Controversy-marred Arjuna awards presented to 15 sportspersons

New Delhi: Mired in selection controversies and devoid of a Khel Ratna for the first time in 20 years, the National Sports Awards were on Friday presented by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here in a ceremony which was severely short on star power. Like the past editions, selection controversies cast a shadow on the ceremony and matters came to a head [Full Article...]

Djokovic eases into 3rd round

Serena, Murray sail through on New York breeze, Ivanovic stunned NEW YORK: World number one Novak Djokovic barely worked up a good sweat on another sizzling day at the US Open as he strolled past Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3 6-0 and into the third round of the year’s final grand slam. Meanwhile, Serena Williams racked up her 80th US Open win as the top [Full Article...]

Bayern complete 2 year deal for Real’s Alonso

Midfielder becomes fifth Spaniard on Bayern’s books MUNICH: German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to boost their midfield options following a string of injuries. Spain’s two-time European champion Alonso, who also won last season’s Champions League with Real, will hold a final news conference in [Full Article...]

Sindhu assured of bronze in World C’ship

Seventh seed Saina knocked out Copenhagen: Indian teen sensation P V Sindhu assured herself of a second consecutive bronze medal at the World Championship but it was curtains for star shuttler Saina Nehwal after she suffered a straight-game loss in the women’s singles quarterfinals here on Friday. The 19-year-old Sindhu, who clinched the bronze at the 2013 World Championship in China, produced another gritty [Full Article...]

Rohit ruled out of ODI series; India look to continue winning momentum

Nottingham: Seeking to continue their winning momentum and take an unassailable 2-0 lead, India were dealt a blow ahead of the third one-dayer against England here on Sunday as opener Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of injury. Sharma, who had made a well-crafted half-century in India’s 133-run hammering of England in the second game, suffered a fracture [Full Article...]

We have a lot of options for top slot: Raina

Nottingham: As India suffered a set-back with opener Rohit Sharma being ruled out of the remainder of the series, star batsman Suresh Raina said the visitors have enough options to fill in for the top slot. Murali Vijay has been drafted in as his replacement but the Tamil Nadu opener won’t be able to reach here in time for the third ODI atleast. In [Full Article...]

Kohli, Root, Smith, Williamson ‘Fabulous Four’ of Tests: Crowe

Wellington: Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has said Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson are the new “fabulous four” of Test Cricket but will go through “teething problems” before shooting for the stars. Calling them “leading young bucks in Test cricket today”, Crowe said – Williamson from New Zealand, Kohli from India, Root from England, and Smith from Australia “are [Full Article...]

Glittering ceremony marks ISL logo launch

Bachchan Junior named co-owner of Chennai franchise Mumbai: The cash-rich Indian Super League, the first of its kind in Indian football, on Thursday unveiled its championship logo in a glittering ceremony attended by whose-who of India’s sports and glamour industry. India’s greatest ever cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood’s current hearthrob Ranbir Kapoor were present as one certainly expects a new dawn in Indian football [Full Article...]