PLAYOFFS

  • Portugal face Sweden in World Cup playoff October 21, 2013

    Zurich: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal must beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden in a playoff to advance to the World Cup in Brazil. The two were drawn to face each other on Monday in a twoleg series scheduled for November 15 and 19. Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return match in...
  • Nigeria beat Ethiopia 21 in World Cup playoffs October 13, 2013

    Ethiopia: Emmanuel Emenike converted a 90thminute penalty for his second goal to lead Nigeria to a 21 win in Ethiopia in Africa's World Cup playoffs on Sunday and put the continental champion in a strong position to reach the tournament in Brazil next year. Emenike canceled out Behailu Assefa's opener and...
  • Who will play whom at African World Cup playoffs September 16, 2013

    Cairo: A look at the World Cup playoffs which will decide which five African teams qualify for next year's tournament in Brazil (first legs to be played October 11-15, second legs November 15-19): GHANA vs. EGYPT Ghana was Africa's best performer at the last World Cup, beating current Egypt coach Bob Bradley's...
  • Brazil get score back to 2-1 in Davis Cup playoff September 14, 2013

    Ulm, Germany: Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares gave Brazil hope of remaining in the Davis Cup World Group with victory in their doubles match over Germany's Daniel Brands and Martin Emmrich on Saturday. Melo and Soares defeated the German pair 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to leave the five-match series poised 2-1 in...
  • Australia's Scott wins Barclays in tight finish August 26, 2013

    Jersey City: Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia won The Barclays after a nail-biting finish, claiming the title on Sunday by one stroke over four rivals in the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs. Early finisher Scott posted a five-under-par 66 at Liberty National for an 11-under-par total of 273 that...
  • Stadler finishes long day in the lead at Barclays August 23, 2013

    New Jersey: Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. It took him nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February. And he still isn't guaranteed to be the first-round...
  • Woods hopes to regain hot hand as Barclays resumes August 23, 2013

    New Jersey: Tiger Woods could not pick up where he left off and settled for a par that ended his birdie surge after the weather-hit Barclays tournament resumed on Thursday after a nearly four-hour delay. Woods had birdied three in a row to stand three under par through seven holes, one...
  • Arsenal outclass Fenerbahce 30 in Champions League playoff August 22, 2013

    Berne: Arsenal, aiming for a 16th successive group stage appearance, outclassed Fenerbahce 30 in Istanbul to take control of their Champions League playoff tie as the five home teams failed to muster a win between them in Wednesday's firstleg matches. Schalke 04 were held 11 at home by Greek side PAOK,...
  • High stakes for Arsenal, Fenerbahce in Champions League August 20, 2013

    Geneva: Even by Champions League standards, the stakes are dramatically high for Fenerbahce and Arsenal in the first leg of the playoff round on Wednesday. Arsenal seem to be in turmoil after a Premier League opening day loss fuelled fans' fury at the cashrich club's failure to sign bigname offseason targets. "I...
  • Arsenal draw Fenerbahce in Champions League playoffs August 9, 2013

    Nyon, Switzerland: Arsenal were drawn to play Fenerbahce in the Champions League playoffs as they seek a 16th straight season in the lucrative group stage. However, a pending matchfixing case involving Fenerbahce at sport's highest court means the Turkish club could be expelled even if it wins. Seventime winners AC Milan...
  • We can sneak into the playoffs: Morne Morkel May 2, 2013

    Farfetched it may sound but two successive wins in the ongoing IPL 6, following a string of defeats, have opened up a window of opportunity for Delhi Daredevils to "sneak into the playoffs through the back door", feels pace spearhead Morne Morkel. "Now we are playing winning cricket and entertaining cricket....
  • 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...
  • Australian Open wildcard playoffs in China September 17, 2012

    Sydney: The Australian Open will hold a regional wildcard playoff for entry to the 2013 version of the year's first tennis grand slam in Nanjing in China in October, organisers announced on Monday. The male and female winners of the playoff, which will take place at China's National Tennis Academy from...
  • 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...
  • Indian hockey aims to avoid last place in London August 10, 2012

    London: With reputation in tatters, Indian hockey team would look to salvage at least one victory from their disastrous Olympic Games campaign that has pushed them into a playoff to avert the bottom place finish in the 12team competition. India will take on South Africa on Friday in the playoff to...
  • 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 21, 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 20, 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...
  • IPL 5: 4 ICC Elite Panel umpires in playoffs May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Four ICC Elite Panel umpires will officiate in the playoff matches of the Indian Premier League. "Simon Taufel, Billy Doctrove, Kumar Dharmasena and Billy Bowden will be umpiring in the four play off games," an IPL media release said. It was also confirmed that the ICC match referees Andy...
  • 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...
  • IPL 5: the playoff permutations May 16, 2012

    With eight league matches remaining before the playoffs, there are six teams vying for three spots in the final four. Delhi Daredevils' fivewicket win over Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday made them the first team to qualify for the final four, and they have to win just one of 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...
  • IPL getting hotter with midtable war May 9, 2012

    Safe to say Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are through and even safer to admit that Pune Warriors India and Deccan Chargers are out of the race to the playoffs in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League with 19 roundrobin games left to play. The interesting...
  • Onus on me and Kallis in playoffs: Gambhir May 8, 2012

    New Delhi: After leading his side to the top with a facile win over Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir said he, along with senior batsman Jacques Kallis, will have to shoulder the responsibility of steering the team in the playoffs stage. Gambhir has been leading from the...
  • 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...