• ICC red-faced after WTC final falls prey to inclement weather
    Southampton, June 21 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) was left red-faced and under fire from former cricketers after the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final fell prey to inclement weather with two of the first four days getting washed out and the other two days not seeing full days' play due to disruptions from bad light. With just two days left -- including the reserve day on June 23 -- a draw looks the best possibility for a result although a flurry of
  • WTC final: Fourth day's play abandoned without a ball bowled
    Southampton, June 21 (IANS) The fourth day's play of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand here on Monday was abandoned without a ball bowled due to persistent rain. The umpires waited for about five hours before calling off the day. Monday, the fourth day, is the second day to be washed out at the Hampshire Bowl. The first day on Friday was also washed out without a ball bowled. When play ended, due to poor visibility, on Sunday, New Zealand w
  • Tokyo agrees to allow 10,000 local spectators at venues
    Tokyo, June 21 (IANS) The Tokyo Olympic Games organising committee on Monday confirmed that up to 10,000 domestic fans would be allowed to attend events when the fortnight-long quadrennial showpiece commences on July 23. Spectators from outside Japan have already been barred from attending the Games. "The capacity will be set at 50 per cent for all venues at the Games, and 10,000 fans will be permitted providing it does not exceed that limit; decision on the Paralympic Games
  • BCCI to donate Rs 10 crore to Indian Olympic Association
    Mumbai, June 21 (IANS): The Indian cricket board will "donate" Rs 10 crore to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to support Indian athletes competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games next month, it was decided at an emergent meeting of its apex council. The support to the IOA has come as a bit of surprise, particularly considering some lingering doubts about the Olympic Games actually taking place due to Covid-19 situation around the world and its "impending" th
  • Switzerland's 3-1 win seals Turkey's group-stage exit in Euro 2020
    Baku, June 21 (IANS): Switzerland snatched a 3-1 victory and will have to wait if they have done enough for their progression as Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice in the last Euro 2020 Group A game late on Sunday. Both sides needed a victory to maintain their minimum chance and ensured a lively opening period at the Baku Olympic Stadium, reports Xinhua. It took only six minutes for the opener as Haris Seferovic had enough time and space to drill Steven Zuber's assist past Tur
  • Humbert overcomes Russian Rublev for Halle title
    Halle (Germany), June 21 (IANS): Frenchman Ugo Humbert overcame fourth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev 6-3, 7-6 (4) to clinch his maiden ATP 500 title at the Noventi Open here. The world No. 31 is now 3-0 in ATP Tour finals. The Frenchman had lifted trophies at the European Open in Antwerp and the ASB Classic in Auckland, both ATP 250 events, last year. "It is incredible. It is the best victory of my career. I am very proud because it wasn't easy. I was a little bit ti
  • Tokyo Olympics to allow limit of 10,000 local fans in venues
    Tokyo, June 21 (AP): The Tokyo Olympics will allow some local fans to attend when the games open in just over a month, organizing committee officials and the IOC said on Monday. Organizers set a limit of 50% of capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 fans for all Olympic venues. The decision was announced after so-called Five Party talks online with local organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government and the government
  • Chhetri commits himself to Bengaluru FC for two more years
    Bengaluru, June 21 (IANS): Top Indian football striker Sunil Chhetri has signed a new two-year contract with Bengaluru FC that will keep him with the Indian Super League (ISL) side until 2023. The deal will ensure Chhetri, who had signed his first contract with the club in 2013, extends his stay at Bengaluru FC into the 10th ISL season. "I'm really happy to have signed on for two more years at Bengaluru FC. The city is home now, and the people at this club are like
  • Italy beats Wales, both advance to round of 16 at Euro 2020
    ROME, June 21 (AP) — Matteo Pessina scored the only goal and Italy extended its unbeaten streak to a record-tying 30 matches with a 1-0 victory over Wales on Sunday at the European Championship. Pessina redirecting a free kick from Marco Verratti into the net late in the first half. Wales defender Ethan Ampadu was sent off with a questionable straight red card for stepping on Federico Bernardeschi’s ankle 10 minutes into the second half. Italy, which won its openin
  • Belgrade swimming: Indians win 3 gold, all miss Olympic qualification
    Belgrade, June 20 (IANS): India's Sajan Prakash on Sunday won gold medal in the men's 200 meters butterfly event in the Belgrade Open Swimming competition late Saturday evening, but narrowly missed qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Prakash, 27, clocked one minute 56.96 seconds, but fell short of the 'A' qualification time of 1 minute 56.48 seconds late on Saturday. Teenage Srihari Nataraj won gold in men's 100m backstroke with a time of 54.45 seconds. Hi
  • Euro 2020: Spain, Poland in danger of early exit after 1-1 draw
    Seville, June 20 (IANS): Both Spain and Poland are in danger of failing to qualify for the knockout stage of the European Championships after drawing their second Group E game 1-1. The result on Saturday leaves Spain with two points from their first two matches and the Poles with just one and both probably need to win their last group games to avoid an early exit. Spain coach Luis Enrique made only one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Sweden, bringing striker Gerard Moreno i
  • Euro 2020: Germany stun Portugal 4-2 to keep last-16 hopes alive
    Berlin, June 20 (IANS): Germany bounced back in style and overpowered defending champions Portugal in a six-goal thriller in Euro 2020 Group F at the Football Arena Munich. The Germans came out flying on home soil on Saturday and thought they got rewarded for their powerful start, but Robin Gosens' goal from a tight angle was flagged offside in the fifth minute, Xinhua news agency reported. Even though Germany were dominating, it was Portugal who broke the deadlock as Cristia
  • France held to 1-1 draw by Hungary
    BUDAPEST, June 19 (AP): France needed a second-half equalizer from Antoine Griezmann to avoid the biggest upset of the tournament. Hungary, playing in front of a raucous crowd yet again at the European Championship, held the World Cup champions to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Griezmann scored in the 66th minute to dampen the spirit of the crowd, which gave Hungary unwavering support throughout the Group F match. The 67,215-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest is the only stadium at Eu
  • American shot putter Crouser smashes world record in Eugene
    Washington, June 19 (IANS): Olympic champion Ryan Crouser broke the 31-year-old men's shot put world record as he topped the US Olympic trials event in Eugene, Oregon. The 29-year-old Crouser, who won gold at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, achieved his winning mark of 23.37m in the fourth round, adding 25 centimetres to the world record set by compatriot Randy Barnes in 1990, reports Xinhua. Reigning world champion Joe Kovacs finished second with 22.34m, followed by Payton Ot
  • Rublev enters semi-finals of Halle Open tennis
    Halle (Germany), June 19 (IANS): Russia's Andrey Rublev beat seasoned pro and local star Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(4), 6-2 in 81 minutes to enter the semi-finals of Halle Open tennis on Friday. Rublev, ranked No. 7 in ATP rankings, will next meet Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili, who defeated Lloyd Harris 6-4, 7-6(5). In another quarter-final match, Felix Auger-Aliasssime needed just 59 minutes crush American qualifier Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-2 and enter the semi-finals.
  • Indian players wear black arm-bands in memory of Milkha Singh
    Southampton, June 19 (PTI): The Indian cricket team on Saturday wore black armbands on the second day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand as a mark of respect to 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh, who passed away after a month-long battle due to COVID-19 related complications. Top Indian players, including skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, had already posted their condolence messages on Twitter and the entire Indian team on the day wore the arm band a
  • Kane struggles as England held 0-0 by Scotland at Euro 2020
    LONDON, June 19 (AP) — Not even with the Premier League’s top scorer could England find a way past Scotland. Maybe Harry Kane was as much as the problem as the solution. On his good days, Kane is one of the game’s ultimate goal threats for both Tottenham and England. But the sluggish striker never came close to scoring in the 0-0 draw between the two teams Friday at the European Championship. The England captain barely even touched the ball, and yet coach Gar
  • Englishman scores in Chile’s Copa America win over Bolivia
    SAO PAULO, June 19 (AP) — On a day many football fans expected Harry Kane to shine at the European Championship, it was an Englishman playing for Chile at Copa America who managed to put the ball into the back of the net. Born in Stoke, 22-year-old Ben Brereton scored Chile’s goal in a 1-0 win over Bolivia on Friday. He plays for Blackburn Rovers, which competes in the Championship. His mother is Chilean. Kane and his English team frustrated fans with a goalless draw
  • Argentina beats Uruguay 1-0 in Copa America classico
    SAO PAULO, June 19 (AP) — Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 on Friday in its second match at Copa America, making Lionel Messi’s team co-leaders of Group A with Chile with four points each. Midfielder Guido Rodriguez scored the only goal at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia with a header in the 13th minute after Messi crossed from the left. The ball hit goalkeeper Fernando Muslera’s right post before going in. Earlier Chile beat Bolivia 1-0 on a goal by Eng
  • Milkha Singh: The 'Flying Sikh' no one could catch (Profile)
    New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) A glimpse into the stupendous athletics career of legendary Milkha Singh, who passed away on Friday aged 91, can be had from this mind boggling fact: his 400 metres Indian national record stood for 38 years and the 400m Asian record for 26 years. In 1960 in Rome, he came closest to winning an individual Olympic Games medal as an Indian, in 400m, eventually finishing fourth in a photo finish. Milkha was one of the favourites to win the 400m gold in Rome. It