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  • Roger Federer wins Istanbul Open in straight sets Yesterday

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer claimed his 85th title Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (11) win over Pablo Cuevas in the final of the Istanbul Open. The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off strong resistance from the third-seeded Uruguayan, who saved four match points. Federer, who claimed his first title on clay since...
  • Roger Federer beats Diego Schwarzman to advance to Istanbul Open final 2 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer rallied past Diego Schwarzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the Istanbul Open final after a near two-hour match on Saturday. Federer recovered from a sloppy start against the eighth-seeded Argentine to remain on course for an 85th title and third this year. The 17-time Grand Slam winner will...
  • Indian shot-putter Inderjeet Singh qualifies for Rio Olympics 2 days ago

    Mangaluru: World University Games silver medalist shot-putter Inderjeet Singh achieved the Olympic qualification mark with a throw of 20.65m on the second day of the 19th Federation Cup at Mangala Stadium, on Saturday. Defending champion Inderjeet from Harayana was just a shade away from the national mark of 20.69m, held by...
  • Roger Federer beats Daniel Gimeno-Traver to reach Istanbul semi-finals 3 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame some sloppy serving to beat unseeded Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 and reach the Istanbul Open semi-finals on Friday. Federer, who dropped his serve twice, missed seven chances to break Gimeno-Traver for a second time in the second set. But the Swiss...
  • AIFF chief Praful Patel elected AFC vice-president 4 days ago

    Manama: All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel was elected unopposed as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president, South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Region, at the AFC Congress on Thursday. The development gives India a significant representation in the AFC and Patel thanked all member associations for finding him "competent enough". "First...
  • Top-seeded Roger Federer advances to Istanbul Open quarter-finals 5 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer gave a demonstration of his service skills as he beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Istanbul Open clay-court tournament. Federer never faced a break point and won 93 percent of his first serves. He also served nine aces while...
  • Giraldo, Gimeno-Traver, Schwartzman reach Istanbul quarters 5 days ago

    Istanbul: Fourth-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia beat Russian Andrey Rublev 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural Istanbul Open on Wednesday, while Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver upset sixth-seeded Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-3 to set up a potential match against Roger Federer. The second-ranked Federer was playing his second-round...
  • FIDE president considers pushing chess into Winter Olympics 6 days ago

    Chengdu: International Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov hopes the game will be included in the Winter Olympic Games and believes it can fit in perfectly at the showpiece event. He said it has been about 20 years since FIDE applied to enter the Summer Games in vain which made them...
  • Ivan Dodig upsets Andreas Haider-Maurer to reach 2nd round in Istanbul 6 days ago

    Istanbul: Ivan Dodig of Croatia had nine aces as he beat fifth-seeded Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria 7-5, 6-3 to reach second round of the inaugural Istanbul Open on Tuesday. Dodig saved six of the seven break points he faced and broke Haider-Maurer's serve four times. In other matches, sixth-seeded Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin...
  • BWF report details Lee Chong Wei's negligence about doping 6 days ago

    For seven years, Lee Chong Wei, one of badminton's finest athletes, took cordyceps tablets from unmarked containers on the advice of a mysterious friend without any knowledge of how they were capsulated or stored. It was a risky practice, unheard of in most Olympic sports, that led to a positive test...
  • Roger Federer still fears 'difficult to beat' Rafael Nadal at French Open 1 week ago

    Istanbul: Switzerland's 17-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer said on Monday that he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star's troubled start to the clay court season. Federer, who took his sole French Open title in 2009, this week is...
  • India Under-14 girl footballers return from earthquake-hit Nepal April 26, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian Under-14 girls football team, left stranded in Kathmandu following fresh tremors on Sunday, have returned home safely aboard a military aircraft. "The U-14 Girl's Team has landed safely in New Delhi. Everyone stays safe," the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted. Fresh tremors on Sunday delayed the evacuation...
  • India Under-14 football girls stranded at Kathmandu April 26, 2015

    Kathmandu: Fresh tremors on Sunday have delayed the evacuation of the Indian Under-14 girls football team from the earthquake-affected Nepal capital. An aircraft that was to bring the stranded team back to the country was scheduled to leave the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 12.30 pm, an All India Football...
  • Indian motor sports gets government recognition at last April 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian government has finally recognised motor sports as a sport by including governing body FMSCI in the list of sports ministry-backed National Sports Federations (NSF). The development comes at a rather quiet period for Indian motorsports and at a time when efforts are being made to bring Formula...
  • Sports ministry issues new guidelines to federations for conduct of events April 23, 2015

    New Delhi: In the wake of poor management of National Para Athletics championships, the Sports Ministry has instructed all the National Sports Federations (NSFs) to draw the calendar of their events well in advance for the smooth and efficient hosting of the tournaments. "The primary responsibility for organising the events rests...
  • Drone Found on Roof of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Office April 22, 2015

    Tokyo: A small drone was found on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office on Wednesday, apparently having been flown there, local media said. Staff at the official residence known as "the Kantei" discovered the 50-centimetre craft on top of the five-storey structure in central Tokyo around mid-morning, major broadcasters...
  • AIFF signs agreement with German football Association April 21, 2015

    Goa: Close on the heels of having signed a MOU with the Japan Football Association, All India Football Federation entered into another significant partnership with German Football Association (DFB) on Tuesday. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das signed on the dotted lines with Markus Weidner, Director Coach Education and International Relationship, DFB. The...
  • Davis Cup final may be played at neutral venue April 20, 2015

    Sochi, Russia: The International Tennis Federation is considering playing future Davis Cup finals at a neutral venue. ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the idea is among several proposed changes to the competition, along with fifth-set tiebreakers to prevent marathon matches. "We are considering perhaps to...
  • WFI selected 48 grapplers for international championships April 19, 2015

    Hisar: Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has selected 48 grapplers, including 16 women, to represent the country at the senior Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha from May 5-10 and the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Toronto from June 5-7. The tournaments will include both freestyle and grecoroman categories. According to a WFI spokesman...
  • Jet Airways plans to take back two Boeing 777s from Etihad April 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Jet Airways, which plans to enhance its services on the US routes, may ask its strategic investment partner Etihad to return two of its Boeing-777 planes which are currently on lease with the Gulf-based carrier. The private carrier has leased out seven wide-bodied planes to Etihad, which holds 24...
  • Roger Federer loses in 3rd round at Monte Carlo Masters April 16, 2015

    Monaco: Gael Monfils defeated second-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6 (5) Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. This was Monfils's second consecutive win on clay over the 17-time Grand Slam champion after he beat him in straight sets during last year's Davis Cup final. Federer, who played his first...
  • Small helicopter lands on US Capitol grounds, pilot arrested April 16, 2015

    Washington: A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the US Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted airspace and causing a security scare. Doug Hughes, 61, a US Postal Service mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, has been jailed and is facing undisclosed...
  • Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer bulldoze into Monte Carlo last 16 April 15, 2015

    Monte Carlo: Rafa Nadal returned to one of his favourite hunting grounds to thrash Frenchman Lucas Pouille at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday as his build-up to the French Open began. The Spaniard, who will be looking for a 10th Roland Garros title next month, enjoyed a 6-2 6-1 second-round...
  • Sharapova pulls out of Fed Cup semi-final with leg injury April 14, 2015

    Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia's Fed Cup semi-final against Germany in Sochi this weekend with a leg injury, the Russian Tennis Federation said on Tuesday. "I was really looking forward to playing in Sochi and taking part in the Fed Cup," the world number two told the Russian...
  • Stephen Constantine back to wake up 'sleeping giant' India April 13, 2015

    Stephen Constantine has first hand knowledge of how difficult it is to wake up India from its soccer slumber but the Englishman insists he can make a difference at his second attempt or he would not have accepted the offer. India rank a dismal 147 in the latest rankings, reflecting soccer's...
  • AFI to mull over lucrative franchise-based league April 10, 2015

    New Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India is likely to take a decision on owning a commercial property which will organise a franchise-based athletics league in the country in a bid to make the sport lucrative and raise its profile. It is learnt that a company associated with a businessman involved...
  • Athletics Federation of India to mull over lucrative franchise-based league April 10, 2015

    New Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India is likely to take a decision on owning a commercial property which will organise a franchise-based athletics league in the country in a bid to make the sport lucrative and raise its profile. It is learnt that a company associated with a businessman involved...
  • Bhutan leap 46 places in FIFA rankings, India 147th April 9, 2015

    Bhutan jumped 46 places from the foot of the FIFA rankings to 163rd on Thursday after recording their first ever World Cup qualifying victories. The Himalayan nation beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in Colombo and 2-1 in Thimphu last month to advance to the second round of Asian qualifying and, after reaching...
  • Saina Nehwal drops to World No. 2 April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: After reaching a career-high of World No. 1 in women's singles, Saina Nehwal dropped to No. 2 in the revised Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings on Thursday as reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui re-took the top spot. The Hyderabadi had become the first Indian woman to reach No. 1...
  • Pakistan Hockey Federation turns down Hockey India's offer April 6, 2015

    Karachi: The cash-strapped Pakistan Hockey Federation has turned down Hockey India's offer for financial aid after it evoked strong reactions from a cabinet minister and former players. "We cannot accept this offer from Hockey India despite their polite gesture as this is purely an internal matter of the Pakistan Hockey Federation,"...