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  • India's football dreams get a boost, Brazil's shattered at home - football in 2014 1 hour 1 minutes ago

    Passionate little Brazilian boys cried their last during the semi-final of the 2014 Football World Cup, while little Baichungs in India witnessed the dawn of a brand new footballing era in their nation. For a 10-year-old, his emotions are threatened by the virtue of his birth, by the wavering national...
  • Inspired by Shane Warne, Yasir Shah hopeful of World Cup place 13 hours 3 minutes ago

    Karachi: Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah is determined to make an impact at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand having been inspired by the great Shane Warne. "I started playing cricket because I idolised Shane Warne. He has been my role model and I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
  • Official blasts appointment of Jason Holder as West Indies ODI skipper 20 hours 58 minutes ago

    Port of Spain: An executive member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), Patrick Rampersad, has blasted the appointment of 23-year-old fast bowler Jason Holder as the new captain of the West Indies ODI side. Rampersad on Tuesday described the appointment of Holder, who has played one Test and 21...
  • Present Pakistani team can win the World Cup: Moin Khan Yesterday

    Islamabad: Former Pakistani wicket keeper Moin Khan says that the current Pakistani team has what it takes to be the champions in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Khan, who was a part of the World Cup winning team of 1992, has his hopes pinned on the big event returning to...
  • Michael Clarke recovery as expected, still has World Cup hopes Yesterday

    Australia batsman Michael Clarke has said his recovery from surgery on his torn hamstring was progressing as expected and he still hoped to lead his country at next year's World Cup. The 33-year-old tore his hamstring during the first Test against India and was ruled out for the series, prompting speculation...
  • Robin Uthappa hopes he has done enough for World Cup selection Yesterday

    New Delhi: Robin Uthappa has carried his rich vein of form into the Ranji Trophy, something he hopes will be enough to land him a spot in India's 15-member Cricket World Cup squad. With the deadline of submitting the shortlisted squad to the ICC set for January 7, the fate of...
  • Alastair Cook takes to the oche after World Cup snub Yesterday

    London: Alastair Cook tried to take his mind off his shock World Cup snub as the deposed England captain stepped onto the oche at the World Darts Championships on Monday. Two days after the heartache of being sacked as England's one-day captain and dropped from the squad for next year's World...
  • Stuart Binny banking on extra pace to seal World Cup spot 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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...