Aug 10

Project execution for 2018 FIFA World Cup low: Russian minister

Moscow:  The execution of the budget for the 2018 World Cup football preparations is at a low level, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday. “As of today, we are at a low level of the budget execution. The design and estimate documentation is the most complex thing. I’m even ashamed to give figures,”

Monaco release 38-year-old defender Carvalho

Paris:  French Ligue 1 football club Monaco will not extend the contract with the 38-year-old central defender Ricardo Carvalho, it has said. Former Porto, Real Madrid and Chelsea star Carvalho, 38, won Euro 2016 with Portugal this year, but Monaco are rebuilding the squad and have decided against prolonging his three-year stay there, reports Xinhua.

After tense win over Argentina, India face tough Dutch test

Rio de Janeiro: Virtually assured of a quarterfinal spot after their morale-boosting win against Argentina, a buoyant India will face world number two side the Netherlands in a tough pool B clash in the Rio Olympics here tomorrow. After a close 3-2 win over Ireland in their opening match, India suffered a disappointing 1-2 loss

India’s Schedule at Rio Olympics today on Day 5

All times IST ARCHERY: Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations, Laurence Baldauff Austria vs Bombayala Devi Laishram — 1809 hours Women’s Individual 1/32 Eliminations — Deepika v Kristine Esebua Georgia — 0127 hours BOXING: Men’s Light Welter (64kg) Manoj Kumar v Evaldas Petrauskas (Lithuania) — 0300 hours (Thursday) HOCKEY: Women’s Pool B: India vs Australia — 1930

Chaminda Vaas to spearhead SLC’s fast bowling feeder system

Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowler Chaminda Vaas will be back with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Coaching Staff, revealed SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday. According to Sumathipala, Vaas will be handed the responsibilities of training Sri Lanka’s fast bowling squad which will comprise fast bowlers coming through District, Provincial and Developments Squads. “We have requested

Those 100 runs by Ashwin and Saha will help us in Test: Rahul

Gros Islet: K L Rahul, who is having a goodrun with the bat in the Test series against the West Indies, says the unbroken century partnership between R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha could prove to be crucial to the outcome of the ongoing third game here. India lead the four-match series 1-0. India were in

Anand draws with Wesley So, slips to joint second

St Louis (USA): Viswanathan Anand was heldonto his fourth draw in five games and slipped to joint second position after the conclusion of the fifth round of Sinquefield Cup, a part of the Grand Chess Tour, now underway here. Playing white against Wesley So, Anand encountered a new idea that was known to him but

Lalit Modi meets RCA officials in Dubai to adopt Lodha reforms

New Delhi: The Rajasthan Cricket Associationpresident Lalit Modi met the state body’s officials in Dubai where a decision was taken to completely accept the resolutions of the Justice Lodha Panel for state associations. As per the discussions, the RCA office-bearers have decided to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to make changes to the

Mourinho hails Pogba’s transfer to Man United

London: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho spoke highly of French midfielder Paul Pogba and expected him to become a superstar at the club. Pogba, 23, returned to Manchester United from Italian club Juventus on a five-year contract with an 89 million pounds ($118 million) transfer fee, which eclipsed the 85 million pounds that Real Madrid

Mission accomplished, says Phelps after winning 20th and 21st gold

Rio de Janeiro: Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps has said his victory in the 200 metre butterfly final along with his 4x200m freestyle relay gold at the Rio Olympics were the culmination of a four-year mission. Phelps won the event at the 2004 Athens Games and again in Beijing four years later. He also set

Leicester City sign new contract with coach Ranieri

London:  English Premier League champions Leicester City has signed a new four-year contract with 65-year-old Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, the football club announced on its website on Wednesday. Since July, 2015, Ranieri guided Leicester City to one of the most stunning triumph in the English Premier League’s history. “From the moment I talked to the

Anderson can’t hide his debt to India’s Zaheer

London:  James Anderson may now be ranked as the world’s top bowler but the England great was happy to acknowledge how watching India’s Zaheer Khan had helped him reach the summit ahead of the fourth Test against Pakistan at The Oval. Conventional or reverse swing where a ball deviates late in flight is one of

Umar Gul makes a comeback to Pakistan ODI Squad

Umar Gul,  Pakistan fast bowler, has been included in the One-Day International squad on Tuesday (August 9) to face Ireland and England from August 18. The selectors decided to recall Gul and leave out left-arm seamer Mohammad Irfan. Legspinner Yasir Shah has also made a return to limited-overs cricket for the first time since November

At least I was able to make it to Rio: Serena Williams

Rio de Janeiro:  World number one women tennis player Serena Williams was disappointed by her defeat against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (6-4, 6-3) and regretted the missed opportunity at the 2016 Olympics. “It was a great opportunity. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to be, but at least I was able to make

All eyes on Saina as Indian shuttlers begin Olympic campaign

Rio de Janeiro: Four years after a bronze at London Games made her the toast of the nation, Saina Nehwal will once again carry a billion hopes when she along with the other six shuttlers, including doubles exponent Jwala Gutta, begin their campaign at the Rio Olympics here tomorrow. Saina had started her Olympic journey

Air India inks pact with Spicejet for MRO facility at Mihan

Nagpur:  Air India has finally succeededin roping-in a private airline to use the maintenance repair overhaul (MRO) facility at the SEZ in Mihan here. An MoU was signed by Air India Engineering Services CEO H R Jagannath and Spicejet vice president Arun Kashyap in the presence of top AI officials here yesterday. With the signing

Real Madrid beat Sevilla 3-2 to win Supercup

Oslo: Dani Carvajal’s extra-time goal gifted Real Madrid a 3-2 win over Sevilla in the European Supercup final in Trondheim, Norway. Sevilla had been on the verge of victory leading 2-1 deep into added time before Sergio Ramos equalised for Real Madrid in the 93rd minute with the last kick of normal time during the match

Boxer Vikas enters Olympic pre-quarterfinals

Rio de Janeiro: Vikas Krishan Yadav gave India’s boxing campaign a rousing start with a dominant victory at the ongoing Rio Olympics over Charles Conwell of the US in the men’ Middleweight (75kg) category at the Riocentrio Pavilion here. The Indian outpunched the 18-year-old American by a unanimous decision in the Round of 32 bout

Ashwin has been brilliant as India’s No 6, feels Bangar

Islet (St Lucia):  Indian cricket team’sbatting coach Sanjay Bangar praised Ravichandran Ashwin for “brilliantly” fitting in the role of a No 6 batsman in the current Test squad stating that the Tamil Nadu all-rounder has now given more option to management in terms of combination. After a century in the first Test, Ashwin against bailed

Ashwin, Saha defy Windies, guide India to 234/5 in third Test

St. Lucia:  With an unbeaten 108-run sixth wicket partnership, Ravichandran Ashwin and wicket-keeper Wriddhaman Saha brought India back into the game to post 234 for 5 wickets against a domineering West Indies on the first day of the third Test at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. Making best out of the