Cup

  • I will quit if Russia lose belief in me, says coach Fabio Capello 2 days ago

    Fabio Capello would quit as head coach of Russia if his employers and the squad lost belief in him, he told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday. Speaking at a news conference for the first time since Russia failed to progress from the group stages at the World Cup, the former England...
  • Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina coach: reports 3 days ago

    Alejandro Sabella, who steered Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit as national team coach, Argentine media reported on Tuesday. The reports said the 59-year-old Sabella, whose side lost the Maracana final to Germany 1-0 after extra time, had told Argentine FA president Julio Grondona that...
  • Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 in pre-season friendly 4 days ago

    Pittsburg: Stevan Jovetic scored twice to help Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 on Sunday in the International Champions Cup. Jovetic opened the scoring in the 11th minute, starting a run of four straight goals for Manchester City in their Pool B opener. His right-footed shot beat goalkeeper Ian Lawlor to...
  • Elena Svitolina beats Bojana Jovanovski to win Baku Cup title 5 days ago

    Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final on Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the...
  • Elina Svitolina, Bojana Jovanovski in Baku Cup final 5 days ago

    Defending champion Elina Svitolina advanced to the Baku Cup final after beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday. The Ukrainian looked in trouble in the final set after wasting a 3-1 lead to trail Schiavone 4-3. But she won the final three games. The second-seeded Svitolina, who saved eight...
  • FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup 6 days ago

    Geneva: FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Germany want the hosting rights reviewed because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. Political pressure on Russia increased Friday when the...
  • Maradona rips Argentina's World Cup performance 6 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Diego Maradona has slammed Argentina's second-place finish in the World Cup, saying the team "did not play at all." The former Argentina star, and coach of the national side four years ago in South Africa, said the team led by Lionel Messi should have been winning matches by three...
  • Defending champ Svitolina makes Baku semis 6 days ago

    Baku: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine moved her Baku Cup title defense into the semi-finals by dispatching Pauline Parmentier of France 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. Svitolina won her maiden title here last year, and became the only teenager to triumph on the WTA tour in 2013. She could yet repeat the feat,...
  • Top seed Sorana Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku 1 week ago

    Baku: Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday. Cirstea, who had won all four previous matches against Voegele, held serve only once. Her service game was woeful, while Voegele got away with making only...
  • Germany coach Joachim Loew to lead team to Euro 2016 July 23, 2014

    Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said on Wednesday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said he had needed to take some time following his side's 1-0 World Cup...
  • Sports Minister aks IOC to intervene on turban row July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday has asked the the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take up the issue of Indian basketball players being barred from wearing turban at the 5th FIBA Asia Cup held in China. Two Sikh players, Amritpal Singh and Amjyot Singh, were asked to remove...
  • Sikh players of India's basketball team forced to play without turbans July 23, 2014

    At the Asia Cup in China, Amritpal and Amjyot were forced to take off their turbans as FIBA rules don't permit any headgear. ...
  • India's Asia Cup performance is a milestone, says basketball coach July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: India basketball coach Scott Flemming has dubbed the country's performance in the recently held 5th FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China, as "a significant milestone for the national team". India, who finished seventh in the tournament, qualified for this year's tournament after winning the South Asian Basketball Association Championship...
  • Indian basketball team's Sikh players forced to remove turbans: report July 23, 2014

    According to a report in The Times of India, Sikh members of the Indian basketball team - which was part of the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China - were forced to remove their turbans before stepping on the court during the tournament. The team's two Sikh players - Amritpal...
  • New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning July 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instill "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time. The 50-year-old on Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil's failure to reach the World Cup final...
  • Bojana Jovanovski advances at Baku Cup July 22, 2014

    Fifth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia survived a scare against Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, winning 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Monday to advance to the second round of the Baku Cup. Mayr-Achleitner served for the match at 5-4 in the second set against Jovanovski, who won this WTA event in 2012. Also on Monday, Shahar...
  • Caroline Wozniacki defeats Roberta Vinci to win Istanbul Cup title July 20, 2014

    Istanbul: Caroline Wozniacki overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup final and clinch her first WTA title of the year. Top-seeded Wozniacki needed only 67 minutes against the 24th-ranked Italian at the hard-court Koza World of Sport Complex. Wozniacki won 76 percent of points on...
  • Top seed Wozniacki against Vinci in Istanbul final July 20, 2014

    Two months after the end of their engagement, Caroline Wozniacki could join former fiance Rory McIlroy in becoming a champion on Sunday. Wozniacki will play Roberta Vinci of Italy for the Istanbul Cup title after they reached the final as seeded, 1 and 2, on Saturday. While golfer McIlroy was building a...
  • Alejandro Sabella set to decide on Argentina future in midweek July 19, 2014

    With a September friendly looming for Argentina against their World Cup final conquerors Germany, coach Alejandro Sabella is aware of the urgency of a decision on his future. Sabella, whose side lost 1-0 after extra time to Germany in the Maracana final a week ago, told reporters on Friday he would...
  • I want to leave a mark in 2015 World Cup: Younis Khan July 19, 2014

    Karachi: Senior batsman Younis Khan is keen to leave an imprint in ODIs leading up to the World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Younis, who has won a recall to the one-day squad after bring ignored for nearly one year by the national selectors for this format said he...
  • Caroline Wozniacki through to Istanbul semi-finals July 19, 2014

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced to the semi-finals of the Istanbul Cup on Friday after being taken to three sets by eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Wozniacki, who served six aces and saved four of five break points, won 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. She was joined by second-seeded Roberta...
  • Messi, Ronaldo top online searches during World Cup July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: He may not have been able to deliver the World Cup to Argentina but Lionel Messi topped the google search results for forwards during the just-concluded event in Brazil along with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. "Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi may have not performed to the...
  • Vinci, Nara, Pliskova make Istanbul quarters July 18, 2014

    Istanbul: Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy advanced to the Istanbul Cup quarter-finals when Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing 6-3, 4-1 on Thursday. Vinci also beat Dulgheru last week in Bucharest en route to her first WTA final in a year. Vinci next faces sixth-seeded Kurumi...
  • Vicente del Bosque planning to stay on as Spain coach July 18, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he plans to lead the team into Euro 2016 and has the backing of the national federation despite their shock early exit at the World Cup last month. Del Bosque broke his silence over his future on Thursday by saying he intends to stay at...
  • World Cup 2014: Kramer was disoriented after blow to head, says referee July 17, 2014

    The World Cup final referee says Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer was disoriented and confused after taking a heavy blow to the head early in Sunday's match. Nicola Rizzoli told the Gazzetta dello Sport, "Shortly after the blow, Kramer came to me asking 'Ref, is this the final?' I thought he was...
  • FIFA rankings: Germany No.1 after World Cup triumph July 17, 2014

    Zurich: Germany have climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions. Argentina and the...
  • Wozniacki advances to Istanbul Cup quarter-finals July 17, 2014

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Karin Knapp of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Istanbul Cup on Wednesday. Kristina Mladenovic of France upset third-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-3 in the second round, while seventh-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia was ousted...
  • Barcelona director defends Luis Suarez over biting scandal July 16, 2014

    Barcelona: Barcelona sports director Andoni Zubizarreta defended new signing Luis Suarez over his World Cup biting scandal on Wednesday, saying that nobody was perfect. Suarez joined the Catalan club in a five-year-deal last week from Liverpool despite receiving a nine-match international ban and a four-month suspension from all football related activities...
  • Uruguay likely to host World Cup 2030 July 16, 2014

    London: Uruguay are favourites to host the FIFA World Cup 2030 despite the South American country's President Jose Mujica calling the FIFA hierarchy "old sons of b*****s". With Russia hosting the 2018 edition and Qatar 2022, the US has been earmarked for the 2026 World Cup, according to Daily Mail. However, since...
  • Wozniacki easily advances to second round in Istanbul July 16, 2014

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark easily advanced to the second round of the Istanbul Cup, defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday. Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy also won comfortably, beating Anna Tatishvili of the United States 6-2, 6-2 at the Koza World of Sport Complex. Ana Konjuh of...