GROUP A

  • Borussia Dortmund trio lead Poland Euro squad May 28, 2012

    Warsaw: The Borussia Dortmund trio of Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek lead the European Championship squad for cohosts Poland. Coach Franciszek Smuda on Sunday also named Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to his final 23man roster for the competition, which starts from June 8 in Warsaw with Poland taking on...
  • Second string Czechs beat Israel 21 in warmup May 27, 2012

    Graz, Austria: A lastminute goal by David Lafata helped the Czech Republic beat Israel 21 on Saturday in preparation for next month's European Championship. It was the third international goal in 17 appearances for Lafata, who came on as a substitute after 65 minutes for Milan Petrzela. Striker Milan Baros scored from...
  • Greece, Slovenia draw 11 in friendly May 27, 2012

    Kufstein, Austria: Midfielder Jasmin Kurtic scored on his international debut to earn Slovenia a 11 draw with European Championshipbound Greece on Saturday. Kurtic levelled in the 87th minute. Earlier, he missed Slovenia's best chance by sending a free kick just over the bar. Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis put the 2004 champions in...
  • Poland beat Slovakia 10, Fabianksi out injured May 27, 2012

    Klagenfurt, Austria: Damien Perquis scored his first international goal on Saturday to give Poland a 10 win over Slovakia in the cohost's second warmup match before the European Championship. The Sochaux defender's header from a cross by Lukasz Piszczek found the net after half an hour, earning Poland a second straight...
  • Newcomer Nababkin in Russia squad for Euro 2012 May 26, 2012

    Moscow: CSKA Moscow defender Kirill Nababkin was picked for the first time while Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Magomed Ozdoyev and Spartak Moscow striker Artem Dzyuba were dropped for Russia's final squad for the European Championship on Friday. The 23man squad was announced by coach Dick Advocaat for the tournament in Poland and...
  • Rosicky injury scare for Czech Republic May 21, 2012

    Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek has received some disappointing news on the injury front ahead of Euro 2012 as experienced midfielder Tomas Rosicky has picked up a leg injury that could keep him out of action for a while. The Arsenal player will visit a doctor to undergo further examination,...
  • 'Psychic' pig to make Euro tips May 19, 2012

    Kiev: A psychic pig is set to take over where Paul the Octopus left off at the 2010 World Cup by predicting the results of matches at the European championships in Ukraine and Poland. Kiev's city government said on Friday it would wheel out the porky tipster to give daily...
  • Federer comes through Tsonga test at ATP Finals November 20, 2011

    London: Roger Federer weathered a barrage of bighitting by JoWilfried Tsonga of France to begin his title defence with a 62, 26, 64 win on Sunday in the opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals. Federer came into the tournament on a 12match winning streak following titles in Basel and...
  • Mumbai include Rahane, Agarkar for Karnataka tie November 15, 2011

    Mumbai: Mumbai have drafted in Ajinkya Rahane, who is in the India squad for the second Test against the West Indies but is not in the playing 11, to bolster their batting against Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group A match starting from November 17. The Mumbai selectors have also...
  • Fullyfit Rohit Sharma enjoys Ranji return November 9, 2011

    Mumbai: India's middleorder batsman Rohit Sharma, who missed last month's home fivematch ODI series against England due to a finger injury, said he is satisfied with his recovery, having faced nearly 300 balls during his century against Railways last week. "I'm 150 percent fit now in terms of my batting, fielding...
  • Nayar replaces Naik in Mumbai Ranji squad November 8, 2011

    Mumbai: Allrounder Abhishek Nayar has replaced an injured Prashant Naik in the 15member Mumbai squad to take on defending champions Rajasthan in the fourday Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match, to be held at the Brabourne Stadium from November 10. The Mumbai team will be led by Wasim Jaffer, with Rohit...
  • Ponting to retire postWorld Cup: report March 23, 2011

    London: Embattled Australian captain Ricky Ponting could bid adieu to international cricket after his team's World Cup campaign, a media report here has claimed. According to the Daily Mail, "Ponting plans to retire from international cricket at the end of Australia's World Cup campaign and wants to end his career captaining...
  • WC: Teams prepare for the quarterfinals March 22, 2011

    CNNIBN's cricket experts discuss how the World Cup quarterfinals may pan out. ...
  • Gayle, Roach fit for Pakistan clash March 22, 2011

    Dhaka: Struggling West Indies will be boosted by the return of star batsman Chris Gayle and pace spearhead Kemar Roach for the World Cup quarterfinal against Pakistan on Wednesday. The duo missed the last league match against India in Chennai on Sunday with Gayle resting an abdominal strain and Roach feeling...
  • Pressure on India in our 'minifinal': Nielsen March 22, 2011

    Ahmedabad: Australia will head into their "minifinal" quarterfinal match against India with a "nofear" attitude as the pressure of playing at home would be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men, feels coach Tim Nielsen. Nielsen said they were hoping to meet India in the final of the World Cup but now that...
  • India poised for Pakistan semifinal March 22, 2011

    Mumbai: An IndiaPakistan World Cup semifinal is the most appetising prospect to emerge from a month of preliminary matches which otherwise served primarily to confirm the identity of a predictable final eight. Pakistan and West Indies open the quarterfinals in Dhaka on Wednesday with the winners drawn against the victors of...
  • Bettors tip India to beat Aus, win WC March 22, 2011

    New Delhi: Late innings batting collapses and a notuptothepar bowling attack notwithstanding, the bettors have tipped India to not only beat Australia in the quarterfinal on Thursday, but to go the whole distance and lift the Cup on April 2 at the Wankhede in Mumbai. India take on fourtime and defending...
  • Ponting could be dumped as captain: report March 22, 2011

    Sydney: Ricky Ponting could be in the final week of his nineyear reign as captain after a troubled buildup to the World Cup, a report said on Tuesday, citing a Cricket Australia official. The Sydney Morning Herald said there was stiff opposition at boardroom level to the 36yearold retaining the job...
  • Sehwag fit to play against Australia March 22, 2011

    New Delhi: In what is bound to lift the spirits of the Indian cricket team ahead of the World Cup quarterfinal clash against Australia, dashing opener Virender Sehwag has been declared fit and is likely to play the match in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Sehwag had to sit out of Sunday's game...
  • Yuvi the key man as India take on Australia March 22, 2011

    With Yuvraj Singh hitting the form at right time, India will pin their hopes on the southpaw to get them home against Australia. ...
  • 'Defending champions have 34 weaknesses' March 22, 2011

    Harsha Bhogle tells CNNIBN that India has a good chance of beating Australia and the defending champions are not the same force to reckon with. ...
  • Kiwis need to be consistent, injuryfree March 21, 2011

    Dhaka: New Zealand need to improve on consistency as they prepare to take on the might of South Africa in the World Cup quarterfinal here on Friday. Having been the losing semifinalists in five previous editions of the big event, the Kiwis would hope to do better but they have...
  • Confidence high after beating Aus: Misbah March 21, 2011

    Karachi: Pakistan's confidence level has received a huge boost ahead of their key quarterfinal clash against the West Indies after they brought defending champions Australia's 34match winning streak in the World Cup to an end, said vicecaptain MisbahulHaq. "That was a big match for us and the way we held our...
  • Sachin walks, Ponting are you watching? March 20, 2011

    New Delhi: A day after Australian captain Ricky Ponting refused to walk after being caught behind, waiting instead for the third umpire to decide his fate, Sachin Tendulkar showed just why the gentelemen's game is still alive and kicking as he walked back to the pavilion after edging a Ravi...
  • Ponting buries the gentleman's game myth March 20, 2011

    Colombo: Cricket hasn't been the "gentleman's game" for many years, but Australia captain Ricky Ponting is finding new ways to bury the myth at the World Cup. The 36yearold Tasmanian started by breaking a dressing room television screen and then berated a young teammate for daring to almost collide with him...
  • Tikolo leads Kenya in his final appearance March 20, 2011

    Kolkata: Inspirational Steve Tikolo, a key member of the Kenyan cricket's glorious years in the late 1990s to early 2000s, led the side against Zimbabwe in his final international appearance in the concluding group A World Cup tie at Eden Gardens here on Sunday. With the regular skipper Jimmy Kamande spraining...
  • We must learn from Pak defeat: Ponting March 20, 2011

    Colombo: Ricky Ponting warned Australia on Sunday that the defending champions must learn the harsh lessons of their shattering defeat to Pakistan if they want to stay in the World Cup. Australia lost by four wickets to Shahid Afridi's men, a defeat which ended their 34match unbeaten streak in the tournament...
  • Waqar praises Aussie, Gul achievement March 20, 2011

    Colombo: Coach Waqar Younis hailed Pakistan's hardfought fourwicket win over Australia as a major achievement and picked out seamer Umar Gul as the star of the show. Gul took 330 and Abdul Razzaq claimed 28 as Australia were bowled out for 176 in 46.4 overs their lowest total since the...
  • Tikolo leads Kenya as Kamande sits out March 20, 2011

    Kolkata: Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat against Kenya in a World Cup Group A clash at Kolkata's Eden Gardens. Steve Tikolo who is playing in his final match for Kenya will captain the side in the absence of Jimmy Kamande. Kenya have also picked Peter Ongondo,...
  • Zimbabwe thump Kenya by 161 runs March 20, 2011

    Kolkata: Craig Ervine provided an important thrust to the innings as Zimbabwe set Kenya a big target and then completed a 161run rout on Sunday in the last Group A match of the World Cup. Ervine's strokefilled 66 stood out in a batting performance that helped Zimbabwe score an imposing 308...