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  • AIFF launches academy certification programme 24-04-2014 05:39 PM

    The All India Football Federation on Thursday launched the 'AIFF Academy Certification', which aims to set a standard of youth development in the country through a certification model. The AIFF has developed a set of criteria on which the academies will be assessed and certified and they will be given...
  • No clubs facing European expulsion: UEFA president Michel Platini 24-04-2014 04:21 PM

    No club will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview on Thursday. UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs spending more than they generate, comes into effect next season with a maximum...
  • Fast-breaking Real home in on elusive tenth European crown 24-04-2014 04:02 PM

    Real Madrid took a step closer to an elusive 10th European Cup with a 1-0 home win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the Spanish side will hope to finish off the job in Germany having shown how effective they are on the counter-attack. Before the match, Bayern coach Pep...
  • Daniel Sturridge hopeful of returning against Chelsea 24-04-2014 03:46 PM

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is optimistic of returning from injury for the key clash against former team mates and title rivals Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday in a boost for the Premier League leaders. "Hopefully this weekend I'll be back," the league's second top scorer, with 20 goals to team...
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's trial begins, rejects bribery charges 24-04-2014 03:44 PM

    Munich: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 million payment. Ecclestone said in a...
  • Sindhu, Jwala-Ashwini in Asian Championships quarters 24-04-2014 03:28 PM

    Gimcheon: PV Sindhu, RMV Gurusaidutt and women's doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa led India's charge by qualifying into the quarter-finals of the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships at the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium here on Thursday. World No.10 Sindhu finally overcame Japan's Eriko Hirose 14-21, 21-13, 21-18 for the first...
  • Srikanth, Kashyap slide in badminton rankings 24-04-2014 03:10 PM

    New Delhi: India's leading men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap dropped a place each in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. While Srikanth slipped to 17th, Kashyap slide to 20th. Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu, however, retained their eighth and 10th positions in the...
  • Squash: ASF award for Saurav Ghosal, Indian team 24-04-2014 02:54 PM

    Chennai: The Asian Squash Federation on Thursday named Saurav Ghosal for the Dato Alex Lee Award after the Indian champion was adjudged Outstanding Asian Men's Player of the Year 2013. Ghosal's ranked No.1 in the Indian men's team at the World championships in 2013 and steered the team to the...
  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Sepp Blatter 24-04-2014 02:38 PM

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. The Swiss said similar public scepticism had accompanied preparations for previous World Cups and...
  • Varun Dhawan turns 27, votes before birthday bash 24-04-2014 02:38 PM

    Mumbai: Actor Varun Dhawan turned 27 Thursday and the "Main Tera Hero" star fulfilled his civic duty by voting before getting busy with his birthday celebrations. After getting inked, he posted his photograph on Twitter and urged his followers to do the same. "I just voted. Have you? Be serious,...
  • Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real Madrid 24-04-2014 02:18 PM

    Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday. Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but...
  • India win 8 medals in USA Open Karate Championship 24-04-2014 01:33 PM

    New Delhi: India returned with a rich haul of eight medals, including two gold and six bronze, from the USA Open Karate Championship held at Las Vegas from April 18 to 21. More than 3000 players from 15 countries participated in the event and India was represented by an eight-member...
  • IPL 7: Darren Lehmann lit a fire under Glenn Maxwell 24-04-2014 01:21 PM

    Glenn Maxwell is batting like never before and has put up a spectacle in his three innings so far in IPL 7, and if reports are to be believed, Australia coach Darren Lehmann may have lit a fire under him. The young Aussie, playing for Kings XI Punjab this season,...
  • Gambhir close to hitting form, WV Raman assures KKR fans 24-04-2014 12:50 PM

    It's been a horror start to IPL 7 for Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper, Gautam Gambhir, on a personal note. Hoping to lead from the front and knock again on Team India doors, Gambhir has instead lived a nightmare so far scoring two consecutive ducks. Yet to score a run this...
  • Mohit Sharma in good company at Chennai Super Kings 24-04-2014 11:26 AM

    Dubai: Find of last year's Indian Premier League, Mohit Sharma is enjoying the company of his new pace colleagues in the Chennai Super Kings team and said he was trying to take as much inputs as possible from senior colleagues like Ashish Nehra and Ben Hilfenhaus. His performance in last...
  • Uruguay not among football's elite, says coach 24-04-2014 11:15 AM

    Copa America champions Uruguay are fifth in the FIFA rankings, finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup and in Luis Suarez have one of the world's deadliest strikers, but coach Oscar Washington Tabarez does not rate his side among the elite football nations. "In football there is also a first...
  • 'Class of 92' reunited to stabilize Manchester United 24-04-2014 10:39 AM

    Manchester United have brought the "Class of 92" back together. Renowned graduates of United's most successful youth team have been put in control of a team in turmoil following the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. A notable absentee is David Beckham, who has never expressed a desire for team management....
  • Petra Kvitova beaten in first major upset at Stuttgart 24-04-2014 10:18 AM

    Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. The 102nd-ranked Kleybanova rallied from 5-3 down in the second set to beat her Czech opponent. It was the Russian's first victory against a top-10 player since winning...
  • Ancelotti happy as Real Madrid thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale 24-04-2014 10:00 AM

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role. Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this season's competition, struggled after returning from injury and record signing Gareth Bale only played the...
  • Formula One boss Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany 24-04-2014 09:52 AM

    Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery in Germany on Thursday in a case that could see the Briton's long dominance of the motor sport ended by a jail sentence. Prosecutors in Munich have charged Ecclestone, 83, with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smooth...
  • Chelsea trio charged by FA after Sunderland defeat 24-04-2014 09:31 AM

    Chelsea were hit with disciplinary action by the English FA on Wednesday as manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder Ramires and coach Rui Faria were charged following last week's Premier League home defeat against Sunderland. Ramires, who could now miss their top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool on Sunday, was hit with a violent...
  • Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban 23-04-2014 08:55 PM

    Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for refusing to review his life ban and for not recognising a welfare association in which he is actively involved to hold a benefit match at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. Malik said he was fed...
  • Golf: Anirban Lahiri awaits clash with Victor Dubuisson at Indonesian Masters 23-04-2014 08:04 PM

    Anirban Lahiri, who defeated France's Victor Dubuisson at the EurAsia Cup, will get another chance to prove his growing status as one of Asia's rising stars when he tees off at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Thursday. Dubuisson, world number 23, will seek revenge over Lahiri, who defeated him...
  • PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap progress in Badminton Asia Championships 23-04-2014 06:40 PM

    Gimcheon: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, RMV Gurusaidutt and women's doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday made winning starts to their campaigns at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championships being held in the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium. Sindhu, India's best bet at the continental event, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan...
  • Malinga is Sri Lanka's new T20 skipper, Chandimal gets axe 23-04-2014 04:36 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was retained as the Test and one-day skipper. Chandimal, 24, opted out of the last three matches, including the semi-final and final, of the recent World Twenty20 in...
  • Tendulkar greater than Bradman, claims book with 'forensic evidence' 23-04-2014 03:32 PM

    New Delhi: The jury is still out on whether Sachin Tendulkar retired a greater batsman than late Australian legend Don Bradman but a Chennai-based author claims to have found the "forensic evidence" to prove that the Indian maestro was indeed the better of the two icons. On the eve of...
  • Sindhu, Kashyap win in Asia Championship 23-04-2014 02:21 PM

    Gimcheon: PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the $200,000 Badminton Asia Championship being held in the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. Sindhu, India's best bet at the continental event, beat Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi 21-15, 15-21, 21-18 in exactly an...
  • IBNLive Movie Awards: Shreya Ghosal voted best playback singer (female) of 2013 23-04-2014 12:49 PM

    New Delhi: Songs are an integral part of films and 2013 was no different. If male singers took the nation by storm with some of the songs, even female singers were not left far behind in soothing the hearts and souls of many fans. She enticed us with her splendid...
  • IPL 7: I will improve as time progresses, says Cheteshwar Pujara 23-04-2014 11:44 AM

    Sharjah: Still finding his feet in theTwenty20 format, Cheteshwar Pujara knows that he cannot be "flamboyant" like some of his Kings XI Punjab teammates in the IPL but the Indian says he is hoping carve a niche for himself by emulating South African legend Jacques Kallis. Pujara, who opens the...
  • Brazil's Itaquerao stadium for football World Cup not yet complete 23-04-2014 11:14 AM

    Sao Paulo: Construction workers at Brazil's Itaquerao World Cup stadium "cannot waste a minute" if the venue is to be ready in time for the World Cup, football's governing body FIFA has warned. FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said on Tuesday there would be time for just one official test...