Sports

Botafogo relegation fears deepen

Botafogo moved a step closer to relegation to Brazil’s Serie B after a 0-1 loss to local rivals Fluminense.

BCCI calls emergency meeting Nov 18 to decide on AGM, election

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Saturday called an emergent Working Committee meeting in Chennai Nov 18 to decide its future course of action on holding elections and its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Saina, Srikanth enter China Open final

Olympic bronze medal winning shuttler Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth reached their respective singles finals of the $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier here Saturday

IPL

No knowledge of IPL match-fixing probe: Owais Shah

Former England batsman Owais Shah has denied any knowledge of being investigated for spot fixing and betting in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).

I don’t want film on me: Sania Mirza

At a time when Bollywood is making biopics on sports personalities, tennis star Sania Mirza says she doesn’t want her life to be seen on the big screen as she is a private person in real life.

’Will back Bailey to lead Australia in World Cup if needed’

Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson Saturday backed George Bailey to fill in for Michael Clarke in the 2015 World Cup if the regular skipper’s recurring hamstring problems keep him away from leading the hosts in the tournament.

Zidane lauds Brazilian Ronaldo

French legend Zinedine Zidane said that Brazilian Ronaldo was "probably the best player" he has ever played with.

Botswana tie Tunisia 0-0 in AFCON qualifier

Botswana secured their first point in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers when they played to a 0-0 draw against Tunisia here.

Man United keeper De Gea suffers finger injury

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea will miss Spain’s two international matches after dislocating the little finger on his right hand.

France ties with Albania in friendly

Thanks to a late equaliser from substitute Antonie Griezmann, France avoided a home defeat against Albania and settled for a 1-1 draw in an international friendly in Rennes.

India elect to bat against Sri Lanka in 4th ODI

India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series at the Eden Gardens here Thursday.

South Africa can break World Cup jinx: Du Plessis

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis believes they have a team that can win the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand Feb 14-March 29.

Kenya’s Cheruiyot ready to return after maternity leave

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot, London Olympic silver medallist in 5,000 metres, feels she is ready to test her fitness in local competition before moving on to the international circuit after a two-year maternity layoff.

Mexico enlarges Dutch crisis with win

The Netherlands, bronze medallist in World Cup 2014, lost 2-3 to Mexico to suffer fourth defeat in last five matches here.

Suarez says painful to miss Copa America

Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez said being barred from playing in the 2015 Copa America was "very painful".

Improvement in overseas performance non-negotiable: Laxman

Batting great V.V.S. Laxman Wednesday said improvement of Team India’s overseas performance was non-negotiable, and called for ’smart preparation’ among other steps to fuel India’s quest for regaining the top Test team spot.

Anand, Carlsen split points in fourth game

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen and title challenger India’s Viswanathan Anand Wednesday decided to split points after 47 moves in their fourth game of the title match held in Russia.

National Games venues to be ready by Jan 15: Kerala minister

All the venues for the fast approaching 35th National Games will be ready by Jan 15, a Kerala minister said here Wednesday.

ECB jealous of IPL’s success: Pietersen

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen says the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) feeling of jealousy against "Indian Premier League’s (IPL) money"

Morocco disqualified from Africa Cup of Nations 2015

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) disqualified Moroccan football team from taking part in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) and dumped Morocco as the host country after it refused to commit to the date of tournament.

Murray beats Raonic as Federer records second win

Local hero Andy Murray kept alive his chance of entering the semi-finals from Group B by beating Milos Raonic while second seed Roger Federer recorded his second victory with a defeat of fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the ATP World Tour Finals

India look to clinch top ODI slot, Sri Lanka keen to salvage pride

Having already pocketed the series, a rampaging India would like to continue their dominance and clinch the number one ODI spot as a hapless Sri Lanka look to salvage some pride during the penultimate game of the five-match

Guardiola rules out future Barcelona return

Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has said that he has no intention of returning to the club.

Soriano replaces injured Fabregas in Spain squad

Villarreal mid-fielder Bruno Soriano replaced injured Cesc Fabregas in the Spain’s 23-member squad that will face Belarus and Germany.

Paulinho denies Tottenham exit talk

Unsettled Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho has denied speculation linking him with a return to Brazilian club Corinthians.

Kenyan cricket team to tour Pakistan

Kenya will tour Pakistan to play five one-day matches as part of their build-up ahead of the ICC World Cricket League Division 2, planned for January 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia.

Tests not a priority for India: Stuart Clark

Former Australian Test seamer Stuart Clark Tuesday said the decision to rest skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the first Test against Australia shows that India place greater emphasis on the 2015 World Cup

Goalkeeping has evolved rapidly in last 10 years: Van Hout

Delhi Dynamos FC Belgian custodian Kristof van Hout Tuesday said the art of goal-keeping has evolved significantly in the last 10 years with modern shot-stoppers having "two contrasting yet equally effective styles".

ISL

Lone Indian in ISL scorer’s list at halfway stage

Conceptualised for the development of football in the country, official statistics question the purpose for which the Indian Super League (ISL) was launched with just one Indian among the top-10 scorers at the halfway stage of the competition.

Australia women beat West Indies

The Australian women’s cricket team defeated the West Indies women by three wickets in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Hurstville Oval here Tuesday.

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