• Pacquiao and mixed martial arts star McGregor will fight next year
    MANILA, September 26 (Reuters): Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will face former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor in the ring next year, and part of proceeds from the fight will go to coronavirus victims in his country, his office said on Saturday. Both fighters are "getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight," said Jayke Joson, special assistant to Pacquiao, who is also a Philippine senator. Joson's statement followed a tweet by Irishman McGr
  • Ex-India spinner Neetu David heads new women's selection panel
    New Delhi, September 26 (IANS): Former India spinner Neetu David has been appointed chairperson of a new five-member senior women's selection panel, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Saturday. The announcement ends a nearly 10-month without a selection committee in place. Four other former India players are part of the panel. They are opener Arati Vaidya (3 Tests and 6 ODIs), fast bowler Renu Margrate (5 Tests and 23 ODIs), wicket-keeper Venkatacher Kalpan
  • World Table Tennis announces 2021 event 'Hubs'
    New Delhi, September 26 (IANS): World Table Tennis (WTT) has announced the first half of the 2021 WTT calendar, including three separate "Hubs" to be staged in the Middle East, China and Europe. According to the calendar, the first Hub will be staged between March 17 and April 3 next year in the Middle East, followed by those in China from April 13 to May 16 and in Europe from May 27 to June 20. "The Hubs will showcase the new WTT event structure and the China Hub
  • Badminton 2020 season to be completed in January 2021: BWF
    Kuala Lumpur, September 26 (IANS): The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced the Asian leg of the adjusted World Tour 2020 will take place in Bangkok in January next year, which means the 2020 season will now end in 2021. The BWF on Friday said that due to challenges in securing all logistical arrangements for players and participants, staging the Asian leg in November as originally planned, was no longer a viable option. It further said that Thailand had been selected a
  • US Open ball incident won't change way I deal with emotions, says Djokovic
    PARIS, September 26 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic said he will not let the ball incident that caused his U.S. Open disqualification affect the way he manages his emotions on court as he makes his Grand Slam return at Roland Garros. The Serbian, disqualified in New York after accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball, bounced back by winning the title at the Italian Open, where his temper got the better of him as he smashed a racket in his quarter-final match. While he said he wou
  • Caligiuri leads Augsburg to stunning 2-0 win over Dortmund
    BERLIN, September 26 (Reuters): Bundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow in a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday, surrendering without a fight as Daniel Caligiuri set up the first goal and scored the second in his 300th league game. Despite Dortmund having close to 80% possession for much of the first half, it was Augsburg who scored when Felix Uduokhai connected with a Caligiuri free kick in the 40th minute to nod in from three metres with their first chance
  • Hamilton on pole in Russia with sights on Schumacher record
    (Reuters): Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton roared back from qualifying drama at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday to put his Mercedes on pole position for what could be a record-equalling 91st victory. Red Bull's Max Verstappen seized second place on the starting grid for the race in Sochi, with Hamilton's team mate and closest title rival Valtteri Bottas having to settle for third. Hamilton, who has a 55-point lead over Bottas in the championship, wi
  • Atalanta kick off new season with 4-2 win at Torino
    TURIN, Italy, September 26 (Reuters): Atalanta, Serie A's leading scorers last season with 98 goals, began their new campaign in the same carefree, entertaining style as they came from behind to win 4-2 at Torino. The hosts, thumped 7-0 in the same fixture last season, started strongly but in the end had little response to Atalanta's relentless attacks. Simone Zaza fired against the bar in an early Torino attack and the Bulls went ahead in the 11th minute with the go
  • Manchester United earn dramatic win at Brighton with late Fernandes penalty
    BRIGHTON, England, September 26 (Reuters): Manchester United beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 away in the Premier League on Saturday after an incredible finale in which Bruno Fernandes struck the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 100th minute of the game. Fernandes's winner, which came after referee Chris Kavanagh had initially blown for fulltime, concluded an enthralling match which saw Brighton hit the woodwork five times and have a penalty overturned after a V
  • Serena rooting for F1 champion Hamilton as both eye records
    (Reuters): Tennis great Serena Williams expects Lewis Hamilton to overtake Michael Schumacher as Formula One's most successful driver of all time as both she and the Briton chase their own sporting records. Williams has her sights on a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the French Open while six-times world champion Hamilton has his first chance to match Schumacher's record 91 wins at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. "He is for me the greatest drive
  • Tatum leads Celtics' second-half charge to extend series against Heat
    (Reuters/Field Level Media): The Boston Celtics erased a halftime deficit and cut into their series deficit with a Jayson Tatum-led third-quarter surge Friday night, staying alive in the Eastern Conference Finals with a run-away 121-108 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday night near Orlando. Tatum finished with a game-high 31 points, including 17 in the third quarter when the third-seeded Celtics erupted for 41 points after having been held to 51 in the first half. “We kn
  • Lionel Messi sad but still motivated after Suarez departure
    BARCELONA, September 26 (Reuters): Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said he understood why Lionel Messi was upset about the departure of his long-time strike partner and friend Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid but did not believe it would affect him on the pitch. Messi blasted Barca on Friday for forcing Suarez out after six years of service in which he scored 198 goals, the Argentinean's latest attack on the club's hierarchy after he tried to force a move of his own last mo
  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in final Russian GP practice
    (Reuters): Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton showed his pace on Saturday with the fastest lap in final practice for a Russian Grand Prix that could bring him a record-equalling 91st career win. The 35-year-old Briton led a Mercedes one-two on top of the timesheets, with Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas 0.776 seconds slower after setting the pace in both Friday sessions. Six-time world champion Hamilton, who set his best time of one minute 33.279 seconds w
  • Djokovic will take out frustration on rivals, says Wilander
    Reuters Novak Djokovic will release any pent up frustration from his undignified U.S. Open exit on his opponents during the French Open and is favourite to claim his second Roland Garros title, says former champion Mats Wilander. The 33-year-old Serb looked odds-on to win the title at Flushing Meadows but was defaulted during his fourth round against Pablo Carreno Busta after inadvertently hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. It was the only blemish in a year in whi
  • Murray forced to wait for hip checkup after COVID-19 test result delay
    Reuters Andy Murray said a delay in receiving his COVID-19 test result on his return to Britain made him wait to seek treatment for a pelvic issue, but he was fit ahead of the French Open, which begins on Sunday. Murray reached the second round at the U.S. Open this month in his first Grand Slam after hip surgery last year, but after developing a pelvic issue at Flushing Meadows the 33-year-old had to wait for a few days at home before meeting his doctor. The BBC reported a sc
  • Klopp backs idea of Premier League sides helping struggling EFL teams
    Reuters Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said Premier League teams should look to help England's lower division clubs that have taken huge financial hits amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The English Football League (EFL) oversees the three tiers below the Premier League - the Championship, League One and League Two - and clubs in these divisions largely rely on matchday revenue to operate. The British government this week postponed plans to allow a limited number of fans back in
  • PDCA announces new office bearers
    Kohima, September 25 (MExN): The Phek District Cricket Association (PDCA) held a meeting with Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) on September 23 last and submitted the list of fully integrated and newly constituted office bearers for the tenure 2019-22. The PDCA office bearers include: President-Vezokho Chotso, Vice-President- Seyieveto Lohe, honorary Secretary-Venecu Nyekha, Joint Secretary-Mudongoyi Swuro, Treasurer-Vepazo Chotso, Chief Patron – Lavoto Chizo, Vice Patrons -
  • Messi lashes out at Barca over Suarez departure
    BARCELONA, September 25 (Reuters) - Lionel Messi has launched his latest attack on Barcelona's hierarchy by criticising the way the club treated strike partner Luis Suarez, who left for La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid this week. Captain Messi, who threatened to leave Barca last month and recently hit out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu's leadership of the club, said the Uruguayan, the club's third-highest scorer of all time, was harshly treated by Barca. New coach Ro
  • I don't go into a game or tournament with huge expectations: KL Rahul
    Dubai, September 25 (IANS): Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul, who scored a brilliant century and guided his team to a terrific win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), believes the presence of head coach Anil Kumble has been a great motivation for all the players in the squad, especially the youngsters as they can learn a lot from the experience of the legendary spinner. Against RCB on Thursday, Rahul played an unbeaten knock of 132 runs off just 69 balls, helping his team set a
  • Culture, leadership have defined Heat's success this NBA season: Bowen
    New York, September 25 (IANS): From being the surprise of the ongoing NBA season, Miami Heat have continued their march towards becoming serious contenders in some style. They are now one win away from making to the NBA Finals after beating Boston Celtics 112-109 in Game 4. Former Miami Heat player Bruce Bowen credits the team's culture and leadership for the success. "Culture in a team has more to do with the leadership and what's their vision. Pat Riley from day one u