• 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
  • Legendary athlete Milkha Singh passes away at 91
    Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, popularly known as 'Flying Sikh, passed away in a local hospital here at 11.30 p.m. on Friday, said a statement from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where he was being treated for Covid-related complications. Milkha was 91, and is survived by a son, ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, and three daughters. He was born in Layalpur, in undivided India and now in Paki
  • Sweden emerge victorious over Slovakia
    ST. PETERSBURGJune 18 (AP): It always felt like a set piece would settle a tough-to-watch European Championship match between Sweden and Slovakia, and Emil Forsberg duly delivered. The Sweden midfielder converted a 77th-minute penalty Friday to give his team a 1-0 victory at Saint Petersburg Stadium, putting the Swedes on the brink of the knockout stage. Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka brought down substitute Robin Quaison as the striker ran in on goal from Alexander Isak&rsq
  • WTC final: First day's play called off due to rain
    Southampton, June 18 (IANS) The first day's play of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl here has been called off due to incessant rain. The match can still be a five-day affair since there is a reserve day on June 23. "Day 1 has been called at the Hampshire Bowl. A brief period without rain after lunch but it's back now and the Match Officials have called things. 98 overs now scheduled for tomorrow with a 10-30am local s
  • Top medical adviser says ‘no fans’ safest for Tokyo Olympics
    TOKYO, June 18 (AP) — The safest way to hold the Tokyo Olympics is without any fans, the top medical adviser to the Japanese government said in a report on Friday. Dr. Shigeru Omi’s recommendation seems to put him at odds with organizers and the International Olympic Committee with the Olympics opening in just five weeks on July 23. Fans from abroad were banned several months ago, and organizers are to announce early next week if some local fans should be allowed.
  • Marykom to skip Italian training stint due to personal reasons
    New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Olympic Games bound women boxer MC Marykom will skip a short training stint in Assisi, Italy, that starts on Monday, and will instead continue to train in Pune, said a national boxing coach. "Due to personal reason Marykom has decided to train at home and skip the tour," said a senior official of the Boxing Federation of India. A coach said that Marykom would continue to train in Pune. "Elite boxers who have qualified for the Olympics w
  • Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon
    London, June 18 (IANS) Four-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 2 Naomi Osaka of Japan has withdrawn from the Wimbledon commencing on June 28. The 23-year-old has, however, confirmed on Friday that she would compete at the Tokyo Olympics beginning on July 23. "Naomi won't be playing Wimbledon this year," the All England Club said in a statement. "She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to pl
  • Brazil beats Peru 4-0 to move into 1st in Copa America group
    Sao Paulo, June 18 (AP): Brazil changed half of its starting lineup to face Peru in its second Copa America match and still cruised to a 4-0 victory. It was the Selecao's ninth consecutive victory, and another display that suggests the tournament hosts are the favorites to defend their South American title. Defender Alex Sandro, Neymar, midfielder Everton Ribeiro and striker Richarlison scored the goals at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The result puts Brazil
  • US Open to allow 100% fan capacity this year
    New York, June 18 (IANS): The US Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that the US Open will allow 100 per cent fan capacity this summer, a year after spectators were not allowed at the Grand Slam due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 700,000 people are expected to attend the tournament to be played at the Flushing Meadows in New York from August 30 to September 12. The US Open will mark the first Grand Slam tournament to have fans in full capacity since the 2020 Australian O
  • Pele hails Neymar's countdown to his goal record
    Rio de Janeiro, June 18 (IANS): As Neymar narrows the gap with Pele, the all-time top scorer of the Brazilian team hailed the PSG striker's extraordinary performance in Copa America on social media. Based on FIFA records, Pele sits first for Team Brazil with 77 goals. Neymar cut the gap to nine after helping Brazil beat Peru 4-0 in a Copa America match on Thursday. "Every time I see this boy, he is smiling. It is impossible not to smile back. It is contagious. I, li