Aug 14

Lalita lights up day before India stumble in tennis

Rio de Janeiro: India were left to rue amissed opportunity in tennis with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna’s mixed doubles semifinal loss after Lalita Babar became the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event at an Olympic Games, here today. A historic Olympic silver medal was well within reach

Platform for open-water swimming competition at Rio collapses

Rio de Janeiro: The diving platform of the Rio Olympics open-water swimming event has collapsed into the sea just two days before the start of the competition. An urgent meeting has been called by the organisers to see what changes must be made so that the event can go forward as scheduled from Monday, reports

Cologne extend contracts of Hector, Bittencourt

Cologne (Germany):  Cologne have extended the contracts with Germany international Jonas Hector and midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt, the football club has said in an official statement. Both contracts have been extended until June 2021 as Cologne want to bind “two key players ahead of schedule”, reports Xinhua. “Jonas made an outstanding development at Cologne,” Cologne’s head

UK men’s team wins gold, setting world record in track cycling event

Rio de Janeiro: The British men’s team took gold in track cycling event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, setting a new world record time. Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steve Burke finished in 3 minutes and 50.26 seconds. This beats the previous world record that the British set earlier on Friday

Rio organisers trumpet efficiency at halfway point of Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  The Rio Olympic Games has reached halfway point and organisers said the general operations are stable, highlighting their ability to react to and solve problems. “First days, we have problems in security check. The entrance has lots of people waiting. Then comes the food and beverage, transportation. But we fixed them all,”

Russian long jumper Klishina banned from Rio Olympics

Moscow: All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) President Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said long jumper Darya Klishina was banned from competing in the ongoing Rio Olympics. “There are contradictory reports but we have confirmation from sources in Rio de Janeiro that Dasha was banned at the last moment,” Shlyakhtin said on Saturday, reports Tass. The Court of Arbitration

PSG striker Jese down with appendicitis

Paris: Paris Saint Germain’s summer signing Jese Rodriguez is diagnosed with appendicitis and would be out for up to three weeks, Spanish media reported on Sunday. The 23-year-old footballer would be sidelined for a month while Marca said the Spaniard would only be off the pitch for two weeks, Xinhua news agency reported. The former

BCCI congratulates India for Test series win against West Indies

Mumbai:  The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday congratulated the national team on their dramatic 237-run victory in the third Test against hosts the West Indies on Saturday. This enabled India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series as the second Test ended in a draw. Chasing an imposing

Chandimal , De Silva Ton takes Sri Lanka to 355

Colombo:  Dinesh Chandimal continued his charge on Day 2 after losing Dhanajaya de Silva in morning session. The wicketkeeper-batsman notched up his seventh Test century to help the hosts reach 299 for 7 at Lunch against Australia in the third and final Test. Quite unlike some of the other better knocks of his career, he curbed

Will clear all ‘misconceptions’ : Sports Minister Vijay Goel

Indian Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who has been accused for earning an official rebuke from the organisers at the Rio Olympics, returned to India on  Sunday morning .He stated that he will clear the ‘misconceptions’ on the Rio controversy surrounding him. “There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this issue right now which I will clear

ISL: Mumbai City FC sign Forlan as marquee player

Mumbai: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Mumbai City FC on Sunday announced the signing of Uruguay football legend Diego Forlan as club’s marquee player for the forthcoming third edition of the tournament. Forlan began his career in Argentina and soon earned a move to Manchester United. Having tasted success with the Red Devils, the forward

Australia A cruised to an eight-wicket victory against India A

Townsville: Chris Tremain masterclass with the ball was the catalyst as India capitulated for 55, taking a match-winning 5-25 including a spell of 5-16 in three overs. Dan Worrall was also sublime, taking 4-26 at the other end, with Michael Neser (1-4) the other wicket taker – and the only other Australia A bowler whose services

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US storms to 24 golds at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro:  The United States continued their haul of gold medals at the Rio Olympics on the back of strong performances in swimming, athletics and rowing. Michael Phelps brought down the curtain on his glittering Olympic career when he helped Team USA win 4x100m medley relay gold, taking his personal tally to 23 on

Pakistan close to victory on Independence Day

Kennington Oval, London: A Younis Khan double century and a Yasir Shah triple-strike puts the tourists in a strong position on the third day. Younis Khan’s superb 218 put Pakistan in a strong position before they picked up four England wickets to take complete control on the third day of the fourth and final test

Phelps signs off with fairytale farewell

Rio de Janeiro:  Michael Phelps secured a fairytale end to his career as an Olympic athlete as the US continued their dominance in the pool on the final night of swimming at the Rio Games. Phelps bagged his 23rd gold medal by helping the US to victory in the 4x100m medley relay — the last

Shoeless runner Diro of Ethiopia makes heroine in Olympic steeplechase

Rio de Janeiro: Ethiopian runner Etenesh Diro ran the last 800 meters of her 3000m steeplechase heat with one shoe on and one shoe off, but she was later given a chance to compete in the final at the Rio Olympics. As one of the favorites in the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Diro was sitting comfortably

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

US wins gold in men’s 4x100m medley relay at Rio Olympics

Rio de Janeiro: Michael Phelps secured a gold medal in his final race as an Olympic athlete as the US won the 4x100m medley relay at the Rio Games. The US team of Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Phelps and Nathan Adrian clocked 3:27.95 to finish 1.29 seconds ahead of Britain’s Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James

Argentina beat Brazil in Olympic men’s basketball

Rio de Janeiro:  Argentina came away with a 111-107 win over Brazil after the second overtime at the ongoing Rio Olympics here. Andres Nocioni led the Argentines with 37 points. Facundo Campazzo finished with 33 points and 11 assists. Nene had a team-high 24 points and 11 rebounds for Brazil here on Saturday, reports Xinhua.

Russia collect fourth fencing gold in Rio

Rio de Janeiro: Russia defeated Ukraine in the women’s sabre team final 45-30, claiming its fourth fencing gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games here. The Russian sabre team, the world champion in 2015, needed just 4 minutes and 35 seconds to overwhelm 2008 Beijing Olympics team champion Ukraine on Saturday. The victory also