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  • Roger Federer beats Sam Groth to reach the third round at US Open 4 hours 17 minutes ago

    New York: Roger Federer produced one particularly brilliant backhand lob that he celebrated by wagging a finger overhead during a straight-set second-round victory at the US Open. The second-seeded Federer beat 104th-ranked Sam Groth of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Friday, improving to 24-1 for his career in night matches held in...
  • FIBA delays decision to lift ban on turbans 16 hours 53 minutes ago

    Washington: The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has decided to delay the review of its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, drawing sharp reactions from top American lawmakers and Sikh bodies which described it as "outdated". "Every day FIBA delays is another day that Sikhs can't play. Allowing Sikhs...
  • Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova take centre stage but eyes on Venus Williams Yesterday

    Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will take centre stage at the US Open on Friday but Flushing Meadows is slowly turning into a Williams family affair with the sisters eager to add to their grand slam collections. With seven US Open singles titles between them, Venus and Serena have both set...
  • Hockey scene in India better than Pakistan: PHF secretary Yesterday

    Karachi: Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Rana Mujahid is "frustrated" that the national sport is struggling to lure sponsors due to lack of international success in recent years and felt the scene was much better in India. "We feel frustrated ourselves as sponsors are reluctant to invest in a sport which has...
  • Michael Jordan joins Federer fan club at US Open 2 days ago

    New York: Michael Jordan was a special guest in Roger Federer's courtside box at the US Open on Tuesday night, the rare spectacle of an all-time great in one sport cheering on an all-time great from another. "I know nothing about tennis," Jordan said in an interview with ESPN, adding that...
  • Federer beats Matosevic to enter second round of US Open 3 days ago

    New York: Roger Federer launched his bid for an 18th grand slam title with a workmanlike 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Marinko Matosevic to ease into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday. A five-time US Open champion, Federer never appeared threatened by Matosevic but the 76th ranked...
  • Atletico's Diego Simeone handed eight-match ban for Super Cup fracas 4 days ago

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was handed an eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday following his dismissal and angry reaction in the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid last Friday. The Argentine was sanctioned with four games for slapping the fourth official on the back of...
  • Roger Federer's confidence soaring before US Open 6 days ago

    New York: The question made Roger Federer smile. Nothing particularly amusing about asking how he adjusts from playing mostly night matches in the US Open's early rounds to the daytime starts at the end. But the assumption behind the query was cause for delight. "It's perfect that we're talking semis and...
  • US Open 2014: What to watch at year's last Grand Slam 1 week ago

    Heading into the US Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open. Nowadays, there seems to be a growing sense - or hope, maybe - among the best of the rest...
  • Roger Federer could win numbers game at US Open August 22, 2014

    Roger Federer achieved tennis greatness with an intoxicating blend of athleticism, artistry and unflinching nerve. Yet for all his fluid genius, the measure of a career often boils down to cold numbers. Seventeen grand slam singles titles, three more than any man who has played the game, have been won by...
  • Novak Djokovic still favourite for US Open, says John McEnroe August 21, 2014

    Roger Federer is the form player going into next week's US Open but Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the title for a second time, according to former champion John McEnroe. Federer, who reigned supreme at Flushing Meadows with five consecutive titles from 2004, won the Cincinnati title last week on...
  • FIFA rejects Barcelona appeal against transfer ban August 20, 2014

    Zurich: Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters. The Spanish giants will now ask sport's highest court to overturn the punishment, which resulted from the signing of 10 players under...
  • Novak Djokovic the top seed for US Open, Roger Federer second August 19, 2014

    Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been seeded number one for the US Open with five times winner Roger Federer seeded second, the United States Tennis Association announced on Tuesday. Should both players reach the final of the year's last grand slam tournament, they would compete in a mouth-watering re-match of...
  • End ban on Sikh basketball players with turbans: US lawmakers August 19, 2014

    Washington: A coalition of US lawmakers on Tuesday urged the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to end its discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans, an important article of their faith. In a letter to FIBA president Yvan Mainini, 21 Congress members led by Democrat Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American...
  • Resurgent Federer books ATP World Tour Finals berth August 18, 2014

    A resurgent Roger Federer has qualified for a record 13th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals in comfortable fashion, in marked contrast to 2013 when he squeezed in the week before the end-of-season tournament in London. Federer, 33, claimed his sixth Western and Southern Open title in Cincinnati on Sunday with victory...
  • Roger Federer, Serena Williams win at Cincinnati Open August 18, 2014

    Mason: By now, everyone knows Roger Federer's itinerary for Cincinnati: Get his game in order, raise the winner's trophy, leave town with a lot of confidence for the US Open. Might as well rename it the Federer Cup. Federer won his unprecedented sixth title in Cincinnati on Sunday, beating David Ferrer 6-3,...
  • Roger Federer, Serena Williams advance to Cincinnati semi-finals August 16, 2014

    Roger Federer still has his touch in Cincinnati. The Swiss star beat Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5 on Friday night to advance to the semi-finals in the Western & Southern Open, a tournament he has won an unprecedented five times. He'll face Canada's Milos Raonic. The second-seeded Federer was on the offensive from...
  • Novak Djokovic upset by Robredo at Cincinnati Open August 15, 2014

    Mason: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, while second-seeded Roger Federer narrowly avoided an upset in the round of 16. Tommy Robredo beat Djokovic, 7-6 (6), 7-5 before Federer escaped with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Gael Monfils in the night session. Andy Murray...
  • Indian Women recurve Archery team ranked No 3 in FITA August 14, 2014

    Kolkata: Buoyed by their gold medal win in the Archery World Cup Stage IV, Indian women's recurve team has climbed four places to be at number three position in FITA world rankings. Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist and former world No 1, Deepika Kumari, who bagged two bronze and a gold...
  • Roger Federer passes tough test to reach last 16 in Cincinnati August 14, 2014

    Roger Federer survived an opening-match fright by outlasting Canada's Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (4) 5-7 6-2 on Wednesday to claim his 300th Masters Series win and reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Back in action after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Rogers...
  • Djokovic trying for elusive Cincinnati title August 11, 2014

    Mason, Ohio: Novak Djokovic gets another chance at the one that keeps getting away. Four times, the world's No. 1 player has reached the final of the Western & Southern Open. He's finished as the runner-up all four times in the only Masters tournament where he has never gotten to raise...
  • Tsonga beats Federer to lift Rogers Cup August 11, 2014

    Toronto: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) for his fourth straight victory over a higher-seeded opponent. The 13th-seeded Frenchman won his first ATP Tour title of the season and 11th overall. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on...
  • Federer cruises into Rogers final, to meet Tsonga August 10, 2014

    Toronto: Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title. Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight upset...
  • Roger Federer, Feliciano Lopez advance to Rogers Cup semis August 9, 2014

    Toronto: Second-seeded Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez reached the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup with hard-fought victories in their quarter-finals matches. It's icing on the cake for Federer, who earned his fourth birthday win by 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 against Ferrer in a one-hour 41-minute match Friday, reports Xinhua. Besides getting to advance...
  • Tsonga upsets Andy Murray to reach Toronto semi-final August 9, 2014

    Toronto: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Rogers Cup semi-finals with a second straight upset victory. The 13th-seeded Frenchman beat eighth-seeded Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 on Friday. On Thursday, Tsonga upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2. "I don't have a lot of confidence behind me," Tsonga said. "I try to be consistent in...
  • ITF rules out Israel as Davis Cup venue August 8, 2014

    London: Israel's Davis Cup match against Argentina next month is being moved out of the country because of the conflict in Gaza. The September 12-14 World Group playoff will not go ahead as scheduled in Tel Aviv "due to concerns arising from the military conflict between Israel and Hamas," the International...
  • Roger Federer advances at Rogers Cup August 6, 2014

    Toronto: Roger Federer cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over wild card Peter Polansky in the second round of the Rogers Cup, while Stan Wawrinka, Ernests Gulbis and Richard Gasquet also advanced in the US Open warm up on Tuesday. Federer needed just 52 minutes to eliminate Canada's Polansky, who beat...
  • Tests show Nadal recovery from wrist injury on track August 5, 2014

    Rafa Nadal's recovery from a wrist injury that ruled him out of two US Open tune-up events is on track, the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said on Tuesday after the world number two underwent tests. Nadal sustained the injury during practice late last month and the 28-year-old Majorcan left-hander has been...
  • Navjeet clinches bronze at IAAF World Junior Championships July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon became only the second Indian to grab a medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships after setting a new personal best to clinch a bronze in Eugene, USA. The 19-year-old covered an impressive 56.36m with her throw at the Hayward Field last night in...
  • Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on US flights to Israel July 24, 2014

    Washington: The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on US flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The agency made its decision late on Wednesday after working with other US government entities to assess the security situation...