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  • Roger Federer beats Novak Djokovic to defend his Dubai title 2 days ago

    Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss veteran's awesome serving bringing down the world number one. Federer went into the match with a 19-17 winning record against Djokovic although the Serb beat him in last year's Wimbledon final. The 33-year-old made...
  • Roger Federer trounces teenager Borna Coric in Dubai semi-finals 3 days ago

    Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 at the Dubai Championships on Friday to set up a potential final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic. Federer may have failed to win a grand slam title since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2012 but he remains a formidable competitor as...
  • Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic win; Andy Murray out of Dubai Open 3 days ago

    Dubai: World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-1, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships while Swiss ace Roger Federer needed only one set (6-1) against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who retired before the second set started here. However, the surprise of Thursday was Andy Murray's...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer enter Dubai open quarters 4 days ago

    Dubai: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and second seed Roger Federer have entered the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Top seed Djokovic clearly dominated Andrey Golubey from Kazakhstan before winning 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday, while World No. 2 Federer defeated Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, reports Xinhua. "Djoker" as...
  • Stephen Constantine announces 32-member probables for World Cup qualifier 5 days ago

    New Delhi: National football coach Stephen Constantine today announced the list of 32 probables for India's forthcoming home and away matches for the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nepal. The matches would be played on a home and away format and India first host...
  • Clubs to get no compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup : FIFA 5 days ago

    Soccer clubs will not be offered compensation for losing players to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke told reporters on Wednesday. The proposed dates for the event, over November and December, are set to be ratified by FIFA next month. They would cause a disruption...
  • FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022 6 days ago

    Doha: The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA...
  • Roger Federer hands out more punishment to Mikhail Youzhny 1 week ago

    Roger Federer eased to a 16th consecutive victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to begin his quest for a seventh title at the Dubai Championships on Monday. The Swiss world number two looked revitalised during a 6-3 6-1 stroll -- his first competitive match since a surprise third round defeat by Andreas...
  • I support South Africa in cricket, not India: Roger Federer 1 week ago

    Dubai: Roger Federer has apologised for getting caught up in the bitter rivalry between Indian and Pakistani cricket fans after he was pictured admiring the blue shirt of World Cup champions India in a marketing photo-shoot. The 17-time Grand Slam title winner shares the same sponsor as the Indian team and...
  • Roger Federer in the grip of India vs Pakistan fever February 15, 2015

    India recruited a superstar supporter for their World Cup clash against Pakistan on Sunday in the shape of tennis legend Roger Federer. The Swiss great, a winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, was pictured on his Facebook page admiring an Indian team shirt which he had unwrapped from a gift box. "Dressing...
  • Obama condemns 'outrageous murders' of Muslim students February 14, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama condemned the "brutal and outrageous murders" of three Muslim students in the state of North Carolina earlier this week and said that no one should be targeted for their looks or modes of worship. "No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted...
  • Government puts weight behind AIFF for hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup February 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The Government of India on Thursday pledged full support to All India Football Federation (AIFF) for hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and also urged the private sector to help in strengthening the existing football base in the country. At FICCI's 'Goal 2015', the 3rd International Convention...
  • Germany name Michael Kohlmann as Davis Cup captain February 12, 2015

    Frankfurt: The German Tennis Federation has picked former doubles player Michael Kohlmann as Davis Cup captain, with veteran Niki Pilic returning as adviser. Kohlmann replaces Carsten Arriens, who stepped down last week. Germany play France in the first round March 6-8 in Frankfurt. The 75-year-old Pilic won three Davis Cup titles with...
  • Novak Djokovic shows why he is king of the Australian Open February 1, 2015

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic may never win as many Wimbledon or US Open titles as Roger Federer or as many French Open championships as Rafael Nadal but when it comes to the Australian Open the Serbian reigns supreme. On Sunday, Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open crown, beating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4)...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal headline field for Indian Wells January 29, 2015

    Indian Wells: Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, giving the tournament the top three men's players in the world during its 40th anniversary in the Southern California desert. Among the other men's entries are the rest of the...
  • Philippe Streiff apologises to FIA after legal threat January 24, 2015

    Paris: Former Formula One driver Philippe Streiff has apologised to FIA president Jean Todt and medical head Gerard Saillant for comments he made about the investigation into Jules Bianchi's Japanese Grand Prix accident. Todt and Saillant had threatened legal action on Thursday for defamation.. "I let myself get carried away in front...
  • Roger Federer out of Australian Open, beaten by Andreas Seppi January 23, 2015

    Melbourne: For the first time in a dozen years, Roger Federer won't be featuring in the Australian Open semifinals after being beaten 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday in the third round by Andreas Seppi. The 17-time Grand Slam champion had never lost to Seppi in 10 previous meetings,...
  • Roger Federer overcomes sore hand to advance at Australian Open January 21, 2015

    Melbourne: The mystery affliction that affected a finger, or fingers, on Roger Federer's right hand had still not been solved more than an hour after he seen off a spirited performance from Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Swiss had just been blasted off the...
  • 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...