Football

  • Cristiano Ronaldo to return for Champions League semi-final 21-04-2014 04:58 PM

    Madrid: Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to play against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final if the message posted on one of his social networking sites is to be believed. Ronaldo has not played for Madrid since leaving the first leg of...
  • Bengaluru FC looking to wrap up I-League title against Dempo 21-04-2014 11:46 AM

    Bengaluru FC would look to clinch their maiden I-League title in their debut season with a victory over Dempo FC in their penultimate league match at Nehru Stadium on Monday. Bengaluru FC, who are leading the table with 41 points from 22 matches, need three points from two remaining matches...
  • Moyes endures horror return to Everton as Martinez outwits United 21-04-2014 10:44 AM

    Everton's past and future collided in a nightmare return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes whose Manchester United side were outwitted by his successor Roberto Martinez in a 2-0 defeat on Sunday. The result ended United's slim hopes of Champions League football next season as Everton stayed firmly...
  • Wilshere will be back and polished for World Cup: Arsene Wenger 21-04-2014 09:43 AM

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should be fit to return for the FA Cup final against Hull City next month and "just polished" enough to make England's World Cup squad, manager Arsene Wenger has said. Wilshere has not played since suffering a foot fracture playing for Roy Hodgson's England in their...
  • Goalkeeper dies after another player steps on his head in a soccer match 21-04-2014 08:40 AM

    Libreville, (Gabon): A team official says a goalkeeper has died after being kicked in the head during a championship tournament match in the West African country of Gabon. Sylvain Azougoui of the AC Bongoville soccer club had just stopped a shot on goal, but the striker lost his balance on...
  • Lionel Messi helps Barcelona end skid, beat Bilbao 2-1 21-04-2014 08:00 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi ended Barcelona's run of three straight losses and kept them in the Spanish league title chase by scoring a late free kick to complete their 2-1 comeback win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Messi's 75th-minute goal answered some of the criticism the club's all-time leading scorer had...
  • Everton remain in top-four hunt with 2-0 victory over Manchester United 20-04-2014 11:02 PM

    England: Everton ensured a miserable return to Goodison Park for former manager David Moyes by overwhelming Manchester United in a 2-0 win to keep pace with Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification on Sunday. First-half goals by Leighton Baines - from the penalty spot - and Kevin Mirallas...
  • Raheem Sterling is the best young player in Europe: Brendan Rodgers 20-04-2014 10:25 PM

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling as the best young player in European football after the 19-year-old played a starring role in their 3-2 win against Norwich City on Sunday. Victory lifted Liverpool to 80 points and with just three games to go they lead second-placed Chelsea, who they...
  • Lukas Podolski strikes twice as Arsenal glide past Hull 20-04-2014 09:50 PM

    England: Lukas Podolski scored two goals for the second straight match as Arsenal beat Hull 3-0 on Sunday to move a step closer to securing the final Champions League place in the Premier League. Arsenal's finishing was clinical at the KC Stadium, with Aaron Ramsey setting the visitors on their...
  • Raheem Sterling scores twice as Liverpool beat Norwich 3-2 20-04-2014 07:08 PM

    England: A first English championship in 24 years is within Liverpool's grasp after a 3-2 victory over Norwich that was inspired by Raheem Sterling's double and a 30th goal of the campaign by Luis Suarez on Sunday. An 11th straight league win secured the Reds a return to the Champions...
  • Atletico playmaker Arda Turan fit to face Chelsea in Champions League 20-04-2014 06:32 PM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid playmaker Arda Turan has been declared fit to face Chelsea in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg, the La Liga leaders said on Sunday. The Turkey international has not featured since picking up a groin injury in the quarter-final, first leg against Barcelona on April 1. A...
  • Swansea still not safe, says manager Garry Monk 20-04-2014 03:15 PM

    Manager Garry Monk feels Swansea City still have work to do before they can feel safe from Premier League relegation despite a 2-1 win against Newcastle United on Saturday that lifted them six points clear of the drop zone. Wilfried Bony's second goal of the match, from the penalty spot...
  • Kolkata boy selected to train at Manchester United 20-04-2014 02:19 PM

    Rajib Ray, 16-year-old and living in a slum of Kolkata's red light area has been chosen to train with Premier League club Manchester United. The teenager plays barefoot on the back streets of Kolkata was spotted by the scouts of United at a tournament for India's best youngsters. Rajib's life...
  • Sunderland survival hopes have been resurrected, says Poyet 20-04-2014 12:17 PM

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says his side are back from the dead after they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday to revive their chances of survival. Sunderland, who are bottom of the table with 29 points from 34 matches, have enjoyed a fine week,...
  • Inter beat Parma to strengthen grip on Europa League spot 20-04-2014 11:39 AM

    Inter Milan moved a step closer to qualifying for next season's Europa League with a 2-0 Serie A win over 10-man Parma on Saturday while local rivals AC Milan boosted their chances of European football with their fifth straight victory. Walter Mazzarri's Inter, who secured victory with second-half goals from...
  • Injured Carles Puyol to miss Barcelona's next league match 20-04-2014 11:24 AM

    Captain Carles Puyol has joined a long list of Barcelona absentees after feeling pain in his knee during training on Saturday, the champions said ahead of Sunday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao. Centre back Puyol, who turned 36 this month, has barely played this season due to...
  • Juventus edge towards Serie A title with Bologna victory 20-04-2014 10:58 AM

    Turin: Juventus moved closer to a third consecutive Serie A title when a long-range Paul Pogba goal beat a dogged Bologna side 1-0, while AS Roma secured second spot and a Champions League place by winning 1-0 at Fiorentina. Antonio Conte's Juve are still eight points clear of Roma after...
  • Cavani double hands PSG French League Cup trophy 20-04-2014 10:48 AM

    Paris St Germain collected their first trophy of the season when Edinson Cavani's double secured a 2-1 victory against Olympique Lyon in the French League Cup final on Saturday. Uruguay striker Cavani netted twice in the first half, including a controversial penalty, to hand PSG their fourth League Cup title...
  • Mourinho thanks officials after contentious penalty sinks Chelsea 20-04-2014 10:06 AM

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulated referee Mike Dean and the official's boss Mike Riley after a contentious penalty for Sunderland put a huge dent in the London club's Premier League title hopes on Saturday. Mourinho refused to answer questions after his long unbeaten home league run was ended in a...
  • Vela's injury-time goal snatches win for Sociedad against Espanyol 20-04-2014 09:24 AM

    Barcelona: Carlos Vela skillfully chested down a long pass before firing in Real Sociedad's injury-time winner to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win at home over Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday. Vela's 13th goal in league play allowed Sociedad to rise into provisional sixth place, and moved the Basque...
  • Mourinho loses first home league game as Chelsea stunned by Sunderland 1-2 20-04-2014 12:07 AM

    London: Chelsea suffered a major setback to their English Premier League title aspirations with a 2-1 home loss against last-place Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea missed the opportunity to dislodge Liverpool from top spot, and the Reds will have the chance to extend their lead to five points at Norwich on...
  • Gerardo Martino defends Lionel Messi, takes blame for Barca fall 19-04-2014 11:51 PM

    Spain: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has defended Lionel Messi from criticism for his erratic play during three consecutive losses, while acknowledging he wasn't "satisfied" with his own coaching performance. In the past two weeks, Barcelona have been eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, lost the Copa del Rey...
  • East Bengal beat Pune FC 1-2 in I-League 19-04-2014 10:41 PM

    Missed chances and defensive errors cost Pune FC as they squandered a one-goal lead to go down 1-2 to East Bengal in an I-League Round 25 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex on Saturday. Winger Anthony D'Souza (39th minute) put Pune FC ahead in the first half before strikes...
  • Mario Balotelli leads AC Milan to 5th straight win in Serie A 19-04-2014 09:51 PM

    Rome: Mario Balotelli set a personal record with his 14th goal of the Serie A season and set up another score as AC Milan beat visiting Livorno 3-0 on Saturday for their fifth straight win. Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth...
  • Tottenham Hotspur beat Fulham 3-1 in Premier League 19-04-2014 09:18 PM

    London: Tottenham kept their small hopes of a top-four finish alive and dented Fulham's survival ambition with a 3-1 win over their London rival in the Premier League on Saturday. Spurs remained sixth in the standings but cut their deficit to fourth-place Arsenal to four points, though the Gunners have...
  • Barcelona lose Carles Puyol to injury for Athletic Bilbao game 19-04-2014 06:00 PM

    Barcelona's injury woes continue to mount as Carles Puyol has been ruled out of the match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. The club said Puyol, who had just been cleared to play before the Copa del Rey final earlier this week, will be unavailable after his troublesome right knee acted...
  • Liverpool trio on shortlist for PFA player of the year 19-04-2014 08:19 AM

    Liverpool: Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are on the shortlist for the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) player of the year award. Striking duo Suarez and Sturridge have scored 49 league goals between them this season, with Uruguay international Suarez leading the Premier League scoring charts...
  • Atletico Madrid close in on La Liga title with win over stubborn Elche 19-04-2014 08:13 AM

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid stayed firmly on course for a surprise La Liga title triumph when a Miranda header and Diego Costa's late penalty secured an unconvincing 2-0 win for the leaders at home to Elche on Friday. David Villa had a penalty saved shortly after halftime at a raucous Calderon...
  • Everton game not about me, says David Moyes 18-04-2014 10:03 PM

    Manchester United manager David Moyes played down the significance of returning to his former club for the first time in Sunday's Premier League match against Everton. Moyes was in charge at Goodison Park for 11 years before joining United in July to take over from the retired Alex Ferguson. He...
  • Usain Bolt hails Bale's Spanish Cup final stunner 18-04-2014 03:43 PM

    Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed Gareth Bale's brilliant winner for Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona, saying it was the kind of goal any sprinter would be proud of. Wales winger Bale picked up the ball wide on the left on the halfway line five minutes...