Aug 13

‘Naked Diving’ in Olympics?

Rio de Janeiro: Men’s Olympic diving event has always been a popular one, with the competitors’ hot bodies in the tiniest of Speedo trunks at display. But thanks to the strategically placed scorecards making them appear naked, the temperature has been soaring on the social media. The Twitterati were having a field day posting pictures

England’s Alex Hales Fined for Dissent

England opener Alex Hales has been fined for showing dissent after confronting the third umpire following his first-innings dismissal in the fourth Test against Pakistan, the International Cricket Council said Friday. Hales was given out for six on Thursday’s first day at The Oval when he clipped Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah, diving forward in

Chinese netizens criticise Olympic uniform

Beijing:  Chinese netizens have criticised the red-and-yellow Olympic uniforms worn by their players, saying they resembled scrambled eggs with tomatoes, the China Daily reported on Saturday. “I think the dress is utterly ugly. The opening ceremony should be one of the best occasions to display China’s soft power and creative fashions but dressed in the

Egyptian judo athlete refuses to shake Israeli’s hand

Rio De Janeiro: Middle Eastern politics spilled onto the judo mat at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics when an Egyptian competitor refused to shake hands with the Israeli who beat him. Islam El Shehalby, an ultraconservative Salafi Muslim, had come under pressure before the games from Islamist-leaning and nationalist voices in Egypt to withdraw from

Nadal strikes doubles gold as Puig, Kerber reach women’s final

Rio De Janeiro: Rafael Nadal won his second Olympic Games gold medal and took a step closer to a third by reaching the Rio singles semi-final. Spanish great Nadal and longtime friend Marc Lopez defeated Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-2, 3-6, 4-6 in the men’s doubles title match. Nadal, the 2008 singles champion

De Silva, Chandimal lift Sri Lanka to 141-5 at Tea

Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo: A fighting century partnership from Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka recover from a precarious position to reach 141 for five at tea against Australia in the third and final Test here today. The hosts, who elected to bat first on a bright sunny morning, lost five wickets

Pakistan sports fraternity bids adieu to Hanif

Karachi:  The country’s top cricketers,sportspersons and high profile personalities attended the funeral of Pakistan’s former captain and legendary batsman Hanif Muhammad with many lamenting that sporting greats were not given the recognition they deserved during their lifetime. Hanif, 81, passed away on Thursday at a local hospital after a long battle with lung cancer and

We have to work extra hard: Brathwaite

Gros Islet:  West Indies’ opener Kraigg Brathwaite has conceded that his side has been placed at the backfoot and will need to work extra hard to save the third Test against India here, after the visitors have taken an overall lead of 285 runs on day four. This was after Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 5 for

World record as athletics begin amid doping scandal

Rio De Janeiro: Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana launched the Rio Olympics athletics by smashing the women’s 10,000m world record as the Games reeled from doping scandals. Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi was suspended for failing a doping test and a Polish weightlifter and Bulgarian runner were both kicked out for drugs transgressions. In shock results, defending champion

Masterful display of seam bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar

St Lucia:  With an entire day’s play of the third Test in St Lucia lost to heavy rain on Thursday, the odds were that the Test would progress towards a tame draw on the final two days of the Test, on Friday and Saturday. The first two days of this Test had seen some keen , but

India squad for West Indies T20Is

The All-India selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil decided to omit senior batsmen Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh from the 14-man squad to take on the T20 champions in a two-match series. India have included seam-bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny and leg spinner Amit Mishra in the squad for the Twenty20 International series against West Indies in

We have to start afresh in semis: Sania, Bopanna

Rio de Janeiro:  Just one win away fromassuring an Olympics tennis medal, the mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna today said they would have to keep the emotion aside and start afresh when they play in the semifinals. In their bid to win a maiden Olympic medal, Sania and Bopanna dominated the

Schooling beats Phelps to win 100m butterfly Olympic gold

Rio de Janeiro:  Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first gold medal of the ongoing Rio Olympics by ending multiple Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps hegemony in the 100m butterfly here. The 21-year-old Schooling touched the wall in 50.39 seconds, 0.75sec ahead of Phelps at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium here on Friday evening, reports Xinhua. Phelps, South

Rio Olympics: India held by Canada 2-2

Rio de Janeiro: India’s men’s hockey team was held 2-2 by lower-ranked Canada in its final group phase game that failed to guarantee it a third place in the Pool B of the Olympic Games here on Friday. Already assured of a place in the quarter-finals, world No.5 India played an attacking game but had

Rio Olympics: Rostami claims men’s 85 weightlifting gold breaking world record

Rio de Janeiro:  Kianoush Rostami of Iran won the gold medal in the men’s 85kg weightlifting by breaking his own world record at the ongoing Rio Olympic Games here. Rostami here on Friday evening, snatched 179kg, lifted 217kg in his last jerk, totalling at 396kg, to break the total world record of 395kg set by

Vikas a win away from medal, enters quarterfinals

Rio de Janeiro: Vikas Krishnan stood a winaway from an elusive Olympic medal as the Indian outclassed Turkey’s Sipal Onder 3-0 to comfortably advance to the quarterfinals of men’s 75kg middleweight boxing at the Rio Games here. The 24-year-old Indian started off with some counter punches in a fast-paced round one in Pavilion 6 at

Twitterati slam Vijay Goel over Rio misconduct

New Delhi:  Soon after the Rio Olympics organising committee threatened to cancel Sports Minister Vijay Goel’s accreditation, Twitter went abuzz about the incident with Twitterati slamming the Minister for being “aggressive and rude” and pushing in non-accredited persons into restricted venues. Goel, who is currently in Rio de Janeiro to cheer the Indian contingent, allegedly

Bulgaria’s Silvia Danekova first athlete to test positive in Rio

Rio de Janeiro:  Bulgaria’s Silvia Danekova, a 3,000-metre steeplechase athlete, tested positive for EPO in a doping control after arriving in Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympic Games, the media reported. The Bulgarian Olympic Committee has admitted on Thursday that an athlete in the team tested positive without mentioning the name. “Unfortunately, we

Andrew McDonald- Renegades’ new coach

Andrew McDonald will take over as the Melbourne Renegades new coach for this summer’s Big Bash League. McDonald assumes the role from David Saker, who has been appointed as Australia’s new bowling coach. He now has the arduous task of returning the Renegades to the finals for the first time in four seasons, and just the second

Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi tests positive at Olympics: CSA

Rio de Janeiro: Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi has failed a doping test at the Rio Olympic Games, the Chinese Swimming Association (CSA) announced in its statement on Friday. The Chen, 18, tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, on the August 7 test. Chen has applied to the International Olympic Committee for a test of sample