Football

  • Mourinho lose first home league game as Chelsea stunned by Sunderland 1-2 20-04-2014 12:07 AM

    London: Chelsea suffered a major setback to their English Premier League title aspirations with a 2-1 home loss against last-place Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea missed the opportunity to dislodge Liverpool from top spot, and the Reds will have the chance to extend their lead to five points at Norwich on...
  • Gerardo Martino defends Lionel Messi, takes blame for Barca fall 19-04-2014 11:51 PM

    Spain: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi from criticism for his erratic play during three consecutive losses, while acknowledging he wasn't "satisfied" with his own coaching performance. In the past two weeks, Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, lost the Copa del Rey...
  • East bengal beat Pune FC 1-2 in I-League 19-04-2014 10:41 PM

    Missed chances and defensive errors cost Pune FC as they squandered a one-goal lead to go down 1-2 to East Bengal in an I-League Round 25 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex on Saturday. Winger Anthony D'Souza (39th minute) put Pune FC ahead in the first half before strikes...
  • Mario Balotelli leads AC Milan to 5th straight win in Serie A 19-04-2014 09:51 PM

    Rome: Mario Balotelli set a personal record with his 14th goal of the Serie A season and set up another score as AC Milan beat visiting Livorno 3-0 on Saturday for their fifth straight win. Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth...
  • Tottenham Hotspur beat Fulham 3-1 in Premier League 19-04-2014 09:18 PM

    London: Tottenham kept their small hopes of a top-four finish alive and dented Fulham's survival ambition with a 3-1 win over their London rival in the Premier League on Saturday. Spurs remained sixth in the standings but cut their deficit to fourth-place Arsenal to four points, though the Gunners have...
  • Barcelona lose Carles Puyol to injury for Athletic Bilbao game 19-04-2014 06:00 PM

    Barcelona's injury woes continue to mount as Carles Puyol has been ruled out of the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The club said Puyol, who had just been cleared to play before the Copa del Rey final earlier this week, will be unavailable after his troublesome right knee acted...
  • Liverpool trio on shortlist for PFA player of the year 19-04-2014 08:19 AM

    Liverpool: Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are on the shortlist for the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year award. Striking duo Suarez and Sturridge have scored 49 league goals between them this season, with Uruguay international Suarez leading the Premier League scoring charts...
  • Atletico Madrid close in on La Liga title with win over stubborn Elche 19-04-2014 08:13 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when a Miranda header and Diego Costa's late penalty secured an unconvincing 2-0 win for the leaders at home to Elche on Friday. David Villa had a penalty saved shortly after halftime at a raucous Calderon...
  • Everton game not about me, says David Moyes 18-04-2014 10:03 PM

    Manchester United manager David Moyes played down the significance of returning to his former club for the first time in Sunday's Premier League match against Everton. Moyes was in charge at Goodison Park for 11 years before joining United in July to take over from the retired Alex Ferguson. He...
  • Usain Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner 18-04-2014 03:43 PM

    Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed Gareth Bale's brilliant winner for Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona, saying it was the kind of goal any sprinter would be proud of. Wales winger Bale picked up the ball wide on the left on the halfway line five minutes...
  • Struggling Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao without Neymar and Alba 18-04-2014 11:45 AM

    Barcelona's defeat in the King's Cup final means La Liga is their only chance of major silverware and anything other than a home win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday would almost certainly end their dwindling title hopes. The 2-1 reverse to Real Madrid at Valencia's Mestalla stadium on Wednesday capped...
  • EPL: Luis Suarez out to torment struggling Norwich again 18-04-2014 11:19 AM

    London: It would be a brave gambler who wagered against Luis Suarez becoming the first Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a Premier League season when the leaders head to struggling Norwich City on Sunday. The Uruguayan has played a major role in taking Liverpool - two points clear...
  • Juventus on verge of third straight Serie A title 18-04-2014 11:13 AM

    Turin: On the verge of winning a third straight Serie A title, Juventus have two further objectives - winning their first major European trophy in nearly two decades and keeping hold of coach Antonio Conte. Juve host relegation-threatened Bologna on Easter Saturday (1630 GMT) having won all their 16 home...
  • Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho admits form slump 18-04-2014 10:14 AM

    Rio de Janeiro: Ronaldinho has admitted to performing below expectations as he strives to earn a Brazil recall for this year's World Cup. The 34-year-old has not played for the Selecao since April last year and is considered a rank outsider to make Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man World Cup squad...
  • Everton keeper Tim Howard extends contract until 2018 18-04-2014 09:06 AM

    London: Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep the United States international on Merseyside until 2018, the Premier League club said on Thursday. Howard, 35, joined Everton on loan from Manchester United in 2006 before signing permanently the following year and has gone on...
  • Barcelona's Neymar and Alba out for a month with injuries 17-04-2014 11:37 PM

    Barcelona: Barcelona will be without Neymar and Jordi Alba for the final month of the season after both were injured during the Copa del Rey final loss to Real Madrid on Wednesday. Both players will likely miss all five rounds remaining in the Spanish league, further hurting Barcelona's chances of...
  • Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer expects to be fit for Real semi-final 17-04-2014 10:48 PM

    Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expects to be fit to face Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg. Neuer was substituted at halftime in the 3-0 home defeat by Borussia Dortmund last Saturday with a calf muscle problem. "I feel fine and I have the feeling that I...
  • Future doesn't change with one defeat: Barcelona coach Martino 17-04-2014 08:56 PM

    FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino insisted on Thursday that his side's 1-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday did not mean he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid...
  • Bengaluru FC just a win away from I-League title 17-04-2014 07:09 PM

    Bangalore: Debutant Bengaluru Football Club can script history on Monday and clinch the I-League title if they get past Dempo SC at Margao in their penultimate fixture of the season. Ashley Westwood's side are currently on 41 points with two games left, and mathematically, three more points will hand them...
  • Liverpool fans need to stay calm for run-in, says Suarez 17-04-2014 04:57 PM

    Luis Suarez has told Liverpool fans to stay calm as the Premier League club attempts to overcome the pressure of the title run-in and clinch their first championship in 24 years. The Uruguayan striker, whose 29 league goals have underpinned Liverpool's challenge, admitted he cannot bring himself to follow the...
  • Szczesny eyes more ugly wins for Arsenal in battle for fourth spot 17-04-2014 11:54 AM

    Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is hopeful the team's previous experience of tight Premier League run-ins can help them scrape four more ugly victories and another season of Champions League football. The North London club's title challenge was smashed off course by a 6-0 humiliation at Chelsea last month and a...
  • Sturridge a doubt for Liverpool's trip to Norwich 17-04-2014 10:28 AM

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is an injury concern ahead of the English Premier League leaders' trip to Norwich City on Sunday because of a muscle strain. The England forward was forced from the field after 66 minutes of the 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday with what...
  • Barcelona facing first trophyless season in six years 17-04-2014 08:36 AM

    Barcelona: Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years. Coach Gerardo Martino, in his first term in charge at the Nou Camp, was defiant after...
  • 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...
  • Manchester City must win last five games to win EPL, says Pellegrini 17-04-2014 08:29 AM

    Manchester: Manchester City must win their last five Premier League matches if they are to be crowned champions, manager Manuel Pellegrini said after the damaging 2-2 home draw against bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday. City took the lead through Fernandinho's early strike but they struggled to hit top gear and...
  • Everton can still finish fourth, says coach Martinez 17-04-2014 08:25 AM

    Liverpool: Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident his side can finish fourth in the Premier League despite suffering a "hurtful" 3-2 defeat by Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday. After winning their last seven league matches, Everton's confidence should have been high, but they failed to get going against...
  • Manchester City title hopes in tatters after Sunderland draw 17-04-2014 08:18 AM

    Manchester: Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were dealt a crushing blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom club Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Everton suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat by mid-table Crystal Palace at Goodison Park to put a huge dent in...
  • Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey 17-04-2014 02:45 AM

    Valencia: Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday. Wales winger Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in...
  • Liverpool boosted by diagnosis of Daniel Sturridge injury 16-04-2014 10:03 PM

    Liverpool: Liverpool's Premier League title hopes have been boosted by a positive injury prognosis on striker Daniel Sturridge. The England international came off with a hamstring problem in the 66th minute of Sunday's 3-2 win over Manchester City but scans have revealed only a "small strain." Liverpool say Wednesday that...
  • Gus Poyet dismisses Sunderland exit rumours 16-04-2014 04:29 PM

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has dismissed speculation suggesting he is poised to leave the relegation-threatened club after telling reporters earlier this week that there was "something wrong" at the club. Sunderland are mired at the bottom of the Premier League on 25 points, seven adrift of 17th placed Norwich City...