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US sweep five golds to top medals table at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro: The United States have come out as the biggest winner at the Rio Olympics as their athletes took five gold medals and helped them maintain the top spot on the medals table. Led by superstar Michael Phelps, the US swimmers contributed three gold medals on Thursday. To a thunderous crowd, Phelps stormed

There are no reports of misbehaviour against me: Vijay Goel

Rio de Janeiro: India’s sports ministerVijay Goel today rejected allegations of misbehaviour levelled against his entourage by the Organising Committee stating that nothing of that sort has happened. Yesterday, Sarah Peterson, who is Continental Manager for Rio 2016 Organising Committee, in a letter to Indian Chef-de-Mission Rakesh Gupta, threatened to cancel Goel’s accreditation on grounds

England ride on Moeen Ali’s ton to seize control of Day 1

London: Moeen Ali made Pakistan pay for their latest fielding lapses with a century that saw England fight back on the first day of the fourth Test at The Oval on Thursday. Ali’s 108 was the cornerstone of England’s 328 all out. And there was still time in the two overs before stumps for Stuart Broad

Pakistan legend Hanif Mohammed dies in Karachi

Pakistan: Former batsman, 81, was suffering from lung cancer and was on ventilator at a Karachi hospital. Pakistan cricket legend and former captain Hanif Mohammed has died after protracted illness at a hospital in the southern city of Karachi. Hanif, 81, had been battling lung cancer for more than two years and was admitted at

Phelps wins 22nd Olympic gold

Rio de Janeiro:  Michael Phelps became the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Olympics when he claimed the gold medal in the men’s 200m individual medley at the Rio Games. Phelps finished the final in 1 minute 54.66 seconds on Thursday, almost two seconds ahead of Japan’s Kosuke Hagino at the

Third Test: Thunderstorms, heavy rains wash out third day’s play

St Lucia: Thunderstorms and incessant rains washed out the third day’s play of the third Test between India and West Indies at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium at Gros Islet in this picturesque city-state. Though overnight rain did stop ahead of the first session, play could not begin on Thursday as the outfield was

Rio Olympics: Shuttler Srikanth wins first group match

Rio de Janeiro:  Indian shuttler Kidambri Srikanth started his Olympic campaign in superb fashion, breezing past Lino Muzon of Mexico in straight games in the opening match of Group H in the men’s singles event here. The only Indian to qualify in the men’s singles event, Srikanth won 21-11, 21-17 in 41 minutes here at

Messi leads Barcelona to 3-2 win over Sampdoria

Barcelona:  Argentine superstar Lionel Messi scored two goals and assisted the third as Spanish football champions FC Barcelona beat Italian side Sampdoria 3-2 to win the Joan Gamper Trophy. Played annually in honour of Barcelona’s Swiss-born founder Gamper, the match marks the end of the pre-season for the Catalan club, who were looking to rebound

Indian boxers get new kits, no threat of Oly disqualification

Rio de Janeiro:  Threatened with disqualification for not wearing vests bearing their country’s name, Indian boxers at the ongoing Olympics have got their kits replaced as required by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and will now compete without any hindrance. The AIBA officials had pointed out the “technical flaw” after Manoj Kumar’s victory in his

Big Bash League 2016-17 Squads Team Lists

The 2016-17 Big Bash League will be the sixth edition of Australian T20 domestic league KFC Big Bash League. Sydney Thunder are the title defending champions in BBL-06 season. The championship is set to be played between 20 December, 2016 and 28 January, 2017. A total of 35 matches will be played between 8 teams

England to play Spain at Wembley on November 15

London: England national football team will play Spain in a friendly match at the historic Wembley Stadium here on November 15, the England Football Association has announced on Thursday. The fixture is England’s last of 2016 and comes four days after Sam Allardyce’s side host Scotland in a World Cup qualifier. Spain have a new

Have taken 3 doping tests at Rio: Russian swimmer Yefimova

Rio de Janeiro:  Russian swimmer Yuliya Yefimova, who has won silver in 100-metre breaststroke at the Rio Olympics, has said she has already taken three doping tests. However, in her words, she thought she there would be more, reports Tass. “I have taken three doping tests at the Olympic Games already. As a matter of

Games away from the Games (Rio Diary)

Rio de Janeiro:  Sex at the games village has been an open secret and with the surge of dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Olympic flings have become a lot easier. Eager to have ‘some fun’, athletes from nearly every sport have their profiles on dating app especially Tinder with status messages like “Looking for

Hanif Mohammad still alive, says ‘misinformed’ son

Karachi: Former Test cricketer Hanif Mohammad is still alive and his heart beat has been restored, son Shoaib Mohamamd said on Thursday.Reports emerged earlier in the day that Hanif passed away when his heart beat stopped for six minutes. He had breathing problems, owing to which he was shifted to a ventilator two days ago,

England Bat , Iftikar Ahmed debuts for Pakistan in 4th Test

England won the toss and have opted to bat in 4th Test match to be played at Kennington Oval, London. For Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez and Rahat Ali are out, Wahab Riaz back in and Iftikar Ahmed debuts.While England squad is unchanged. England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook(c), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow(w), Moeen

Enough time for arbitration if Russia appeals Paralympics ban: CAS

Lausanne: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will have enough time to conduct the necessary arbitration procedure before the 2016 Games if it receives an appeal from the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) over its ban by the international governing body, a CAS spokesperson has said. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) imposed a blanket ban

Australian top scorer Cahill joins Melbourne City

Sydney: Australian top scorer Tim Cahill returned to his country to play in the A-League for Melbourne City, the club announced on Thursday. Cahill, 36, left Chinese Super League (CSL) side Hangzhou Greentown last month, reports Xinhua. “I am incredibly excited to have signed with Melbourne City and ultimately the City Football Group. There is

Wales captain Ashley Williams joins Everton

London:  Wales football captain Ashley Williams has joined Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea with a three-year contract. “For me the new challenge was something I felt I needed, so I’m delighted to have joined Everton,” Williams said on Everton’s website on Wednesday, reports Xinhua “Everton is a great club with an unbelievable manager –

Acid tests await India’s track and field athletes

Rio de Janeiro:  For a discipline that has given Indian athletes only the Olympian’s tag, the country’s track and field participants will begin their campaign in the Rio Olympics here tomorrow with little hope to break the 116-year-old medal jinx. With the history-chasing Usian Bolt once again set to take centre stage in arguably the

Chalmers ends Aussie drought with storming win

Rio de Janeiro:  Kyle Chalmers, Australia’s newest sprint freestyle sensation, won the Olympic 100m freestyle gold in Rio on Wednesday to end his country’s 48-year drought in swimming’s prestige event. The 18-year-old stormed home to win in a junior world record of 47.58sec, 22-tenths of a second ahead of Belgian silver medallist Pieter Timmers’ 47.80