CUP

  • Gurpreet Singh Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough for India Yesterday

    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday. The 23-year-old joined the former Norwegian champions on a three-year contract last year and is second choice goalkeeper...
  • Coach Nicolai Adam plans 4 exposure trips before 2017 U-17 football WC 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Newly appointed German coach Nicolai Adam said on Thursday that he plans at least four foreign exposure trips for the football team as part of preparations for the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup, to he hosted by the country. Addressing his first press conference after taking charge as head...
  • Aston Villa charged following fans' pitch invasion 4 days ago

    London: Aston Villa have been charged for failing to control their fans following a pitch invasion after the FA Cup quarter-final against West Bromwich Albion. "It is alleged that Villa failed to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch in relation to their sixth-round...
  • Hockey: Drew positives from Hawke's Bay Cup, says Ritu Rani 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Indian women's team captain Ritu Rani on Tuesday said that her squad drew a lot of positives from the recently concluded Hawke's Bay Cup and are already looking forward to the Hockey World League Semi-final slated in June. India finished seventh out of eight teams in Hastings, New Zealand....
  • Not ready for clay-court season yet, says Serena Williams 5 days ago

    Twice French Open champion Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup on Sunday had been a real "eye-opener" as the clay-court season gets into full swing. World number one Williams eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-6(3) 6-3 against the dogged Italian to take her career record over...
  • Qatar floats idea of housing 12,000 football fans on ships 5 days ago

    Doha: Qatar plans to accomodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said on Monday. The proposal for "floating hotels" is a revival of an idea which was initially rejected two years ago. However, Qatar is now seeking...
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the best ever: Sepp Blatter 5 days ago

    Moscow: Nothing will stop Russia from hosting the best World Cup in the tournament's history in 2018, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to one of the host venues Sochi on Monday. "I am a happy and proud president. I am proud that Russia is getting ready to host...
  • Sponsored: Wins, the analytics advantage in Cricket 5 days ago

    If cricket is religion in India, the World Cup is the ultimate test of its devotees' faith. Cricket is a game that has rules on and off the playing field. A match is seldom watched alone, in quiet solitude. The world and its uncle suddenly become connoisseurs and each has their...
  • Sponsored: Wins - the analytics advantage in Cricket 5 days ago

    If cricket is religion in India, the World Cup is the ultimate test of its devotees' faith. Cricket is a game that has rules on and off the playing field. A match is seldom watched alone, in quiet solitude. The world and its uncle suddenly become connoisseurs and each has their...
  • Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup 5 days ago

    Italy: Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. After all, the top-ranked player mostly limits her appearances in the team competition to her needs for Olympic qualification. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams...
  • Czech Republic beat France 3-1 in Fed Cup semi-final 6 days ago

    Ostrava: Defending champions Czech Republic beat France 3-1 to advance to the Fed Cup tennis final in the second day's game of the last four stage. World No.4 Petra Kvitova beat French player Caroline Garcia in straight sets of 6-4, 6-4 and got the winning point for the Czech team, while...
  • Davis Cup final may be played at neutral venue 6 days ago

    Sochi, Russia: The International Tennis Federation is considering playing future Davis Cup finals at a neutral venue. ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the idea is among several proposed changes to the competition, along with fifth-set tiebreakers to prevent marathon matches. "We are considering perhaps to...
  • Fed Cup: Martina Hingis loses again but Switzerland beat Poland 3-2 6 days ago

    Zielona: Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis lost both her singles matches but finished on the winning team as Switzerland beat Poland 3-2 on Sunday in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Swiss victory was sealed when Timea Bacsinszky and Victorija Golubic beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and Alicja Rosolska 2-6, 6-4,...
  • Liverpool lose FA Cup semifinal to Aston Villa 6 days ago

    London: Aston Villa came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 in the semifinals of the FA Cup on Sunday to clinch a title match next month against Arsenal. Though fighting to stay up in the Premier League, Villa was superior for most of the game at Wembley Stadium against a team...
  • Mohammad Nabi quits as Afghanistan captain 6 days ago

    Mohammad Nabi resigned as captain of Afghanistan on Sunday (April 19) following the team's 2015 World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand last month. Nabi said his lack of form was one of the primary reasons for stepping down. "I have served Afghanistan's national team as captain for more than...
  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead 6 days ago

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive...
  • Yaya Toure being made Manchester City scapegoat, says agent 6 days ago

    London: Yaya Toure is being made a scapegoat for Manchester City's poor season and underfire boss Manuel Pellegrini is a "weak manager", according to the Ivorian midfielder's agent Dimitri Seluk. Champions City have faded dramatically since the turn of the year, falling to fourth in the Premier League, and were knocked...
  • Indian women finish seventh in Hawke's Bay Cup hockey 6 days ago

    Hastings: The Indian women's hockey team defeated Japan 3-2 in the seventh-eighth position classification match to secure the seventh spot in the Hawke's Bay Cup tournament on Sunday. It was the team's second consecutive win against Japan, after beating them in a bronze medal match at the 17th Asian Games last...
  • Czech Republic lead 2-0 against France in Fed Cup semis 6 days ago

    Prague: The Czech Republic team led 2-0 over France with two singles wins in the first day's Fed Cup tennis semi-final. Lucie Safarova, ranked 13th in the world, rallied to beat Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, while World No.4 Petra Kvitova fend off Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday, reports...
  • Will do all I can to remain number one: Sania Mirza 1 week ago

    Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza says she would do all it takes to maintain her world number one ranking. "I wish I could tell the future. But, I can't. So, I am going to try and keep it (number one rank) as long as possible and do whatever I can,"...
  • Arsene Wenger's joy after 'lucky' Arsenal reach FA Cup final 1 week ago

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded luck played a big part in deciding Saturday's FA Cup semi-final after 120 minutes against a Reading outfit fuelled with "ready to die" resilience. Few predicted the Championship side would put up much of a fight on Wembley's wide pitch that seemed perfectly-suited to Arsenal's mesmeric...
  • Brazil's FIFA World Cup winner Paulo Cesar sells medal to buy cocaine 1 week ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Paulo Cesar, a member of Brazil's famed 1970 football World Cup winning team, has admitted he sold the gold medal to buy cocaine. The former Brazilian star said on Saturday he regretted selling the "precious medal", reports Xinhua. The 65-year-old Cesar, who had played for famous Brazilian clubs Botafogo,...
  • CSA denies interference in World Cup semifinal playing XI 1 week ago

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has categorically denied interfering in selection of the team's playing XI for the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand last month. An official CSA statement was sent out on Saturday (April 18) following a factual examination done by three independent directors of the board. Reports over possible instructions...
  • Aston Villa seek FA Cup glory against Liverpool 1 week ago

    Aston Villa, who have not won the FA Cup for nearly 60 years, face Liverpool in the semi-final on Sunday seeking a bit of glory in a season which has been marked by a desperate fight to retain their top-slight status. Villa have lost the last six FA Cup meetings between...
  • Arsenal return to FA Cup final with 2-1 win over Reading 1 week ago

    London: Alexis Sanchez sent Arsenal back into the FA Cup final, scoring his second goal of the semifinal in extra time Saturday to secure a 2-1 win over Reading at Wembley. Sanchez decided the game for the defending champions in the 105th minute thanks to a goalkeeping blunder, as he cut...
  • India beat Philippines, enter Fed Cup Group I 1 week ago

    Hyderabad: The Sania Mirza-led Indian women's tennis team came out with a gritty performance to beat Philippines 2-1 in the Fed Cup Group II Asia/Oceania promotional playoff final here on Saturday night to enter Group I, where they will play in 2016. In the all-important playoff, India won the first singles...
  • Serena Williams beats Camila Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy 1 week ago

    Italy: Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which...
  • Fed Cup: Svetlana Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany 1 week ago

    Sochi: Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-finals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets. Kuznetsova won 6-4, 6-4, taking advantage of erratic play by Goerges, who landed just 53 percent of her first serves and made 45 unforced errors against 27...
  • Hockey: India women go down 0-3 to US in Hawke's Bay Cup April 18, 2015

    Hastings: The Indian women's hockey team were once again drubbed by the US, losing 0-3 in the 5-8 position classification match of the Hawke's Bay Cup on Saturday. The US capitalised on their opportunities to bag a second win over India in the tournament, having beaten the Asian side 4-2 earlier...
  • Aaron Ramsey not giving up on Arsenal double hopes just yet April 18, 2015

    The prospect of Arsenal winning an FA Cup and Premier League double may be remote but, while it is still mathematically possible, midfielder Aaron Ramsey is not giving up hope. Ramsey secured a place in the club's history books when he scored the winner in last season's 3-2 FA Cup final...