• Zverev destroys Schwartzman to complete Cologne double
    Reuters Top seed Alexander Zverev won his second ATP title in Cologne in the space of a week with a quickfire 6-2 6-1 demolition of Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the bett1HULKS Championship on Sunday. The German world number seven had claimed his first ATP crown of the year by besting Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-3 to win the bett1HULKS Indoor title at the same venue last Sunday. Zverev, this year's U.S. Open runner-up, sent down nine aces and won
  • Premier League talking points
    Reuters Talking points from the Premier League weekend: MAN CITY NEED TO REDISCOVER CUTTING EDGE Last season Manchester City's fragile defending meant they were never really in the title hunt, even if their attacking play remained a joy to watch. This season Pep Guardiola's side appear to have lost their cutting edge up front as well. The creative hole left by the departure of playmaker David Silva was vividly exposed in a laboured first half at West Ham United o
  • South Korean striker Lee to retire at end of season
    HONG KONG, October 26 (Reuters): South Korean striker and Asian Champions League record goal scorer Lee Dong-gook has said he will bring an end to his 23-year career at the end of the season. The 41-year-old, who has won two Asian club titles, will play his last domestic league game for Jeonbuk Motors against Daegu on Nov. 1, a match that could bring him an eighth Korean league crown. "It’s been 23 years for me as a pro, however it felt like one lost year for me b
  • Hamilton's future comes more into focus after record win
    LONDON, October 26 (Reuters): Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff jokingly suggested he would have to sell the factory to keep Lewis Hamilton after the Briton's record 92nd career win in Portugal on Sunday. Hamilton is out of contract at the end of the year, by which time the 35-year-old is likely to have won a record-equalling seventh championship and rank as the most successful driver in the history of the sport. He and Wolff have yet to sit down and hammer out the de
  • South Africa board members resign, interim committee set to run CSA
    CAPE TOWN, October 26 (Reuters): Cricket South Africa's (CSA) entire board has resigned, the organisation said on Monday, with an interim committee likely to be tasked with bringing the governing body out of its administrative turmoil. A day after five members, including acting president Beresford Williams, stepped down CSA said its other board members have also resigned. "...the Members' Council had deliberated and resolved that in order to best serve the
  • Vardy header gives Leicester first win at Arsenal in 47 years
    LONDON, October 26 (Reuters): Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years on Sunday, with substitute Jamie Vardy's late close-range header enough to secure victory in the Premier League at The Emirates. The win lifted Brendan Rogers' side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games. Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again, racking up 10
  • Man United to provide 5,000 free school meals in October holidays
    Reuters Manchester United said on Monday that they will be provide 5,000 free school meals during the October half-term holidays to help forward Marcus Rashford's campaign to end child food poverty in the United Kingdom. Rashford has campaigned for the government to provide food vouchers during school holidays to children who normally receive free meals during term time if their parents receive welfare support. Dozens of local organisations all over the country came forwar
  • Talking-points from the Bundesliga weekend
    Reuters Talking-points from the weekend of Bundesliga soccer. LEIPZIG ADOPT NEW APPROACH IN WERNER'S ABSENCE After selling Timo Werner to Chelsea last season, Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig have adopted a more possession-based approach to make up for the absence of the man who was their top scorer for the last four seasons. That has been reflected in the statistics - Leipzig's total of 95 shots on goal in five games is the highest in the Bundesliga and they have enjo
  • 'Fake news': Pogba denies quitting France team over Macron comments
    Reuters Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday denied media reports that said he quit the France national team over comments made by the country's President Emmanuel Macron which were perceived to be against Islam. The French leader this month declared war on "Islamist separatism", which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France. The Sun newspaper alleged that Pogba, a practising Muslim, reacted to Macron's comments by quitting t
  • ISL: Mumbai City FC sign defender Tondonba Singh
    Mumbai, October 26 (IANS): Mumbai City FC on Monday confirmed the signing of defender Tondonba Singh. The 25-year-old left-back joins the Islanders ahead of the 2020/21 Indian Super League season on a two-year contract. "This is a new chapter in my career that I'm eager to begin and I am delighted to be here. I've been playing in the ISL for two seasons now and to be a part of a project like Mumbai City's is in line with my ambitions as a footballer," said Sing
  • IPL: Hardik Pandya takes a knee in support of 'BLM' movement
    Abu Dhabi, October 26 (IANS): Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya became the first player in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) to take a knee in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. On Sunday, Pandya, who made a brilliant 21-ball 60, went down on a knee with his right arm raised after reaching his half-century off the penultimate ball of the innings against Rajasthan Royals. He signalled towards the Mumbai Indians dugout to which stand-in skipper Kieron P
  • Stokes 1st batsman to score a ton in two successful IPL chases
    Abu Dhabi, October 26 (IANS): England all-rounder Ben Stokes has become the first batsman in the Indian Premier League to score a century in two successful chases. On Sunday evening, Stokes -- who had been struggling so far in the ongoing tournament with scores of 30, 19, 15, 41, and 5 -- roared back to form with an unbeaten 107 that helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) race to an eight-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Courtesy his second IPL century, Rajasth
  • Samson, Kishan, Pant in new role as 'wicket-keepers'
    New Delhi, October 26 (IANS): With plenty of competition for wicket-keepers' roles within the Indian Premier League teams, the young Indians are discovering multiple dimensions to their cricket. Both Ishan Kishan of Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rajasthan Royals' (RR) Sanju Samson have also featured during this tournament purely as batsmen. But with Jos Buttler (RR) and Quinton de Kock (MI) being the senior and more established wicket-keepers in their respective teams, both Kishan
  • Ronaldinho tests positive for COVID-19
    SAO PAULO, October 26 (Reuters) - Former Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. The ex-Barcelona and Paris St Germain player was in Belo Horizonte, where he played for local side Atletico Mineiro, when he got his diagnosis. "I arrived in BH (Belo Horizonte) yesterday, I took the COVID test, I tested positive, I am good, asymptomatic so far,” the two-time FIFA World Player of the year said on Instagram on Sunday.
  • Geoghegan Hart wins Giro d'Italia as Ineos-Grenadiers bounce back
    MILAN, October 26 (Reuters) - Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart won the Giro d'Italia after beating Maglia Rosa holder Jai Hindley in the final-stage time trial on Sunday as Ineos-Grenadiers turned around a dismal season in spectacular fashion. The 25-year-old started the day 0.86 seconds behind Hindley but he beat the Australian to win the race by 39 seconds and give Ineos-Grenadiers their second Giro title after Chris Froome's 2018 triumph. Dutchman Wilco Kelderman, Hindley'
  • Vardy header gives Leicester first win at Arsenal in 47 years
    LONDON, October 26 (Reuters) - Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years on Sunday, with substitute Jamie Vardy's late close-range header enough to secure victory in the Premier League at The Emirates. The win lifted Brendan Rogers' side to fourth on 12 points, while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games. Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again, racking up 10 shots an
  • What a time to be alive, says Hamilton after record 92nd win
    (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton put no limits on what he could achieve after roaring past retired Ferrari great Michael Schumacher on Sunday as the Formula One driver with most wins in the history of the sport. The Mercedes driver's 92nd victory was one of his most crushing, Hamilton lapping all but three rivals at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Hamilton took the chequered flag a huge 25 seconds ahead of second placed team mate Valtteri Bottas, who had led at the end of the first
  • Mizoram village leads way to gender equality with Golden Baby Leagues
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): Amidst all the debates over gender equality, a remote village of Mizoram, Champhai -- some handshaking distance away from the Indo-Myanmar border -- is silently taking a firm stride forward towards establishing gender equality through Golden Baby Leagues. The Golden Baby Leagues project is a long-term player development initiative of All India Football Federation (AIFF) that aims to grow a new generation of players, boys, and girls, who start playing fo
  • Hamilton dons '#EndSARS' T-shirt for pre-race interview
    (Reuters): Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton donned a T-shirt protesting against police violence in Nigeria for a pre-race television interview at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday. Nigerians have been demonstrating for weeks against a police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which rights groups have for years accused of extortion, harassment, torture and murders. "I've got to show this," Hamilton, Formula One's only Black dri
  • Liverpool scrape a win, but rivals drop points
    (Reuters): Champions Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sheffield United but their likely title rivals all dropped points on Saturday. Diogo Jota's second-half header earned Liverpool a first win in three league games to lift them joint top with Merseyside rivals Everton who play on Sunday. Manchester City's stuttering start continued as they drew 1-1 at West Ham United while Manchester United and Chelsea play