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Smith, Warner booed by fans in WC warm-up game

London, May 25 (IANS) Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith were subject to boos by the crowd during Saturday's pre-World Cup warm-up match against England at the The Rose Bowl in Southampton. ...

Vijay Shankar's scan report comes in, no fracture

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Indian team management can heave a sigh of relief as all-rounder Vijay Shankar's scan reports have come in and he has no fracture. In fact, the batsman touted to bat at n...

Abhishek Bachchan trolls Kohli after pic with Kane

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Virat Kohli and Harry Kane sent sports fans into a frenzy when they posted a selfie together at the Lord's Cricket Ground on Friday. Kohli is currently in England as Team Ind...

We did what we had to, won't change a thing: Armstrong

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Tainted former American cyclist Lance Armstrong said he would not change the way he acted during his doping ordeal that led to him being stripped of his record seven Tour de Fr...

Kohli, Smith, Morgan are top skippers, feels Border

Melbourne, May 25 (IANS) Batting legend Allan Border feels Indias's Virat Kohli, England's Eoin Morgan and Australia's Aaron Finch are the three captains to look out for in the World Cup in England a...

I used sun screen, zip, mints while bowling: Panesar

London, May 25 (IANS) Former England spinner Monty Panesar made shocking revelations about ball tampering, saying he would use sun screen, mints and also the zip of his trouser to make the ball rever...

Afghans ring warning bell, but will Pak repeat history

Bristol, May 25 (IANS) When Afghanistan got past Pakistan by three wickets on Friday, it looked like an upset. But come the World Cup, this could be the norm when the ever diminishing fine line betwe...

'Daddy' Rohit ready to play perfect deputy to Kohli

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) India's ODI deputy Rohit Sharma is a daddy now and with fatherhood comes a lot of responsibility. But the batsman is happy in the zone that he is in and in fact, he goes on to r...

Shahan aims for double in X-30 National Championship

Bengaluru, May 24 (IANS) Young Shahan Ali Mohsin will be the cynosure of all eyes as the X-30 class of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Karting Championship gets under way at the Meco Kartopia on Saturday....

Kohli, Buttler, Warner: Waugh's top 3 batsmen for WC

Melbourne, May 24 (IANS) Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh has picked the top three batsmen he would be looking forward to in the upcoming World Cup beginning on May 30 in England and Wales. Th...

Was ready to walk away after WT20 controversy: Harmanpreet

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the women's T20 India team, has revealed that she was "ready to walk away from the game" after the controversy that erupted in the 2018 Women's W...

Nadal, Federer set up potential semifinal at French Open

Paris, May 24 (IANS) Eleven-time winner Rafael Nadal and Swiss great Roger Federer are slotted in the bottom half of men's singles and could meet in the semifinals of the upcoming French Open startin...

WC: Tom Latham to miss warm-up games due to injury

London, May 24 (IANS) Wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will miss New Zealand's World Cup warm-up matches against India and West Indies due to injury, skipper Kane Williamson has confirmed. Earlier ...

Alexander Zverev advances to semis of Geneva Open

Geneva, May 24 (IANS) Top-seeded German Alexander Zverev edged past Bolivia's Hugo Dellien 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Geneva Open and stay in the running for his first title of 2019...

Ex-Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista retires

Rio De Janeiro, May 24 (IANS) Former Real Madrid and Brazil international forward Julio Baptista has announced his retirement from football after a professional career spanning two decades. The 37...

WC: Wives, families of Pak players not to travel with team

Lahore, May 24: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wants to ensure its players stay focused during the upcoming World Cup and has banned wives and families of the cricketers from accompanying them dur...

Root relishing opportunity to do something special at WC

London, May 23 (IANS) England might be touted favourites going into the 2019 World Cup, but batsman Joe Root believes that the team has a lot to learn from defending champions Australia. In fact, the...

Ashwin set for county stint with Nottinghamshire

London, May 23 (IANS) Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will join Nottinghamshire for the second half of the County Championship season. Ashwin's Nottinghamshire stint will be his second in c...

Rahane backs Kohli & Co to do well in World Cup

Newport, May 23 (IANS) Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane believes India have a strong side and will do well in the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30. "Defin...

Usman Khawaja cleared of injury after head knock

Southampton, May 23 (IANS) Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been cleared of injury after being hit on the helmet while batting against West Indies in a warm-up match prior to the World Cup in Sout...

Smith sounds warning bell, stars in World Cup warm-up

Southampton, May 23 (IANS) Steve Smith sounded warning bells for the opposition teams going into the World Cup after he extended his pre-tournament purple patch with another half-century to help Aust...

Alex Hales eyes England comeback at World T20

London, May 23 (IANS) Alex Hales, who was dropped from the England World Cup squad, is eyeing a comeback to the national side for the next year's T20 World Cup to be held in October on the back of so...

Ajinkya Rahane scores century on County debut

Newport (UK), May 23 (IANS) Middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who failed to make a cut in the 15-member India squad for the upcoming World Cup, scored a brilliant century on his County debut for H...

Boxing expected to maintain status at Tokyo Olympics

Paris, May 23 (IANS) Boxing is set to appear on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games calendar, while the recognition of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC...

2022 World Cup to keep 32-team format: FIFA

Paris, May 23 (IANS) FIFA on Wednesday shrugged off any possibility of expansion from 32 to 48 teams at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. On January 10, 2017, FIFA Council unanimously decided in favo...

Indian Cricket team leaves for World Cup 2019

Mumbai, May 22: Indian Cricket team on Wednesday left from Mumbai airport to take part in the much awaited International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's Cricket World Cup in England, starting from May 3...

Uganda beat Botswana in T20 WC Africa qualifiers

Kampala, May 21 (IANS) Hosts Uganda beat Botswana in the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) men's Twenty20 World Cup Africa final qualifiers. In a game played here on Monday, Uganda ...

Afridi named icon player for Euro T20 Slam

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi has joined the Euro T20 Slam as icon player while the South African Twenty20 teams vice-captain JP Duminy and his country mate Imran Tahir...

PUMA launches special edition shoes for Kohli

Bengaluru, May 21 (IANS) PUMA, one of the worlds leading sports brands, on Tuesday announced the launch of a special collectors edition PUMA one8 cricket shoes - A tribute to team Indias prolific cap...

BCCI, state officials bemused as CoA announce election dates

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will have its election on October 22 as per the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai. The CoA chief further ment...

Afridi named icon player for Euro T20 Slam

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi has joined the Euro T20 Slam as icon player while South African Twenty20 teams vice-captain JP Duminy and his country mate Imran Tahir wil...

Handling pressure at World Cup most important: Kohli

Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli has said handling pressure at the World Cup will be the most important thing and the team will have to play every game with the same intensity as compe...

India lose 3-2 to Malaysia in Sudirman Cup opener

Nanning, May 21 (IANS) PV Sindhu won her first singles match but India fell to a 3-2 defeat to Malaysia in the opening encounter of their 2019 Sudirman Cup campaign. While Sindhu beat her opponent Go...

FC Goa rope in Seiminlen Doungel on free transfer

Panaji, May 21 (IANS) FC Goa on Tuesday completed the signing of Seiminlen Doungel on a free transfer from Kerala Blasters. The forward, who had two years left on his contract at his previous club...

Andy Murray hints at playing doubles at Wimbledon

London, May 21 (IANS) Former world number one Andy Murray, who underwent a hip-resurfacing surgery, has all but ruled out the possibility of competing in singles at Wimbledon this year and would be l...

Willey makes place for Archer in England WC squad

London, May 21 (IANS) England have included right-arm pacer Jofra Archer in the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30. Archer, who was on stand-by and on trial in the just-co...

Slater removed from flight for 'disruptive' behaviour

Melbourne, May 21 (IANS) Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater was removed from a flight for his "disruptive" behaviour. According to a BBC report, Slater said he was arguing with two friends...

Don't get personal with Smith, Warner: Moeen urges fans

London, May 21 (IANS) All-rounder Moeen Ali has urged fans, who will be coming to England to watch the upcoming World Cup, not to make personal barbs at tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and Davi...

Djokovic remains world No. 1 despite loss in Rome

Rome, May 20 (IANS) Novak Djokovic kept his lead in the latest ATP men's tennis rankings even after he lost to Rafael Nadal of Spain in the final of the Italian Open. The Serb has 12,355 points ra...

Kroos extends contract with Real Madrid till 2023

Madrid, May 20 (IANS) Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a contract extension that is set to tie him to the club for four seasons, the La Liga side said on Monday. The 29-year-old German...

Every side will be wary of Australia: Steve Waugh

Dubai, May 20 (IANS) With Steve Smith and David Warner returning to the Australian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, former cricketer Steve Waugh believes the duo's arrival will further streng...

Everyone in team wants to impress Ponting: Finch

Melbourne, May 20 (IANS) Australia captain Aaron Finch has admitted that the mere presence of Ricky Ponting in the dressing room and on the training track immediately lifts the morale of every member...

WC: Pakistan include Amir, Riaz to bolster pace attack

Lahore, May 20 (IANS) In order to strengthen their bowling attack, Pakistan have included left-arm pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir in the final 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup slated t...

I don't know the final 15: Morgan on WC selection

Leeds, May 20 (IANS) England captain Eoin Morgan has admitted that he is still unsure about the final 15 who will be selected in the squad for the upcoming World Cup beginning May 30. After the fi...

Cricketer Asif Ali's daughter dies of cancer

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Pakistan batsman Asif Ali's two-year-old daughter Noor Fatima, who was suffering from stage four cancer, breathed her last at a hospital in the US. A statement issued by P...

Real Madrid bids farewell to Keylor Navas

Madrid, May 20 (IANS) Real Madrid fans bid farewell to goalkeeper Keylor Navas just before the side's final La Liga game of the season against Real Betis. Supporters chanted the goalkeeper's name ...

Langer defends Hazlewood's omission from WC squad

Melbourne, May 20 (IANS) Australia head coach Justin Langer has defended the decision to exclude Josh Hazlewood from the upcoming World Cup squad, saying the pacer didn't play enough white-ball crick...

Pakistan's fielding a real worry for me: Mickey Arthur

Leeds, May 20 (IANS) After conceding a 0-4 series defeat against England, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that his side did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments which l...

MotoGP: Marquez secures Honda's 300th premier class win

Le Mans (France), May 20 (IANS) Marc Marquez took his third win of the 2019 season with another dominating performance as teammate Jorge Lorenzo took his best finish of the season with 11th position ...

Nadal claims 34th Masters title in Rome

Rome, May 20 (IANS) Spain's Rafael Nadal has claimed a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 crown, beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 with a statement victory in an epic Italian Open final. The...

Can India replicate 1983 magic in England?

New Delhi, May 20: Team India, led by Virat Kohli, are among the top contenders for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30. The second ranked ODI team will be...

Cricketer Asif Ali's daughter dies of cancer

New Delhi, May 20: Pakistan batsman Asif Ali's two-year-old daughter Noor Fatima, who was suffering from stage four cancer, breathed her last at a hospital in the US. A statement issued by Pakist...