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Russia overwhelm Saudi in FIFA World Cup opener

Russia overwhelm Saudi in FIFA World Cup opener

MOSCOW:Hosts Russia began their FIFA World Cup campaign in emphatic fashion, registering an easy 5-0 victory over minnows Saudi Arabia in a Group A game at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. Yuri Gazinskiy (12th minute), Denis Cheryshev (43rd, 90+1), Artem Dzyuba (71st) and Aleksandr Golovin (90+4) scored for the hosts, who enjoyed a

Indian women salvage a 1-1 draw against Spain

Indian women salvage a 1-1 draw against Spain

MADRID: Anupa Barla produced a late goal as the Indian women’s team salvaged a 1-1 draw against hosts Spain in the second game of the five-match series at the Consejo Superior de Deportes Hockey Stadium here. Outclassed 0-3 in the opening game, India recovered well to produce a gritty show as they made a comeback

India lose to Bangladesh in women's Asia Cup final

India lose to Bangladesh in women’s Asia Cup final

KUALA LUMPUR: Six-time defending champions India suffered a three-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in the final of the Women’s Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Kinrara Academy Oval here on Sunday. After India scored 112/9, thanks to Harmanpreet Singh’s 56, Bangladesh managed to get over the line in the final ball of their innings. Bangladesh were in

BCCI slaps 8-month ban on Punjab cricketer for doping

BCCI slaps 8-month ban on Punjab cricketer for doping

Jalandhar – The Board of Control for India in Cricket (BCCI) has handed a ban of eight months to Punjab wicketkeeper batsman Abhishek Gupta after for failing a doping test. Gupta’s suspension started from January 15 and will end on September 14. The 27-year-old cricketer from Jalandhar has become the first cricketer from Punjab to be found

Women's Asia Cup: India face Pakistan with eyes on final

Women’s Asia Cup: India face Pakistan with eyes on final

KUALA LUMPUR: Comfortably placed atop the points table, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will lock horns in a virtual semifinal clash of the women’s Asia Cup at the Kinrara Academy Oval here on Saturday. With six points apiece, India and Pakistan occupy the top two spots in the table, with a superior net run rate separating the

Women's T20 Asia Cup: India outclass Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

Women’s T20 Asia Cup: India outclass Sri Lanka by 7 wickets

KUALA LUMPUR: India bounced back from the humiliating seven wicket loss to Bangladesh, outclassing Sri Lanka by the same margin to register their third win and almost seal their place in the final of the Women’s T20 Asia Cup. The six-time champions consolidated their stay atop the points table, after riding an allround effort to beat

Kohli among world's highest-paid athletes

Kohli among world’s highest-paid athletes

New York – Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, with the India cricket captain earning a whopping US $24 million, according to a Forbes’ compilation topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of US $24 million. Kohli,

International Cup: After Chhetri's plea, tickets sold out for India-Kenya clash

International Cup: After Chhetri’s plea, tickets sold out for India-Kenya clash

MUMBAI: Hot on the heels of skipper Sunil Chhetri’s emotional plea seeking support from fans, tickets for India’s second Intercontinental Cup game against Kenya were sold out here. Chhetri, who will play in his 100th game for the country at the Mumbai Football Arena, took to social media and requested football supporters to come out in

Kohli backs Chhetri, urges sports fans to watch football team play in stadium

Kohli backs Chhetri, urges sports fans to watch football team play in stadium

NEW DELHI: Throwing his weight behind the national football skipper Sunil Chhetri, who issued an emotional plea for support, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Sunday urged the fans to throng stadiums and watch the team play.Chhetri, who is set to play his 100th match in national jersey against Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup in

Saha ruled out of Afghan Test, Karthik to replace him

Saha ruled out of Afghan Test, Karthik to replace him

NEW DELHI: India’s wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha was today ruled out of the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan after failing to recover from the thumb injury he suffered in this year’s Indian Premier League. The BCCI on Saturday named Dinesh Karthik as Saha’s replacement for Afghanistan’s debut Test match to be held in Bengaluru starting June

Sardar, Lakra return to Indian side for Champions Trophy

Sardar, Lakra return to Indian side for Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI: Former captain Sardar Singh was on Thursday brought back to bolster the Indian hockey team’s midfield while Birendra Lakra was included to shore up the defence line-up for the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning on June 23 in Breda, The Netherlands. Hockey India announced the 18-man squad for the last edition of the prestigious

Head, Marsh to lead Australia A squads in India

Head, Marsh to lead Australia A squads in India

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday named Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh as leaders of Australia A sides touring India for a triangular ODI series, also involving South Africa A and two four-day matches in August-September. Head will lead the one-day team, while Marsh has been named the captain of the fourday team that will take

Pakistan penalised for slow over-rate in first Test vs England

Pakistan penalised for slow over-rate in first Test vs England

DUBAI: Pakistan have been penalised for maintaining a slow over-rate in the Lords Test against England, which the visitors won by nine wickets to go one-up in the twomatch series. According to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement, match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the fine after Sarfraz Ahmed’s side was ruled to be three overs short

IPL-Final: Chennai ride Watson ton to lift third IPL crown

MUMBAI: Shane Watson notched up a brilliant century as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets in the final to lift the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Chasing 179 for victory, seasoned Australian opener Watson smashed an unbeaten 57-ball 117, his fourth IPL hundred,

Chennai, Hyderabad face off in high-octane IPL final

Chennai, Hyderabad face off in high-octane IPL final

MUMBAI: The 51-day long T20 carnival has finally reached its climax as two-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad will faceoff in the summit clash of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede stadium here on Sunday.While Chennai, the two-time IPL champions, already made to the final beating

Indian team bows out of Uber Cup after being blanked 0-5 by Japan

Indian team bows out of Uber Cup after being blanked 0-5 by Japan

BANGKOK: Saina Nehwal squandered four match points in her singles matach as a young Indian women team bowed out of the Uber Cup Final after being hammered 0-5 by five-time champions Japan in a group A match, here on Wednesday. India had won two bronze medals in the last edition but the team without top

IPL Play-Offs: Chennai, Hyderabad look to seal final berth

IPL Play-Offs: Chennai, Hyderabad look to seal final berth

MUMBAI: An intriguing and no-holds barred battle between two former champions is on the cards when table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad clash with second placed Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League Qualifier 1 here on Tuesday. A slight net run rate difference separated the two teams which finished the league stage on 18 points. The

Delhi Daredevils knock out MI from play-offs

Delhi Daredevils knock out MI from play-offs

NEW DELHI: Delhi Daredevils (DD) rode a strong bowling display to notch up an 11-run victory and eliminate Mumbai Indians from the race for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs at the Ferozshah Kot la here on Sunday. Chasing a target of 175 runs in what was a must-win encounter for them, Mumbai were bundled

Rajasthan beat Bangalore in IPL tie

Rajasthan beat Bangalore in IPL tie

JAIPUR: Young Shreyas Gopal spun a web around a starstudded Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line-up with a brilliant four for 16, helping Rajasthan Royals to a 30-run victory to keep his side in the reckoning for a play-offs berth in the IPL, here on Saturday. The 24-year-old leg-spinner led a fine bowling display by the home

Indian women hockey team hold Korea to a 1-1 draw

Indian women hockey team hold Korea to a 1-1 draw

DONGHAE CITY (KOREA): Young forward Lalremsiami’s equaliser earned defending champions India 1-1 draw against Korea in the last round robin match at the fifth Asian Champions Trophy women’s hockey tournament here on Saturday. With this draw, the Indian team led by defender Sunita Lakra go into the final on Sunday. as the table toppers.They remain unbeaten