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  • David Ginola withdraws FIFA presidency bid 3 hours 37 minutes ago

    Former France winger David Ginola has abandoned his bid to stand in the FIFA presidential elections after failing to secure the five FA nominations needed, he said on Friday. The 48-year-old launched his surprise attempt to oust Sepp Blatter as head of world soccer's ruling body under the slogan "Rebooting Football"...
  • Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado set to complete Chelsea move 4 hours 5 minutes ago

    Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella confirmed Friday that Juan Cuadrado is set to complete a move to Chelsea, with Mohamed Salah moving on loan in the opposite direction. Cuadrado is expected to undergo a medical in London on Saturday ahead of signing a permanent deal with the Premier League club. "I'm honest, it...
  • Russian athlete Zaripova banned for doping, could lose Olympic gold 4 hours 15 minutes ago

    Russian steeplechaser Yulia Zaripova has been banned for two and a half years for doping offences, the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA said (www.rusada.ru) on Friday. Zaripova, 28, was suspended after her biological passport showed abnormalities and her results from June 20 to Aug. 20 2011 and July 3-Sept. 3 2012 have...
  • Jeev, Kapur miss the cut, McIlroy moves to top in Dubai 4 hours 31 minutes ago

    Dubai: Jeev Milkha Singh and Shiv Kapur made an early exit from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic even as Rory McIlroy roared into the lead after a majestic eight under par 64, which included three consecutive closing birdies on Friday. Jeev and Kapur, both of whom had spoilt their finish in...
  • MS Dhoni did look short of ideas at Perth, feels Sunil Gavaskar 4 hours 44 minutes ago

    Perth: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran "short of ideas" in Friday's loss against England at Perth. Asked why India's most successful bowler Stuart Binny (3/33 in 8 overs) wasn't given an opportunity to complete his full quota of 10 overs, Gavaskar said:"You have...
  • James Taylor delighted to score in a pressure situation 5 hours 52 minutes ago

    Perth: Ecstatic to have scored in a pressure situation, England batsman James Taylor on Friday said he derived a lot of satisfaction after his side pulled off a win against India from a tricky position to secure a place in the ODI tri-series final against Australia. Chasing a modest target of...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group B wrap: Vidarbha put Delhi on mat, sick Sehwag comes in at No 10 7 hours 59 minutes ago

    Table toppers Delhi were outplayed for the second day in succession as they finished the proceedings at 133 for eight in reply to hosts Vidarbha's respectable first innings score of 370 in a Ranji Trophy group league encounter, here today. Delhi, who still need 87 runs to avoid follow-on will be...
  • Manchester City loans winger Scott Sinclair to Aston Villa 8 hours 37 minutes ago

    Manchester: Manchester City has given Scott Sinclair another chance to revive his career by sending the winger on loan to fellow English Premier League side Aston Villa for the rest of the season. Sinclair joined City from Swansea in the summer of 2012, when he played for Britain in the 2012...
  • Ranji Trophy, Rd 8, Group A wrap: Rawat shines as Railways inch towards 1st innings lead 8 hours 59 minutes ago

    Kolkata: Skipper Mahesh Rawat's fluent half-century kept Railways with a bright chance of getting the first innings lead against hosts Bengal in a group league encounter of the Ranji Trophy on Friday. In reply to Bengal's first innings score of 268, Rawat's unbeaten 56 helped Railways reach 219 for six in...
  • Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson set to return for tri-series final 9 hours 35 minutes ago

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is set to return to One-Day International (ODI) cricket after a break of over a month and will play in the tri-series final against England on Sunday. Johnson said the break was a much needed one, specially after the "tough" tour in the United Arab Emirates...
  • Joe Burns not keen on playing Indian Premier League 9 hours 42 minutes ago

    Brisbane: Australia batsman Joe Burns said on Friday that he is not keen on playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) and instead wants to focus on the longer format of the game. "Test cricket is my priority and I am not too keen to go to the IPL," Burns...
  • Paul van Ass named Indian men's hockey coach 10 hours 43 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Former Dutch national coach Paul van Ass was on Friday named the new coach of the Indian men's hockey team while New Zealand's Anthony Thornton was made the coach of the women's hockey team. The names were finalised at a special selection committee meeting headed by secretary sports Ajit...
  • West Indies series loss compounded by over-rate fine 11 hours 18 minutes ago

    Centurion: The West Indies have been slapped with a fine by the International Cricket Council for maintaining a slow over-rate during their loss to South Africa in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI). Match referee Chris Broad on Thursday found the Caribbean side two overs short of their target at...
  • Hosts Kalinga Lancers will eye revenge against UP Wizards 11 hours 22 minutes ago

    Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Lancers will have revenge on their minds as they lock horns with Uttar Pradesh Wizards in a league match of the Hockey India League (HIL) on Saturday. The Lancers suffered a disheartening 1-5 defeat against Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their previous encounter at Lucknow and the hosts are practicing...
  • India's S Ravi to officiate in World Cup opener 11 hours 25 minutes ago

    Dubai: India's S Ravi will officiate in the World Cup opener between hosts New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on February 14. While Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires, Ravi and Simon Fry will be the third and fourth umpires, respectively, with David Boon serving as...
  • F1: All eyes on Fernando Alonso and McLaren in Jerez 11 hours 44 minutes ago

    London: Local hero Fernando Alonso will be the centre of attention when Formula One's pre-season testing starts up in southern Spain on Sunday, but the McLaren driver has done his best to lower expectations. As the Spaniard warned fans when the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 was unveiled on Thursday, there are sure...
  • David Beckham becomes 'taxi driver' for his kids 12 hours 22 minutes ago

    Los Angeles: Former footballer David Beckham says he has become "a taxi driver" for his four children after retirement. During his appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", Beckham said he had his hands full driving around sons Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James, Cruz David and his daughter Harper Seven to school, reports aceshowbiz.com. "To...
  • Ego doesn't exist for me, says Amitabh Bachchan 12 hours 43 minutes ago

    Dubai: Celebrities and their starry tantrums are common talk in filmdom, but for megastar Amitabh Bachchan, the acting profession comes without any ego hassles. The 72-year-old took to his official blog to post his views following the "Shamitabh" promotions here. The film revolves around two individuals, who come together for a...
  • Afghanistan prepare for 'dream' World Cup debut 13 hours 12 minutes ago

    Kabul: At an indoor academy in Kabul, Afghanistan's cricketers are training hard for their debut in the upcoming World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand next month. Shuttle runs and lifting weights help keep out the bitter chill of the Afghan winter as the players tune up for the tournament...
  • Steven Gerrard could manage Liverpool one day: Daniel Sturridge 13 hours 37 minutes ago

    London: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is convinced that outgoing captain Steven Gerrard will one day become manager at the Anfield. Sturridge, who looks to make his return from a five-month injury lay-off on Saturday, has not played with Gerrard since the revelation that the long-time Liverpool captain will join Los Angeles...
  • ICC announce umpires and referees for World Cup 15 hours 8 minutes ago

    Dubai: Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the World Cup opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on February 14 as ICC Friday announced the umpire and match referees for the pool stage of the mega cricket event. S Ravi and Simon Fry will be the...
  • Cricket greats who have never won a World Cup 15 hours 59 minutes ago

    There are countless talented cricketers who had worked tirelessly throughout their careers to have their hands on the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, but the title of world champion eluded them. I was one of those lucky ones to be part of the winning ICC Cricket World Cup squad...
  • Injured Vijender Singh pulls out of National Games 16 hours 1 minutes ago

    Thiruvananthapuram: Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh has pulled out of the 35th National Games starting on Saturday after failing to recover from a nagging nose injury. "I have not been able to recover from the nose injury which had forced me out of the Asian Games November last. It flared up...
  • Michael Clarke back to prove fitness for World Cup 16 hours 32 minutes ago

    Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke will return to club cricket this weekend as he continues his bid to prove his fitness for the upcoming World Cup, Cricket Australia said on Friday. Clarke sustained the latest in a long line of hamstring injuries while fielding in the first test against India in...
  • I exercise six days a week, says Anil Kapoor 16 hours 39 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Actor-filmmaker Anil Kapoor says he exercises six days a week and recalls the time when he travelled to the location shooting of his 2005 film "My Wife's Murder" on his bicycle. The 58-year-old was here along with Vijay Sampla, union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, to...
  • Katy Perry's Super Bowl promise: lion, sharks and live singing 16 hours 42 minutes ago

    Reuters: Pop singer Katy Perry on Thursday teased a lion, sharks and at least some live singing during her Super Bowl halftime performance, the most-watched dozen minutes annually on U.S. television. The "Roar" singer wouldn't divulge much about her Sunday gig at the NFL title game but did say to expect...
  • Embattled Chelsea cancel news conference 16 hours 49 minutes ago

    London: Chelsea have cancelled their pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's top-of-the-table crunch game against champions Manchester City, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday. Chelsea have been the focus of attention from the Football Association this week after manager Jose Mourinho was fined 25,000 pounds ($38,000) and pivotal striker Diego...
  • Serena Williams aims for 19th major after reaching Australian Open final 17 hours 1 minutes ago

    Melbourne: It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she's on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2...
  • South Africa comfortable to be among World Cup favourites 17 hours 50 minutes ago

    Centurion: South Africa will go into next month's World Cup, comfortable with their status as one of the favourites to lift the trophy. The West Indies, on the other hand, are banking on reaching the knockout phase and then producing their best form. There was a considerable gulf in performance between the...