• Italy first to enter knockouts in Euro 2020
    Rome, June 17 (IANS): Italy became the first side to enter knockout stages of Euro 2020 thanks to a 3-0 win over Switzerland here late on Wednesday. The result means they will now fight for the top spot in Group A in their final league game against Wales, who beat Turkey earlier in the day. Manuel Locatelli was Italy's hero with two goals as Roberto Mancini's side displayed assured and attacking football, Xinhua reports. In Group A's other match at the Olympic Stad
  • Italy impress again in 3-0 win over Switzerland at Euro 2020
    ROME, June 17 (AP) — The wingers sprint forward like Ferraris. The midfielders are just as capable at scoring as the forwards. And the reserves look like starters. A new-look Italy is impressing with its offensive flair at the European Championship. Midfielder Manuel Locatelli scored two goals Wednesday and the Azzurri beat Switzerland 3-0 to become the first team to reach the last 16 at Euro 2020, and they did it with a game to spare. They also did it with their 10th co
  • Russia beats Finland for 1st points at Euro 2020
    ST. PETERSBURG, June 16 (AP): With a slick one-two and a beautiful curling shot, Aleksei Miranchuk finally gave Russia something to smile about at the European Championship. The left-footed playmaker produced the one moment of class in a chaotic game Wednesday to give Russia a 1-0 win over Finland and its first points at Euro 2020. The pessimism that followed the Russians’ 3-0 loss to Belgium in their opening Group B game was replaced by loud cheers and jubilant chants of &
  • Ronaldo knocks off $4 billion from Coca-Cola's value
    Budapest, June 16 (IANS): Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo inflicted a $4-billion loss on soft drink major Coca-Cola with his gesture of putting aside two bottles of carbonated drinks and picking water instead during a press conference ahead of Portugal's match against Hungary. The Portuguese star footballer, who plays for Juventus in Serie A and is acknowledged as one of the two best footballers of current era alongside Argentine Lionel Messi, sat down for the interaction with a te
  • Record-setting Ronaldo scores 2, Portugal beats Hungary 3-0
    BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 16 (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo set the record for most career goals at the European Championship on Tuesday. The Portugal great scored from the penalty spot in the 87th minute and then added another in injury time to give the defending champions a 3-0 victory over Hungary. Ronaldo’s goals, however, weren’t the only interesting part of the game. On the fifth day of the Euro 2020 tournament, this was the first match played in a full stadium.
  • Brazil keeps search for striker against Peru at Copa America
    SAO PAULO, June 16 (AP) — Brazil coach Tie has hinted he’ll continue searching for his ideal strike force in Thursday’s Copa America game against Peru. Tite tested Everton Ribeiro, Everton and Gabriel Barbosa up front at practice on Tuesday instead of Lucas Paquetá, Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus, who started in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Venezuela in the tournament opener on Sunday. Roberto Firmino, who was on the bench against Venezuela, didn’t pa
  • Own-goal gives France 1-0 win over Germany at Euro 2020
    MUNICH, June 16 (AP) — Mats Hummels’ return to the national team went better for France than it did for Germany. The experienced defender was recalled by Germany coach Joachim Löw for the European Championship for his leadership qualities, but he ended up scoring an own-goal Tuesday to give France a 1-0 victory. “It was a struggle between titans,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. Hummels was attempting to stop Lucas Hernández’s cros
  • E-Kata National Karate C’ship from July 14
    Imphal, June 16 (MExN): An E-Kata National Karate Championship is scheduled to be held from July 14 to 16 under the President of International Shito Ryu Karate Federation, India (ISKF-India) and the President of All Nagaland Karate Do Association (ANKA) Shihan T Sangtam, Chief Engineer. According to a press release received here today, the ISKF-India’s E-Kata National karate Championship is organised to encourage and motivate the straitened karatekas (Karate Players) to move f
  • Indian women focus on mindset, practice in whites to calm nerves
    Bristol, June 15 (IANS) Indian women's Test captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday stressed on the importance of mind-set and revealed that players, especially youngsters, have been practicing here in the whites to calm nerves for the one-off Test against England starting here on Wednesday. "There were a few sessions that we tried to have in the whites so that the girls don't get sort of jolted when they walk onto the ground tomorrow in the whites because for most of them it wa
  • Aussie diving, hockey teams announced for Olympics
    Sydney, June 15 (IANS) The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced seven divers and the men's and women's hockey teams on Tuesday for the Tokyo Olympics. Melissa Wu, the Sydney-born 29-year-old, will become the third diver to represent Australia in four Olympics. She joins 226 of an expected 450 athletes gearing up to represent Australia at the Olympics in just under 40 days, reports Xinhua. "The road to Tokyo has certainly been a long one, and now that we are a
  • Slovakia stifles Lewandoswki, beats Poland 2-1 at Euro 2020
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 15 (AP) — Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar stopped Robert Lewandowski from scoring at one end, and then showed the world player of the year just how to do it on the other. Underlining his growing importance for a national team that’s for so long relied on Marek Hamsik, Skriniar played a crucial role at both ends of the field and scored the winning goal in Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Poland on Monday at the European Championship. Lewandow
  • Spain misfires, held to 0-0 draw by Sweden at Euro 2020
    SEVILLE, Spain, June 15 (AP) — The chances came and went but neither Spain nor Sweden managed to put any of them in the net. Spain dominated possession and kept the pressure on the opposing area for most of the match but the Swedes held on for a 0-0 draw Monday at the European Championship. Sweden managed only a few chances at La Cartuja Stadium, but they were some of the most dangerous ones. Alexander Isak, who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad, had a shot from insid
  • Emotions stir Michael Phelps in his return to US trials
    OMAHA, Neb, June 15 (AP) — It’s June in an Olympic year, and Michael Phelps is feeling it. In his mind and in his body. Except the winningest Olympian of all time has been retired for five years. Walking into these trials, seeing the swirling spotlights, cheering fans in the stands and the platform where newly minted members of the U.S. team are introduced has stirred something in the 23-time gold medalist. It’s the first trials he hasn’t competed at since
  • Messi’s Argentina draws 1-1 with Chile at Copa America
    RIO DE JANEIRO, June 15 (AP) — Lionel Messi scored a stunning free kick, repeatedly dribbled through the Chilean defense and created opportunities regularly for his Argentina teammates. Despite Messi’s intense performance, Argentina was held 1-1 by Chile in its Copa America opener. The game at the Nilton Santos stadium in Rio de Janeiro was also marked by a tribute to Argentine football great Diego Maradona, who died in November at age 60. Messi, who turns 34 this mon
  • Roger Federer wins Halle opener on return to grass
    HALLE, Germany, June 14 (AP) — Roger Federer returned to the court with a win over qualifier Ilya Ivashka on Monday as the Swiss player chases his 11th Halle Open title after withdrawing from the French Open to prioritize the grass-court season. Federer held serve throughout in a 7-6 (4), 7-5 win over his Belarusian opponent but didn’t break until the last game of the match. Federer is now 69-7 in career matches in Halle, his favored warmup for Wimbledon. Five of hi
  • French Open champ Krejcikova 15th in singles, 1st in doubles
    June 14 (AP): French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova’s twin titles at Roland Garros earned jumps in the WTA rankings to No. 15 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. The women’s and men’s rankings released Monday determine which players are eligible to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, which start next month. Each country can send as many as four women and four men in singles, and 17-year-old Coco Gauff rose two spots to a career-best No. 23, which makes her the fourth-hig
  • Tsitsipas says his grandmother died just before French final
    PARIS, June 14 (AP) — French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas said Monday his grandmother died just before he played the final at Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas posted on social media that his “very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life” five minutes before he entered the court Sunday for his first Grand Slam title match. He thanked her for raising his father and called her a “wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to giv
  • Schick scores from way out, Czechs beat Scots 
    GLASGOW, June 14 (AP): Patrik Schick spotted the goalkeeper off his line, launched a looping shot from just inside the halfway line, and gave his team a two-goal lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Schick scored both goals for the Czech Republic on Monday in a 2-0 victory over Scotland at the European Championship. But it was his second goal that will be talked about for years to come. Scotland lost possession when a shot was blocked and the ball fell to Schick. The Bayern Leverku
  • Break after first two sets helped me bury self-doubts: Djokovic
    Paris, June 14 (IANS) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic attributed his comeback in French Open final from two sets down to winning the title to a small break that helped him bury self-doubts. After losing the first two sets 6-7(6), 2-6, the Serb left the Court Philippe-Chatrier for a break and returned a changed player as he downed fifth-seed Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to win his second title at Roland Garros as well as his 19th Grand Slam title. Djokovic won the last three sets -- 6-3, 6-2,
  • Netherlands, Austria, England start with wins in Euro 2020
    Amsterdam, June 14 (IANS) Gritty Ukraine bounced back from two goals down but Denzel Dumfries's late winner helped the Netherlands snatch a 3-2 win on home soil in Euro 2020 on Sunday. The third match-day also saw Austria overpower North Macedonia 3-1 and England down Croatia 1-0. The Dutch, also known as 'Elftal' assumed control from the starting whistle, and they should have got the opener early in the game but Memphis Depay, Dumfries and Georginio Wijnaldum lacked