Playoffs

  • Portugal face Sweden in World Cup playoff 21-10-2013 06:38 PM

    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 two-leg series scheduled for November 15 and 19. Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return...
  • Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-1 in World Cup playoffs 13-10-2013 11:23 PM

    Ethiopia: Emmanuel Emenike converted a 90th-minute penalty for his second goal to lead Nigeria to a 2-1 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...
  • Who will play whom at African World Cup playoffs 16-09-2013 10:23 PM

    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...
  • Brazil get score back to 2-1 in Davis Cup playoff 14-09-2013 11:20 PM

    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...
  • Australia's Scott wins Barclays in tight finish 26-08-2013 09:45 AM

    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...
  • Stadler finishes long day in the lead at Barclays 23-08-2013 08:54 AM

    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 23-08-2013 08:38 AM

    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,...
  • Arsenal outclass Fenerbahce 3-0 in Champions League playoff 22-08-2013 08:23 AM

    Berne: Arsenal, aiming for a 16th successive group stage appearance, outclassed Fenerbahce 3-0 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 first-leg matches. Schalke 04 were held 1-1 at home by Greek side...
  • High stakes for Arsenal, Fenerbahce in Champions League 20-08-2013 01:32 AM

    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 cash-rich club's failure to sign big-name offseason...
  • Arsenal draw Fenerbahce in Champions League playoffs 09-08-2013 04:10 PM

    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 match-fixing case involving Fenerbahce at sport's highest court means the Turkish club could be expelled even if it wins. Seven-time winners AC...
  • We can sneak into the playoffs: Morne Morkel 02-05-2013 06:07 PM

    Far-fetched 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...
  • Australian Open wildcard playoffs in China 17-09-2012 11:59 AM

    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...
  • Youngsters do the job, help India stay in Group 1 15-09-2012 01:40 PM

    Chandigarh: Vishnu Vardhan scripted a clinical singles victory and then combined with Divij Sharan to win the heart-stopping doubles rubber as India's young guns lived up to the expectations by winning the Davis Cup Group 1 relegation play-off tie against New Zealand here on Saturday. Keeping their slate clean on...
  • Indian hockey aims to avoid last place in London 10-08-2012 09:38 PM

    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 12-team competition. India will take on South Africa on Friday in the playoff...
  • Sehwag, Taylor fit for playoff: Simons 21-05-2012 08:25 PM

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  • West Ham edge Blackpool to win promotion to EPL 19-05-2012 08:00 PM

    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 2-1 win over Blackpool in the promotion play-off final. Vaz Te lifted the ball into the roof of the net from close range after a...
  • IPL 5: the playoff permutations 16-05-2012 12:02 PM

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  • Blackpool progress to Championship play-off final 10-05-2012 11:40 AM

    Birmingham: Blackpool thwarted a late rally by Birmingham City in a Championship play-off on Wednesday, drawing 2-2 to clinch a 3-2 aggregate victory and set up a high-stakes final with West Ham United next week. Goals either side of half-time by Steven Dobbie and Matt Phillips put the visitors 2-0...
  • IPL getting hotter with mid-table war 09-05-2012 09:10 AM

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  • West Ham close in on Premier League return 08-05-2012 08:35 AM

    London: West Ham United edged closer to a Premier League return with a 3-0 home win over Cardiff City on Monday, completing a 5-0 semi-final aggregate triumph to ease into the Championship play-off final. Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te scored in the first half and a late Nicky Maynard...
  • Blackpool ahead in Championship play-off semi-final 05-05-2012 11:17 AM

    London: Blackpool will take a slender lead into the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final after beating Birmingham City 1-0 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 half-time to give the...
  • Indian women miss out on bronze in four-nation event 16-04-2012 05:41 PM

    New Delhi: The Indian women's hockey team lost 1-2 to USA via a golden goal in the bronze medal play-off match to return empty-handed from the first leg of the four-nation tournament on Monday. Locked 1-1 at the end of the regulation time, India conceded a penalty stroke three minutes...