CUP

  • Real Madrid to play at Melbourne Cricket Ground 5 hours 11 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Real Madrid has been confirmed as one of three European teams to contest the International Champions Cup Australia tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next July. The 100,024-seat stadium will host matches on July 18, 21 and 24 when the International Champions Cup expands to including an Asia-Pacific tournament running...
  • This one's for the boys, says gracious Roger Federer 15 hours 8 minutes ago

    Having stolen the limelight from Davis Cup stalwart Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer quickly turned attention towards his Switzerland team-mates after securing the winning point in the final against France on Sunday. Federer crushed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give the Swiss a 3-1 win over the hosts, but the 17-times...
  • Federer beats Gasquet to clinch 1st Davis Cup title for Switzerland 18 hours 10 minutes ago

    Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match Sunday as Switzerland won the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead. The 17-time Grand Slam champion gave Switzerland their first title in the team competition and added the only big trophy in...
  • Australia the team to beat at World Cup: Michael Vaughan 19 hours 0 minutes ago

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Sunday said that having hit upon a rich vein of form against South Africa, Australia have emerged as the front-runners and will be the team to beat at the World Cup in their own backyard, starting February 14 next year. Australia thrashed South Africa...
  • Parvez Rasool targets World Cup selection 21 hours 22 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool is targeting a spot in the Indian team which will play in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. "The target now is selection for the World Cup. There are multi-day matches coming up and the aim is to do...
  • Davis Cup final is still all about Roger Federer Yesterday

    It could have been Stan Wawrinka's moment, but the Davis Cup final is all about Roger Federer after all. Wawrinka has hit top form again in the wake of a convincing display at the ATP World Tour Finals, giving Switzerland the first point against France on Friday and offering another strong...
  • Switzerland take 2-1 lead over France in Davis Cup final Yesterday

    Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka defeated Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over France in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Federer and Wawrinka did not concede a single break and dominated the key points to withstand their opponent's charge in the second...
  • Problems persist for Dhoni in Tests but can win World Cup: Sourav Ganguly Yesterday

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the World Cup for India in 2011 after 28 long years, should stay at the helm for the team to defend their title in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. During the Test series in England, which...
  • Davis Cup: Tsonga criticises French crowd for lack of support 2 days ago

    Lille: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued the lack of support of his home crowd on Friday after losing to Stan Wawrinka in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland. Despite the presence of a record crowd of 27,432 spectators in the stands of the Pierre Mauroy stadium,...
  • Beaten Roger Federer consoled by shaking 'ghost' off his back 2 days ago

    Despite his defeat by Gael Monfils in Friday's second singles rubber of the Davis Cup final, Roger Federer found something to smile about as the Swiss got "a ghost" off his back. The 17-times grand slam champion, who lost 6-1 6-4 6-3 as France drew level 1-1 following Stan Wawrinka's opening...
  • Davis Cup: Gael Monfils beats Roger Federer as France draw level 2 days ago

    France: Gael Monfils rose to the occasion as he upset Roger Federer 6-1 6-4 6-3 to help France level the Davis Cup final with Switzerland 1-1 on Friday. After Stan Wawrinka had given the Swiss a 1-0 lead by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-2, Monfils was at his best...
  • Stan Wawrinka gives Switzerland lead vs France in final 2 days ago

    France: Stan Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead against France in the Davis Cup final by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday. The Australian Open champion started strong, and overcame a second-set lapse by regaining control of the opening singles match with an aggressive display that paid off with a 6-1, 3-6,...
  • Australia tour will give advantage to India in World Cup: VVS Laxman 2 days ago

    For batting legend VVS Laxman there are no clear favourites for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but the former Indian batsman feels India will surely enjoy an "advantage" having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event. India will spend nearly two-and-a-half months in...
  • India not among front-runners for 2015 World Cup: Fleming 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Title holders India are not among the front-runners to win the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, feels former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming. Fleming's logic for leaving out India from his list of Cup favourites is simple. They won the coveted trophy four years ago at...
  • Watch: Mad celebrations by Ivory Coast fans put players, crowd safety in danger 3 days ago

    Violent scenes greeted Ivory Coast's qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday evening. Fans entered the pitch on the final whistle and a group of them them pulled down the crossbar and few of them attempted to steal striker Gervinho's shorts. Ivory Coast are assured of their qualification for...
  • Saurav Ganguly to pitch for hockey, inaugurate Beighton on November 24 3 days ago

    Kolkata: After football, former India captain Sourav Ganguly would be seen promoting hockey when he will inaugurate the main round of the 119th All India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament on November 24. "We are grateful to Ganguly... He has confirmed to inaugurate the quarterfinal league. It's a big boost for the...
  • Roger Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final 3 days ago

    Despite his bad back, Roger Federer will face Gael Monfils on Friday in the second singles match when Switzerland faces France in the Davis Cup final. Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka will open the best-of-five series on clay against Jo-Wilfired Tsonga. Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was doubtful for the final...
  • Football: Australia will lift at Asian Cup, says Brett Emerton 4 days ago

    Australia will raise their game in front of their own fans at next year's Asian Cup and deserve to be among the favourites despite their poor recent form, according to former Socceroos stalwart Brett Emerton. Expectations of Asian Cup success have dived in Australia during a year in which the Socceroos...
  • Defending champions Nigeria miss out on African Cup 4 days ago

    Nigeria won't get the chance to defend their title at the African Cup of Nations next year after drawing 2-2 at home to South Africa on Wednesday to miss out on the finals on the last day of qualifying. Ivory Coast, Ghana and Mali left it late, but managed to qualify...
  • Novak Djokovic to make Davis Cup return for Serbia 4 days ago

    Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic will return to Davis Cup action after a season's absence when he leads his country against Croatia in the first round in March, he said on Wednesday. "Novak returns to the Serbia Davis Cup team for the first-round tie against Croatia from March 6-8," said...
  • Michael Clarke should quit one-dayers after World Cup: Border 4 days ago

    Sydney: Injured skipper Michael Clarke should quit playing One-Day Internationals (ODI) after the 2015 World Cup in order to finish his career as one of the true greats of Australian cricket, former captain Allan Border has said. Clarke will meet physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in Sydney Thursday to find out more about...
  • Roger Federer's back is key in Davis Cup final 5 days ago

    Roger Federer was at the top of his game in London last week, sweeping past opponents as if his age were not an issue. A back injury over the weekend changed everything, casting serious doubts over his chances of winning the Davis Cup, or even playing against France in the...
  • Nadal criticises Spain's female Davis Cup captain over sexism debate 5 days ago

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal criticized Spain's female Davis Cup captain on Tuesday for feeding a "false and absurd" debate that started when his coach and uncle questioned whether a woman could coach in the men's game. The 14-time Grand Slam winner struck out at both captain Gala Leon and the Spanish tennis...
  • Roger Federer skips Davis Cup training with back problems 5 days ago

    France: Swiss Roger Federer's participation in the Davis Cup final against France was still hanging in the balance on Tuesday as the 17-times grand slam champion said he could not train because of back problems. Federer, however, was hopeful, although not exactly optimistic, he could be ready for Friday's first singles. "It's...
  • FIFA lodges criminal complaint re 2018 and 2022 World Cups 5 days ago

    Zurich: World soccer's governing body FIFA on Tuesday lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" in connection with the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Last Thursday FIFA said there were no grounds to reopen the controversial bidding processes, following a long-awaited...
  • Modi, Abbott pose with World Cup trophy at Melbourne Cricket Ground 5 days ago

    PM Narendra Modi attended a reception hosted by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at the Melbourne Cricket ground. Modi also posed with the 2015 Cricket world cup trophy. ...
  • Fear of failure a problem for England, says Andrew Strauss 6 days ago

    Andrew Strauss said on Monday that a collective fear of failure on the part of England`s batsmen risks damaging the team`s chances at next year`s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. One longstanding complaint about England`s recent one-day international performances, which have seen them lose five of their last six...
  • Field restrictions not much of advantage during World Cup: Virat Kohli 6 days ago

    New Delhi: India's premier batsman and stand-in-captain Virat Kohli feels that present field restriction rule is an advantage for batsmen only when they are playing in the sub-continent and it will be a completely different ball game during World Cup in Australia, next year. Kohli, who led the team to a...
  • India in fine shape for World Cup title defence 6 days ago

    An ODI series that had the potential to be a closely contested one turned out to be a horribly one-sided battle where the winner was decided even before the rubber was over. The Sri Lankans, who were asked to pack their bags for India in the eleventh hour and in the...
  • Virat Kohli hints Axar Patel a bright prospect for World Cup 1 week ago

    Impressed with rookie Axar Patel's all-round performance, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that the left-arm spinner could be preferred in the side for next year's ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Patel's emergence as an allrounder in the just-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series against...