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  • It'll be tough to fix any World Cup 2015 matches: ICC chief 6 days ago

    The chief executive of cricket's governing body believes it will be tough for anyone outside the game to fix matches during next month's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. David Richardson also said on Tuesday that the International Cricket Council (ICC) would clamp down hard on bad behaviour in...
  • Injury scare for Bangladesh's Taijul Islam 1 week ago

    Mirpur: Bangladeshi left arm spinner Taijul Islam was struck on his bowling arm while batting in the nets on Monday. He was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment. According to team manager Khaled Mahmud, the reports did not show anything serious. "Taijul hurt his wrist while facing Shafiul Islam in the...
  • Eye injury could end Craig Kieswetter's career 1 week ago

    London: Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter's career could be over as a result of the eye injury he suffered in July, Somerset's director of cricket Matthew Maynard said on Monday. The England player damaged his eye socket when a ball smashed through his helmet grill, breaking his nose and injuring his cheekbone while...
  • Delhi turns into a fortress ahead of Obama's India visit 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Preparations are in full swing in Delhi to welcome US President Barack Obama as chief guest on Republic Day. However, security agencies are gearing up after Intelligence agencies warned of a Lashkar-e-Toiba attempt to infiltrate into India and stage a terror attack to mar Obama's visit. According to sources,...
  • Tiger Woods loses a tooth while celebrating Lindsey Vonn's victory 1 week ago

    Tiger Woods lost a front tooth after being hit in the face by a video camera while watching girlfriend Lindsey Vonn take a record 63rd World Cup Alpine ski win in Italy on Monday, according to his agent. The former world number one surprised Vonn when he turned up in the...
  • Saina Nehwal eyes title defence in Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Badminton January 19, 2015

    Lucknow: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will look to launch the new season with a bang when she starts her title defence at the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championship that gets underway with the qualifiers on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who won the title in 2009 and 2010 when...
  • FIH signs up for IOC's anti-betting measures January 19, 2015

    Lausanne: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has signed up to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS). As an intelligence sharing digital platform, IBIS will enable FIH and its 132 member national associations to access an extensive network of monitoring and data-sharing across sports, event owners and the...
  • Irina Shayk denies Cristiano Ronaldo's family caused split January 19, 2015

    Los Angeles: Russian model Irina Shayk has confirmed her split from star Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, but denied his family was to blame for their break-up. The 29-year-old model made her acting debut along side Dwayne Johnson in the 2014 film Hercules, and the Real Madrid superstar dated for five years,...
  • Stuart MacGill sues Cricket Australia for $2.6 million January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Former Test spin bowler Stuart MacGill is suing Cricket Australia for $1.6 million Australian dollars ($1.3 million). He claims he is owed in unpaid match payments and prize money. MacGill filed a writ in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Monday seeking $1,640,890 in match payments and prizes he says...
  • Jaipur International Film Fest: Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award January 19, 2015

    Jaipur: Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi is set to be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 5th Jaipur International Film Festival to be held here from February 1. Majidi is best known for his films like 'The Song of Sparrows', 'Children of Heaven', 'Baran', 'The Willow Tree' among others. Besides...
  • Indian tennis needs top class singles players: Tim Henman January 18, 2015

    Kolkata: The likes of Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri might be doing well in the circuit but that's not enough and Indian tennis needs some top class singles players to take the interest to a higher level, Britain's former No 1 Tim Henman said on Sunday. "The interest has always been...
  • Terry Walsh helped Indian hockey improve: Mark Knowles January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Mark Knowles, captain of reigning world hockey champions Australia, believes Terry Walsh's stint as chief coach helped India's performance improve remarkably. Under Walsh, India had one of their best seasons in the recent past in 2014. India won the Commonwealth Games silver, the Asian Games gold, beat Olympic champions...
  • Chris Broad reaches 250-ODI landmark as match referee January 18, 2015

    Dubai: Chris Broad become only the second member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC match referees to reach the 250-mark in One-Day Internationals when he took the field to officiate in the second ODI between South Africa and West Indies at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. Broad, a former...
  • Viktor Troicki crushes Mikhail Kukushkin to win Sydney title January 17, 2015

    Sydney: Serbian Viktor Troicki ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title on Saturday. The 28-year-old right-hander won the last four games of the first set and was 4-1 up in the second when Kukushkin took a medical timeout...
  • Rohan Bopanna-Daniel Nestor win Apia International tennis tournament January 17, 2015

    Sydney: Third seeded Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor won the Apia International tennis tournament here on Saturday, defeating the second seeded team of Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romanian Horia Tecau 6-4, 7-6 (5). The match was closely fought as both teams found it difficult to their opponents' serve...
  • Heather Watson wins Hobart International January 17, 2015

    Hobart: Britain's Heather Watson defeated American Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Hobart International title without dropping a set. The players traded service breaks early in the first set with wind gusts impacting the strength of serves. But Watson's powerful baseline play saw her prevail, giving her a...
  • Muhammad Ali released from the hospital for urinary infection January 17, 2015

    Boxing great Muhammad Ali was released from a hospital on Friday after treatment for a severe urinary tract infection, Ali's family spokesman Bob Gunnell said. Ali, who has Parkinson's disease, was released from the undisclosed hospital in time to celebrate his 73rd birthday on Saturday, Gunnell said. He had been admitted...
  • Evidence prompts rethink in Pakistan cricketers' case: report January 17, 2015

    London: Prosecutors are re-examining the criminal convictions of three Pakistan players jailed in 2011 over spot-fixing allegations, according to a report in Britain's The Guardian newspaper. The Guardian said the convictions in a London court of then Pakistan captain Salman Butt, paceman Mohammad Asif and swing bowler Mohammad Amir, were among...
  • PCB not happy with Ajmal for rushing ICC bowling action test January 16, 2015

    Karachi: Relations between suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are not very cordial these days after the senior player insisted on taking the ICC bowling test this month. Sources aware of the developments said the PCB was not in favor of Saeed rushing his official ICC bowling...
  • Sania Mirza, Mattek-Sands win Sydney doubles title January 16, 2015

    Sydney: Indo-American pair of Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated top-seeded Americans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's doubles title of the Sydney International tennis tournament here Friday. It was Sania's first doubles title of the season and 23rd of her career. The Indo-American duo needed...
  • Kvitova downs fellow Czech Pliskova to win Sydney title January 16, 2015

    Sydney: Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third grand slam title in triumphant style on Friday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6 7-6 to win the Sydney International title. The twice Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the first set but got back...
  • Pakistan cricket decoded: a chat with noted writer Osman Samiuddin January 16, 2015

    Noted Pakistani cricket writer, Osman Samiuddin, had a Q&A session on IBNLive.com Facebook page on his latest book, 'The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket'. He took questions on Pakistani cricket's past, present, and the future. Excerpts: IBNLive: You have quoted from some very rare, old cricket magazines -...
  • Kumar Sangakkara joins Surrey for 2015 season January 16, 2015

    London: English cricket county side Surrey, on Friday confirmed the signing of Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara. "He is a five-star player and person and that is important because he will be working with our homegrown players," Alec Stewart, director of the county club was quoted as saying by bbc.com on...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's brand worth 54 million euros January 16, 2015

    Madrid: Portuguese football phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo, also known as CR7 (initials with jersey number), appears bent on breaking every record. Following the announcement earlier this week that the famed footballer had won the sport's highest honour, the coveted Golden Ball, the value of his CR7 brand shot up to a cool...
  • Michael Clarke determined to play 2019 World Cup January 16, 2015

    Sydney: Injury-plagued Australian skipper Michael Clarke believes he can continue playing cricket as far as the 2019 World Cup. Clarke has been plagued with injuries over the past year and has battled to overcome chronic back and hamstring troubles, but insists that he still has a long way to go in...
  • Australia's Mark Knowles named FIH 2014 Player of the Year January 16, 2015

    Lausanne: The 30-year-old central defender Mark Knowles, who led the team to the 2014 World Cup title and Commonwealth Games gold, got maximum votes ahead of England's Ashley Jackson, team-mate Eddie Ockenden, and two Netherlands players Robbert Kemperman and skipper Robert van der Horst. India's PR Sreejesh and Akashdeep Singh were...
  • Saina, Marin to take part in Syed Modi GP Badminton Meet January 15, 2015

    Lucknow: Defending champion Saina Nehwal and current world champion Carolina Marin of Spain have confirmed their participation in the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship scheduled to start here on January 20. The two have been seeded first and second respectively in USD 120,000 event being organized by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association...
  • Mourinho named Portugal's 'Coach of the Century' January 15, 2015

    Lisbon: Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been awarded the title of 'Portugal's Coach of the Century' by the country's football federation. The 51-year-old coach was feted at a gala ceremony held as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Portuguese Football Federation on Wednesday. Mourinho has won two Champions...
  • Juan Martin del Potro loses in quarterfinals at Sydney International January 15, 2015

    Sydney: Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro was beaten in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International on Thursday, losing 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) to Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin. Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion returning from an 11-month injury layoff, needed a wild-card entry to get into the main draw...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo says his son is a Messi fan January 14, 2015

    Cristiano Ronaldo's son Cris junior is a Lionel Messi fan the boy's father said after they met up with the Argentina captain at the Ballon D'Or ceremony in Zurich on Monday. After Ronaldo was named 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, beating four-time winner Messi into second place, the two players had a...