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  • Novak Djokovic goes down against Roberto Bautista Agut in Doha semi-final

    5 January, 2019 1:57 AM 46

    Novak Djokovic suffered his first defeat of the new season in the Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday, losing in three sets to Spain`s Roberto Bautista Agut. World number one Djokovic, who was pushed to the limit in his last two matches in Doha by Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili, failed to find a way past a determined Bautista Agut who won 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in two hours

  • Benfica to start new coach search next week after Rui Vitoria leaves

    4 January, 2019 4:06 PM 43

    Benfica have not yet contacted anyone about replacing coach Rui Vitoria following his departure on Thursday and will start looking next week, the Portuguese club said on Friday. Spokesman Luis Bernardo denied that the club had already contacted their former coach Jorge Jesus or Shakhtar Donetsk`s Paulo Fonseca after Vitoria left by mutual consent late on Thursday

  • Australian captain Tim Paine shares light moment with media after long day on field

    4 January, 2019 1:19 PM 50

    Australia had another long day in the field but their captain Tim Paine kept the lighted hearted humour going after day two of the fourth Test by answering a phone call, not his but a reporter's, in the middle of a press conference. Paine, who has been involved in healthy banter throughout the series from behind the stumps, was game for a good laugh

  • La Liga: Santi Cazorla's brace rescues Real Madrid in 2-2 draw against Villareal

    4 January, 2019 3:17 AM 37

    Villarreal will face Eibar on January 6 before Real Madrid will square off with Real Sociedad in their next La Liga clash on the same day.  Real Madrid endured a frustrating start to the new year as they drew 2-2 against struggling Villarreal on Friday and were left seven points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Midfielder Santi Cazorla gave the home side the lead in the fourth

  • Former FIFA referee Alex Vaz passes away

    3 January, 2019 6:13 AM 51

    Former FIFA referee Alex Vaz, who was also referees' instructor, died at his residence on Wednesday evening after a prolonged illness. He was 84. Vaz was a renowned match official who asserted his authority on the football field and commanded respect from players, team management and officials. "Alex was a very good referee, one of the best in the country

  • EPL title race won't over even if Liverpool beat Manchester City: Vincent Kompany

    3 January, 2019 6:13 AM 59

    Manchester City`s hopes of retaining the Premier League title will not be over even if they lose to leaders Liverpool on Thursday, according to captain Vincent Kompany. City are currently in third place with 47 points, seven points behind table-toppers Liverpool, and a defeat would give the Merseyside club a 10-point advantage in the title race. "It`s easy for everybody

  • Sadeera Samarawickrama replaces injured Angelo Mathews for New Zealand ODIs, T20Is

    3 January, 2019 4:03 AM 41

    Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama has been included in the national squad as a replacement for injured Angelo Mathews for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against New Zealand. Mathews was earlier ruled out of the limited-overs series against New Zealand after suffering a grade two strain in his left hamstring during the afternoon

  • Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar dies at 87

    2 January, 2019 1:40 PM 40

    Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's coach Ramakant Achrekar died in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 87. Mumbai: Ramakant Achrekar, the coach of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, died in Mumbai on Wednesday. He was 87 and popularly known as 'Achrekar Sir'. "He (Archrekar Sir) is no more with us. He passed away this evening," his kin Rashmi Dalvi told PTI over phone

  • EPL: Manchester City bounce back to beat Southampton 3-1

    30 December, 2018 6:22 PM 52

    Meanwhile, the defeat left Southampton 17th in the table on 15 points, the same as 18th placed Burnley, who beat West Ham United 2-0 on Sunday. Manchester City bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday and cut the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to seven points before the top two meet on Thursday. Pep Guardiola

  • India retain No.1 Test spot post MCG win over Australia

    30 December, 2018 2:04 PM 58

    Australia, on the other hand, have finished the year at the fifth spot in rankings with 102 points. India have regained the number one spot in the year-end International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings after taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match series against Australia. The Virat Kohli-led side maintained their numero-uno