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  • Stuart Binny banking on extra pace to seal World Cup spot 42 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Cut-throat competition is expected when it comes to making the final-15 for the 2015 Cricket World Cup and all-rounder Stuart Binny feels the extra pace he has gained of late makes his case stronger ahead of the all important selection early next month. Binny has not made the most...
  • Sergio Ramos caps 'best year' with Club World Cup award 7 hours 19 minutes ago

    Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 "the best year of my life" after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown. A no-nonsense centre back whose strength in the air regularly yields goals, Ramos scooped the...
  • Sachin Tendulkar announced as ICC World Cup 2015 ambassador 13 hours 1 minutes ago

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 ambassador. It will be the second successive time that the Indian maestro will be the ambassador of the ICC's pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted...
  • 'Mary Kom' director Omung Kumar to start shooting 'War' by October 13 hours 20 minutes ago

    Mumbai: 'Mary Kom' fame director Omung Kumar says he will start shooting his next film, based on World War II, by mid-October 2015. Kumar told IANS: "It's a period film and I feel their stories haven't been told on screen. I will shoot in some real locations and also create a...
  • My appetite for chess has recovered: Viswanathan Anand 15 hours 32 minutes ago

    Buoyed by winning the London Chess Classic, five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said he is looking forward to play games in 2015 with renewed zeal and enthusiasm. "I think my appetite for chess has recovered. I am going to play chess with renewed vigour in 2015," the 45-year-old Indian grandmaster...
  • Angelina Jolie kidnapped me to write a song for 'Unbroken', says Coldplay frontman Chris Martin Yesterday

    Los Angeles: Singer Chris Martin jokes he was kidnapped by actress-director Angelina Jolie to write a song for her forthcoming film 'Unbroken'. The Coldplay frontman, who contributed the track 'Miracles' for her second directorial venture, says Jolie was so desperate to get him on board that she went to extreme lengths,...
  • Shahid Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup Yesterday

    Pakistan's experienced allrounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from one-day internationals after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Afridi told a news conference on Sunday that after the World Cup, which starts on February 14, he will focus on T20 matches leading up to the T20...
  • Eoin Morgan missed selector's calls for England appointment Yesterday

    London: Middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan has said he had "20 missed calls" on his phone from national selector James Whitaker, who was trying to offer him the role of England One-Day International (ODI) captain. The 28-year-old was appointed as Alastair Cook's replacement on Saturday, following England's recent 2-5 series defeat against...
  • Kevin Pietersen's England exile ludicrous: Matthew Hayden Yesterday

    London: Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has batted for Kevin Pietersen and described England's decision to continually overlook the star batsman as "ludicrous". Pietersen's central contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was terminated in February, reports bbc.co.uk. "It's ludicrous Kevin Pietersen is not in the England squad. It's...
  • Pakistan cry foul after losing kabaddi final against India Yesterday

    Amritsar: Pakistan captain Shafiq Chishti alleged umpires being biased towards opponent team after they lost the Kabaddi World Cup final 42-45 to India here on Saturday. The players accused the organizers of bias and foul play to ensure that India won. They accepted the prize money as runners-up but only...
  • Alastair Cook sacked in a 'hugely disrespectful' way: Andrew Strauss Yesterday

    London: Former England captain Andrew Strauss has launched a strong attack on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), saying sacking of former skipper Alastair Cook was "hugely disrespectful". The 29-year-old Cook, who was in dismal form, has been replaced as England One-Day International (ODI) captain by middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan...
  • Indian men, women win World Cup Kabaddi titles 2 days ago

    The Indian men's team continued their winning streak by clinching the fifth Kabaddi World Cup title, while the women's side bagged the crown for the fourth consecutive time, here on Saturday. At a grand finale held at Guru Gobind Singh Multipurpose Stadium, the Indian men's team defeated Pakistan 45-42 for the...
  • Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook 2 days ago

    London: England batsman and former skipper Alastair Cook has said that he was 'gutted' to be left out of England's World Cup squad after fellow willower Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook was dropped on Friday from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month...
  • India will bid for Club World Cup: AIFF president 2 days ago

    Mumbai: India has not yet given up on its plans to host a Club World Cup in the near future, according to AIFF president Praful Patel, who asserted that the country's football scene would soon develop "qualitatively and quantitatively". Patel on Saturday chaired the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Annual General...
  • Saina, Srikanth lose in semis of Superseries Finals 2 days ago

    Dubai: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost in their respective semi-finals of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Saturday. While World No.4 Saina was tamed 21-11, 13-21, 9-21 in 55 minutes by World No.9 Tai Tzu Ying...
  • Eoin Morgan named England ODI captain, Alastair Cook dropped from squad 2 days ago

    Alastair Cook has been dropped from the England squad for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with Eoin Morgan taking over as captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Saturday. Opener Cook, who has been woefully out of form with the bat but will...
  • Alastair Cook out, Eoin Morgan in as England ODI captain: reports 3 days ago

    London: Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday. Opener Cook, who has been woefully out of form with the bat, will be replaced as skipper by swashbuckling middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan. Cook...
  • Saeed Ajmal returns to action, eyes World Cup 2015 3 days ago

    Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal hopes to play in next year's World Cup after making his competitive return on Friday, three months after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action. The 37-year old Ajmal played for Pakistan A against Kenya in Lahore, bowling six overs and...
  • I'm waiting for a call says England exile Kevin Pietersen 3 days ago

    London: Exiled England star Kevin Pietersen on Friday said he would consider any offer to return as England selectors met to decide which players are set for World Cup duty. Pietersen was dropped from the squad by the England and Wales Cricket board in February and the controversial batsman subsequently released...
  • Badminton: Saina, Srikanth enter semis at World Super Series Finals 3 days ago

    Dubai: Badminton ace Saina Nehwal topped her group to march into the women's singles semifinals while Kidambi Srikanth reached the last four stage despite losing his last men's singles round robin match at the BWF World Super Series Finals here on Friday. World No.4 Saina clinched a pulsating three-game thriller against...
  • Melbourne to host World Cup 2015 Australian opening ceremony 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Melbourne was Friday named as the host of Australian opening ceremony for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2015. Two opening ceremonies for cricket's marquee event will be held on February 12, with co-hosts New Zealand to stage their opener on the same evening in Christchurch. The Melbourne celebration at...
  • Alastair Cook should be replaced as captain: Nasser Hussain 4 days ago

    London: Alastair Cook should be immediately taken out from captaincy ahead of the World Cup before time runs out, former England skipper Nasser Hussain had said. England's one-day series defeat in Sri Lanka was their fourth in a row under Cook, who scored 119 runs in six games. England went down...
  • Consecutive wins for Saina, Srikanth in World Super Series Finals 4 days ago

    India's top badminton players Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth took a big step on way to reaching the semifinals at the World Super Series Finals by securing second consecutive wins in their respective group on Friday. Srikanth, who reached a career-high world number six in the rankings today, celebrated his rise...
  • Dipika Pallikal, Joshana Chinappa bow out of World Squash Championship 4 days ago

    India's top squash players Dipika Pallikal and Joshana Chinappa fought hard against higher-ranked opponents before losing their respective pre-quarterfinal in the World Championship. World number 16 Pallikal showed promise against third-ranked Raneem El Welily of Egypt before going down 11-7, 5-11, 3-11, 6-11 in 50 minutes in a match played on...
  • Lord's to host ICC World Cup 2019 final 4 days ago

    London: Lord's has been chosen to host the 2019 World Cup final and the 2017 Women's World Cup final, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The ECB also revealed the 2019 semi-finals will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Oval, Taunton, Chester-le-Street, Headingley,...
  • Saina, Srikanth register wins in World Super Series final 5 days ago

    On a superb day for Indian shuttlers, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and World No.8 Kidambi Srikanth won their respective singles matches to open the World Super Series badminton final campaign on a positive note, in Dubai on Wednesday. Fifth-seeded Saina stunned reigning Asian Games champion Shixian Wang of China 21-17,...
  • Real Madrid coast into Club World Cup final 5 days ago

    Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scored to help Real Madrid coast past Mexico's Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday for a place in this weekend's Club World Cup final against Argentina's San Lorenzo or New Zealand's Auckland City. Sergio Ramos scored in the 15th minute and Benzema in the 36th. Bale added...
  • ED probing beneficiary of Rs 425 cr IPL facilitation fee 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate is investigating the "actual beneficiary" of the Rs 425 crore facilitation fee paid for award of 10-year media rights for the IPL cricket matches to World Sports Group in 2009. The government, in an Action Taken report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, said the...
  • Abhishek Bachchan feels honoured with honour for wife Aishwarya Rai but says he 'got the better deal' 6 days ago

    Mumbai: Actor Abhishek Bachchan says he felt honoured when his wife Aishwarya Rai was felicitated by the Miss World Organisation at the 64th edition of the international beauty pageant for her commitment to "beauty with a purpose". The latest Miss World contest took place in London Sunday and Aishwarya took to...
  • Squash: Joshana Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal reach World Championship pre-quarters 1 week ago

    Cairo: India's Joshana Chinappa dispatched 12th seed Madeline Perry of Ireland while 14th seed Dipika Pallikal survived a Mexican scare to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the Women's World Squash Championship on Monday. World No. 22 Chinappa took 50 minutes to chalk out a 14-12, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 win over 14th-ranked Perry...