Being the host nation will work in France’s favour – Zidane

Being the host nation will work in France’s favour – Zidane

REUTERS – France will not crumble under the weight of expectations as the host nation of the Euro 2016 tournament and will instead take advantage of the atmosphere generated by the home support, former captain Zinedine Zidane told a news conference.   Didier Deschamps’ charges are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the European Championship trophy […]

Saina, Srikanth storm into Australian Open semis

Saina, Srikanth storm into Australian Open semis

Sydney, June 10 (IANS) Star shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth registered straight wins in the women’s and men’s singles matches to storm into the semi-finals of the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries here on Friday.   Playing the third match of the day, Saina, seeded seventh, beat second-seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 28-26, 21-16 in […]

BCCI unveil six new test cricket venues for new home season

BCCI unveil six new test cricket venues for new home season

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Often accused of not taking cricket’s longest format seriously, India unveiled six new test venues on Thursday and announced a busy 2016-17 home season when they will play 13 tests against four visiting teams.   Indore, Rajkot, Vizag, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune will host test matches for the first time, the […]

Lack of federation hurting Indian boxing, says Mary Kom

Lack of federation hurting Indian boxing, says Mary Kom

BENGALURU, June 8 (Reuters) – The lack of an effective Indian boxing federation has damaged the competitiveness of the sport and contributed to the decline of boxing in the country, women’s Olympic flyweight bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom said on Tuesday.   With no athletes representing India in women’s boxing at this year’s Olympics in […]

New coach must understand Indian culture, says Dhoni

New coach must understand Indian culture, says Dhoni

MUMBAI, June 8 (Reuters) – India’s next cricket coach should have a clear understanding of the country’s diverse culture, limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday.   India have been without a full-time coach since Ravi Shastri’s two-year tenure as team director ended with the hosts’ defeat in the semi-finals of this year’s World […]

I owe it to myself and family to pen my autobiography: Sania Mirza

I owe it to myself and family to pen my autobiography: Sania Mirza

IANS By S.Rajesh   Paris, June 7 (IANS) Sania Mirza has been one of the most followed celebrities across India ever since she claimed the junior Wimbledon doubles title in 2003.   Earlier this year, she received the Padma Bhushan award from the Indian government for her achievements of being ranked No.1 in the women’s […]

McCullum urges ICC’s anti-corruption unit to be ‘more professional’

McCullum urges ICC’s anti-corruption unit to be ‘more professional’

London, June 7 (IANS) Accusing the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit of being casual, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has urged the world body to handle reports on fixing “more professionally”.   McCullum, who had submitted evidence of match-fixing against teammate Chris Cairns last year, said the first interview he gave to an […]

Green carpet treatment awaits Muguruza in Mallorca

Green carpet treatment awaits Muguruza in Mallorca

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – When Spain’s newly-crowned French open champion Garbine Muguruza arrives in Mallorca this week it will not be a red carpet they lay down but a lush green one.   In a dream scenario for promoters of the ambitious new WTA event being staged just a few kilometres from the party […]

Djokovic joins greats with maiden French Open title

Djokovic joins greats with maiden French Open title

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time.   The world number one recovered from a nervous start to impose his […]

Paes and Hingis win mixed doubles title

Paes and Hingis win mixed doubles title

Paris, June 4 (IANS) Leander Paes and Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title at Roland Garros beating Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in a thrilling encounter 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 after being locked at one set all.   In the process, they completed a “Career Slam” in Mixed doubles. It was a historic day for […]