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  • Australian Open: Federer, Nadal, Sharapova cruise; Ivanovic crashes out January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Big guns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova successfully blasted their way into the Australian Open second round on Monday but the Grand Slam dream of Ana Ivanovic was shattered. Second seed Federer, third seed Nadal and sixth seed Andy Murray all enjoyed straight sets wins, with rising stars...
  • 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...
  • Roger Federer wins opening match at Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Second-seeded and 17-time major champion Roger Federer defeated Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Monday in a first-round match at the Australian Open. Federer, wearing a neon yellow shirt which matched his shoes, won his 74th match in 85 starts at Melbourne Park, a record that has seen...
  • Australian Open preview: Novak Djokovic primed to reclaim Melbourne throne January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Last year's Australian Open kicked off the biggest shakeup in men's tennis for a decade but Novak Djokovic is primed to stave off the charge of 'Generation Next' and take back his throne at Melbourne Park. Stan Wawrinka holds the title and a band of young upstarts are determined to...
  • ISL, I-League merger not ruled out: AIFF January 17, 2015

    Bengaluru: All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das has not ruled out the merger of the franchise-based Indian Super League (ISL) and the club-centric I-League in a bid to follow the thumb rule of "one country, one league". Speaking to the media at the launch of the eighth I-League...
  • Andy Murray unfazed by 'extremely difficult' draw in Australian Open January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: The draw has done few favours for Andy Murray at Melbourne Park, but the Briton believes he has put in the off-season work to be rewarded at the Australian Open. Murray will be seeded sixth at the year's first grand slam starting on Monday, bunched on the same half of...
  • Older, wiser Roger Federer not sure if playing 'best' tennis January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Roger Federer doubts he is playing his 'best ever' tennis but is convinced that at 33, he is playing smarter and taking better care of himself as he looks to win a fifth Australian Open title. The Swiss was virtually untouchable from 2004-10 when he won 15 of his record...
  • Stephen Constantine appointed Indian football team head coach January 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Thursday confirmed the appointment of Stephen Constantine as the head coach of the national team. "Constantine will also be in charge of the India Under-23 national team. He is expected to take charge from the first week of February, 2015," AIFF said in...
  • 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...
  • Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer for Dubai tournament January 15, 2015

    Britain's Andy Murray will play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, the organisers of the February tournament said on Thursday. Murray will join a stellar field including world number one Novak Djokovic and 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer. The Scot, ranked six in the world, has had mixed fortunes in...
  • Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams top seeds in Australian Open January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: World No.1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were Wednesday installed as the top seeds of their respective draws for Australian Open Jan 19-Feb 1. Four-time Melbourne Park winner Djokovic, 27, will be looking to atone for a quarter-final exit at last year's event at the hands of eventual champion Stanislas...
  • Competitive spirit prevents 'Big 4' from mingling off-court: Djokovic January 14, 2015

    Belgrade: World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has spoken of his desire to spend more off-court time with his contemporaries but regrets that their competitive spirit comes in the way of his wish. "With some players I do (see them out of working hours) but unfortunately with the top players, some...
  • Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova gun for more Australian Open glory January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: Veterans Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova head into the opening Grand Slam of 2015 next week as the form players, but there is a heady mix of youth and experience snapping at their heels. Evergreen Swiss great Federer, 33, brought up a jaw-dropping 1,000th victory on Sunday by beating Canadian...
  • Virat Kohli meets Roger Federer, expresses awe January 12, 2015

    Sydney: His idol Sachin Tendulkar has often got clicked with Roger Federer during Wimbledon and on Monday it was the turn of Indian cricket team's batting maestro Virat Kohli to meet the Swiss tennis legend. "A Day i'll never forget. Greatness on and off the court. @rogerfederer Absolute legend," Kohli tweeted after...
  • Bengaluru FC bag maiden Federation Cup title January 11, 2015

    Margao: Bengaluru FC lifted their maiden Federation Cup football tournament title when they edged past 10-man Dempo FC 2-1 in the summit clash on Sunday. Sunil Chhetri (10th minute) and substitute Robin Singh (65th) scored for the winners while Tolgay Ozbey (45+4) pulled one back for the home team at Nehru...
  • Roger Federer notches 1,000th match win, claims Brisbane title January 11, 2015

    Roger Federer notched his 1,000th career victory and collected his 83rd title with a seesawing 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in the Brisbane International final on Sunday. The 17-time major winner broke Raonic's serve in the third game and again in the opening game of...
  • Roger Federer sets up meeting with Raonic in Brisbane final January 10, 2015

    Brisbane: Roger Federer moved to within one win of his 1,000 career victory when he crushed Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International. The Swiss maestro produced a masterclass display to brush aside his young challenger, dubbed "Baby Fed", 6-2 6-2 in just 53 minutes....
  • Milos Raonic edges Kei Nishikori to reach Brisbane International final January 10, 2015

    Brisbane: Milos Raonic fired 34 aces to grind out a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori on Saturday to reach the Brisbane International final. The third-seeded Raonic appeared to grow in confidence as the match progressed, earning three match points with an ace in the third...
  • Fed Cup: Bengaluru FC beat Sporting, set up title clash with Dempo January 9, 2015

    Margao: Bengaluru FC maintained their unbeaten run as they scored a convincing 3-0 win against Sporting Clube de Goa in the second semi-finals to set up a title clash with Dempo FC in the 36th Hero Federation Cup football, here on Friday. Bengaluru, who had more of the exchanges, scored through...
  • Fed Cup: Dempo beat Salgaocar FC, enter final January 9, 2015

    Margao: Dempo FC kept their unbeaten run intact as they scored in each half to beat Salgaocar FC 2-0 to enter the finals of the Federation Cup football tournament on Friday. Dempo, who dominated the match in both the sessions, scored through Francis Fernandes(11th) and Tolgay Ozbey(59th). They could have won by...
  • Roger Federer express shows no signs of slowing down January 9, 2015

    Roger Federer sent a reminder to the young guns of men's tennis that he is nowhere near close to riding quietly into the sunset when he romped to victory in just 39 minutes at the Brisbane International on Friday. The 33-year-old Swiss maestro produced a masterclass of shot-making as he thrashed...
  • Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut in Brisbane January 8, 2015

    Brisbane: Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday. What was expected to be a romp in the park for the Swiss maestro quickly turned into a...
  • Victorino's hattrick knocks out East Bengal in Federation Cup January 6, 2015

    Margao: Victorino Fernandes scored a hattrick to guide Sporting Clube de Goa to a 4-3 win over East Bengal and keep their hopes alive for a place in the semifinals from Group A of the Hero Federation Cup, here on Tuesday. Sporting, who came back strongly in the exciting second half,...
  • AIFF offers Stephen Constantine India men's football team coach's job January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Former Indian national men's football team coach Stephen Constantine was offered the top job for the second time by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday. The AIFF in a release said it took the decision based on the recommendations of its technical committee. Constantine was also offered...
  • Fed Cup: Dempo knock out Mumbai FC, qualify for semifinals January 5, 2015

    Margao: Dempo FC continued their unbeaten run and knocked Mumbai FC out of the tournament with a convincing 2-0 win and become the second team after Bengaluru FC to qualify for the semi-finals of the Federation Cup football tournament, here on Monday. Dempo, who dominated the match, scored through Clifford Miranda...
  • Chhetri's brace takes Bengaluru FC to Fed Cup semis January 5, 2015

    Vasco: Sunil Chhetri scored a brace for Bengaluru FC to sink Pune 2-1 as English coach Ashley Westwood's boys marched into the semi-finals of the Federation Cup at the Tilak Maidan here on Monday. Going into the Group B encounter, Bengaluru needed a stalemate to secure a place in the play-offs,...
  • Italy football chief plans to cut size of Serie A January 5, 2015

    Rome: Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio hopes a plan to reduce Serie A from 20 to 18 clubs is approved this year. Tavecchio tells RAI state radio, "If it's not done in 2015 then we'll have to make other evaluations." Tavecchio also wants to cut Serie B from 22 to 20...
  • Fit enough to win 18th Grand Slam: Roger Federer January 3, 2015

    Brisbane: Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer shot down concerns about his suspect fitness, saying he is charged up to win an elusive 18th Major at this month's Australian Open. The 33-year-old has arrived here to play the season-opening tournament Brisbane International, starting Sunday, with no back spasms complaints that troubled...
  • Roger Federer looks to have an easy start to 2015 in Brisbane opener January 3, 2015

    Roger Federer will ease into his new season with a match against either a wild-card entry or a qualifier at the Brisbane International next week. Federer, who arrived in Australia on Saturday, has a first-round bye in the Australian Open tune-up tournament. Then the 17-time Grand Slam champion will play the...
  • Mumbai FC hold East Bengal to a goalless draw in Federation Cup January 2, 2015

    Margao: Mumbai FC defended well to hold East Bengal to a goalless draw in a Group A league match of the 36th Hero Federation Cup football tournament here on Friday. With today's draw, both the team are on four points from three matches. Dempo are at the top with six points...