• Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19, says 'extremely sorry' to others
    BELGRADE, June 23 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic, the men's world number one tennis player, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and then apologised to all individuals who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia.   Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, Croatia's Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic's Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region.  
  • Ronaldo penalty sets up Juve win, lifts pressure off Sarri
    BOLOGNA, Italy, June 23 (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo converted a first-half penalty as leaders Juventus resumed their Serie A campaign with a 2-0 win at Bologna on Monday, lifting some of the pressure off coach Maurizio Sarri.   After missing a spot kick in a Coppa Italia match against AC Milan 10 days ago, Ronaldo made no mistake in the 23rd minute and Paulo Dybala curled in a brilliant second before halftime to give the Turin side a comfortable win.   Juventus,
  • Manchester United's Solskjaer defends under-fire goalkeeper De Gea amid criticism
    June 23 (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes David de Gea is still the best goalkeeper in the world, despite facing criticism for conceding too easily against Tottenham Hotspur.   De Gea allowed Steven Bergwijn's fierce shot to fly through his hands in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday and the goalkeeper was lambasted by former United captain, Roy Keane, who said he was "sick to death" of the goalkeeper.
  • Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19 - statement
    BELGRADE, June 23 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic, the men's world number one tennis player, has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serbian said in a statement on Tuesday.   Croatia's Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic's Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region.   "The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested," the 33-year-old said in a stateme
  • We don't give Dravid enough credit for his captaincy: Gambhir
    Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) When pundits speak of some of the greatest leaders Indian cricket has seen, the names that immediately come to mind are Kapil Dev, M.S. Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. But former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that it is unfortunate that someone like Rahul Dravid isnt given the due he deserves as captain.   Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, former India Gambhir threw light on Dravid's impact on Indian cricket, "I made my one-day
  • World cricket badly needs Ind-Pak rivalry to resume, says Shoaib Malik
    Lahore, June 22 (IANS) Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik believes India-Pakistan bilateral series needs to resume as soon as possible as the cricketing world badly needs it just like England and Australia cannot imagine Test cricket without the Ashes.   The two Asian neighbours have not played a full-series since 2007 due to political tensions between the two nations. They only play each other in ICC events and Asia Cup.   Recently, Malik's former team
  • Lampard praises Pulisic after Chelsea's comeback win
    London, June 22 (IANS) Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has praised Christian Pulisic as being "at the real top level" after the winger helped his side to secure a 2-1 comeback win at Aston Villa on Sunday.   Chelsea were 1-0 down at half-time, but Pulisic came on and leveled the scores in the 60th minute with a half-volley inside the area following Cesar Azpilicueta's right wing cross.   Olivier Giroud netted home the winner to send the London club fiv
  • Olympic shooter Bobana Momcilovic Velickovic passes away at 31
    Belgrade, June 22 (IANS) Multiple European champion in shooting sport Bobana Momcilovic Velickovic has passed away after a short and severe illness at the age of 31, the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) announced on Monday.   She participated in the Olympic Games twice, in London in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where she won seventh place. She was also a gold and silver medal winner in the World Cup competition.   Velickovic was born in Bor on
  • Bindra, others condole demise of former India shooter Pournima Zanane
    New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) 2008 Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra led the way as shooting fraternity paid homage to former India shooter Pournima Zanane who passed away recently after a hard-fought battle with cancer.   The 42-year-old, who was a national record holder in 10m air rifle event, represented the country at multiple ISSF World Cups, Asian Championships and other events. Later on after retiring in 2012, she took to coaching and was also honoured with the Shiv
  • Never too late to try your hand at learning something new: 'Chef' Hardik
    Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is trying his hands at cooking these days as he feels it is never too late to learn anything new.   "Never too late to try your hand at learning something new. Chef duties at the Pandya household. Swipe for the dish. PS dish is cheese butter masala," Hardik said in a post on Instagram.   The 26-year old posted two photos of him cooking along with the post.   Hardik and fiance Natasa Stanko
  • Kyrgios slams hosting of Adria Tour after stars test positive
    Canberra, June 22 (IANS) World No.40 Nick Kyrgios on Monday slammed the decision to go ahead with Adria Tour after two stars who participated in the tournament tested positive for coronavirus. Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov had tested positive on Sunday while Croatian Borna Coric was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Monday.   The two players had taken part in the exhibition tournament in Belgrade alongside World No.1 Novak Djokovic, World No.3 Dominic Thiem and World No.7 Alexander Zver
  • Arsenal star tested positive before City clash, now fine: Report
    London, June 22 (IANS) An Arsenal player tested positive for Covid-19 before their first match of the revamped calendar against Manchester City last week, according to media reports in England.   Apart from the unnamed player, two other players who were in close contact with him, had to go under mandatory quarantine leading up to the match against City on June 17.   According to, the three senior stars missed three training sessions. But following the nex
  • Barca's De Jong out with calf injury
    BARCELONA, June 21 (Reuters): Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is set to miss the team's next match against Athletic Bilbao after the club said in a statement on Sunday he had injured the calf muscle in his right leg.   Dutch international De Jong missed Friday's 0-0 draw away to Sevilla which dented Barca's hopes of winning the Spanish title, with coach Quique Setien saying before the game he was leaving the player out as a precaution.   The
  • Even via video call, fan's flower tradition brings Atletico luck
    MADRID, June 21 (Reuters): Atletico Madrid captain Koke called up one of the club's most celebrated fans before Saturday's match against Real Valladolid to continue her long tradition of laying flowers on the pitch before each home game -- and the act proved a good luck charm.   Margarita Luengo, 73, has placed a bouquet of flowers at a corner flag before every home game since 1996 but was unable to go to Saturday's match due to Spain's ban on fans enter
  • Real Betis sack coach after winless return to action
    MADRID, June 21 (Reuters): Real Betis became the first La Liga club to sack a coach since the season re-started after being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, firing Rubi who failed to win any of the team's first three matches in their return to action.   Betis lost their first game back 2-0 to Sevilla and drew 2-2 with Granada in mid-week while the final straw proved to be Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao, after Sergio Canales missed a late penalty.  
  • Motor racing: Zanardi remains in serious but stable condition after accident
    ROME, June 21 (Reuters): Former Formula One driver and twice Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi remained in serious but stable condition in intensive care on Sunday after suffering severe head injuries in a road accident while racing his handbike in Italy on Friday.   The 53-year-old Italian, who lost both legs and nearly his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash in Germany, was still under sedation, intubated and breathing with the help of a ventilator, according to a hospital s
  • Cavani, Meunier reject short-term contract extensions, says report
    PARIS, June 21 (Reuters): Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier have declined to sign short-term contract extensions that would allow them to play cup finals and the Champions League final tournament with Paris St Germain, French radio RMC reported on Sunday.   The Uruguay striker and the Belgium defender's contracts expire on June 30, which, unless they had agreed to sign a two-month extension, rules them out of the French Cup and League Cup finals as well as the Champ
  • Flurry of positive coronavirus tests in athletes hurts US restart plans
    (Reuters): Hopes that sport in the United States might soon return to business as usual suffered a blow on Friday as athletes from golf to hockey tested positive for the novel coronavirus, triggering a shutdown of some facilities.   The PGA Tour, which only restarted last week after a three-month COVID-19-forced hiatus, confirmed its first positive test, removing Nick Watney from second-round play at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.   Over a 2
  • Djokovic reaches final of own exhibition tournament
    ZADAR, Croatia, June 21 (Reuters): World number one Novak Djokovic romped into the final of his own exhibition tournament after winning both opening singles at the Adria Tour in Croatia's coastal resort Zadar on Saturday.   Djokovic saved three set points in his 4-3 4-1 defeat of fellow Serb Pedja Krstin before he sank home crowd favourite Borna Coric 4-1 4-3 in front of several thousand fans at the Visnjik tennis complex.   "I hope we gave the crowd
  • Hamilton launches commission to push diversity in motorsport
    LONDON, June 21 (Reuters): Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is launching a commission to help motorsport engage more young people from black backgrounds and drive diversity.   The Briton, 35, said in a column in the Sunday Times newspaper that he had been working with the Royal Academy of Engineering to create a research partnership, the Hamilton Commission.   Hamilton, who spoke of the racism he has faced throughout his career, said that d