Aug 14

Rio Olympics: Shuttlers Attri, Reddy cruise to easy win

Rio de Janeiro: Indian shuttlers Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy defeated Hiroyuki Endo and K. Hayakawa of Japan in straight games in a Group D match of the men’s doubles competition at the Rio Olympics here. The Indians fought off a spirited challenge by the Japanese duo in the opening game to win 23-21, 21-11

India knock out Windies in third Test to win series

St Lucia:  An upbeat India knocked out West Indies for a dramatic 237-run win in the third Test and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series at the Darren Sammy National Cricket stadium here on Saturday. Chasing an imposing 346-run target on the fifth and final day of the match, West Indies collapsed

Olympic football: Nigeria beat Denmark, to face Germany in semis

Salvador (Brazil): John Obi Mikel and Aminu Umar sent Denmark packing while getting Nigeria into the semi-finals of the Olympic men’s football tourney with a solid 2-0 victory that puts them on the road to a collision with Germany. Chelsea midfielder Obi Mikel grabbed the lead for Nigeria 16 minutes into the match at Fonte

Barcelona, Sevilla ready to contest Spanish Super Cup

Seville (Spain):  Spanish league champions FC Barcelona and Sevilla will go head to head in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday with the first title of the country’s domestic season in play. Sevilla receive Barcelona in the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium here just days after their 2-3 defeat to Real Madrid in

Babita recovered from fever, started training: WFI

Rio de Janeiro:  The Indian Olympiccontingent suffered a Zika virus scare after Babita Kumari developed high fever but the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) today confirmed that the wrestler is on the road to recovery and has also started practicing for her event, scheduled next week. According to reports, Babita, who competes in women’s 53kg

Some good shows, a few hopes, but overall a dismal week for India at Rio

Rio de Janeiro: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna’s awesome march into the mixed doubles semis, gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s sensational vault to reach the final and ace shooter Abhinav Bindra’s narrow bronze medal miss were the high-water marks of India’s performance, amid plenty of heartbreaks in the first week of competition at the Rio Olympic Games.

Messi is the best of all time: Villa

New York: Lionel Messi is the “best footballer of all time” and the Argentina superstar should continue playing for his national team, his former club teammate David Villa has said. After announcing his retirement from international football after Argentina’s Copa America loss to Chile earlier this year, Messi on Friday said he would like to

‘Good v Evil’ again as Bolt, Gatlin ready for 100m duel

Rio de Janeiro: The battle to be crowned world’s fastest man takes centre stage at the Rio Olympics on Sunday with Usain Bolt facing another showdown with Justin Gatlin where the image of athletics on the line. Twelve months ago, when Bolt vanquished Gatlin in the World Championship 100m final, many suggested the Jamaican sprint

It was not my moment: Dutee Chand

Bhubaneswar:  Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who failed to qualify for the 100m semi-finals in the Rio Olympics, said on Saturday her timing was not to up to the mark due to which she failed to qualify. “It was just not my moment… thanks for trusting n having faith,” tweeted Dutee. She also said that bad

Bangladesh lifts Ashraful ban from domestic cricket

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s cricket authorities today partially lifted the ban on former captain Mohammad Ashraful, allowing him to play in selected domestic competitions, officials said. Ashraful was initially banned for eight years in 2014 after he tearfully confessed on national television to helping fix matches in the scandal-hit Bangladesh Premier League. The Twenty20 tournament was eventually

Olympic golfers share course with giant rodents

Rio de Janeiro:  Golfers taking part in the Rio Olympics are getting used to sharing their playing course with a furry pig-sized rodent known as Capybara. Capybaras, which can weigh up to 70 kilos (154 lbs), are indigenous to the Marapendi natural reserve, where organisers decided to build the course for the first Olympic golf

3 swimmers head to Olympic Stadium instead of the pool

Rio De Janeiro,:  British swimmer Fran Halsall landed a trip to the Olympic Stadium.Unfortunately, she was competing at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. The transportation mix-up left officials scrambling to make sure Halsall and two other swimmers got a chance to compete in the semifinals of the women’s 50-meter freestyle Friday night. “The whole Olympics had

Armenian weightlifter Karapetyan’s injury ‘is no fracture’

Rio de Janeiro:  Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan suffered an elbow dislocation but did not fracture his left arm during a failed 195 kilogram clean and jerk attempt in the men’s 77kg final, his nation’s Olympic committee has announced. Spectators gasped and then sat in stunned silence as Karapetyan’s arm bent out of shape and the

Russians complain about torn flags at Olympics

Rio De Janeiro: Russia’s Olympic team has complained to Rio organizers after flags hanging in its Olympic village accommodation were allegedly desecrated. Synchronized swimmer Alexandra Patskevich told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that flags hanging inside Russia’s building were “torn down and tied in knots” on the floor on two occasions. Her comments sparked protests on

German midfielder Leitner joins Lazio

Dortmund (Germany):  German football club Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Moritz Leitner, 23, has signed for Italian side Lazio at an undisclosed fee. The announcement was made on Friday. The German midfielder played 42 Bundesliga and seven Champions League games for Dortmund between July 2011 and June 2013, reports Xinhua. He had been loaned to VfB Stuttgart

Man Utd’s winger Januzaj loaned to Sunderland

Manchester:  Manchester United’s winger Adnan Januzaj, 21, has been loaned to Sunderland for a season, the English Premier League football side has announced. Januzaj made a strong impression in the 2013-14 season, but failed to hold down a first-team place at United and spent the first half of last season on loan at German club

US swimmer Ledecky sets world record in women’s 800m freestyle

Rio de Janeiro: Swimmer Katie Ledecky of the United States has set a world record in women’s 800m freestyle event at the Rio Olympics. Ledecky completed the distance in 8 minutes 04.79 seconds here on Friday, reports Sputnik. The previous world record (8 minutes 06.68 seconds) was also set by Ledecky in January this year.

‘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