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  • Shakhter Karagandy stun Celtic in Champions League qualifier August 20, 2013

    London: Kazakhstan champion Shakhter Karagandy closed in on a spot in the Champions League group stage for the first time on Tuesday by beating Scottish club Celtic 20 in the first leg of their playoff. Andrei Finonchenko put the hosts ahead after seizing on slack defending in the 12th minute, and...
  • The men behind Sunrisers Hyderabad's rise in IPL 6 May 22, 2013

    CNNIBN sports editor Gaurav Kalra speaks to three key members of the Hyderabad franchise coach Tom Moody, bowling coach Waqar Younis and ambassador Kris Srikkanth who played a big role in the team's playoff qualification. ...
  • Chennai have played smart cricket this season, says Fleming May 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming Monday attributed the team's success in the ongoing edition of the IPL to playing "smart cricket" and called skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni the best finisher in international cricket at the moment. "We have been quite smart this edition of the IPL. We came...
  • Ray Jennings pins hope on fitagain Zaheer Khan in playoffs May 19, 2013

    Bangalore: Impressed with a fitagain Zaheer Khan's magnificent bowling show against Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Ray Jennings is hopeful that the veteran pacer will play a key role in the playoffs if the team sneaks into the next round. "The tough thing for me was to try get...
  • No home advantage during playoffs, but Rohit has no worries May 16, 2013

    Mumbai: His team will not get the home advantage in the IPL playoff stage, but Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is unfazed, insisting that his side is good enough to be a winner anywhere. 'We will be playing out now. Each and every game from now (is away from home) We...
  • IPL 6 playoffs: KKR, RCB, KXIP and Hyderabad chase final spot May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore's sevenwicket loss to Kings XI Punjab in Bangalore on Tuesday has confirmed the progression of three teams into the IPL playoffs Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The three teams are tied on 20 point which leaves three teams chasing the final...
  • Rookie Derek Ernst wins Quail Hollow in a playoff May 6, 2013

    Charlotte: One phone call changed his plans. One shot changed a whole lot more for Derek Ernst. Six days after Ernst received a call that he was in the Wells Fargo Championship as the fourth alternate, the 22yearold rookie found himself one shot out of the lead and 192 yards...
  • Pace bowlers have made CSK an even stronger team in 2013: James Alter May 1, 2013

    How are the IPL 6 playoffs shaping up? Who are the players to watch out for as the league enters its decisive phase? Cricketnext and IBNLive sports editor Jamie Alter joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the matter. Q. Don't you think KKR have been very unlucky this time? I...
  • Spain beat Japan 40 in Fed Cup WG playoff April 21, 2013

    Barcelona: Spain won a reverse singles match and a doubles match to beat Japan 40 in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday. Carla Suarez downed Ayumi Morita 63, 75 to give Spain an insurmountable 30 lead before doubles pair Anabel Medina and Lourdes Dominguez polished off Misaki Doi and...
  • Bisht hattrick helps Indian women thrash Sri Lanka October 3, 2012

    Colombo: Leftarm spinner Ekta Bisht ripped apart the Sri Lankan lowerorder with a hattrick as India outplayed the hosts by nine wickets in the playoff match of the ICC World Women Twenty20 to ensure their participation in the next edition of the tournament in 2014. India restricted Sri Lanka to a...
  • Youngsters do the job, help India stay in Group 1 September 15, 2012

    Chandigarh: Vishnu Vardhan scripted a clinical singles victory and then combined with Divij Sharan to win the heartstopping doubles rubber as India's young guns lived up to the expectations by winning the Davis Cup Group 1 relegation playoff tie against New Zealand here on Saturday. Keeping their slate clean on the...
  • Badrinath, Hussey set it up for Dhoni: Fleming May 24, 2012

    Bangalore: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming lauded Michael Hussey and S Badrinath for laying a solid platform for their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to launch an attack in death overs that turned the match in their favour against Mumbai Indians in the IPL Eliminator on Wednesday. The 94run thirdwicket stand...
  • Sehwag, Taylor fit for playoff: Simons May 22, 2012

    Pune: Delhi Daredevils head coach Eric Simons said skipper Virender Sehwag and New zealand batsman Ross Taylor have recovered from their bouts of flu and will be playing in the playoff against Kolkata Knight Riders in Pune on Tuesday. "We didn't have an extended practice session for them. They had light...
  • Bangalore defeat puts Chennai into playoffs May 21, 2012

    Royal Challengers Bangalore faltered at the final hurdle, losing to Deccan Chargers by nine runs in Hyderabad on Sunday to leave them stranded on fifth and out of the IPL playoffs. Deccan, meanwhile, proved to be the saviours for Chennai Super Kings, winning their final two games against Rajasthan Royals...
  • West Ham edge Blackpool to win promotion to EPL May 19, 2012

    London: West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te scored with three minutes remaining on Saturday to take his team into the English Premier League with a 21 win over Blackpool in the promotion playoff final. Vaz Te lifted the ball into the roof of the net from close range after a goalmouth...
  • RCB need to be at their best to beat Delhi: Dilshan May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: They are in a mustwin situation in Thursday's IPL clash and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan feels his side has a good chance of beating tabletoppers Delhi Daredevils at the Feroze Shah Kotla. Thursday's match is the penultimate league game for RCB and they need to win their...
  • Blackpool progress to Championship playoff final May 10, 2012

    Birmingham: Blackpool thwarted a late rally by Birmingham City in a Championship playoff on Wednesday, drawing 22 to clinch a 32 aggregate victory and set up a highstakes final with West Ham United next week. Goals either side of halftime by Steven Dobbie and Matt Phillips put the visitors 20 up...
  • CSK, RCB edging the battle for playoffs? May 10, 2012

    With just a few games to go until the league stage of this years IPL comes to an end, it is still difficult to draw a clear picture of the four teams that will get a shot at glory in the tournament. Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders have set...
  • West Ham close in on Premier League return May 8, 2012

    London: West Ham United edged closer to a Premier League return with a 30 home win over Cardiff City on Monday, completing a 50 semifinal aggregate triumph to ease into the Championship playoff final. Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te scored in the first half and a late Nicky Maynard strike...
  • Blackpool ahead in Championship playoff semifinal May 5, 2012

    London: Blackpool will take a slender lead into the second leg of their Championship playoff semifinal after beating Birmingham City 10 with an own goal by Curtis Davies on Friday. Davies deflected a low shot from Tom Ince past his goalkeeper Colin Doyle a minute before halftime to give the hosts...
  • ICC Champions Trophy to be axed after 2013 April 17, 2012

    Dubai: The 2013 Champions Trophy in England will bring the curtains down on the 14yearold tournament, with the ICC moving towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015. While the playoffs for the World Test Championship are scheduled for June 2017, the 50over tournament, started...
  • Indian women miss out on bronze in fournation event April 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Indian women's hockey team lost 12 to USA via a golden goal in the bronze medal playoff match to return emptyhanded from the first leg of the fournation tournament on Monday. Locked 11 at the end of the regulation time, India conceded a penalty stroke three minutes into...
  • Oosthuizen wins Malaysian Open in playoff April 15, 2012

    Kuala Lumpur: Louis Oosthuizen shot a 4under 68 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open, providing some consolation for losing the Masters in a playoff the previous week. The South African golfer finished with a total of 17under 271, winning by three strokes from Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who shot a...
  • Japan advance to playoffs at Fed Cup February 6, 2012

    Kobe, Japan: Ayumi Morita beat Slovenia's Polona Hercog 36, 76 (6), 61 on Sunday as Japan advanced to the Fed Cup World Group playoffs. Morita recovered from a sluggish start in the first set to give Japan an insurmountable 30 lead after Sunday's first reverse singles match of the World Group...
  • 76 games in IPL5, Kochi players up for auction December 11, 2011

    Chennai: The players' auction for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League will be held in late January or early February and the teams will play their games on a homeandaway basis, with each of the nine franchises playing 16 games. The change means that the cashrich Twenty20 tournament reverts...
  • Portugal to face Bosnia in Euro 2012 playoffs October 13, 2011

    Krakow, Poland: Portugal must beat BosniaHerzegovina to reach the 2012 European Championships after UEFA conducted the playoffs draw on Thursday. Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will travel to Bosnia for the first leg next month in what is a rematch of the countries' 2010 World Cup playoff, which Portugal won 20. Ireland...
  • Somdev confident ahead of Davis Cup playoff September 16, 2011

    Tokyo: India's No. 1 Somdev Devvarman is happy with the hot conditions in Tokyo for their Davis Cup World Group playoff against Japan, beginning Friday, and expects the team to regain its place in the elite World Group. India are forced to play in the playoffs yet again after they lost...
  • FIFA to discuss controversies in WC playoffs November 24, 2009

    New Delhi: FIFA on Monday released a statement revealing that the executive committee of the game's global body will meet in December to discuss recent events during last week'sWorld Cup qualifying playoffs. The playoffs in Europe were dominated by the controversy caused by Thierry Henry's handball in the runup to France's...