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Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova advance to second round of Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Serena Williams of the United States and the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova dismissed their respective opponents on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Australian Op...

2019 World Cup Cricket is going to be a tough contest: Jonathan Trott

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 15 (IANS) Former England batsman Jonathan Trott is keeping his cards close to his chest on predicting the winner of the upcoming edition of the World Cup to be played in his h...

Nishikori advances to second round after Majchrzak retires

Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Japan's Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after Polish wild card Kamil Majchrzak retired due to cramping during Tuesday's match. Nishikori ...

Spain's Muguruza cruises into second round of Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday after beating Zheng Saisai in straight sets. The No.18 seed beat her Chinese opponent 6-2, ...

Konta beats Tomljanovic in tie-break at Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Former Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after beating Ajla Tomljanovic in a tie-break on Tuesday. The Brit, ...

Sousa beats Pella to reach Australian Open 2nd round

Melbourne, Jan 15 (IANS) Portuguese Joao Sousa on Tuesday progressed to the second round of the Australian Open by beating Argentine Guido Pella 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. In a four-hour match, wor...

Sourav Ganguly to launch trailer of cricket-themed film '22 Yards'

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will launch the trailer of the Hindi film "22 Yards", helmed by Mitali Ghoshal and starring Barun Sobti, at an event here on Wednesday. ...

Manu Sawhney unveiled as new ICC CEO

Dubai, Jan 15 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the appointment of Manu Sawhney as its new Chief Executive Officer. According to an ICC statement, Sawhney, the fo...

2nd ODI: Kohli, Dhoni power India to series-levelling win

Adelaide, Jan 15 (IANS) India rode on skipper Virat Kohli's century and stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's controlled fifty to beat Australia by six wickets in the second ODI and level the three-match OD...

Umpire Taufel backs Hardik, Rahul

Kolkata, Jan 14: Australian umpiring great Simon Taufel on Monday backed under-fire cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul, calling for the issue to be handled with care as everyone makes mistakes...

Rajasthan Royals rope in Upton as coach

Mumbai, Jan 13 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals have roped in experienced coach Paddy Upton for the forthcoming season of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament. "Upton has...

Real Madrid coach declines to advise Isco on his current situation

Madrid, Jan 13 (IANS) Real Madrid's Argentine coach Santiago Solari has said Spain midfielder Fransico Alarcon, best known as Isco, is wise enough to figure out on his own how to deal with his curren...

I want to work with Steven Spielberg: S. Sreesanth

Mumbai, Jan 13 (IANS) Former cricketer turned actor S. Sreesanth, who is trying to make his space in showbiz with reality television shows and films, says he aspires to work in a Hollywood movie with...

Rayudu reported for bowling action

Sydney, Jan 13 (IANS) Indias Ambati Rayudu has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the first One-Day International (ODI) against Australia here on Saturday. The match officials' repo...

Olympic champ says running marathon in under two hours is possible

Nairobi, Jan 13 (IANS) Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge says breaking the two-hour mark in marathon is very much possible. However, he declined to confirm if he will be making another atte...

Iran could have defeated Vietnam with more goals, says Queiroz

Tehran, Jan 13 (IANS) Iran national football team's head coach Carlos Queiroz said they could have defeated Vietnam with more goals. Iran beat Vietnam 2-0 in Group D on Saturday and booked a spot ...

De Minaur and Kvitova take out Sydney International tennis Open

Sydney, Jan 13 (Xinhua) Young Aussie tennis sensation Alex De Minaur has taken out his first ever ATP single's title on Saturday evening, knocking over Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in straight sets....

Nadal nearing full fitness ahead of Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 12 (IANS) Spain's Rafael Nadal said on Saturday he was feeling healthy and approaching full fitness ahead of next week's Australian Open, after his rival, Britain's Andy Murray, announ...

American Sandgren wins maiden ATP title in Auckland

Auckland, Jan 12 (IANS) American Tennys Sandgren lifted his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title after beating Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday in the Auckland Classic f...

Kenin outclasses Schmiedlova to claim first WTA singles title in Hobart

Hobart (Australia), Jan 12 (IANS) American Sofia Kenin secured her second trophy in two weeks after an easy 6-3, 6-0 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia at the WTA Hobart International on ...

Halep hoping to add to Roland Garos title at Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 12 (IANS) Romania's world number one Simona Halep said on Saturday she is more relaxed as she prepares to challenge for the Australian Open after winning her first Grand Slam of her ca...

Kvitova battles past Barty for Sydney International title

Sydney, Jan 12 (IANS) Fifth-seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic had to dig deep to defeat Australia's Ashleigh Barty for her second Sydney International title on Saturday. For the second year...

Zverev fit for Australian Open despite injury scare

Melbourne, Jan 12 (IANS) German fourth seed Alexander Zverev said on Saturday that he was relaxed and fit to play in the Australian Open despite a dramatic fall during training. In the pre-event p...

I-League: Norde strike helps Mohun Bagan beat Neroca 1-0

Kolkata, Jan 12 (IANS) Haitian hitman Sony Norde scored a second half goal to help Mohun Bagan continue their winning run as they edged past Neroca FC 1-0 in an I-League encounter here on Saturday. ...

Rohit's ton in vain as India lose 1st ODI

Sydney, Jan 12 (IANS) Opener Rohit Sharma's valiant 133-run knock went in vain as India lost the opening One-day International to Australia by 34 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) here on Satur...

Second time in 82 years Indian cricketers sent back from overseas tour over disciplinary reasons

Indian cricket is replete with sagas of player-related controversies but the ignominy faced by Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul -- being sent back from an overseas tour -- is only the second such instance...

Dhoni becomes fifth Indian to breach 10k-run mark in ODIs

Sydney, Jan 12: Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday became the fifth Indian to reach the elusive 10,000-run mark in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for the country. Dhoni, who was missin...

Three half-centuries guide Australia to 288/5 vs India

Sydney, Jan 12: Some fantastic middle-order batting by Australia helped them post 288/5 against India in the first ODI of the three-match rubber at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Saturday. Afte...

Seppi knocks Schwartzman out to reach Sydney International final

Sydney, Jan 11 (IANS) Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, seeded third, was defeated by eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-4 in a semi-final of the Sydney International tournament on Friday. ...

PBL set for exciting semi-finals

Bangalore, Jan 11 (IANS) After an enthralling league stage which witnessed some power-packed action, the Premier Badminton League (PBL) has narrowed down to the top four teams who will be battling it...

I-League: Mohun Bagan look to continue winning momentum against Neroca

Kolkata, Jan 11 (IANS) Mohun Bagan will look to continue their winning momentum when they take on Neroca FC in an I-League encounter at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Saturday. The...

Ronaldo's DNA sought in Las Vegas alleged rape case

Las Vegas, Jan 11 (IANS) Authorities in Las Vegas have issued a warrant to obtain the DNA of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to see if it matches that found on the dress of a woman who has accus...

Karanka steps down as Nottingham Forest coach

London, Jan 11 (IANS) Aitor Karanka has decided to leave his job as head coach at English Championship side Nottingham Forest after spending over a year at the helm, the club said on Friday. Notti...

Cricketers Hardik, Rahul suspended pending probe

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) The participation of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener Lokesh Rahul in the three-ODI series against Australia, starting in Sydney on Saturday, has been thrown into jeopard...

Schmiedlova in Hobart International final

Hobart, Jan 11 (IANS) Unseeded Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova stormed into her first WTA final in Australia after defeating former World No.7 Belinda Bencic in three sets at the Hobart Internati...

TVS riders successfully complete Stage 4 of Dakar Rally

Moquegua (Peru), Jan 11 (IANS) Seasoned Indian rider Aravind KP managed to complete the most challenging stage of the ongoing 2019 Dakar Rally, finishing the Stage 4 at 64th overall even as the other...

I-League: Real Kashmir FC play goalless draw with Aizawl FC

Aizawl, Jan 11 (IANS) High flying league debutants Real Kashmir could not continue their winning run against former champion Aizawl FC as both sides failed to find the back of the net at Rajiv Gandhi...

Pandya, Rahul out from Aus-Ind 1st ODI amid recommendation of ban

New Delhi, Jan 11: India will not be fielding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in Saturday's ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a su...

Virat Kohli Reacts On Row Over Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul's TV Show Comments

New Delhi, Jan 10: Team India skipper Virat Kohli broke his silence on the ongoing controversy involving Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who made sexist comments on a TV talk show. Reacting to the commen...

Australia to wear traditional 1980's kits against India in ODIs

Sydney, Jan 10 (UNI) Bringing memories of 1980s squad led by then Allan Border, the current Australian team will have the opportunity to put on jerseys having green and gold kits that Border and team...

Abhimanyu scores career best 201 as Bengal-Punjab Ranji Trophy match ends in draw

Kolkata, Jan 10 (UNI) Individual records - a career best double century (201 not out) from Bengal batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran and Punjab's young batter Anmolpreet Singh's season first ton (126) were...

Barty beats Mertens in straight sets to grab semifinal spot

Sydney, Jan 10 (IANS) Australia's Ashleigh Barty defeated Belgium's world No. 12 Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the last four in the Sydney International tournament for a second year in ...

It's a challenge bringing up kids: Roger Federer

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Tennis icon Roger Federer says he wants to make sure that his children remember what "normal" is as their "lives are not normal". Federer is married to Mirka, who was also...

Schwartzman in Sydney International semis

Sydney, Jan 10 (IANS) Argentina's Diego Schwartzman knocked out Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 from the Sydney International men's singles quarterfinals on Thursday. The third-seeded 26-...

Late goal gives Getafe 1-0 win over Valladolid

Getafe, Jan 10 (IANS) Getafe needed a goal in stoppage time to prevail 1-0 against Real Valladolid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey round-of-16 tie. Both Getafe -- seventh in LaLiga with hop...

Real Madrid roll to 3-0 victory over Leganes in Copa del Rey

Madrid, Jan 10 (IANS) Vinicius Junior scored a goal and assisted on another in Real Madrid's 3-0 victory over Leganes in round-of-16 action in the Copa del Rey, Spain's annual knockout football compe...

COA chief Rai recommends 2-match ban on Pandya, Rahul

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) A two-match ban has been suggested for international cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul for their alleged "sexist" comments during a talk show hosted by Bollywood film...

Men's draw revealed for Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 10 (IANS) Serbia's Novak Djokovic, favourite to win the Australian Open, will play his first match of the tournament against a qualifier, according to the draw on Thursday. Switzerl...

Halep to face Kanepi in first round of Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 10 (IANS) World No. 1 Romania's Simona Halep will face Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the Australian Open, according to the draw on Thursday. Halep lost last year's fin...

Real Kashmir to face Aizawl FC in I-League tie

Aizawl, Jan 10 (IANS) Real Kashmir FC renew their dream debut campaign aiming straight for the top spot in the 12th round Hero I-League clash with Aizawl FC at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium here on Friday...

Bayern Munich bring Qatar training camp to a close

Doha, Jan 10 (IANS) Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on Thursday wrapped up their winter training camp in Qatar, where the team, currently in second place in Germany's top-flight, had swapped sub-zero...

Superwoman of India: Mary Kom becomes World No 1 boxer in AIBA rankings

December 10: MC Mary Kom's unprecedented sixth world title triumph has put her on the coveted number one position in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA), the latest world rankings. Accor...

BCCI mulls 2-match suspension for Hardik, KL Rahul after sexist remarks on TV show

New Delhi, Jan 10: CI's Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai has recommended a two-match ban for Hardik Pandya for his controversial remarks on TV show Koffee With Karan. Pandya was pull...

Australia to play 2 T20Is, 5 ODIs in India

Mumbai, Jan 10: Australia will begin their India tour with a Twenty20 International (T20I) in Bengaluru on February 24 and will also play five ODIs from March 2, it was announced on Thursday. The ...