Aug 16

Barcelona, Sevilla to make changes in Supercup second leg match

Barcelona: FC Barcelona and Sevilla will both make changes when the second leg of the Spanish Supercup football trophy is held at the Camp Nou Stadium here on Wednesday. Barcelona won the first leg 2-0 away at Seville on Sunday, reports Xinhua. Barcelona will have to make at least two changes to their starting team

I won’t change my natural game, says Rohit Sharma

Port of Spain:  India batsman Rohit Sharma says he will never shy away from playing his natural game irrespective of the format he is playing. After falling cheaply in the first innings, Rohit made his second opportunity count in the third and final Test against the West Indies. He smashed three sixes towards the end

Gambhir felicitated by Chand Khanna Club

New Delhi:  Former India opener GautamGambhir was today felicitated by Chand Khanna Cricket Club for being appointed skipper of India Blue Team in the Duleep Trophy. Delhi-based Gambhir started his career by playing for Chand Khanna Cricket Club. The Duleep Trophy will be played from August 23 to September 14 at Greater Noida International Cricket

Goalkeeper chased and struck by invader in Sweden

Stockholm: The first division football game between clubs Jonkopings Sodra and Ostersunds in Sweden was abandoned after the visiting goalkeeper was attacked by an invader, local media has reported. A masked black-clad fan burst onto the pitch in the injury time when the two sides tied 1-1 on Monday, chasing and beating keeper Aly Keita

Incredible just to be there at Rio Olympics: Ennis-Hills

Rio de Janeiro: She could not defend her heptathlon gold from the 2012 London Olympics and settled for a silver but British athlete Jessica Ennis-Hills says just to line up at the ongoing Rio Games has been an incredible experience for her. “The experience has been incredible. To get here and to be lining up

Around 3,188 doping tests conducted at Rio Olympics so far

Rio de Janeiro: A total of 3,188 biological material samples have been tested for the purpose of doping control since the opening of the Olympic Village a week ahead of the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) medical director has said. The Summer Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro from August

ISL: FC Pune City begin pre-season training in Spain

Madrid: As part of their pre-season training and conditioning, Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City have commenced preparations for the forthcoming season here in Spain, under the watchful eyes of head coach Antonio Lopez Habas. The training is being held in a complex named Vincci Valdecanas here, a Pune FC release said on

Ghana’s disabled athletes ask for support ahead of Paralympic Games

Accra:  Three Ghanaian athletes billed for next month’s Rio Paralympic Games have called upon the government for support as they prepare for the quadrennial event. Alem Mumuni, Ghana’s first paracyclist at the Olympics, Charles Narh Teye (powerlifting), and Yusif Amadu (high-jump), mostly sealed qualification to the multi-sports event through personal struggles and financial support from

Costa late goal gifts coach Conte win on Chelsea debut

London: Striker Diego Costa’s late goal in the 89th minute helped new coach Antonio Conte begin his Chelsea tenure with a 2-1 win over West Ham in their English Premier League opener. Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea with a penalty early in the second half here on Monday, before West Ham centre-back James

PV Sindhu, Hardeep Singh to be in action today

Two of Indian contigents will be in action on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympics on Tuesday. The Indian contingent’s schedule at the Rio Olympics here today: Wrestling:  Hardeep Singh vs Cenk Ildem (Turkey) qualification round in Greco-Roman 98kg Time: 7:10 P.M. IST Hardeep Singh (98 Kg) will be facing  Cenk Ildem (Turkey) on the

Sri Lanka builds lead on Day 4

Colombo : With six stitches in his left hand and his place under threat, the home boy, Kaushal Silva has looked solid in his patient unbeaten knock of 78. Sri Lanka made good progress in the session. After seeing off the first session, Mathews came out with a positive intent. He scored just 26 runs,

Jebet wins gold in women’s 3,000m steeplechase

Rio de Janeiro: Bahrain teenager Ruth Jebet clinched the gold medal in the women’s 3,000 metre steeplechase, narrowly missing the world record. The 19-year-old clocked eight minutes 59.75 seconds on Monday to fall just 0.94 seconds short of the record set by Russian Gulnara Galkina in 2008, reports Xinhua news agency. Kenya’s Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi

Americans denied gold for 1st time since 2008 Games

Rio de Janeiro: The Americans were denied a gold medal for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and it took two big stumbles to keep the “Star Spangled Banner” on pause. One of the slips cost US gymnastics star Simone Biles gold on the balance beam. The other secured Shaunae Miller’s win in

Italy’s Viviani wins gold in men’s track cycling

Rio de Janeiro:  Italian cyclist Elia Viviani took the gold medal in the Olympic men’s track event, forcing Britain’s Mark Cavendish to settle for the silver. Viviani, who rides professionally for Sky, finished the two-day event with 207 points on Monday, seven ahead of super-sprinter Cavendish, a member of the Dimension Data team, Efe news

Egyptian judoka sent home for handshake snub

Rio de Janeiro:  An Egyptian judoka has been sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said. The IOC said on Monday that Islam El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for his behaviour following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Women boxers break down barriers one punch at a time

Rio de Janeiro: Women boxers at the Rio Olympics say that they are still subjected to sexism, sneers and sniggers, but change is happening — gradually. The London 2012 Olympics were a landmark moment for women’s boxing as the sport made its Games debut, with three champions etching their names into the history books. Claressa

Misbah keen to leave Pakistan legacy

London:  Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has vowed to leave a Test legacy after a series-levelling win against England at The Oval. Pakistan marked the nation’s Independence Day on Sunday with a 10-wicket victory over England in the fourth Test at The Oval in south London that saw them end the four-match series all square at 2-2.

Sania and Strycova get 7th seeding at Cincinnati

Cincinnati (USA):  Indian tennis star SaniaMirza and her new Czech partner Barbora Strycova have been seeded seventh at the WTA Western and Southern Open, one of the two events in tune-up to the US Open. It will be Sania’s first match after the Olympics and her split with fellow world number one Martina Hingis, who

‘Precarious’ Rio Paralympics faces more cuts

Rio de Janeiro: The Rio Paralympics next month is in a “precarious” state and faces more cuts to let it go ahead, the head of the International Paralympic Committee said. With a court having stopped Rio de Janeiro from transferring crucial funds to the Rio 2016 organising committee, IPC president Philip Craven met government and

Bolt says tight schedule slowed down 100-meter sprinters

Rio de Janeiro: Usain Bolt rarely complains about going too fast. After the rushed road to Sunday night’s 100-meter final, he had to make an exception. Faced with a turnaround time of barely over an hour between the semifinal and final, Bolt had trouble gearing up to be at his best for the marquee event