Friday, May 31, 2024


T20 World Cup: Whatever preparation we get, have to go with it, says Mark Wood on England’s build-up

NEW DELHI: Tearaway pacer Mark Wood believes England have to make do with whatever games they have in hand in their preparation period for their Men’s T20 World Cup title defence, especially with them not playing any official warm-up games organised by the ICC. England’s two games against Pakistan at Headingley and Cardiff have been abandoned without a ball being bowled, while the other game saw them emerge victorious by 23 runs. They have the last game of their series against Pakistan at The Oval on Thursday, which has a rain threat.

Boxing World qualifiers: Sachin, Sanjeet win to close in on Paris berth

BANGKOK: India’s Sachin Siwach (57kg) and Sanjeet Kumar (92kg) took another step towards Paris Olympic qualification as they registered convincing victories over their respective opponents to advance to the next round of the Boxing World Qualifiers, here on Thursday.

T20 WC: Ellis would be my third fast-bowling pick in Australia's attack, says Paine

HOBART: Former Australia Test captain Tim Paine thinks Nathan Ellis should be Australia's third fast-bowling option in the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup, starting from June 2 (IST) in the West Indies and the USA.

Brandon Fernandes bids goodbye to Goa FC after 7-year stay with ISL club

NEW DELHI: FC Goa have announced the departure of its longest-serving players Brandon Fernandes, with the midfielders contract set to expire this summer.

Now, a 3-day 'Dharavi Premier League' cricket tourney to kickstart on May 31

MUMBAI: The Dharavi Redevelopment Project Pvt Ltd (DRPPL), a joint venture of Maharashtra Government and Adani Group, will unveil the first three-day cricket tournament, Dharavi Premier League (DPL) to salute the spirit of over one million souls residing in Asia's largest informal settlement, as per an official statement here on Thursday.

How 2 days with Jacques Dallaire helped Watson conquer short ball fear

NEW DELHI: Shane Watson had a glittering career of nearly two decades as a premier all-rounder in white-ball cricket, at the international and franchise levels. He carved a reputation for stepping up when needed in big games and tournaments, while juggling to play all three formats for Australia and then transforming into a sought-after T20 leagues batter.

Squash: Rathika Seelan enters Hong Kong PSA Challenge Cup QF

HONG KONG: Rathika Suthanthira Seelan advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong PSA Challenge Cup – 4th leg with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over local challenger Ka Huen Leung.

Europe Tour: Indian jr men's hockey team registers shootout win over Germany

NETHERLANDS: Indian junior men’s hockey team registered a shootout victory against Germany, while the junior women concluded their Tour of Europe with a draw against Oranje Rood.

Singapore Open: Sindhu bows out after second round loss against Marin

SINGAPORE: Two-time Olympic medallist shuttler PV Sindhu's Singapore Open campaign ended in the second round after losing to familiar foe Carolina Marin of Spain, here on Thursday.

Latest global sensation: Praggnanandhaa's first win over Carlsen in classical chess sends netizens into frenzy

NEW DELHI: After Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa defeated world No. 1 GM Magnus Carlsen for the first time in a classical game during round three of the 2024 Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, netizens went into a frenzy over the Indian prodigy's significant achievement.

'You absolutely need to have the discipline…': Watson's advice on social media usage

NEW DELHI: While IPL 2024 produced towering scores, stellar spells and unforgettable memories for cricket connoisseurs, the tournament also saw numerous instances of players being trolled and abused on their social media handles by anonymous fan accounts.

Diamond League Oslo: When and where to watch

OSLO: The sixth meet of the 2024 Diamond League is set to take place, here at the Bislett Olympic Stadium on Thursday.

Virat Kohli is just so mentally tough, says ex-Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson

NEW DELHI: Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder, thinks Indian cricket stalwarts Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni stand out as the most mentally strong players he played alongside in his vast playing career.

Flick wants to repeat successful Bayern times at Barcelona

BERLIN: August 14, 2020, remains etched in the history of Catalan football. That evening, Bayern Munich dismantled Barcelona 8-2 in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, a traumatic experience for FC Barcelona.

French Open: Alcaraz passes tough de Jong test to advance as rainy disrupts schedule

PARIS: With Wednesday's schedule at the French Open disrupted by incessant rain, Spanish third seed Carlos Alcaraz overcame a stern test from Dutch qualifier Jesper de Jong to reach the third round.

England, Pakistan players gain big; Suryakumar remains top ICC batter in latest T2OI rankings

DUBAI: As the cricketing world eagerly anticipates the ICC Men's T20 World Cup set to kick off in the West Indies and USA, the latest update to the ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings has seen significant movement among international stars from Pakistan, West Indies, and England.

‘These last few days’: Chhetri shares emotional post heading into final international game

BHUBANESWAR: The entire footballing fraternity is counting the days till June 6 when an icon of the sport, Sunil Chettri will be donning the Blue Tigers jersey for the final time against Kuwait at Salt Lake Stadium.

'Whenever he performs, we win,' Cummins, Head told Abhishek Sharma's father

NEW DELHI: Abhishek Sharma has been one of the highlights of the 2024 IPL season. It was his exploits with opening partner Travis Head that made SRH the highest-scoring team in the season.

Ultimate Table Tennis 2024 set to begin on August 22 in Chennai

CHENNAI: The fifth season of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) will be played from August 22 to September 7 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium.

Norway Chess: Vaishali beats Humpy; Praggnanandhaa loses to Ding Liren in Armageddon

STAVANGER: The Second round of the Norway Chess saw all three classical games ending up in a draw once again as Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja and Ding Liren won with white in the subsequent Armageddon games to grab 1.5 points each.

NBA: Doncic & Irving take the blame for Mavericks 100-105 loss against Timberwolves

DALLAS: Luka Doncic's triple-double couldn't prevent the Dallas Mavericks from falling 100-105 to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

CABI announces top 30 women blind cricketers for selection trials at Bhubaneshwar

BENGALURU: Cricket Association for the Blind in India(CABI) and Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled announced the top 30 women blind cricketers of India for the selection trials to be held in Bhubaneshwar from June 6 to 10.

T2O World Cup: Indian team opts for ground session ahead of practice match at New York

NEW YORK: The Indian men’s cricket team ahead of the T20 World Cup had their first ground session, here on Wednesday.

T20 World Cup: Nine-man Australia stun Namibia in warm-up match

TRINIDAD: Nine-man Australia team triumphed over Namibia by seven wickets in their opening T20 World Cup warm-up match, thanks to a sensational new-ball spell from Josh Hazlewood and a blistering half-century from David Warner.`

French Open: Djokovic advances to second round with straight-sets victory

PARIS: Novak Djokovic began his French Open title defense with a solid win on Tuesday, overcoming some slumps during his opening-round match against French wildcard Pierre-Hugues Herbert to secure a 6-4, 6-7(7-3), 6-4 victory.

2024 Futsal World Cup schedule confirmed

GENEVA: The schedule of the 2024 Futsal World Cup was confirmed on Tuesday, football's world governing body FIFA announced.

T20 World Cup: Canada, Namibia, Oman win warm-up matches

DALLAS: Canada, Oman, and Namibia won their respective warm-up matches ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, gaining some advantage in their buildup to the mega event to be played in the USA and Caribbean. Canada defeated Nepal by 63 runs at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Dallas; Oman handed Papua New Guinea a 3-wicket win while Namibia got the better of fellow African side Uganda by five wickets at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba.

Boxing World Qualifiers: Nishant outclasses Otgonbaatar in two minutes, Abhinash loses a close bout

NEW DELHI: Nishant Dev outclassed his Mongolian opponent in just over two minutes in the 71kg second round to reach the pre-quarterfinal stage while Abhinash Jamwal was unlucky to be knocked out in the 63.5kg category at the 2nd Boxing World qualifiers for Paris Olympics in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday.

Ponting hopes Pant to have 'huge impact' in T20 World Cup

DUBAI: Former Australia skipper and Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting is hopeful of Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant making a "huge impact" in the T20 World Cup at the USA and the West Indies, scheduled to commence on June 1.

IPL - India’s league benefiting foreigners for years! ‘They earn, learn, and then beat us,' feel fans

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has significantly influenced the 'gentleman’s game' by revolutionising playing styles, improving the financial stature of players, and heightening the level of fan engagement. These are times when parents want their kids to focus more on IPL and getting into Team India is secondary for them since the financials are taken care of by the cash-rich league.

Courtois misses out as Belgium name 25-man squad for Euro 2024

NEW DELHI: Belgium have announced their 25-man squad that will take the field for the upcoming 2024 European Championship, which is set to take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14.

Who wouldn't want to play with someone as good as Mbappe: Bellingham

NEW DELHI: Fans are trembling in anticipation in the wait for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe's arrival to Real Madrid with the move being all but confirmed. One of the most talented midfielder in the world Jude Bellingham also shared the excitement of playing with someone as good as the French forward.

Kevin Pietersen requests fans to stop abuse towards Ambati Rayudu

NEW DELHI: Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen requested Indian fans to stop abuse towards Ambati Rayudu after he was called ‘joker’ by Pietersen on the finals night at the official broadcaster show.

Norway Chess kicks off with thrilling classical draws; Armageddon decides all round 1 games

NORWAY: Norway Chess 2024 commenced in thrilling fashion as round 1 saw all the games ending up in a draw with Armageddon deciding the points across both main and women’s events.

England Champions reveal squad for World Championship of Legends

LONDON: Cricketing icons like Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Ravi Bopara are all set to join the spectacle of the World Championship of Legends (WCL) as England Champions announced their lineup for the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Sprinter Amoj Jacob credits one-month stay in Bahamas for Paris Olympics berth

NEW DELHI: Indian sprinter Amoj Jacob, who is part of the men's 4x400m relay team, credited the month-long stay in the Bahamas for securing the Paris Olympics berth.

Major League Cricket granted official List-A status by ICC

SAN FRANCISCO: The Major League Cricket (MLC) was granted official List-A status from the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of its second season, which commences on July 5.

'To leave after first round was not an ideal return', says Nadal after shock Roland Garros exit

PARIS: It was an emotional evening at Court Philippe-Chatrier as the 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal made a shocking first round exit from Roland Garros after losing to Alexander Zverev.

'Couldn't brush my teeth for two months': Pant reveals struggles after life-threatening car crash

NEW DELHI: Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant's accident was one of the most tragic incidents in recent Indian cricketing history with doubts floating around on whether he will ever be able to play cricket again.

Ex-Aussie cricketer Joe Burns to represent Italy as tribute to late brother Dominik

NEW DELHI: Former Australian cricketer Joe Burns has announced his intentions of playing for the Italy national team as a tribute to his late brother Dominik.