Golfer Chikka sets early pace at India Masters

Indian golfer S. Chikka took advantage of his home course knowledge by firing a flawless eight-under-par 64 to grab the opening honours at the inaugural India Masters here Wednesday.

Hannover, Berlin knocked out of German Cup

Lower league football clubs flabbergasted top-flight teams Hannover and Berlin but other heavyweights Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund cruised into the last 16 with expected victories at the German Cup.

Djokovic, Berdych advance, Simon crashes out

World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic won his first match after becoming a father and Czech Tomas Berdych also triumphed but local favourite Gilles Simon was the first seed to crash out of Paris Masters here.

Golfer Lahiri aims to maintain run at CIMB Classic

Indian star Anirban Lahiri believes he now has the game to go toe-to-toe with golf’s top names at the cash-rich CIMB Classic, starting here Thursday.

National selectors keep an eye on Duleep Trophy final

Indian cricket team hopefuls, who are playing in the ongoing Duleep Trophy final here, saw reasons for extra motivation when two national selectors

Unaware Messi was injected painkiller: Coach

FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said he did not know that star striker Lionel Messi had played in Saturday’s Clasico match against Real Madrid after been given a pain-killing injection.

2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia to be on time: Putin

Hosts Russia will carry out all preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on time and at the top level, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said.

Australia name six pacemen in 13-man squad against South Africa

Australia look to take advantage of a bouncy Perth pitch nad has named six pacemen in its 13-man squad announced Wednesday for the first two matches of the upcoming One-Day series against South Africa.

Trinidad cricket board condemns W Indies players pull out

The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has condemned the recent decision by the West Indies cricketers to abort their tour of India.

’Confident West Indies will appear in 2015 World Cup’

John Harden, 2015 Cricket World Cup chief executive, has said he is confident that the former champions West Indies will appear at next year’s event in Australia and New Zealand.

2018 FIFA World Cup logo unveiled

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed the 2018 World Cup logo.

Brazil turn to youth to revive football fortunes

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 28 Brazil’s football federation has announced plans to build 15 training centres designed to develop young players.

AC Milan eyeing Brazil under-20 defender

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 28 AC Milan is set to make a move for Brazil under-20 defender Marlon in the January transfer window, according to media reports.

English Premier League standings

London, Oct 28 Following are the English Premier League standings after Monday’s match (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua.

Billiards: Advani leads nine Indians into last 16 (Lead)

Leeds, Oct 27 Title contender Pankaj Advani led a field of nine Indians into the pre-quarter-finals of the World Billiards championship (timed format) along with two other favourites Peter Gilchrist and David Causier here Monday.

Italian rider wins Tour of Hainan 8th stage

Italy’s Nicolo Bonifazio from Lampre-Merida Team came first in the eighth stage of the 2014 Tour of Hainan cycle race Monday.

Shami ruled out of Sri Lanka ODI series, Kulkarni in

India seamer Mohammed Shami was Monday ruled out of the five-match One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka

Kush stops Beddoes for last-eight berth

Kush Kumar came up with a fluent display as he surprised fourth seed Lance Beddoes of New Zealand 11-2, 11-9, 8-1, 11-5

Serena wins fifth WTA Finals title

Four days after experiencing one of the heaviest defeats of her career, World No.1 tennis player Serena Williams got her revenge by crushing fourth-ranked Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-0 to win her third straight WTA Finals title

Sania-Cara crowned WTA Finals champions

The India-Zimbabwe tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black drubbed defending champions in the women’s doubles summit clash to clinch the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals title here Sunday.

Chinese shuttlers assured of two French Open titles

Chinese shuttlers are assured of winning both women’s singles and doubles titles ahead of Sunday’s finals at the $275,000 French Open Super Series badminton tournament.

Over 12,000 runners to participate in Nairobi marathon

More than 12,000 runners have registered for the 12th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi International here Sunday.

Terry Walsh leaves ’sporting’ bureaucracy in a tizzy

Hockey coach Terry Walsh has coined a new expression to describe the babus and the officials of the national sports federations - “sporting” bureaucracy!

Samuels opts out as players retain lawyers for battle ahead

West Indies players who controversially abandoned the tour of India last week have retained legal counsel as they prepare to tackle the contentious Collective Bargaining Agreement signed by their union

Nadal to defend Rio Open title

Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will defend his title at next year’s Rio Open tennis.

Never wanted to abandon India tour: Marlon Samuels

West Indies stroke-maker Marlon Samuels said he never wanted to be part of the one-day team’s plan to abandon the tour of India, and revealed he stayed away from most of the players’ meetings during the troubled tour.

Billiards - Advani, Kothari enter semis

Pankaj Advani and Sourav Kothari entered the final of the World Billiards championship (150-up points format) with 4-0 victories over Alok Kumar and England’s Ian Williamson

Brazil footballer banned for pushing referee

Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero has been banned for three Brazilian Serie A football matches after being found guilty of physical aggression towards a referee.

Chinese company signs Rio 2016 uniform deal

Chinese sports apparel maker 361 will be the official uniform supplier for the Rio 2016 Olympics, the organizers have said.


P. V. Sindhu lost quarter-final of the Denmark Open on Friday, losing to Korean World No. 4 Ji Hyun Sung.

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