• Giroud winner puts Chelsea in Champions League knockout stages
    RENNES, France, November 25 (Reuters) - Striker Olivier Giroud scored a dramatic last-minute winner as Chelsea booked their place in the Champions League last 16 with a 2-1 victory over Stade Rennais at Roazhon Park on Tuesday. Sehrou Guirassy looked as though he had secured a point for his side with an equaliser minutes earlier, but Giroud profited from some poor Rennes defending to claim the win after Callum Hudson-Odoi had put the visitors in front in the first half. Chelsea t
  • Fernandes double helps United avenge Istanbul defeat
    MANCHESTER, England, November 25 (Reuters) - A double from Bruno Fernandes helped Manchester United to a 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir at Old Trafford on Tuesday, keeping them top of Champions League Group H. After losing away to the Turkish side in the previous round of fixtures, the victory keeps United, with nine points from four games, on track to progress to the knockout stage, which they can reach with a win at home to Paris St Germain next week. PSG, who beat RB Leipzig
  • Juventus move into last 16 with 2-1 win over Ferencvaros
    TURIN, Italy, Novembe 25 (Reuters) - Juventus progressed to the Champions League last 16 after a Cristiano Ronaldo goal and a late header from substitute Alvaro Morata gave them a comeback 2-1 home win over Hungarians Ferencvaros on Tuesday. With two games remaining, the result left Juve second in Group G on nine points from four matches, three behind leaders Barcelona who also booked a knockout-stage berth with a 4-0 win at Dynamo Kyiv. Ferencvaros and Dynamo are level on one po
  • Barca benefited from fresh legs in win over Dynamo, says Koeman
    KYIV, November 25 (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was pleased to see his side play with a renewed sense of freshness in Tuesday's 4-0 win away to Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League after heavily rotating his squad. The Dutchman, who is under pressure due to Barca's poor start to the domestic season, made eight changes from the team that were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid on Saturday and left all-time top scorer Lionel Messi back in Barcelona. After a poor
  • Chelsea's Giroud getting better with age, says Lampard
    November 25 (Reuters) - Olivier Giroud is a model professional for the Chelsea squad and the 34-year-old striker seems to be getting better with age, manager Frank Lampard said after the Frenchman scored a late winner against Stade Rennais in the Champions League on Tuesday. Giroud has yet to start a Premier League or Champions League game this season but came on as a second-half substitute and scored in stoppage time to seal Chelsea's 2-1 win and a place in the knockout stages.
  • 9th Letkhotong Hangsing memorial trophy underway
    Peren, November 24 (MExN): The 9th Letkhotong Hangsing memorial volleyball trophy got underway at Public Ground Ahthibung, on November 24. Sponsored by Recreation Club Ahthibung (RCA), the 9th edition of the volleyball trophy began with 24 teams in participation, according to a press statement from the Assistant Secretary RCA, Chungminthang Singson.  The brief opening function was attended by public leaders, GBs, Town Committee members, and members of trophy donor's fami
  • KBYO golden jubilee sports meet begins
    Khulazu Basa, November 24 (MExN): The golden jubilee sports meet of Khulazu Basa Youth Organisation (Games & Sports) commenced today at Khulazu Basa village under Phek district. The four-daylong sport event will culminate on November 27 with the youth participating and competing for different games and sports. The first day commenced with athletic events. Soil & Water Conservation Joint Secretary, Tsobahu Rhakho unveiled the monolith of the 50th anniversary. Speaking on t
  • Football shouldn't be set in stone: Arsene Wenger
    New Delhi, November 24 (IANS): "What does this Frenchman know about football? He wears glasses and looks more like a schoolteacher," Arsenal captain Tony Adams had remarked derisively when Arsene Wenger arrived in 1996, the first foreigner to be appointed manager of an English football club. By the time he left 22 years later, he had 1,235 matches, three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and seven Community Shield titles under his belt. He masterminded the 49-match unbe
  • Barcelona's Griezmann denies rift with Messi
    November 24(Reuters) - Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has dismissed talk of a rift with team mate Lionel Messi and said he had nothing to do with recent comments about the Argentine forward from his former agent and his uncle. Earlier this month, Griezmann's former agent Eric Olhats said Messi's "reign of terror" had made life difficult for Griezmann, while the French forward's uncle said it was not easy to play in the same club as the six-time Ballon d
  • New Zealand's Taylor keen to keep playing until 2023 World Cup
    WELLINGTON, November 24 (Reuters) - New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor gave his side a boost on Friday ahead of their Twenty20 series against West Indies after the 36-year-old said he hoped to prolong his career through to the next one-day World Cup in India in 2023. Taylor had said earlier this year he would probably have a better idea about his plans after this season. However, the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of New Zealand's mid-year tours and prompted
  • Arsenal's Pepe apologises for red card at Leeds
    November 24 (Reuters) - Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has apologised after being sent off for headbutting Leeds United defender Ezgjan Alioski in Sunday's goalless draw in the Premier League. Pepe was red carded in the 51st minute after VAR officials spotted the incident. "I let my team down at a crucial time of the game and there are no excuses for my behaviour," the 25-year-old Ivory Coast international wrote on Instagram. "I am deeply sorry and would like t
  • Olympics: Best-case scenario for Games is venues full of spectators - Tokyo governor
    TOKYO, November 24 (Reuters) - Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Tuesday that the best case scenario for the 2020 Olympics postponed until next year is to have venues full of spectators, as organisers wrestle with how to plan for the Games amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 infections on the rise in many countries around the world, Olympics organisers have yet to decide whether to allow spectators into venues next year and if so, how many. Koike, speaking at the
  • Wolves substitute Neto salvages 1-1 draw with Southampton
    November 24 (Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers' Pedro Neto came off the bench to cancel out a Theo Walcott strike for high-flying Southampton as the two sides battled to an entertaining 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash at the Molineux Stadium on Monday. With defender Conor Coady's run of 119 consecutive league games for Wolves brought to an end when he was ruled out due to a close contact testing positive for COVID-19, the hosts looked shaky in defence as they shifted
  • IPL has made players friendly & taken shine out of sledging, says Smith
    Sydney, November 24 (IANS): Australia top-order batsman Steve Smith has played down chances of verbal duels during the upcoming series against India, saying that playing regularly with each other has made sledging look awkward these days. Sledging used to be a common phenomenon against visiting teams in Australia. But things have changed nowadays, says Smith. Many of the Australian players, including Smith, David Warner and limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch, were part of the 13th
  • Dhoni's mentor passes away after prolonged illness in Ranchi
    New Delhi, November 24 (IANS): Deval Sahay, mentor of cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni and who is credited with preparing first turf pitches in Ranchi, passed away due to multi-organ failure in the early hours of Tuesday in a hospital in the Jharkhand capital. Sahay was 73, and is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son. Sahay, whose first name was Deobrat but was popularly called Deval, was admitted to a hospital due to breathing problems and was laid low by coronavirus whil
  • Players need more protection, says Barca coach Koeman after resting Messi
    BARCELONA, November 23 (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has joined other managers in lashing out at the packed European football calendar after deciding to rest Lionel Messi for Tuesday's Champions League trip to Dynamo Kyiv. Barca lost Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto to serious injuries in Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid in La Liga, leaving them with only three defenders in the first team squad for the trip to Ukraine. While the loss to Atletico sealed t
  • FIFA ban African football head for five years after ethics investigation
    MANCHESTER, England, November 23 (Reuters) - The head of African football, Ahmad Ahmad, has been banned from football for five years by FIFA following an ethics investigation by world soccer's governing body. Ahmad, who is president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had intended to stand in an election in March in which he would have faced a number of challengers. FIFA said in a statement the independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad guilty of offering a
  • Salah set to train with Liverpool after negative Covid-19 test
    London, November 23 (IANS): Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that forward Mohamed Salah, who missed Sunday's 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City after contracting Covid-19, has now tested negative and can return to training. Salah was last week diagnosed with Covid-19 while on international duty with Egypt. "That's what I've heard, yes, it (was) negative today," Klopp said at the post-match press conference on Sunday as per the official Li
  • I want to help build MMA in India: Ritu Phogat
    Singapore, November 23 (IANS): India's star athlete and ONE Championship fighter Ritu Phogat has stated just like Khabib Nurmagemenov brought Mixed Martial Arts to Russia, she also wants to help MMA get exposure in India. "Just like how Khabib Nurmagemenov brought MMA to Russia, I want to help build MMA in India. I dedicate my journey to every woman in the country who has the ability to shatter the glass ceiling and break away from the norms - for herself and the sake of th
  • Aus vs Ind: Kohli & Rahane are like chalk and cheese, says Warner
    Sydney, November 23 (IANS): Australia will be facing two different captains during their upcoming Test series against India at home and they may change their approach with respect to engaging with their opponents accordingly, according batsman David Warner. With regular skipper Virat Kohli opting to play just the first Test of the four matches so as to return to India for the birth of his child, Ajinkya Rahane is most likely to lead the side in the remainder of the Border-Gavaskar T