Monday, March 04, 2024


K.L. Rahul back in India, set for IPL comeback following a medical checkup

NEW DELHI: Star Indian wicketkeeper-batter K.L. Rahul has returned from London after a medical check-up as he was experiencing some discomfort in his right quadriceps. He suffered an injury during the first Test against England in Hyderabad and was ruled out of the remaining games.

Saddened with the happenings in AIFF: Shaji Prabhakaran

NEW DELHI: It all started when the All India Football Federation (AIFF) sacked its secretary general Shaji Prabhakaran in November last year due to "breach of trust".

IPL 2024: SRH appoint James Franklin as pace-bowling coach after Dale Steyn pulls out due to personal reasons

NEW DELHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have announced the appointment of former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin as its pace-bowling coach for the upcoming 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Yashasvi Jaiswal amongst nominees for ICC Men's Player of the Month award for February 2024

NEW DELHI: India’s in-form opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has been nominated for the ICC Men's Player of the Month award for February 2024 alongside New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka.

Legends Cricket Trophy to kick off with clash between Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in Kandy

KANDY: India’s cricketing greats -- Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh -- are all set to lock horns in the Legends Cricket Trophy opener, starting on March 8 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, here.

'Don't think there's any great concern...', says McDonald on Labuschagne's form

WELLINGTON: Australia head coach Andrew McDonald said there are no great concerns over Marnus Labuschagne's lean run with the bat as a number three batter in the Test team.

NZ coach Gary Stead admits 'misreading pitch' in Wellington Test against Aus

NEW DELHI: Head coach Gary Stead admitted New Zealand had misjudged the pitch of Basin Reserve in the series opener, accepting that the hosts got their selection wrong for the first Test against Australia in Wellington.

'Bairstow at his best when he has a point to prove', says Root ahead of wicketkeeper’s 100th Test

NEW DELHI: Ahead of Jonny Bairstow playing his 100th Test match when England play India in the fifth Test at Dharamshala on March 7, long-time team-mate Joe Root said the wicketkeeper-batter is at his best when he has a point to prove.

WPL 2024: 'Our batters have let us down', admits Beth Mooney as Gujarat Giants' winless run continues

BENGALURU: After Gujarat Giants’ winless run in 2024 WPL continued with a 25-run loss to Delhi Capitals, captain Beth Mooney admitted the batters have let the side down, as they are now the only side left in the tournament to get off the mark.

World Athletics Indoor C'ships: Duplantis retains pole vault title in Glasgow

GLASGOW: Olympic and world champion Armand Duplantis made a successful defence of his pole vault title at the World Athletics Indoor Championships, clearing a world-leading 6.05m.

IPL 2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad appoint Pat Cummins as captain for upcoming season

NEW DELHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have appointed Pat Cummins as the captain of the side ahead of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, said the franchise through its social media accounts on Monday.

Tennis: Boulter beats Kostyuk in San Diego to win second career title

SAN DIEGO: Katie Boulter of Britain won the second and highest-level WTA Tour title of her career, fighting past No.6 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 to claim the San Diego Open crown.

NZ quick O'Rourke out of 2nd Test against Aus with injury; Sears called in as replacement

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand pace-bowler Will O’Rourke has been ruled out of the second Test against Australia after scans revealed a left-hamstring strain, the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Monday.

Premier League: Fodden's brace helps City to comeback win over United in Manchester Derby

MANCHESTER: Two stunning goals by Phil Goden helped champions Manchester City come back from a goal deficit to hand archrivals Manchester United a 3-1 defeat in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

IVPL: Pawan Negi smashes ton as Raina-led VVIP Uttar Pradesh beat Mumbai Champions in final, win inaugural title

GREATER NOIDA: Pawan Negi's masterclass ton helped VVIP Uttar Pradesh beat Mumbai Champions by six wickets in the summit clash of the Indian Veteran Premier League (IVPL) here at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex on Sunday.

Vikas Kumar wins 9th Mr. Mohali bodybuilding Championship

MOHALI: It is a great journey indeed. From mattress manufacturing to winning a bodybuilding, Vikas Kumar has come a long way.

Canadian visa delay for chess players: FIDE has Plan B in place

CHENNAI: Chess masters from four countries, which include India (five players) and Russia, are yet to get their visas from Canada to play in the upcoming FIDE Candidates Tournament to be held in Toronto from April 3-22, said a senior official of the International Chess Federation or FIDE.

Dharamshala Rain Cancels Practice Session, But Sunshine Expected for 5th Test Match

DHARAMSALA: In a recent update from the picturesque hill station of Dharamsala, both the Indian and English cricket teams' practice sessions scheduled for tomorrow have been canceled due to ongoing rain.

7th All India Inter-Varsity Gatka Tournament to Kick Off in LNCT University Bhopal on March 8

NZ consider recalling retired Wagner for Christchurch Test, hints Southee

WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Tim Southee has not ruled out the possibility of fielding the retired Neil Wagner in the second and final Test against Australia at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

India draw a blank at World Athletics Indoor Championships

GLASGOW: India's Jeswin Aldrin and Praveen Chithravel endured a tough outing, as India drew a blank at the World Athletics Indoor Championships. Only two Indian athletes took the stage in Glasgow with Aldrin finishing 13th while Chithravel placed 11th in the triple jump.

Kalyan as President has damaged image of AIFF: Bhaichung Bhutia

NEW DELHI:Known as the common man’s game, football is not just the most popular sport in the world, it also unites people across boundaries. And it comes as a rude shock that while India as a country is becoming a stronger global power by the day, its position in the common man’s game has drastically degraded in the last year. Unfortunately, when one talks of global ambassadors in football, India has only one name -- Bhaichung Bhutia.

'Playing red-ball games will produce more wicket-taking bowlers', says Mamatha Maben on format’s return to women's domestic cricket

NEW DELHI: The commencement of the Senior Women's Inter-Zonal Multi-Day Trophy in Pune from March 28 will signal the revival of red-ball cricket for female cricketers in the Indian domestic circuit, following a six-year absence.

IVPL: Cricket fever peaks in Greater Noida as VVIP UP and Mumbai Champions brace for finals

GREATER NOIDA (UP): The stage is set for a riveting encounter as VVIP Uttar Pradesh prepares to lock horns with Mumbai Champions in the inaugural edition's grand finale of the Indian Veteran Premier League (IVPL) set to unfold at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida on Sunday.

'He didn't say anything insulting': Ancelotti defends Bellingham's post-match reaction over red card in Valencia draw

MADRID: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti came to Jude Bellingham's defence over his red card, insisting the midfielder "did not insult" the referee after his goal was disallowed in 2-2 draw with Valencia at the Mestalla on Saturday night.

India move to top of the WTC standings after NZ's loss to Australia in Wellington

NEW DELHI: The two-time finalists India have moved to the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) standings as New Zealand slipped to No.2 following their defeat to Australia in Wellington Test.

Premier League: Nunez's late winner takes Liverpool to dramatic 1-0 win over Forest

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: Darwin Nunez scored a 99th-minute winner to give Liverpool a dramatic 1-0 victory away at Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.

LaLiga: Real Madrid held in Valencia with controversy; Sevilla continue to recover

MADRID: Real Madrid dropped two points in Valencia in a game that ended in controversy when referee Gil Manzano blew the final whistle moments before Jude Bellingham headed in what would have been a 3-2 winner for the league leaders.

LPU lifts overall first runner up trophy at Khelo India University games-2023

PHAGWARA: LPU has lifted the Overall First Runner Up Trophy at Khelo India University Games (KIUG)-2023 recently held in Assam. Along with the Overall Archery Championship trophy, LPU contingent has won a haul of 42 Medals including 20 Gold, 14 Silver and 8 Bronze from nine sports competitions.

IVPL intensity is as good as IPL, says Chhattisgarh Warriors' Shadab Jakati

GREATER NOIDA: Former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Shadab Jakati feels the ongoing Indian Veteran Premier League (IVPL) has the same level of intensity as of IPL. Jakati was part of the IPL 2010 winning CSK squad.

Govt of Karnataka officially launches India’s first ever International Stand Up-Paddling Event

MANGALURU: The Government of Karnataka officially launched India's first-ever International Stand-Up Paddling event, here

Shveta Rani, the latest dreamer from Alakhpura

KATHMANDU: It's no secret that over the last few years, Alakhpura, a small village in the Bhiwani district of Haryana, has made its name synonymous with women's football. Indian senior women's team regulars Sanju Yadav and Ritu Rani are household names, inspiring and making hundreds of young girls dream in a state where football is far from a popular sport. One of those is Shveta Rani, captain of the Indian U16 women's team currently participating in the SAFF U16 Women's Championship, whose dreams are starting to take flight.

Five-time World Champion Pramod Bhagat receives a hero’s welcome at home

NEW DELHI: Golden boy of Odisha Pramod Bhagat, who recently equalled Lin Dan’s record of five world championships, received a hero’s welcome at the airport when he went back to his state.

Cricket Australia CEO Hockley denies reports of ignoring study on saving Test cricket

NEW DELHI: Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley firmly quashed reports over the governing body, as well as India and England ignoring a study presented to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for saving Test cricket.

PR Sreejesh meets David Lee; discusses Olympic year pressure

CHENNAI: The Indian Men's Hockey Team goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh on Saturday met Bengaluru Torpedoes head coach David Lee and discussed about the pressures of an Olympic year.

Afghanistan name uncapped Ghazanfar, Kharoti for ODI series against Ireland

KABUL: Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) National Selection Committee announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Ireland. Senior spinners Rashid Khan (back surgery) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (right phalanx sprain) continue to recover from injuries

Ireland go past Team India with maiden Test victory over Afghans

ABU DHABI: Ireland after beating Afghanistan by six wickets in the only Test on Saturday became the sixth-fastest team to clinch their inaugural Test victory eclipsing the accomplishments of established Test-playing nations such as India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand.

San Diego Open: Katie Boulter storms into semis with straight-set victory

SAN DIEGO: British No. 1 Katie Boulter showcased resilience and determination as she battled her way into her first WTA semi-final, after a straight-set 6-3, 6-4 victory over seventh-seed Donna Vekic at the San Diego Open.

MLC franchises announce retention of domestic players for 2024

NEW YORK: Major League Cricket (MLC) all six franchises have announced the retention of domestic players for the 2024 season following the conclusion of the retention window.

Usman Khawaja forced to remove black dove sticker from his bat against NZ

WELLINGTON: Australian opener Usman Khawaja rekindled the controversy surrounding the black dove sticker as he was forced to remove the black dove sticker from his bat on Day 3 of the first Test match against New Zealand, at Wellington's Basin Reserve.