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  • Lucie Safarova opens Fed Cup for Czechs against Sara Errani 18-04-2014 05:32 PM

    Ostrava: Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic will face Sara Errani of defending champion Italy in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. The 26th-ranked Safarova and the 11th-ranked Errani have met twice at WTA tournaments and are 1-1. No.6-ranked Petra Kvitova will play the second singles...
  • Fed Cup: Samantha Stosur plays Petkovic to open semi-final 18-04-2014 09:00 AM

    Brisbane: Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur will meet Germany's second-ranked player Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. Friday's draw also pitted Casey Dellacqua against Germany No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second match Saturday on outdoor hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena. The reverse...
  • World Cup gold was validation for my efforts, says Manavjit 17-04-2014 05:30 PM

    New Delhi: Eyeing an Olympic quota place this year, ace Indian shooter Manavjit Singh Sandhu says the gold medal at the recent ISSF World Cup is a proof that his preparation is headed in the right direction in a crucial season which also features the Commonwealth and Asian Games. Manavjit...
  • Gareth Bale hails perfect night after King's Cup winner 17-04-2014 08:32 AM

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale hailed a "perfect night" after his stunning winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona in Wednesday's King's Cup final, his first trophy since moving to Spain for a record fee in the close season. The Wales winger sprinted from the halfway line into the penalty area five minutes...
  • Tickets for two-thirds of football World Cup games sold out 16-04-2014 09:54 AM

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the football World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened on Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. FIFA put nearly 200,000 tickets on sale...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona 15-04-2014 06:49 PM

    Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday after the forward failed to recover from a leg injury. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was hopeful Ronaldo would recover in time, but said the player has been ruled out after not training on...
  • 100 most memorable football World Cup moments (80-71) 15-04-2014 04:57 PM

    The beautiful game returns to its spiritual home with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. We are revisiting the 100 most memorable moments from the past editions. Some are inspirational, some are controversial. Some will leave a smile on your face, some will make you wanting for more. You will...
  • Spain pip Brazil as World Cup's most expensive squad 14-04-2014 11:32 PM

    Spain, Argentina and Brazil have the most expensive squads of the 32 teams taking part in the football World Cup starting June, according to the Brazilian financial daily Valor. A sports analysis consultancy has reported that the Spain's squad is worth an estimated 486.9 million euros ($674 million), ahead of...
  • Time to erase bad memories of 1998 Football World Cup final: Thiago Silva 14-04-2014 04:45 PM

    Paris: He was not a part of the Brazilian World Cup team that was headed into submission by a Zinedine Zadane-inspired France 16 summers ago but Thiago Silva, who is expected to lead the yellow brigade this year, says he wants to erase the "bad memories" at the Stade de...
  • Ryder Cup comeback is ageless Jimenez's next target 14-04-2014 01:34 PM

    No sooner had the seemingly ageless Miguel Angel Jimenez secured fourth place at the 78th Masters on Sunday than he turned his attention to winning back a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team. The Spaniard capped a memorable week by reeling off four birdies in the last nine holes to...
  • Hull beat Sheffield to reach first FA Cup final in 110-year history 13-04-2014 11:00 PM

    London: Hull reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their 110-year history as the Premier League side twice came from behind to beat third-tier club Sheffield United 5-3 in a lively encounter on Sunday. Hull manager Steve Bruce, who won world football's oldest cup competition three times...
  • Defiant Gerardo Martino needs to lift Barcelona for Cup final 13-04-2014 02:50 PM

    Barcelona's season is threatening to implode with Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid looming after a nightmare week when they were knocked out of Europe and lost 1-0 at lowly Granada in La Liga. Saturday's defeat at Granada means La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who were also responsible for...
  • Arsenal beat holder Wigan to reach FA Cup final 13-04-2014 01:56 AM

    London: Arsenal avoided FA Cup embarrassment against second-tier club Wigan on Saturday, coming from behind against the holder and winning a penalty shootout to reach the final where the London club will be looking to end a nine-year trophy drought. After extra time ended 1-1, Arsenal's players scored all of...
  • Manavjit Sandhu pips Olympic champion to clinch gold at shotgun World Cup 12-04-2014 11:21 AM

    New Delhi: India's Manavjit Singh Sandhu produced some excellent shooting to clinch the men's trap gold medal ahead of two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, USA. The 37-year-old Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee shot scores of 121 and 13 in the qualification and...
  • Misbah most likely to retain captaincy till 2015 World Cup 12-04-2014 10:50 AM

    Karachi: Misbah-ul-Haq does not seem to be in danger of losing the captaincy of the national One-day team before the World Cup 2015 despite speculations about experienced allrounder, Shahid Afridi being a strong contender for this job. The sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that all rumours pertaining...
  • Mohammad Amir won't play in World Cup even if ban reduced 12-04-2014 08:04 AM

    Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will not be eligible for next year's World Cup even if he returns early to domestic cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi told a news conference in Lahore that under the amended anti-corruption laws of the International...
  • FA Cup triumph could launch new Arsenal era: Tomas Rosicky 11-04-2014 11:10 PM

    London: Winning this year's FA Cup would give Arsenal a taste for silverware again and could provide a launching pad for another era of success for the north London club, Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky said. Not one of Arsenal's current squad, Rosicky included, has ever won a trophy with the...
  • Wasim Akram wants boot camp for Pakistan World Cup hopes 11-04-2014 09:03 AM

    Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram on Thursday said players heading for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand should sweat it out at a boot camp to boost their chances of victory. Pakistan are in Group B of the World Cup alongside arch-rivals India, South Africa, the West...
  • Brazil will stage best World Cup, Blatter tells Rousseff 11-04-2014 08:29 AM

    Three stadiums and several airports are not ready, and other promised infrastructure has been shelved, but the 2014 World Cup will "be the most successful of all time", the head of FIFA told Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday. Rousseff said she spoke with Sepp Blatter on the phone for...
  • Afghanistan cricketers to train in Pakistan 10-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Afghanistan's fast-rising cricket team will train in Pakistan under the guidance of two former international captains as they prepare for their maiden World Cup appearance next year, their coach said on Thursday. Aamir Sohail will help the batsmen while Rashid Latif will help the wicket-keepers as the minnows begin tuning...
  • Fiorentina expects Rossi and Gomez back for Italian Cup final 10-04-2014 10:50 PM

    Fiorentina forwards Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez are expected to be back from injuries before the Italian Cup final on May 3, which would give both players the chance to be selected for their World Cup squads. Rossi re-injured his problematic right knee in January and Gomez hurt his left...
  • Arsenal need another quality FA Cup performance, says Wenger 10-04-2014 07:00 PM

    London: Arsenal must continue their fine form in the FA Cup if they are to beat current holders Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday. Arsenal have reached the last four for a record-equalling 27th time after impressive wins over Tottenham Hotspur,...
  • Jeev Milkha Singh in the fray for Asian Tour award 10-04-2014 06:36 PM

    Jakarta The Asian Team heroes of the EurAsia Cup, including Anirban Lahiri of India, will grace the Asian Tour Awards night here on April 22 while compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh is in the running for the Asian Tour's Player of the Decade award. The Asian Tour Awards night will honour...
  • Williams sisters will not face France in Fed Cup 10-04-2014 09:18 AM

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is too wiped out to play in the Fed Cup against France on April 19-20, US captain Mary Joe Fernandez said on Wednesday. "She is mentally and physically exhausted and needs a break, so bad timing for us, unfortunately," Fernandez said in a telephone interview. "But that...
  • Serena, Venus Williams not on US Fed Cup roster 09-04-2014 11:19 PM

    Serena and Venus Williams are not part of the Fed Cup roster submitted by US captain Mary Joe Fernandez for a World Group playoff against France on April 19-20. Instead, Fernandez's roster announced on Wednesday includes 18th-ranked Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57...
  • Mahesh Bhupathi says he's available for Davis Cup tie against Serbia 09-04-2014 08:33 PM

    Mumbai: Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday declared his availability for India's Davis Cup World Group play-off match at home against Serbia later in the year, saying that doubles rubber could be crucial against a strong opposition. "I am always available. I know the captain's (Anand Amritraj) talk about the...
  • FIFA releases official World Cup song 09-04-2014 05:34 PM

    Rio de Janeiro: Cuban-American rapper Pitbull joins Jennifer Lopez and Brazil's Claudia Leitte in the official World Cup football song released by the FIFA. The track, "We Are One (Ole, Ola)", featuring an acoustic guitar and an upbeat rhythm with lyrics promoting peace and unity, was released on Tuesday, reports...
  • Tough for Sandeep Singh to make World Cup cut: Sardar Singh 09-04-2014 05:23 PM

    New Delhi: Sardar Singh and Sandeep Singh are best of friends on and off the field but the current Indian captain said it will be a tall order for the out-of-favour drag-flicker to make it to the World Cup-bound squad. Sardar said it was heartening to witness healthy competition for...
  • Fed Cup semi: Stosur to lead Australia vs Germany 09-04-2014 05:21 PM

    Brisbane: Samantha Stosur will lead Australia in its Fed Cup semi-final against Germany beginning April 19 in Brisbane. Australia captain Alicia Molik said on Wednesday that Casey Dellacqua, Ashleigh Barty and Storm Sanders were also in the team for the two-day contest at Pat Rafter Arena. Australia and Germany have...
  • Roy Hodgson back in World Cup dugout after 20 years 09-04-2014 05:08 PM

    London: From being jeered out of Liverpool to managing England at the World Cup, Roy Hodgson has enjoyed the most gratifying of career turnarounds. England had only just been eliminated from the 2010 World Cup when Hodgson's Liverpool reign began. It was as stormy as it was short, and a...