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  • Yaya Toure unsure about future in Manchester City January 17, 2015

    London: Yaya Toure has again thrown his future into doubt by claiming he doesn't know if he will still be a Manchester City player next season. But manager Manuel Pellegrini was quick to dismiss talk of a transfer at a press conference on Friday, insisting the 31-year-old was fully committed to...
  • Kapalua's elite formula under pressure to change January 16, 2015

    Kapalua: For almost two decades, the PGA Tour's opening event of the year has been held on the picturesque Hawaiian island of Maui with a winners-only field, an elite aspect tournament director Nancy Cross wants to retain. The absence in recent seasons of top drawcards such as Tiger Woods and reigning...
  • Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year award January 9, 2015

    LAGOS: Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth straight time at the annual Confederation of African Football awards on Thursday. The Ivory Coast midfielder joins Samuel Eto'o as the only players to win the continent's top individual award four times but only Toure has done...
  • On sidelines of Jaipur Literature festival, a rickshaw ride for Rs 6,756! January 5, 2015

    Jaipur: The government is going out on a limb with ad campaigns like "atithi devo bhava (guest is like god)" to woo tourists. However, in one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, there are websites fleecing tourists, with many first-timers in the Pink City falling for their guiles....
  • U2's Bono says he may never play guitar again January 3, 2015

    New York: Bono, the frontman of the Irish rock group U2 who was injured in a cycling accident last year, said on Friday his recovery has not been easy and he may never play guitar again. In a blog on the group's website, the 54-year-old rocker said he broke his hand,...
  • Great musicians can not be created in the classroom: Paul McCartney January 2, 2015

    London: Paul McCartney has called popular music courses focusing on The Beatles "ridiculous". The 72-year-old musician made the comments while taking part in a Q&A on his website, reported BBC. "We never studied anything, we just loved our popular music. I think for us, we'd have felt it would have ruined it...
  • Manchester City pay heavy price for lack of spine December 29, 2014

    London: The absence of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero cost Manchester City dear as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to struggling Burnley on Sunday. The Premier League champions looked certain to cut the gap on leaders Chelsea to one point with a 10th successive...
  • Grammy Award-winning DJ David Guetta excited to perform in India December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Popular for albums like 'One Love' (2009), 'Nothing but the Beat' (2011), David Guetta has sold over six million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and quite clearly been the highest ranking DJs in the world. David, who has performed in India earlier, will be performing in Delhi/NCR...
  • West Asia tour operators cautious of giving visas after Kalyan youth join Islamic State December 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Ever since the arrest of Areeb Majeed, who along with three of his friends from Kalyan near Mumbai in Maharashtra allegedly joined the Islamic State in Iraq while on a pilgrimage, tour operators in Mumbai have become very cautious. Visas for Ziyarat in Baghdad has never been difficult to...
  • Champions Trophy Diary, Day 2: Malgudi Days and the Jagannath Temple December 10, 2014

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament) Though in the eastern part of India, never before today had I been reminded of Malgudi Days - the TV serial based on RK Narayan's short stories. And a visit to Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri rounded...
  • Champions Trophy Tour Diary, Day 1: Far-from-ideal journey to Bhubaneswar December 9, 2014

    (The author is travelling Bhubaneswar to cover the FIH Men's Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament) A cat-napping cab driver, a rush to the airport and a delayed flight - the Bhubaneswar diaries of yours truly didn't open with an ideal foreword. But I am finally in Oriya land, Odisha. A far-from-ideal 4-hour sleep...
  • Does Arnold Schwarzenegger think that Miley Cyrus is a bad influence on his son Patrick? December 7, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife are reportedly unhappy with their son's relationship with singer Miley Cyrus as they believe she is a bad influence. According to a source, Patrick is smitten with the 'Wrecking Ball' hitmaker, but his parents, Arnold and Maria Shriver, are less impressed with Cyrus's...
  • EPL: Manchester City beat Everton 1-0 to close in on Chelsea December 7, 2014

    Manchester: An injury to star striker Sergio Aguero cast a shadow over champion Manchester City's hard-fought 1-0 win over Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday. Yaya Toure converted a first-half penalty as City cut Chelsea's lead at the top to only three points, but the immediate concern was for...
  • Ready to fight till the end with Chelsea: Toure December 2, 2014

    London: Manchester City mid-fielder Yaya Toure said they are focused to defend their English Premier League (EPL) title. The 31-year-old blasted reigning champions City into the lead en route to a vital 3-0 victory at Southampton Sunday. City now trail leaders Chelsea by six points, reports Xinhua. "The Premier League is important...
  • 10-man Manchester City beat Southampton 3-0 November 30, 2014

    Second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy gave 10-man Manchester City a 3-0 victory against Southampton in the Premier League at St. Mary's on Sunday. Despite the emphatic nature of the scoreline, City were made to work hard for victory without ever being truly threatened by Southampton, who...
  • Tour Game: India draw with CA XI after valuable batting practice November 25, 2014

    Adelaide: India made a positive start to their tour of Australia after rounding off the practice game against Cricket Australia XI with an allround performance as the two-day match ended in a draw here on Tuesday. At the Gliderol Stadium, the visitors finished at 363 for 8 declared after 91 overs...
  • Couple of two-day matches not sufficient to open Australia tour, says Ganguly November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Not really impressed with the preparation that India will have going into the Test series against Australia, former captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said a couple of two-day practice games are just not enough. India will start the Test series against Australia on December 4 and play two practice...
  • Yaya Toure winner gives Manchester City 2-1 victory over Swansea November 22, 2014

    Yaya Toure responded to Manuel Pellegrini's rallying call as he fired champions Manchester City to a 2-1 Premier League win over Swansea on Saturday. The City midfielder, below par for much of the season but continually backed by City manager Pellegrini, powered forward to strike the winner just after the hour...
  • Australia should be prepared to face aggressive India: Virat Kohli November 22, 2014

    For the first time in 22 years, the Indian team is embarking on a Test tour of Australia without greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag but unperturbed by that, star batsman and captain for the first Test Virat Kohli said they...
  • Anirban Lahiri earns European Tour card for 2015 November 21, 2014

    Girona: Anirban Lahiri continued his dream run in 2014 by earning a European Tour card for the first time in his career after finishing inside the top-25 at the European Tour Q-School Final Stage. Lahiri (65-68-66-73-75-72) carded an even-par-72 in the sixth and final round of the event on Thursday to...
  • I'm living my most cherished dream, says KL Rahul November 21, 2014

    Elated after being selected in the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia, Karnataka's in-form opener KL Rahul said he is eager to play alongside captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The 22-year-old had an amazing domestic season that paved way for his entry into the national team for...
  • Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka play down London row November 19, 2014

    With the Davis Cup final against France looming, Roger Federer and his Swiss team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka on Tuesday played down talk of an internal row, sparked by the pair's fiery clash at the ATP World Tour Finals last week. During their semi-final encounter in London, which Federer won 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(6)...
  • Djokovic wins ATP year-ender after Federer pulls out November 16, 2014

    A mouthwatering finale to the season ended before it even began on Sunday when Roger Federer was forced to pull out prior to the ATP World Tour Final showdown with Novak Djokovic. The 33-year-old Swiss, who spent nearly three hours late on Saturday beating compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka in a gruelling semi-final,...
  • Bryan brothers reach year-end final in style November 16, 2014

    Bob and Mike Bryan thrashed French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-0, 6-3 to reach the final of the ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday. The American twins will be going for their fourth title at the season-ender on Sunday against Brazil's Marcelo Melo and Croatia's Ivan Dodig, although they...
  • Tetchy Djokovic blames exhaustion for Nishikori scare November 16, 2014

    Novak Djokovic said exhaustion and a loss of concentration played a part in a mid-match slump against Japan's Kei Nishikori that nearly wrecked his hopes of a third consecutive ATP World Tour Finals title on Saturday. A day after wrapping up the year-end world number one spot, a tetchy Djokovic dropped...
  • Roger Federer hangs tough to set up Djokovic showdown November 16, 2014

    Six-times champion Roger Federer survived a late-night Swiss semi-final thriller against Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to set up an ATP World Tour Finals showdown against Novak Djokovic. After a week of one-sided group stage action at London's O2 Arena, the season-ender burst to life with world number one Djokovic battling past...
  • Novak Djokovic halts Kei Nishikori fightback to reach ATP final November 15, 2014

    World number one Novak Djokovic ended Kei Nishikori's impressive debut at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 semifinal victory at the O2 Arena on Saturday. The Serb was rattled by a mid-match onslaught from the Japanese who came back from a poor start to dominate the second...
  • Stan Wawrinka ready to take on Roger Federer and the crowd who love him November 15, 2014

    London: Stan Wawrinka believes he can overcome not just a great friend and supreme champion in top form but also a crowd willing him to be beaten by their beloved Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour finals on Saturday. Wawrinka and Federer will team up next week for Switzerland in...
  • Novak Djokovic trounces Tomas Berdych at ATP Finals, seals No.1 spot November 14, 2014

    Novak Djokovic added another processional victory to the lengthening list at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-2 6-2 demolition of subdued Czech Tomas Berdych on Friday. The world number one was virtually guaranteed a semi-final berth before walking on court at the O2 Arena, but made doubly sure by...
  • Roger Federer happy Andy Murray avoided 'double bagel' November 14, 2014

    Roger Federer was two points away from beating one of his fiercest rivals without dropping a solitary game but said he was happy not to beat Andy Murray 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday. The Swiss great was leading 6-0, 5-0 and 30-0 on the hapless Murray's serve when he missed a routine...