Wilson ushers in new ManU era with double

Manchester United debutant James Wilson takes to the pitch before his team’s English Premier League soccer match against Hull at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 6. (AP Photo)   MANCHESTER, May 7 (AP): Manchester United unearthed a potential star of the future and perhaps had one last glimpse of a great of its […]

Serena powers past Shuai in Madrid

MADRID, May 7 (AFP): World number one Serena Williams cruised into the last 16 of the Madrid Open on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-3 thrashing of China’s Peng Shuai. The 17-time Grand Slam champion powered through the first set against the world number 42 for the loss of just one point on her own serve. […]

Two sets to love for Roger Federer

MADRID, MAY 7 (REUTERS): The odds of the Federer twins winning a Wimbledon doubles title in the future have dramatically shortened after Roger Federer and his wife Mirka announced the birth of a second set of twins on Tuesday. The Swiss tennis ace revealed the amazing news on his Twitter account just hours after he […]

Kevin Durant wins first MVP award

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant speaks during a news conference announcing  Durant as the winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo)   OKLAHOMA CITY, May 7 (AP): Kevin Durant has plenty of NBA scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy […]

Juventus celebrate third successive title

ROME, May 6 (Reuters): The Juventus fans were in a mood to party and their team lived up to expectations as they celebrated winning a third successive Serie A title with a 1-0 victory over Atalanta on Monday. A second-half Simone Padoin strike enabled the champions to enjoy the moment in front of their supporters […]

Liverpool title hopes crumble at Palace

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle, scores his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park stadium in London on May 5. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo)   LONDON, May 6 (AP): Liverpool regained the lead in the English Premier […]

City will win title, Liverpool made progress, says Rodgers

LONDON, May 6 (Reuters): Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Manchester City will win the Premier League title but said his side had made great strides this season despite conceding three late goals to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace on Monday. City’s 3-2 victory at Everton on Saturday put them in control of the title race […]

Maria rallies to avoid early exit at Madrid

MADRID, May 6 (AP): Maria Sharapova avoided an early exit from the Madrid Open on Tuesday, rallying to beat Christina McHale to reach the third round.Trailing 4-1 in the final set, Sharapova steadied her erratic service game and took command again to beat the 56th-ranked American 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory on clay at the Magic […]

Suarez named Footballer of the Year

LONDON, May 5 (AFP): Liverpool striker Luis Suarez completed a notable ‘double’ on Monday after it was announced he’d been voted the 2014 Footballer of the Year by England’s Football Writers’ Association. Suarez’s 30 goals have kept Liverpool in sight of their first English championship title in 24 years and this latest honour comes after […]

I do think of quitting, says Mary Kom

NEW DELHI, May 5 (PTI): She has pulled herself up for a second time targetting another first for an Indian woman boxer but as Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom gears up for the Commonwealth Games, the five-time world champion says the thought of quitting has crossed her mind several times. Speaking ahead of the […]

British tennis player dies of cancer

Former British No1 tennis player dies of liver cancer aged 30 – just two months after revealing condition LONDON, May 5 (AP): Elena Baltacha, a former top-50 professional tennis player who had been fighting liver cancer since retiring from the game, died Sunday. She was 30. The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by […]

Glitzy ISL is not an answer to India's soccer woes

MUMBAI, MAY 5 (Reuters): A new franchise-based soccer league with celebrity owners will kick off in India later this year but not everyone is convinced that it will help lift the country out of the lower echelons of the world game. Spanish club Atletico Madrid, former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as well as […]