Qualifiers

  • Sturridge won't be fit for England, says Rodgers Yesterday

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge won't be fit to play in England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia next week, according to his club manager Brendan Rodgers. He has not played since August due to a groin problem suffered in an England training session, which prompted an angry Rodgers to...
  • CLT20 Qualifiers: Calculators are out as Mumbai Indians face the Knights September 16, 2014

    It all boils down to the last two matches of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) qualifiers with all four teams mathematically still in the fray to go through to the main round. Lahore Lions take on Southern Express while Mumbai Indians face the unbeaten Northern Knights to culminate the qualifiers...
  • As it happened: Northern Knights vs Southern Express, CLT20, Qualifier 1 September 13, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Southern Express: The Sri Lankan club qualified for the CLT20 after winning the domestic T20 competiton (Super 4s T20) where they beat Udart Rulers in the final. The team, however, suffered a body blow when the influential Lasith Malinga chose to...
  • Portugal coach Bento pays the price of failure September 12, 2014

    Paulo Bento paid for Portugal's disappointing World Cup and calamitous start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Thursday when his contract was terminated by the FPF. A statement on the Portuguese football association's website confirmed the news most had been waiting for since Portugal suffered an embarrassing home defeat by...
  • Tactics not the problem, Netherlands coach says after Czech loss September 10, 2014

    Prague: An angry Guus Hiddink said the Dutch need to learn a lesson from the lastminute loss to the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier during which the coach surprisingly stuck to a formation unpopular with his team. The Czech Republic snatched a dramatic 21 win over the Netherlands...
  • Netherlands, Bosnia lose opening Euro qualifiers September 10, 2014

    London: The Netherlands had a disappointing start to qualifying for the European Championship and fellow World Cup team BosniaHerzegovina were stunned by Cyprus in Tuesday's biggest upset. Wales narrowly avoided a similar stumble at tiny Andorra, while Italy had a comfortable victory in Antonio Conte's first competitive game in charge. Here is...
  • Two own goals help Russia sweep past Liechtenstein September 9, 2014

    Moscow: Russia were helped by two own goals as they began their Euro 2016 Group G qualifying campaign with a 40 drubbing of Liechtenstein at the Arena Khimki on Monday. The first own goal came after four minutes, Sergei Ignashevich's free kick from long range taking a big deflection off Martin...
  • Spain, England open with wins in Euro qualifiers September 9, 2014

    London: Spain looked back to their old self in opening their European Championship qualifying campaign by running over Macedonia, while England took control of their group by beating biggest rival Switzerland on the road. Here is a look at Monday's qualifying games around Europe: GROUP C: Spain overcame a few nervous moments to...
  • Germany win, Portugal lose in Euro qualifiers September 8, 2014

    London: Two months after winning the World Cup, Germany opened their 2016 European Championship campaign with a 21 victory over Scotland on Sunday, while Portugal and Greece both slumped to defeats in their qualifying matches. Thomas Mueller scored both Germany's goals a difficult backward header in the 18th minute and...
  • England can't afford slow start, says Wayne Rooney September 6, 2014

    Wayne Rooney admits England can't afford a slow start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Switzerland on Monday. Roy Hodgson's team head to Basel desperately in need of a strong performance and result to erase the bitter taste of their miserable World Cup campaign. The road to the Euros in France...
  • Things to know about Euro 2016 qualifiers September 6, 2014

    Qualifying for the largestever European Championship should be a cruise for the continent's heavyweights. For once, though, the weaker nations aren't just there to make up the numbers. The Euros have been expanded from 16 to 24 teams for the 2016 tournament in France, with the top two countries from nine groups...
  • Daniel Sturridge ruled out of England qualifier September 6, 2014

    London: Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England's opening European Championship qualifier against Switzerland because of a thigh injury, further depleting coach Roy Hodgson's options for his team's toughest test in Group E. The Liverpool striker pulled up hurt during a training session on Friday and was withdrawn from the...
  • Spain, Chelsea striker Diego Costa injured September 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain striker Diego Costa has injured his left hamstring and will miss the country's first qualifier for the European Championship, the Spanish football federation said on Friday. The federation said in a statement that Costa underwent an MRI scan in Madrid after being injured in a 10 loss to France...
  • Injured Daniel Sturridge a doubt for England's Switzerland trip September 5, 2014

    London: England striker Daniel Sturridge is in doubt for the team's opening European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on Monday after getting hurt in training. The English Football Association says Sturridge, England's firstchoice central striker alongside Wayne Rooney, "felt an injury in training this morning and will go for a scan this...
  • Unfit Cristiano Ronaldo to miss Portugal Euro 2016 qualifier August 29, 2014

    Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo is unfit and will miss Portugal's opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against visiting Albania. Portugal coach Paulo Bento said Friday that the country's star forward, who has been playing for Real Madrid at the start of the Spanish league season, was ruled unfit to play in the Sept....
  • IPL 7, Qualifier 1: Form guide of Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders May 27, 2014

    The most consistent team of IPL 7 will be up against the most resilient side of the current edition when Kings XI Punjab locks horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Punjab have been the most outstanding team this season to...
  • IPL7 Qualifier 1: Consistent Kings XI Punjab take on buoyant Kolkata May 27, 2014

    Kolkata: The most consistent team of IPL 7 will be up against the most resilient side of the current edition when Kings XI Punjab locks horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the first qualifier of the IPL on Tuesday. Punjab have been the most outstanding team this season to finish top...
  • Eden Gardens to host first IPL7 qualifier on May 27 May 10, 2014

    Kolkata: The IPL Governing Council on Saturday decided to allot one of the two qualifiers to Kolkata's Eden Gardens, while one of the Eliminators to Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The decision was taken after TNCA (Tamil Nadu Cricket Association) wrote a letter to the IPL GC, expressing their inability to host...
  • Brabourne Stadium to host IPL Qualifier 2: Biswal May 7, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian Premier League Qualifier 2 on May 30 has been shifted to the Brabourne Stadium from the Wankhede Stadium, where there are some venue management issues ahead of the June 1 final too. "CCI will host the May 30 game," IPL Governing Council head Ranjib Biswal told PTI when...
  • Alonso delighted to qualify on second row at Malaysian GP March 29, 2014

    Fernando Alonso, a three times winner in Malaysia, was happy with fourth place on the starting grid on Saturday after steering his battered Ferrari through the rain. The double Formula One world champion, winner of 32 races in his career, felt fortunate just to be on the second row after...
  • World T20 Qualifiers: All-round Bangladesh thrash Nepal by 8 wickets March 18, 2014

    Chittagong: Hosts Bangladesh dished out a solid all-round display to register a convincing eight-wicket win over Nepal in a Group A qualifying match of the ICC World T20 here on Tuesday. Electing to bowl, the hosts restricted Nepal to 126 for 5, before chasing down the target with 27 balls to...
  • As it happened: World T20, Nepal vs Hong Kong March 16, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Toss: Hong Kong skipper Jamie Atkinson won the toss and opted to bowl against Nepal. Teams: Hong Kong: Waqas Barkat, Irfan Ahmed, James Atkinson(w/c), Babar Hayat, Mark Chapman, Nizakat Khan, Tanwir Afzal, Aizaz Khan, Najeeb Amar, Haseeb Amjad, Nadeem Ahmed Nepal: Subash Khakurel(w),...
  • Hamilton takes pole at Australian GP, Vettel 12th March 15, 2014

    Melbourne: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a rainy qualifying session on Saturday, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will start the race from 12th after being caught out by the wet conditions. Vettel was joined by fellow big-name drivers Kimi Raikkonen...
  • Minnows chase dreams as World Twenty20 kicks off with qualifying phase March 15, 2014

    Participation of the Associate nations in major ICC events has often triggered debates whether their presence takes the sheen off a contest, but step into their shoes and you realise how big an opportunity tournaments like the World Twenty20 present to these teams. But perhaps - in some corner, even...
  • Double bogey costs Gangjee a chance at British Open March 7, 2014

    Chonburi: Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee paid heavily for a double bogey on the back-nine as he missed out on a ticket to the prestigious British Open after finishing tied 15th in the the Asian Open Qualifying Series on Friday. Gangjee had moved to tied fourth after two birdies in the first...
  • Golfer Rahil Gangjee top Indian at British Open qualifying March 6, 2014

    Chonburi: It was a tough day for Indian hopefuls at the Open Qualifying Series-Thailand as Rahil Gangjee emerged as the best with one-under 71, on Thursday. Gangjee, who was placed tied 15th, is three behind the leader Hiroshi Iwata (68) of Japan at the end of the first round of the...
  • Anirban Lahiri eager to relive memories at Open qualifying series March 5, 2014

    Chonburi: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri returns for another stab at Major glory when the Open Qualifying Series-Thailand gets underway at the Amata Spring Country Club here on Thursday. The two-day qualifying will see leading professionals from around the world vie for four coveted spots to The Open Championship in July. Lahiri, who...
  • Scotland win ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament February 1, 2014

    Christchurch: Scotland captain Preston Mommsen made an unbeaten 139 on Saturday to set up a 41run win over the United Arab Emirates in the final of the International Cricket Council's World Cup qualifying tournament. Scotland made 285 for 5 batting first in Saturday's final and Swapnil Patel not out on 99...