and

England cruised to victory over Pakistan in a rain-affected match

The Rose Bowl, Southampton : Half-centuries for Jason Roy and Joe Root ensured that England would make light work of a target of 261 – revised down to 252 after an initial delay and ultimately pegged at a DLS par score of 149 – and take a 1-0 lead in the series. An encouraging comeback

US women’s goalkeeper Solo handed six-month ban

Los Angeles:  USA women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo has been slapped with a six-month ban from the national team for her comments in which she called the Swedish players “a bunch of cowards”, US Soccer announced. The 35-year-old Solo made the comments after the Americans were eliminated in a penalty shootout from the Rio Olympics women’s

Federer, Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

New York: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play doubles together in a new competition pitting Europe against the Rest of the World in a Ryder Cup-style tennis team event. The Laver Cup was launched in New York on Wednesday with Federer and Nadal, who have won 31 Grand Slam titles between them, both committed

Smith rests, Warner skippers Aussies in Sri Lanka

Colombo:  Australia’s Steve Smith has been rested to focus on next month’s tour of South Africa leaving David Warner to lead the side for the remainder of the Sri Lanka series. Smith captained Australia to an 82-run loss in the second one-day international Wednesday which tied the series 1-1. “I hate missing cricket, but in

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NRAI proposes setting up of panel to review Rio debacle

New Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has come up with a proposal to set up a special committee, to be headed by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, to carry out a comprehensive review of the shooters’ below-par performance at the Rio Games. Indian shooters proved to be an epic failure in a disastrous

Present ICC ranking system is not satisfactory: Miandad

Karachi: Pakistan’s batting great Javed Miandad is not happy with the present ranking system of the International Cricket Council even though the team has just become the number one ranked side. Miandad said while he was happy that Pakistan, despite the many problems it was facing as a cricket nation, had topped the test ranking

Mendis, Mathews score half century in 2nd ODI

Colombo: Kusal Mendis scored 69 runs from as many balls and was backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera, as Sri Lanka recovered from a poor start to score 288 in the second one-day international against Australia here on Wednesday. Seam bowler James Faulkner took a hat-trick later in the

Paes reaches quarters of Winston-Salem Open with 108th partner

Winston-Salem (USA): Leander Paes joined hands with Germany’s Andre Begemann, his 108th partner on the ATP circuit, to enter the quarterfinals of the Winston-Salem Open with a straight set win over Chris Guccione and Andre Sa, here. The unseeded Indo-German pair won 6-4 6-4 against the Australian-Brazilian combination in the opening round of the USD

England players get Bangladesh tour choice

London: England’s players will be allowed to skip the tour of Bangladesh later this year if they have concerns about security in the country, limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has revealed. Morgan, Test captain Alastair Cook and team members will meet the England and Wales Cricket Board’s security director Reg Dickason on Thursday to discuss the

Myneni crosses first hurdle in US Open Qualifiers

New York: Indian Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni moved to the second round of the US Open Qualifiers with a straight set victory over Albano Olivetti, here. The unseeded Indian dispatched the Frenchman 6-3 7-5 in one hour and 11 minutes. Myneni saved all eight break points he faced and broke his rival twice on the

European human rights court to consider Russia Paralympians claim

Strasbourg (France):  The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) may consider a claim of the Russian Paralympians, banned from the upcoming games in Rio, according to an official statement. ECHR would consider the claim of the Russian Paralympians should they file it, the court said in a statement on Tuesday, reports Sputnik. The Court of

Porto, Monaco, Celtic qualify for Champions League

Madrid:  Porto, Monaco, Glasgow Celtic, Legia Warszawa and Ludogorets Razgrad all qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage football competition with the results of second-leg contests. The Portuguese side on Tuesday thumped AS Roma 3-0 in the Italian capital to win 4-1 on aggregate, reports Xinhua. Roma, who battled to a 1-1 draw in

I deserve best player in Europe award: Griezmann

Madrid:  France and Atletico Madrid footballer Antoine Griezmann believes he deserves to win UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award ahead of Real Madrid rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Griezmann enjoyed an excellent 2015-16 campaign, scoring seven goals and 13 games to help Atletico reach the UEFA Champions League final. The 25-year-old forward also scooped

Rio saw 1.17 mn tourists during Games, Zero cases of Zika

Rio de Janeiro:  This city received 1.17 million tourists during the Olympic Games, including 410,000 foreigners, and zero cases of Zika were reported, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes announced. Giving out figures at a press conference, Paes said that for the two weeks of the Games, Rio saw a hotel occupancy rate of 94 percent and

Brazilian striker Luciano joins La Liga’s Leganes

Rio De Janeiro: Corinthians striker Luciano has joined newly-promoted Spanish top-flight club Leganes, the Brazilian outfit said. According to Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade, the 23-year-old will be tied to the Madrid-based side until the end of 2017, Xinhua news agency reported. “It’s a done deal. Luciano no longer plays here,” Andrade told the Folha

“End discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players”

Washington:  A bipartisan group of more than 40 US lawmakers have appealed to the International Basketball Federation to end an “outdated and discriminatory” policy against Sikh players over turbans. “Sikhs participate in a wide variety of sports around the globe, and there has never been a single instance of someone being harmed or injured by

Grand welcome for wrestler Sakshi Malik in Haryana

Bahadurgarh/New Delhi: Rio 2016 Olympics bronze medalist wrestler Sakshi Malik was accorded a grand welcome by people and the state government as the motorcade carrying her entered Haryana on Wednesday. Sakshi, who arrived in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport early on Wednesday from Rio de Janeiro, was given a rousing reception at the airport

Blatter in last fight against FIFA ban

Geneva: Sepp Blatter will mount his final challenge against his six-year FIFA ban on Thursday, following more than a year of scandal that saw him thrown out of football in disgrace. The former FIFA boss has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) seeking to overturn a suspension imposed by world football’s governing