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  • Sunil Narine, Andre Russell choose CLT20 over Tests 18 hours 19 minutes ago

    St. John's: Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has once again chosen the Twenty20 format over Test cricket after opting out of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at home. Narine was a notable omission from the 13-man squad announced by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Friday for the first Test at...
  • Rohit set to miss CLT20, Pollard front-runner to lead Mumbai Indians Yesterday

    New Delhi: Star batsman Rohit Sharma's finger fracture is not only a blow to the Indian team but a big setback for Mumbai Indians as well, who will be playing in the qualifiers of the Champions League T20 starting September 13, in Raipur. With Rohit sustaining a fractured middle finger during...
  • Shakib Al Hasan can't play for KKR in CLT20 despite ban reduction 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Bangladesh's star allrounder Shakib al-Hasan wouldn't be able to play in the upcoming Champions League T20 for the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders even though the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has reduced his ban. While Shakib is free to play competitive cricket from September 15, BCB's ban on NOCs...
  • Champions League draw: Real Madrid get Liverpool; Bayern, City in same group 2 days ago

    Monaco: Real Madrid will start their Champions League campaign against five-time winner Liverpool, FC Basel and Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad. The 10-time champions, aiming to become the first team to defend the title in 25 years, were drawn into Group B on Thursday. Barcelona and Ajax, both former clubs of Zlatan Ibrahimovic,...
  • Champions League: Athletic Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again 3 days ago

    Athletic Bilbao took advantage of shambolic defending to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years, leaving the Italians counting the cost of their premature exit. Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home...
  • PCB confident of Lahore Lions' participation in CLT20 3 days ago

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Wednesday it was confident that the Lahore Lions team would get clearance from the Indian government to participate in the forthcoming Champions League in India. A official aware of the developments said that until now the BCCI had not contacted the PCB on the...
  • Celtic slammed after second Champions League exit 3 days ago

    Former Celtic players accused the club of refusing to invest sufficiently in the squad after the Scottish champions wasted a Champions League reprieve by crashing out of the competition in the play-off round. Having been beaten 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the previous qualifying round, Celtic were reinstated in...
  • Daniel Vettori to miss Champions League T20 due to personal reasons 5 days ago

    Wellington: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has decided to pull out from the upcoming Champions League T20 due to some "personal issues". Left-arm spinner Vettori was expected to play for the Northern Districts (Northern Knights) in the qualifying stages of the tournament along with Mumbai Indians, South Express and Lahore...
  • CLT20 2014: Complete squads of all the teams 5 days ago

    New Delhi: All the players named by more than two teams for the Champions League Twenty20, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and West Indian dasher Kieron Pollard, have opted for their IPL franchises instead of their domestic teams. "Eight players scheduled to take part in the competition were in high...
  • Recovering Zaheer Khan may not feature in CLT20 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Veteran seamer Zaheer Khan feels India would struggle to make an impact overseas unless the batsmen raised their game and notch up big scores consistently. India's woeful run of form away from home continued as they were blanked 3-1 by England in the recently-concluded Tests series, with two matches...
  • Daniel Vettori to play in Champions League 5 days ago

    Wellington: Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will play for Northern Districts province at next month's Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in India. The 35-year-old Vettori, who played the most-recent of his 112 tests for New Zealand two years ago, became available when his Jamaican side was eliminated from contention in...
  • Ten European Cups in hand, Real Madrid aim to win La Liga this season August 21, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid are set to place an even greater emphasis on winning the Spanish league title after ending their quest for an elusive 10th European Cup last season. For 12 straight years, Madrid's coaches and players had been tasked with winning another Champions League title, a mission that had grown...
  • Champions League: Zenit, Porto close in on group stage with away wins August 21, 2014

    Zenit St Petersburg and Porto both put a foot in the Champions League group stage with 1-0 away wins in the first leg of their respective playoff ties on Wednesday. Oleg Shatov's first-half goal gave Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit a 1-0 win at Standard Liege and a second-half effort from Hector Herrera...
  • Champions League play-off: Ramsey sees red as Arsenal held to a draw at Besiktas August 20, 2014

    London: Arsenal held on with 10 men to draw 0-0 at Besiktas in the Champions League playoff round on Tuesday, while Bayer Leverkusen are better placed to reach the group stage after winning 3-2 at FC Copenhagen. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was sent off with 10 minutes left in the first...
  • Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs out for three weeks August 19, 2014

    Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs will miss both legs of the Champions League playoff against Besiktas after being ruled out for up three weeks with a hamstring injury. The left back was hurt in Saturday's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace, Arsenal's opening match of the Premier League season. Nacho Monreal will likely...
  • Neuer, Ronaldo, Robben on UEFA award shortlist August 14, 2014

    Nyon, Switzerland: World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Champions League-winning forward Cristiano Ronaldo are in a three-player contest to win UEFA's best player in Europe award. Arjen Robben, who helped the Netherlands and Bayern Munich reach both major competition semifinals, completes the shortlist announced on Thursday. UEFA says they topped a poll...
  • I am preparing at my academy for the CLT20, says Virender Sehwag 5 days ago

    Discarded India opener Virender Sehwag says he wants to carry forward his good form from the last edition of Indian Premier League to the upcoming Champions League T20 which will be held in just over a month from now. "I hope to do well (in the Champions League). I have started...
  • Champions League playoffs: Arsenal to face Besiktas, Celtic back in August 8, 2014

    Nyon: In a last-minute switch, UEFA reinstated Celtic to the Champions League playoffs on Friday after qualifying-round opponent Legia Warsaw were punished for fielding an ineligible player as a late substitute. Legia, who had eased past Celtic 6-1 on aggregate, is weighing an urgent appeal before playoff matches kick off Aug....
  • Celtic back in Champions League after Warsaw thrown out August 8, 2014

    Legia Warsaw were thrown out of the Champions League by UEFA on Friday after fielding an ineligible player during the second leg of their qualifying tie against Celtic on Wednesday. Unregistered defender Bartosz Bereszynski came on as a substitute with three minutes remaining in Legia's 2-0 win which sealed a 6-1...
  • Arsenal, Porto head Champions League playoffs draw August 7, 2014

    Geneva: Arsenal and Porto are among the big clubs that will enter the Champions League qualifying campaign when the draw for the last-round playoffs is held Friday. Arsenal, chasing a 17th straight group-stage campaign, and two-time European champion Porto are the highest-ranked teams in the 20-team draw. They are seeded with Zenit...
  • Manchester United beat Liverpool to win International Champions Cup August 5, 2014

    It's only a preseason tournament, and the trophy isn't exactly steeped in soccer history. None of that mattered to Manchester United. Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored two minutes apart in a second-half flurry, Jesse Lingard added an insurance goal in the final minutes and Manchester United rallied to beat longtime rival...
  • Manchester United defenders impress new coach Louis van Gaal August 3, 2014

    Manchester United defenders have impressed new coach Louis van Gaal in their unbeaten pre-season tour with the Dutchman lauding the backline for adapting well to the new formation he has introduced since arriving at the club last month. United defeated European champions Real Madrid 3-1 in the International Champions Cup match...
  • Manchester United beat Real Madrid to advance to International Champions Cup final August 3, 2014

    The largest crowd to watch a soccer match in the United States - 109,318 - poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly. The appeal of two of the world's most iconic sports teams attracted fans to the International Champions Cup match...
  • Kings XI Punjab's Sandeep Sharma to miss Champions League Twenty20 July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Talented medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, who was one of the star performers for Kings XI Punjab in IPL-7, is set to miss the Champions League Twenty20 due to an injury that will keep him out of action till December. Sandeep grabbed the limelight this year by taking 18 wickets...
  • Lasith Malinga opts for Mumbai Indians over Sri Lankan team in CLT20 July 29, 2014

    Colombo: Lasith Malinga has chosen Mumbai Indians over his Sri Lankan side, Southern Express in the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament, scheduled to be played in September. Nishantha Ranatunga, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Secretary said that the pacer had a talk with the officials and had conveyed his wish to...
  • Manchester City beat AC Milan 5-1 in pre-season friendly July 28, 2014

    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...
  • KKR to play CSK in 2014 Champions League Twenty20 opener July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will play Chennai Super Kings in the inaugural match of this year's Champions League Twenty20 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on September 17. The sixth edition of the Twenty20 tournament will be held in four Indian cities -- Hyderabad,...
  • Priyanka Chopra on playing the sports icon in the film 'Mary Kom' July 24, 2014

    The first trailer of the film 'Mary Kom' was unveiled in Mumbai on Wednesday. The film unfolds the life journey of Indian boxing champion Mary Kom. The film's leading lady Priyanka Chopra talks about her playing the sports icon on the big screen. ...
  • Shakhtar move Champions League games away from Donetsk July 23, 2014

    Kiev: Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from the Ukraine's strife-torn east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed. The Ukraine champions were forced to move from Donetsk, a major industrial city in the East which...
  • Lahore Lions to represent Pakistan at Champions League Twenty20 July 19, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that a star studded Lahore Lions led by Mohammad Hafeez will represent Pakistan in the forthcoming Champions League Twenty20 tournament to be held in September. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has formally invited us and Lahore Lions by virtue of...