Aug 11

Ledecky powers US to 4x200m freestyle gold at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  Katie Ledecky powered the US to victory with a scintillating last leg in the women’s 4x200m freestyle final at the Rio Olympics here. The US team of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya Dirado and Ledecky finished in 7 minutes 43.03 seconds at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Wednesday evening, reports Xinhua. Australia’s

Yahi hai right choice baby, Saha ! West Indies Se surely ab Saha nahi jaata ! : Sehwag tweets

Sehwag has been known for his unique and rib tickling tweets. This time he congratulates Wriddhiman Saha  on scoring his maiden Test ton in his own way. Saha scored 104 in the third Test against West Indies at St Lucia. He stitched a 213-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin for the sixth wicket to dig India

It’s not an easy wicket to play shots on: Ashwin

Gros Isle:  Indian off-spinner RavichandranAshwin has said that his side will be looking to continue the fightback in the remainder of the third Test after recovering from a precarious 130 for five and finishing the first innings at 353. The West Indies finished day two at 107 for one. “When we got together we were

‘Gabigol’ rescues Brazil from Olympic shame

Rio de Janeiro:  Brazil escaped a humiliating early exit from the Olympics despite another scoreless performance from Neymar as wonder kid Gabriel Barbosa struck twice in a 4-0 win over Denmark here. The in demand Barbosa, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ for his prolific exploits for Santos, broke Brazil’s 200-minute goal drought after goalless draws with Iraq and

US NBA stars tested by Aussies in 98-88 win

Rio de Janeiro: Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and Kyrie Irving added 19 as the United States team of NBA stars rallied in the second half to escape upset-minded Australia 98-88 at the Rio Olympics. The Americans improved to 3-0 at Rio and 19-0 all-time against the Australians, but the full-game challenge posed by the

Rain wipes out tennis, threatens Nadal triple gold bid

Rio de Janeiro:  Torrential rain wiped out the entire 25-match tennis programme at the Olympics on Wednesday, threatening to scupper Rafael Nadal’s triple gold medal assault. Among the matches cancelled were all three due to feature Nadal who is still in the singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. The 30-year-old Spaniard is playing his first

Coe’s focus on reinstating Russia after ‘catacylsmic failure’

Rio de Janeiro:  World athletics chief Sebastian Coe blasted Russia’s “cataclysmic failure” over doping but said he was now focused on ending the country’s suspension from track and field. Revelations of a state-run doping conspiracy prompted Russia’s suspension from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), ruling the traditional powerhouse out of the Rio Olympics.

India looks up to shuttlers, boxers to provide spark

Rio de Janeiro:  The shuttlers led by Saina Nehwal will make their first appearance in the Olympic Games here today along with men golfers as India still waits for its first medal after five days of fruitless labour in this Brazilian city. All seven shuttlers, three in singles and the rest in doubles, will play

India’s Schedule at Rio Olympics today on Day 6

Rio de Janeiro GOLF: Men’s individual round 1: India’s Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawarasia will be in action – 1600 hrs onwards BADMINTON: Women’s doubles: India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa vs Japan’s A Takahashi and M Matsutomo – 16.30 hrs Men’s doubles: India’s BS Reddy and Manu Attri vs Indonesia’s H Setiawan and M

Sania-Bopanna’s campaign opener postponed due to rain

Rio de Janeiro: The Indian mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will start their campaign at the ongoing Rio Olympics on Thursday after most of the tennis matches had to be postponed due to rain. Sania and Rohan Bopanna were originally scheduled to face off against Sam Sotsar and Jonathan Peers of

Argentina sent packing, Honduras advance in Olympic football

Brasilia:  The Honduran men’s football squad reached the Olympics knockout stage once again with a 1-1 draw in Group D action against Argentina, who needed a win to avoid going home early. Anthony Lozano delivered the crushing blow to Argentina’s hopes on Wednesday when he converted a penalty for the Central American side in the

Xiang lifts Olympic gold for China despite neck injury

Rio de Janeiro: Weightlifter Xiang Yanmei of China shrugged off an unexpected neck injury to win the gold medal for China in the women’s 69kg category at the ongoing Rio Olympics here. Xiang, winner at the world championships in 2013 and 2015, failed in her third attempt in the snatch competition on Wednesday when she

Windies fight back after Ashwin, Saha hit centuries

St. Lucia: Containing India to 353 in the first innings after Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhaman Saha hit centuries in the post-lunch session, West Indies fought back to score 107-run for 1 on the second day of the third Test match at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday. At stumps, KC Brathwaite at

Archery, boxing lift Indian spirits at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro: Women archers were on target in the individual events, while Manoj Kumar scripted a triumph of the underdog in the boxing ring as India bounced back from the disappointment of star shooter Jitu Rai’s barren Olympic campaign on the fifth day of the Rio Games here. In a campaign which is yet

Sivalingam finishes 11th, Indian lifters end campaign

Rio de Janeiro:  India’s weightliftingcampaign at the Rio Olympics ended in disappointment with Sathish Kumar Sivalingam finishing 11th in the men’s 77kg event here today. National record holder Sivalingam lifted 148kg in snatch and 181kg in clean and jerk for a total of 329kg to finish fourth in the six-lifter Group B category competition. After

‘J&K, Punjab to work together in agri sector’

Aiming to make improvements in the agricultural and horticultural sector, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir will work together. This was stated by Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh after a meeting with Vice-Chairman of Farmers Advisory Board, Jammu and Kashmir, Daljit Singh Chibb. In a meeting held here on Wednesay at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, both

‘Expelled’ for six years in 2015, Ashok Dhiman elected BJP Sirhind Mandal president

Due to ‘anti-party’ activities, Fatehgarh Sahib district unit of BJP last year had recommended six-year expulsion of Municipal Council Sirhind-Fatehgarh Sahib president Ashok Dhiman (64) from the party, but on Wednesday he was appointed as BJP Sirhind unit president. The Mandal presidents of Sirhind, Mandi Gobindgarh and Khamano units were elected for three years on

Fiorentina sign Colombian Sanchez on loan from Aston Villa

Rome: Italian football club Fiorentina has announced the signing of Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez on loan from English side Aston Villa. Fiorentina announced the temporary acquisition of the 30-year-old with a statement on its website on Tuesday night, reports Efe. Sanchez began his career in Uruguay with Danubio and River Plate Montevideo before moving to

Pogba ‘ticks all the boxes’ for Man United: Arsenal coach Wenger

London:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that new signee Paul Pogba is a perfect fit for Manchester United, believing English clubs are forced to pay over the odds to buy footballers from abroad. Pogba completed his long awaited transfer from Italian champions Juventus to United earlier this week for a world-record fee of 89

Shobhaa De has insulted sportspersons: Maha sports minister

Mumbai: Maharashtra Sports Minister Vinod Tawde today said author Shobhaa De has “insulted” Indian athletes by “mocking” they had gone to Rio Olympics to take selfies and “come back empty-handed”. “Only the person who has managed to reach the Olympics knows the hard work and efforts that go into qualifying for the sports event,” he